From Playing for Food to Chess Champion


Nine-year old Phiona Mutesi was foraging for food in Uganda's biggest slum when she stumbled onto an opportunity that has made her a world class chess prodigy.

Phiona Mutesi began playing chess because she wanted the free meal the programme offered.

  • Uganda:  First Ugandan to Play Chess Star Kasparov

    New Vision, 13 April 2013

    He was late for the match. But when he arrived at the venue, world chess champion Gary Kasparov walked straight to teenage chess prodigy, Phiona Mutesi. read more »

  • Uganda:  Mutesi, Oromait On Newsweek's Women of Impact List

    New Vision, 15 April 2013

    The cause of the woman in society has this week been celebrated by Newsweek, an influential US magazine, in which two Ugandans featured among other 125 women with an impact on ... read more »

  • Uganda:  Mutesi Checkmates Bill Gates

    New Vision, 18 March 2013

    IT'S one of those headlines that got many people off guard. Uganda's Phiona Mutesi was due to take on the world's richest man- Bill Gates in a game of chess. read more »

  • Uganda:  Phiona Mutesi Meets Oprah

    New Vision, 5 April 2013

    UGANDA'S Chess fraternity is on the brink of history as teenage chess sensation Phiona Mutesi meets Oprah Winfrey, the legendary American talk show host later today. read more »

  • Uganda:  Mutesi Invites Kasparov to Uganda

    New Vision, 8 April 2013

    TEENAGE chess star Phiona Mutesi has invited former World Champion Gary Kasparov to Uganda. The 17-year-old Mutesi did so as the 2013 Women in the World conference came to a close ... read more »

  • Uganda:  Kasparov Tips Mutesi to Rule the World

    New Vision, 5 April 2013

    GARY Kasparov, the former Russia and World Chess Champion has tipped Uganda's Phiona Mutesi to make it on the international chess scene with additional training. Kasparov said that ... read more »

  • Kenya:  Ugandans Dominate Bungoma Chess Event

    The Star, 28 November 2012

    Ugandans dominated the just concluded Bungoma international chess tournament, bagging top two places in the open category. FIDE Master Herold Wanyama was the overall winner in the ... read more »

  • Uganda:  USPA, Rwenzori Crown Young Stars

    New Vision, 27 May 2013

    UGANDA Sports Press Association (USPA) has crowned the last batch of its annual award winners for the year 2012. read more »

  • Uganda:  Chess Boss Luggya Lauds New Honours

    The Observer, 19 February 2013

    Uganda Chess Federation (UCF) president Vianney Luggya is pleased with the new title of FIDE Arbiter (FA) he acquired recently along with two other Ugandans, Christopher Turyahabwe ... read more »

  • Uganda:  Uganda Impresses at 40th World Chess Olympiad

    The Observer, 4 September 2012

    Ugandan chess players are enjoying an 'impressive' show at the ongoing World Olympiad in Istanbul. Led by experienced Bob Bibasa, the Ugandan men's team of Arthur Ssegwanyi, Harold ... read more »

  • Uganda:  Nation Shining At World Chess Olympiad

    New Vision, 1 September 2012

    Uganda's chess team bagged two more victories at the 40th World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey on Thursday. read more »