Thursday, 14 March 2019

I recently watched this movie on Netflix and really enjoyed it. The film, which stars Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo (who played Dr. Marthin Luther King in 'Selma'), is set in the slums of Katwe, Uganda. Lupita plays the poverty stricken, struggling single mother of nine year old Phiona Mutesi and her siblings.

Phiona discovers chess, taught by local charity worker David Oyelowo, and learns to play. She soon becomes a local, regional, national and ultimately international chess champion - becoming a Woman Candidate Master, after her victories at World Chess Olympiads. Check out the trailer below:

I loved the movie, and not only has it reignited  my interest in chess, but the game has become my son's new obsession. I am not complaining about this, as chess is generally considered to be a thinking man's game - developing the brain and really helping children to learn to be analytical, disciplined and focused.

After a little bit of research, I discovered the following:

  • 'Grandmaster' is the highest title a chess player can attain. 
  • Of the approximately 800 million chess players in the world, only about 1500 of them are grandmasters. 
  • Of the 1000 grandmasters worldwide - ONLY 3 are black! They are:

 Maurice Ashley (Jamaican - American)
Pontus Carlsson (Swedish)
Amon Simutowe (Zambia)
Who knows, if my little man doesn't get bored of it any time soon, that list might get quite a bit longer.

Anyway.... if you do get to watch the movie, let me know what you thought about it.

And if you are in London and want to play chess... let me know! Lol!

Thanks for reading xx

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