Thursday, January 06, 2011

Chess in the slums of Uganda

She sits at the chessboard for her fifth match wearing a white knit hat, a black overcoat and woolly beige boots that are several sizes too large, all gifts from various mzungu. Her opponent is an Ethiopian, Haregeweyn Abera, who, like Phiona, is an African teenager. For the first time in the tournament, Phiona sees someone across the table she can relate to. She sees herself. For the first time in the tournament, she is not intimidated at all.
A moving story about the 14-year-old Phiona Mutesi from Uganda. By Tim Crothers for ESPN The Magazine.

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