Som Chess Academy

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Queen of Katwe Movie by Disney Walt Pictures

The Queen of Katwe Movie is a true and inspiring Story of Coach Robert Katende and the Children he decided to father, teach and mentor from the Slums of Katwe.

He is the man who brought Chess in the Slums because earlier on it was believed to be a game of the Elite and played in only noble families.

He started with only one Chess board he owned right from his University and in such a humble beginning, Robert worked diligently daily spending valuable time with the children in the Slums in that they became part of his Family. He started seeking for them opportunities to participate in National Chess events and eventually got them opportunities for school.

This led to the Writing of the an article in the ESPN Magazine which is a record holder with about 9 pages,

It later translated into a book entitled the ‘The Queen Of Katwe’ a book which was first published in English in 2012 and It is now translated into 14 International languages.

  1. Brazil (Portuguese)
  2. Arab Scientific Publishers (Arabic)
  3. Scribe Publications (Australia English)
  4. A.W. Bruna (Dutch)
  5. Michel Lafon (French)
  6. BTB (German)
  7. Knopf Random House Canada (Canada English)
  8. Kinneret Publishing (Hebrew)
  9. Agave (Hungarian)
  10. Piemme (Italian)
  11. Woongjin Think Big Co., Ltd. (Korean)
  12. Juritzen Forlag (Norwegian)
  13. Little, Brown UK (UK English)
  14. China

It was an amazing experience for the entire SOM Chess Academy beneficiaries, Staff, Supporters and well wishers including entire community in Katwe to appear on the big screen.

The entire Shooting project was a big blessing to not only the children who acted in the film but also to the entire Katwe, Kibuli, Ggaba, Owino and other communities where shooting was done from; because people got jobs to serve some as crew and majority as extras. Having some of the children from the Som Chess Academy be part of the acting was an amazing opportunity and their families have been changed for ever.


Som Chess Academy Annual Tournaments 2017

The 6th Edition of Gulu Som Chess Academy tournament is to take place in February 2017.

The 2nd Edition of the Mukuru Som Chess Academy Tournament is to take place in July 2017 and there shall be a Seminar in May ahead of the Annual event.

The 12th edition of the Kampala Som Chess Chess Academy annual tournament is to take place in  December 2017 From the Sports Outreach Resource Center.


National Chess League – 2017

In 2015, SOM Chess Academy registered as a Club in order to participate in the National Chess League. This was aimed at giving the Pioneers plus other children in the program a better platform to develop their Chess Skills. We also have some other children enrolled in other Chess Clubs like Phiona playing for Mulago Queens, Benjamin playing for Mulago Rooks, Buyinza and Wilson playing for Mulago Knights. The rest of the children Gloria, Lydia, Isiah and Stellah playing for Mulago Pawns. Som Chess Academy Club finished in the seventh position out of 29 clubs that played the league. and this year’s National Chess League started in May. Although the format of the National Chess League has been changed and now there are two divisions. This split required a pre-season tournament to determine the Clubs that shall join division one and those to go in Division two. Som Chess Club Played three matches for the Pre-season and won two thus making it to play from Division One. We are to register the girls Chess team as well and then distribute other girls to other Chess Clubs.

In 2017, Som Chess Academy has been able to Register Five Teams in the National Chess League; comprising of Children trained and nurtured by the organization.

Som Katwe, Som Nateete, Som Kawempe, Som Kibuli and Som Children.

It is an expensive venture but it has been made possible by the wonderful supporters of this work.

For any updates on the National League progress you Click Here


World Chess Olympiad 2016 in Buku, Azerbaijan – September 1, 2016

Olympiad Qualifiers ended in February and it was only Phiona Mutesi who again managed to qualify from the SOM Chess Academy, The rest of the Children improved on their ratings as well. It was unfortunate for Gloria Nansubuga that she missed qualification by a point . In the men category it is only Richard Kato who managed to make it to the final phase of 12 and he finished in the eighth position. If we manage to secure the funds for the air-ticket, Phiona will be making it to Baku Azerbaijan from 1st – 14th September 2016 for the World Chess Olympiad.