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Phiona Mutesi vs Amen Miladi
"Queen of Katwe" (game of the day Oct-12-2016)
Baku Olympiad (Women) (2016), Baku AZE, rd 5, Sep-06
Sicilian Defense: McDonnell Attack (B21)  ·  1-0



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Sep-25-16  CapablancaFan: Phiona Mutesi (Queen of Katwe) is a whole piece down and keeps playing like everything's normal! In the final position black still resigns because she has no adequate defense to being mated. Great game.
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  HeMateMe: is katwe the village she grew up in? I want to see the movie.
Oct-12-16  Eusebius: Amen messed up at the end.
Where was the point of no return?
Oct-12-16  Robyn Hode: Abandoning the king to its fate. There were not enough Black pieces in the vicinity of their king.
Oct-12-16  AlicesKnight: A curious and interesting game, looking as if each player is ignoring one half of the board. After rebutting 25.Bxh5 Black seemed confident. At move 35 it looks impossible for White to break through but 36.f5 does it (what if 36....exf5?).
Oct-12-16  PhilFeeley: What a wild and crazy game. Except for the unsoundness, it looks like Fischer vs Myagmarsuren, 1967.
Oct-12-16  sfm: <At move 35 it looks impossible for White to break through but 36.f5 does it (what if 36....exf5?).> White would probably play 37.Rxf5, and the attack breaks through. So probably 35.-,Bc2 was the decisive mistake. Black could have played 35.-,Bd7 (adding to the defense of f5) and pushed the b-pawn. Looks promising.
Oct-12-16  clement41: To be frank, I don't quite understand all this fuss around this player. Admittedly, reaching an elo around 1600 (she is currently rated 1628 FIDE) when being a 20 years old woman who grew up in Africa and from such a tough background (chess-wise) is a great achievement, and perhaps a message of hope, but nothing here in my opinion justifies the fact that she is dubbed Queen of Katwe and even less the fact that she is officially considered "Woman CANDIDATE MASTER" (e.g., during the Baku Olympiads or on her fide personal page). Giving her this chess title together with such a massive awareness campaign is nothing but a political decision ("Affirmative Action" if I can say), and this will not help her improve her chess. It is also unfair vis-a-vis hundreds of thousands of chess players. Now, that may encourage many people take on the great game.
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  kevin86: The part white did not "ignore" had the black queen, so the king hunt proceeded.
Oct-12-16  Isilimela: I really enjoyed this game - you don't have to be 2600 + to show artistry and creativity in chess! White just kept believing her attack would break through and it did!
Oct-12-16  Ironmanth: Good comments here, all of them. I am frankly surprised that Phiona's FIDE rating is so low. The game quality is reasonable, not great, and perhaps commensurate with her rating. I did enjoy the movie myself. My wish is that everyone can be inspired by her courage and resolve, and at least try chess to improve thinking, reasoning, and decision making skills. Certainly we all benefit from qualities such as these. Onward!
Oct-12-16  newzild: The quality of this game is good considering it's a 1600 player vs a 1400 player.

Like <clement41>, I'm surprised that players with such low ratings should be titled. Both are women candidate masters, although their strength is only about that of an average club player. Political correctness, it would seem.

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  Annie K.: A big part of the reason for the low ratings is most likely the simple fact that they don't get a lot of chances to play against FIDE rated opponents, and gain points from them. Even on the rare cases when they play in FIDE rated events, like these Olympiads, they are usually paired either against hopelessly stronger, or against similarly low rated, opponents. It's hard to rise in the ratings with these conditions. I'd say their ratings are simply inconclusive as indicators of their actual strength.
Oct-12-16  faulty: If some guys care that much about the low rating of Miss Phiona, they are welcome to run her games on some software assessing a player's rating and share their results. I personally have a feeling that under more objective circumstances, her rating would be much higher, at least 1800. We should enjoy the phenomenon of the entire country gradually rising and for a beautiful woman doing the first steps in women's chess for her nation. If I apply clement41's reasoning, then, for example, Tereshkova was good for nothing as she only went round Earth a few times.
Oct-12-16  morfishine: Amen didn't have a prayer


Oct-12-16  Helios727: What happens after 36. - exf5 ?
Jan-14-17  safar: Watch the movie! It is wonderful! The story, the African background and culture, and the innocence of the children.
Aug-03-18  alshatranji: White missed 26.Bxg6.

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