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From her vantage point in the shantytown of Katwe, 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga) sees no way out of a life of destitution, until a missionary and one-time soccer player named Robert (Oyelowo) starts teaching chess to the local kids.
Phiona is transfixed and displays an instant affinity for the game. Robert recognises her raw talent and takes Phiona under his wing – and she soon triumphs at local tournaments. 

Offering her hope that her talent could be able to help and support her family, Phiona is determined to become a world class chess champion.

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