Chess queen Mutesi leads American university to victory

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Mutesa [holding the trophy] and her team

Phiona Mutesi recently helped Northwest University win the Pan-American Intercollegiate Chess Championships.

The Ugandan ace was the lead when Northwest swept Oberlin College 4-0.

Oberlin had previously won the championships for an eye-watering four successive years.

First-year student Mutesi played on Board 2 and won three matches while drawing another.

Fellow freshman Ben Mukumbya also registered three wins on Board 1.

Last year, the government named famed Mutesi as Uganda’s tourism ambassador, following the success of the Queen of Katwe, a movie that chronicles her life.

Mutesi was named ambassador together with the movies’ producer, Robert Katende, by the tourism state minister, Godfrey Suubi Kiwanda.

The dual now enjoy diplomatic privileges, including a red passport, VIP protection while on official duty, but are not entitled to a salary.

The Queen of Katwe is a 2016 biographical sports drama depicting the life of Mutesi, a girl living in the slums of Katwe, who shot to fame by playing chess to the level of woman candidate master at the world chess Olympiads.

The film was written by William Wheeler, directed by Mira Nair and was produced by Walt Disney Pictures and ESPN Films.

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