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Phiona Mutesi
P Mutesi 
Number of games in database: 36
Years covered: 2010 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 1637
Highest rating achieved in database: 1686
Overall record: +12 -19 =5 (40.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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C41 Philidor Defense (4 games)
C00 French Defense (4 games)
A07 King's Indian Attack (3 games)
C45 Scotch Game (2 games)
C62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense (2 games)
C50 Giuoco Piano (2 games)
D31 Queen's Gambit Declined (2 games)
C05 French, Tarrasch (2 games)

   🏆 Chess Olympiad (Women)
   Jesse Nikki February vs P Mutesi (Oct-05-18) 1-0
   P Mutesi vs Oluwaseun Assa (Oct-04-18) 1-0
   Ching-An Shih vs P Mutesi (Oct-02-18) 1/2-1/2
   J Perez Rodriguez vs P Mutesi (Oct-01-18) 1-0
   D Vazquez Maccarini vs P Mutesi (Sep-28-18) 1-0

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(born 1993) Uganda

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A Woman Candidate Master (2012), Phiona Mutesi is Uganda's #3 female player and number 22 overall in that country.

Born in the Katwe area of the Ugandan capital of Kampala in the mid 1990s (probably 1995 or 1996 rather than 1993 which is FIDE's official record) and still resident there, Phiona is three times women's junior champion of Uganda. She played on board 2 for Uganda at the Chess Olympiad (Women) (2010), in the Chess Olympiad (Women) (2012) in Istanbul scoring 4.5/9 (+3 =3 -3), her result landing her the Woman Candidate Master title, and at the Chess Olympiad (Women) (2014) in Tromso, scoring 4/9 (+4 -5). She and Ivy Claire Amoko share the honour of being the first Ugandan women to have won FIDE titles. Phiona has won the 3rd Edition Rwabushenyi Chess Championship - Women with 8/9 (+8 -1), and came 2nd in the Ugandan Women's championship with 8.5/10, losing only to the winner of the event, Grace Kigeni. In August 2012, she won the Ugandan National Junior Championship with 6/7, the first girl to do so.*

Disney has bought the movie rights to Crothers' book about Mutesi (see below for details of the book; actress Lupita Nyong'o plays her mother's role in the movie Queen of Katwe), and the money paid to her by Disney has enabled her and her family to buy some land. She is finishing her school studies and hopes to become a pediatrician so that can return to Katwe to build a home to provide shelter, clinic care and education for the slum children. Details about the movie (starring Madina Nalwanga as Phiona) and further information about Phiona and her current activities can be found in Albert Silver's article at

Book about Mutesi by Tim Crothers:; ESPN magazine article:; article in the Sports Outreach Institute's website titled <The Queen of Katwe!>: and video about Phiona in her home village:; *Vimeo of her receiving a cup for winning that event:; Article and video of Phiona at ChessDrum:;Wikipedia article: Phiona Mutesi; Chessbase article: <Phiona meets Kasparov>:; history of hollywood Q&A about the move <Queen of Katwe>:

Last updated: 2017-12-30 02:37:51

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 36  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Mutesi vs D Kagramanov 0-1362010Chess Olympiad (Women)B42 Sicilian, Kan
2. E Lin vs P Mutesi 1-0452010Chess Olympiad (Women)C62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
3. K Mona vs P Mutesi  1-0242010Chess Olympiad (Women)A80 Dutch
4. P Mutesi vs S Rosalina 0-1722010Chess Olympiad (Women)D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. H Alemu vs P Mutesi 0-1362010Chess Olympiad (Women)C41 Philidor Defense
6. R Corbin vs P Mutesi  1-0332010Chess Olympiad (Women)C41 Philidor Defense
7. V Da Vilhete vs P Mutesi  ½-½542010Chess Olympiad (Women)C41 Philidor Defense
8. P Mutesi vs L Stoeri  0-1292012Chess Olympiad (Women)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
9. N Kremer vs P Mutesi  ½-½502012Chess Olympiad (Women)C62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
10. P Mutesi vs C Terubea  1-0542012Chess Olympiad (Women)D00 Queen's Pawn Game
11. A Lampard vs P Mutesi  1-0622012Chess Olympiad (Women)C20 King's Pawn Game
12. S Salim-Moussa vs P Mutesi  ½-½322012Chess Olympiad (Women)C41 Philidor Defense
13. N Khan vs P Mutesi  1-0312012Chess Olympiad (Women)E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
14. T Ooft vs P Mutesi  ½-½312012Chess Olympiad (Women)C45 Scotch Game
15. Y Cho vs P Mutesi 0-1252012Chess Olympiad (Women)C45 Scotch Game
16. Z A Menassie vs P Mutesi 0-1312012Chess Olympiad (Women)C50 Giuoco Piano
17. P Mutesi vs Al-Bzoor Anwar  0-1572014Chess Olympiad (Women)C00 French Defense
18. P Mutesi vs M M Fisher  1-0422014Chess Olympiad (Women)A07 King's Indian Attack
19. S Salim-Moussa vs P Mutesi  0-1312014Chess Olympiad (Women)B50 Sicilian
20. P Mutesi vs Mustafa Mansour Zienab 1-0242014Chess Olympiad (Women)A07 King's Indian Attack
21. A Shabanaj vs P Mutesi  1-0262014Chess Olympiad (Women)A95 Dutch, Stonewall
22. P Mutesi vs R Wabuti  0-1602014Chess Olympiad (Women)C02 French, Advance
23. L Timergazi vs P Mutesi 0-1462014Chess Olympiad (Women)D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. P Mutesi vs N-J Lomandong  0-1262014Chess Olympiad (Women)C44 King's Pawn Game
25. Salma Al Dhaffari vs P Mutesi 1-0502014Chess Olympiad (Women)D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Jan-10-11  twinlark: Hope this woman succeeds. What a harrowing story.
Jan-10-11  Bobwhoosta: Agreed. An amazing story.
Jan-10-11  Jim Bartle: Superficially this sounds similar to Arthur Ashe discovering 12-year-old Yannick Noah during a goodwill tour in Africa.
Jan-10-11  twinlark: Except there's no-one to take her and her family out of there.
Jan-10-11  Bobwhoosta: <twinlark>

If she's as strong as she seems and getting stronger, someone will find her soon enough.

I don't know about her family...

Jan-10-11  twinlark: But so many people have AIDS in that area, that her mom has dreaded getting her tested. Don't think she'd leave her family behind...when you're that poor, family is all you have.
Jan-11-11  DanielBryant: I was pleasantly surprised to see some decent chess coverage from ESPN Magazine. I couldn't put it any better than twinlark; a harrowing story indeed.
Jan-11-11  newka: Where's that Soviet Chess System when you need it?
Jan-11-11  BobCrisp: White people, you are mad. Keep your patronising noses out of Africa.
Jan-11-11  Bobwhoosta: <twinlark>

I think her mom would force her to leave. There's nothing stronger to a mother than watching their child leave a horrific environment. When asked if she'd ever considered how or when her child would leave, she said "I'd never thought of it". That statement in itself is an indicator of the desperate condition of those who live in abject poverty. There is no time to dream, no time to hope, there is only food and water, and survival.

But as soon as the glimmer of a piece of hope starts to shine, you can bet her mom is going to jump in and push her to fly.

Jan-11-11  Valmy: "Live and Become" French: Va, Vis et Deviens
Feb-05-11  twinlark: <Bobwhoosta>

You might like to take a look at the additional links in her bio, especially the video which is very moving. Notice that other girls are starting to get interested in chess, and that Phiona wants to become a grandmaster so she can earn enough to help her family.

Feb-18-11  Llawdogg: I also hope she succeeds. Go Phiona!
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  Penguincw: What's her rating?
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  alexmagnus: Unrated. The only FIDE rated games she ever played were five games in the Olympiad 2010 (0.5/5 - draw against a 1723 and losses against 1464, 1718, 2086 and 2103).
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  Penguincw: < alexmagnus: Unrated. The only FIDE rated games she ever played were five games in the Olympiad 2010 (0.5/5 - draw against a 1723 and losses against 1464, 1718, 2086 and 2103). > Thanks for the info anyways.
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Here is another story about this amazing human being:

Mar-18-11  DanielBryant: What is wrong with BobCrisp?
Mar-25-11  Imposter: He's preoccupied with race issues.
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  whiteshark: Book Watch: <The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, <and One Extraordinary Girl's Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster>> by Tim Crothers

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  PhilFeeley: Does anyone remember if Chessbase had her story in their coverage of the 2010 Olympiad? Big miss if they didn't. I loved the "blissful shriek" at the end.
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  PhilFeeley: <> is missing this game:

[Event "39th Olympiad Women"]
[Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"]
[Date "2010.09.30"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Abera,Haregeweyn"]
[Black "Mutesi,Phiona"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C41"]
[Opening "Philidor's defence"]
[Board "56.2"]
[WhiteTeam "ETH"]
[BlackTeam "UGA"]
[EventDate "2010.09.21"]
[EventType "team"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. h3 Nf6 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bc4 h6 6. d3 O-O 7. O-O Nc6 8. Be3 Be6 9. Bxe6 fxe6 10. Qe2 d5 11. exd5 exd5 12. d4 Bd6 13. Rad1 exd4 14. Nxd4 Nxd4 15. Rxd4 c5 16. Rdd1 d4 17. Nb5 Ne4 18. Nxd6 Nxd6 19. Bc1 Qf6 20. b3 Rae8 21. Qg4 Re7 22. Qg3 Ne4 23. Qd3 Nc3 24. Rd2 b6 25. a4 Kh8 26. f3 Rfe8 27. Bb2 Re3 28. Qc4 Ne2+ 29. Kh2 Qf4+ 30. Kh1 Ng3+ 31. Kg1 Nxf1 32. Kxf1 Re1+ 33. Kf2 Qxd2+ 34. Kg3 Rg1 35. Kh4 Qf4+ 36. g4 Qg5# 0-1

I hope she gets to go to Turkey for this years Olympiad. Maybe Susan Polgar should take her on as a student.

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  PhilFeeley: Another one from that event:

[Event "39th Olympiad Women"]
[Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"]
[Date "2010.09.22"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Lin,Y"]
[Black "Mutesi,Phiona"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1464"]
[ECO "C62"]
[Opening "Ruy Lopez"]
[Variation "old Steinitz defence"]
[Board "44.2"]
[WhiteTeam "TPE"]
[BlackTeam "UGA"]
[WhiteFideId "16300149"]
[EventDate "2010.09.21"]
[EventType "team"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 d6 4. d4 exd4 5. Nxd4 Bd7 6. O-O Nf6 7. Re1 Be7 8. Nc3 a6 9. Nxc6 Bxc6 10. Bxc6+ bxc6 11. Qe2 O-O 12. Qc4 c5 13. e5 dxe5 14. Rxe5 Bd6 15. Re1 h6 16. Be3 Nd7 17. Ne4 Nb6 18. Qe2 Qh4 19. Nxd6 cxd6 20. Rad1 Rfd8 21. b3 Qf6 22. c4 Nd7 23. Rd5 Nf8 24. Red1 Rac8 25. Qg4 Ng6 26. Rxd6 Qe7 27. Rxd8+ Rxd8 28. Rxd8+ Qxd8 29. h3 Qa5 30. Qc8+ Kh7 31. Qxc5 Qxc5 32. Bxc5 Ne5 33. Kf1 Kg6 34. Ke2 Kf5 35. Bd4 f6 36. Bxe5 Kxe5 37. Ke3 a5 38. a3 g6 39. b4 axb4 40. axb4 Kd6 41. Kd4 Kc6 42. b5+ Kb6 43. Kd5 f5 44. Kd6 g5 45. c5+ 1-0

Aug-08-12  Cemoblanca: "PHIONA MUTESI IS the ultimate underdog. To be African is to be an underdog in the world. To be Ugandan is to be an underdog in Africa. To be from Katwe is to be an underdog in Uganda. And finally, to be female is to be an underdog in Katwe." >>>

Well, the days are still warm & often then windless here, but these sentences gave me the chills. We are fortunate to have chess, because it can work wonders. :0)

Aug-08-12  Cemoblanca: "Chess is a lot like my life. If you make smart moves you can stay away from danger, but you know any bad decision could be your last." ~ Phiona Mutesi
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