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Chess is One Girl's Ticket Out of the Slums
Now, this is amazing. Phiona Mutesi, a 14-year-old girl from the Ugandan slums of Katwe, has been recognized as a chess phenom — and has traveled to Russia to compete in the 2010 Chess Olympiad.
Says ESPN, "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."
Mutesi learned chess from Robert Katende, a young man who coaches kids in the town of Katwe. She quickly proved gifted.
Click through for the ESPN article.