Queen of Katwe, from Jim Sogi

October 4, 2016 |

 I saw Queen of Katwe this weekend and highly recommend it as one of the best movies of the year. Lupita Nyongo will get awards. The movie is about a young girl living in the slums of Kampala Uganda who becomes a chess master. It is a feel good movie. It's actually filmed in the slums of Kampala and captures the feeling of the city, with its hustle and crowded traffic and people hawking wares in the streets between cars.

I'm not sure if our resident Grandmaster is reading this and I hope he comments on the movie. In one scene her coach realizes that she can see 8 moves ahead. Chess is complex, but compared to life, it is simple. Life can be simplified by realizing that the most important thing is to love and be loved by others.

Even though she did not learn to read, she was able to master chess. I'm always fascinated by the pit traders, rough tumble, uneducated guys making good money trading. Trading basically is simple. When you learn it it becomes complex. When you get better at it, like many things one masters, it becomes simple again.


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