Sport
Chess prodigy to face Bill Gates
Publish Date: Mar 15, 2013
Chess prodigy to face Bill Gates
Phiona Mutesi dreams of becoming a grandmaster
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Samuel Sanya and David Namunyala

UGANDA’S chess fraternity is on the edge of a historic milestone with the impending chess game between Phiona Mutesi and American billionaire Bill Gates.

The yet unscheduled game was secured on a recent visit by Mutesi and her guardian Robert Katende to the US to promote a book about her life by American writer Tim Crothers.

The book, titled “The Queen of Katwe: a story of life, chess, and one extraordinary girl’s dream of becoming a grandmaster” has thrown Uganda’s chess fraternity in the international limelight, with CNN and BBC interested in Uganda’s chess whiz-kid. 

“Bill Gates was impressed with the book and articles about Phiona Mutesi. He approached her benefactor, Katende and asked for a game with her as she toured the US,” highly placed sources in the Uganda Chess Federation (UCF) told theNew Vision Sport.

“He offered to have the game anytime she returns to the US, but an exact time and date have not yet been secured. Money for the air tickets has not been secured either.”

Mutesi, grew up in the slums of Katwe after her father died. The senior three students at St. Mbuga Vocational soon after, but, found a new lease of life through playing chess under the Sports Outreach Ministries, a Ugandan sports development outfit.

At 16 years, Mutesi has represented Uganda at the Istanbul Chess Olympiad in 2012 where she earned the title of Woman Candidate Master (WCM) as she continues to strive for the Grand Master (GM) title. Bill Gates is said to have keen interest in chess, despite his overwhelming successful business interests in Microsoft.

Disney, a movie company, has bought the rights to the book, and is said to have started work on a movie to supplement a documentary currently running on You Tube.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Arthur Blick vows to win motocross championship
National Motocross team captain Arthur Blick Jr, has vowed to give Maxime Van Pee and Asaf Natan a run for their money when they meet in the Nomi Motocross championship....
Golfers raise funds for Soroti Golf Club
Uganda Golf Club members are back on the course on Saturday for another charitable course after raising funds for the fight against cancer last week....
Boxing: "Rumble in the Jungle" ring stolen
Officials in Kinshasa have revealed the ring used for "The Rumble in the Jungle" has been stolen as boxing fans Thursday marked 40 years since one of the most famous and brutal bouts in the sport’s history....
Two get cleared for pool championship
Uganda will be represented by only two players in the on-going World Pool Championships in Scotland....
Kiprotich acclimatising to New York’s chilly weather
Stephen Kiprotich will beside Uganda’s colours also be flying the East African Community flag at the New York marathon on Sunday....
Nepal beats Uganda to win ICC Division III cricket title
A six wicket haul by Roger Mukasa could not save Uganda in their bid to lift the ICC Division III cricket title in Malaysia, as they lost to favourites Nepal by 62 runs in the final held at Kinrara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia....
Should the absence of bride price prevent couples from wedding?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter