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If you were scouting for chess prodigies, it is unlikely that you would search through the slums of Kampala, Uganda looking for youthful players of promise. Yet, somehow, against every expectation, impoverished teenager Phiona Mutesi somehow not only mastered the Game of Kings when she wasn't searching for food, but also managed to win her country's national chess championship when she was just fifteen. As a brief article, Tim Crothers' portrait of Phiona earned a place in Dave Eggers' annual anthology; now presented in fuller, humanizing detail, the story of this brave young woman gains new drama and depth.