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I Introduced Chess to Kampala's Slums

Despite coming from a poor background, Robert has had great success with his chess students. One of them - Phiona Mutesi - is the subject of a Hollywood film.

Robert Katende was brought up by his grandma in Uganda and was so poor that he spent all of his time when he wasn't at school, working in a garden. Nevertheless he excelled at school and when he discovered chess, his life was transformed. He now teaches chess to some of Kampala's poorest children - some of his students can neither read nor write. One of his proteges - Phiona Mutesi - went on to represent Uganda at the world chess championships. Her story has now been made into a Disney film called "The Queen of Katwe".

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Image: Robert Katende in Katwe
Credit: ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP/Getty Images

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