Chess was launched in Gulu in 2009 by Coach Robert Katende during a children’s camp. It was then that Coach Gerald Mutyaba (one of the Pioneers) together with Coach Jeniffer Akello (who had also learned from Coach Robert while still in Kampala) took up the leadership. Receiving materials and support from the Center in Katwe (Kampala), these two coaches identified centers in the villages where they could conduct Chess sessions.  In 2013, Coach Robert mobilized officials from Uganda Chess Federation and with the support from FIDE Social Action Commission and conducted a week’s residential Chess training.  At the end of the training, identified teachers were deployed launch chess programs in their communities especially focusing on the girl child. This was basically the start of the Smart Girl project.