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Phiona Mutesi
P Mutesi 
Number of games in database: 36
Years covered: 2010 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 1623
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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A07 King's Indian Attack (2 games)
C45 Scotch Game (2 games)
C50 Giuoco Piano (2 games)

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   J N February vs P Mutesi (Oct-05-18) 1-0
   P Mutesi vs Oluwaseun Assa (Oct-04-18) 1-0
   C 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 0-1362010Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (Women)B42 Sicilian, Kan
2. E Lin vs P Mutesi 1-0452010Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (Women)C62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
3. K Mona vs P Mutesi  1-0242010Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (Women)A80 Dutch
4. P Mutesi vs S Rosalina 0-1722010Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (Women)D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. H Alemu vs P Mutesi 0-1362010Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (Women)C41 Philidor Defense
6. R Corbin vs P Mutesi  1-0332010Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (Women)C41 Philidor Defense
7. V Da Vilhete vs P Mutesi  ½-½542010Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (Women)C41 Philidor Defense
8. P Mutesi vs L Stoeri  0-1292012Istanbul Olympiad (Women)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
9. N Kremer vs P Mutesi  ½-½502012Istanbul Olympiad (Women)C62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
10. P Mutesi vs C Terubea  1-0542012Istanbul Olympiad (Women)D00 Queen's Pawn Game
11. A Lampard vs P Mutesi  1-0622012Istanbul Olympiad (Women)C20 King's Pawn Game
12. S Salim-Moussa vs P Mutesi  ½-½322012Istanbul Olympiad (Women)C41 Philidor Defense
13. N Khan vs P Mutesi  1-0312012Istanbul Olympiad (Women)E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
14. T Ooft vs P Mutesi  ½-½312012Istanbul Olympiad (Women)C45 Scotch Game
15. Y Cho vs P Mutesi 0-1252012Istanbul Olympiad (Women)C45 Scotch Game
16. Z A Menassie vs P Mutesi 0-1312012Istanbul Olympiad (Women)C50 Giuoco Piano
17. P Mutesi vs Anwar Albzoor  0-1572014Tromso Olympiad (Women)C00 French Defense
18. P Mutesi vs M M Fisher  1-0422014Tromso Olympiad (Women)A07 King's Indian Attack
19. S Salim-Moussa vs P Mutesi  0-1312014Tromso Olympiad (Women)B50 Sicilian
20. P Mutesi vs Mustafa Mansour Zienab 1-0242014Tromso Olympiad (Women)B26 Sicilian, Closed, 6.Be3
21. A Shabanaj vs P Mutesi  1-0262014Tromso Olympiad (Women)A95 Dutch, Stonewall
22. P Mutesi vs R Wabuti  0-1602014Tromso Olympiad (Women)C02 French, Advance
23. L Timergazi vs P Mutesi 0-1462014Tromso Olympiad (Women)D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. P Mutesi vs N-J Lomandong  0-1262014Tromso Olympiad (Women)C44 King's Pawn Game
25. Salma Al Dhaffari vs P Mutesi 1-0502014Tromso Olympiad (Women)D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
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  alexmagnus: No exceptions here, the automatic title by certain results is always given (not that I ever liked it).
Oct-12-16  Sally Simpson: The Queen of Katwe

The girl had nothing to with the title of the film this would have been the writers, producers and ad men.

They then add a bit of poetic license which they do in all films.

She comes from Katwe, Chess got her out of a slum into a nice house and put her though college where she is studying to become a paediatrician.

What do you want the film to be called?

"Don't believe a word it she is only 1600."

How can her story be unfair to hundreds of thousands of chess players.

The CM title?


You can buy a CM title even if you are 1100, it cost 5 euros.

Chess has changed her life for the good in such a dramatic way. Leave it at that. Don't nit-pick it, be happy for her.

Oct-12-16  GiuocoPianoMan: <>SALLYSIMPSON- Im asking a simple question- I didnt realize ANYONE could be a Candidate Master with a rating of 1600- the CM's I know are all 2000-2100.
Oct-13-16  Sally Simpson: Hi GiuocoPianoMan,

Then your simple question has been answered, that's what we are here for.

Glad you are back to enjoying the film, I personally will not be going out of my way to watch it in the cinema. (I hate full of strangers and they turn the lights out!) I'll catch it on cable.

If they ever do 'Zombie Chess Players v Robotic Arbiters.' I might go to the cinema to see that.

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  alexmagnus: Sally, don't mix ACM title with actual CM, or, in this case, WCM. For WCM you need either a rating of 2000 or one of those achievements for which it is granted automatically.
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  diceman: <Sally Simpson:

If they ever do 'Zombie Chess Players v Robotic Arbiters.'>

How about:

Robot Players vs. Zombie Arbiters, the
Borislav Ivanov Story.

Oct-13-16  Sally Simpson: Hi Alex,

I knew that but a title is a title. You can pay 5 Euros and tell everyone you are a FIDE recognised Candidate Master. You would not be lying.

All one need do google all the historical inaccuracies attributed to the film industry (Troy is hopelessly wrong...Amongst many other lemons Paris survives and runs off with Helen!) then a minor transgression here like adding a title is small fry and should be overlooked even by the meanest nit-picker.

Hi Diceman,

Boris v Deep Blue 'Battle of the Droids'.

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  kingscrusher: Magnus Carlsen likes the film made:

Oct-14-16  Sally Simpson: Thank You K.C.

The World Champion says he enjoyed it and apparently the chess scenes were spot on.


I notice he did not jump up in his seat screaming about her grade, then slash the seats, knock out an usherette, rip up his cinema ticket and run out of the theatre frantically looking for the nearest keyboard.

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  alexmagnus: As for how she got her WCM title: by scoring 50% (4.5/9) at the 2012 Women's Olympiad.

It is one of those achievements you are given an automatic title for. Of course, the players she scored those were far from CM title. It were two wins against unrated players, one win against 1542, and draws against 1716, 1788 and 1806. The losses were to 1593, 2008 and 2057.

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  Joshka: <PhilFeeley> Since the film is a Disney production, I was surprised it kept a Christian tone. What ever possessed you to slam our President and NOT the former MUSLIM who was impersonating "a president" for the last 8 years is puzzling. Oh and if you want to say you were supporting Hillary and Bubba for the presidency, you are on a sinking ship there. The name CLINTON is now linked to extreme thievery. Most of the money raised by their supposed charity for Haiti did NOT go to Haiti. Between 93 and 96% were siphoned off by the the criminals themselves.
Sep-05-17  alexrawlings: Watched the film <Queen of Katwe> last night. A really uplifting and inspiring film.

I see quite a few people are bashing her low rating... this is an extract from her Wikipedia page <Commenting on one of her games from the 2010 Olympiad, British chess journalist John Saunders wrote that "Phiona's present playing standard is that of a modest but competent club player but, placed in the context of her environmental and educational deprivation, her achievement in reaching such a level has been awe-inspiring.>

I think that sums up her chess strength compared to your average player in the 1st world with access to all the privilege that brings, and it certainly should not detract from what she has achieved. I wonder what her rating would be had she grown up with a better start in life... in any case, a truly inspirational person.

Sep-05-17  twinlark: <alexrawlings>

Well said.

I loved the movie as well, but had to smile at the scene where she shows her mother the house they moved into out of the Katwe slums.

It's a recursive subplot, because she was able to buy the house from the proceeds of the money she received from Disney for the making of the movie that showed this scene!

This doesn't detract from her or the movie, but it is a beautiful conjunction of art and life.

Dec-29-17  gauer: Looks like she made the team for Wahingon's Northwest University on 2nd board at the 2017 Pan-American Intercollegiate Championship (this year it takes place at Columbus, Ohio, with a number of Canadian players playing not only for Canadian but also USA schools, along with some Latin-American countries in contention). Good luck in your studies and your play!
Dec-30-17  PhilFeeley: It's good to hear she's at an American University, playing for their team now:

Dec-30-17  PhilFeeley: P.S. Her page needs to be updated, including her games from the Collegiate team challenge.
Dec-30-17  PhilFeeley: <Joshka: Since the film is a Disney production, I was surprised it kept a Christian tone. What ever possessed you to slam our President and NOT the former MUSLIM who was impersonating "a president" for the last 8 years is puzzling. Oh and if you want to say you were supporting Hillary and Bubba for the presidency, you are on a sinking ship there. > I never mentioned the Clintons because I didn't support them either. I'm more inclined toward Sanders or Jill Stein (I wish they would unite and form a new party. Long overdue.)

I usually like your posts but the above is just drivel. Obama is NOT a Muslim, so I wish people would stop trying to spread that lie.

Apologies to all for the political tread. I'm well aware of the <Rogoff> page where this usually takes place, but I thought since Phiona is a Christian it wasn't entirely inappropriate here.

Jan-08-18  PhilFeeley: From a review of the book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump Whitehouse" on (

<Nobody should be surprised by the “revelation” that Trump is a malignantly narcissistic “dotard” (Kim’s entertaining description) and dysfunctional “idiot.” That’s been clear to anyone who isn’t themselves a hopeless moron since the beginning of Trump’s political career, festooned with the ridiculous and racist charge that Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States.>

'nuff said.

Aug-03-18  alshatranji: The fact that the claim that Obama is a (former) Muslim is seen as damning by his opponents and a slur by his defenders tells as something (not very pleasant) about tolerance in America.
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  perfidious: <alshatranji>, underneath the surface patina, there is far too much intolerance here in USA, and certain posters who might not dare voice their views openly take pleasure in wishing for the extermination of people whom they have never met, under cover of their keyboards.

Here's hoping for a world without prejudice, where people are accepted without regard for their religious views; but I daresay that will not come off in my lifetime. Hopefully good will win over evil and such people as Phiona Mutesi will be looked upon with high regard for their achievements and integrity as human beings, rather than being treated with contempt for what they are not.

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  monopole2313: Nikita Pearl,Waligwa, who played Phiona in "Queen of Katwe," passed away from a brain tumor. She was just 15.
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  MissScarlett: Not quite correct...
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  OhioChessFan: <Phil>, wow, you must be a genius to copy and paste! Even on a chess site, you're clearly an intellectual of intellectuals.
Jul-13-21  Z truth 000000001: You're a little late to the party <OCF>...
Jul-13-21  Z truth 000000001: ... but it's nice to see cut-and-paste was working on <CG> back in 2018!
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