The Queen of Katwe: One Girl's Triumphant Path to Becoming a Chess Champion
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I haven't seen the movie so this review is based on the book version only, which is in great part about the people who trusted God and cared about His people in the slums of Uganda enough to bring them soccer, chess, and the gospel. I have read that the movie takes this part out, which is sad as it is the motivation of everyone involved. Faith plays a fairly big role in this story because the Sports Outreach program was a Christian charity funded and founded by Christians. The motivation of those in the story is spiritual, not secular. I wonder if the producers would have changed the story if the religion was Buddhist or Muslim? Not sure I will watch the movie now.
Phiona Mutesi is not actually a grandmaster. There's an alternate title of the book, "The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl's Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster." She is still young when the story ends. It would be nice to get an update on her. This book is not just Phiona Mutesi's story. We learn about the history of Phiona's teacher and the leader of the Sports Outreach program that allowed chess to be possible for Phiona and her friends, Robert Katende. I did not find this a distraction, but gives the story context to how and why Phiona was able to learn chess.
Going to send it to BabyPooh