Slumdog Chess Master: Ugandan girl uses chess to escape extreme poverty

A great story, of an illiterate Ugandan girl whose father died of AIDS, lived in a slum and found an escape by mastering chess. My favorite part of this CNN interview is when chess champ Phiona Mutesi says on a visit to New York City that she doesn’t like it: “Too noisy.”


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  • Tom Murphy

    I think NPR did a story about her a month ago. Maybe it was PRI. Either way it was a neat story about her and chess.