The DC Chess League


Andy wanted me to make you all aware of an upcoming movie that the members of the DCCL may have the chance to go to advance screenings for. If you want more information please reach out to him at

 Wednesday, September 7 – 7:00 PM
 Regal Gallery Place
 707 7th St NW,
 Washington, DC
 Monday, September 12 – 7:00 PM
 AMC Mazza Gallerie
 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW,
 Washington, DC
 Monday, September 19 – 7:00 PM
 Regal Majestic
 900 Ellsworth Dr., Silver Spring, MD

 Release date: September 23 (limited), September 30 (wide)
 Rating: PG
 Running time: 124 mins
 Cast: David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o, Madina Nalwanga
 Director: Mira Nair
 Screenplay by: William Wheeler
 Based on the book by: Tim Crothers
 Producers: Lydia Dean Pilcher, p.g.a., John Carls, p.g.a.
 Executive Producers: Will Weiske, Troy Buder

 “Queen of Katwe” is the colorful true story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of  chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.
 For 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga) and her family, life in the impoverished slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle. Her mother, Harriet (Nyong’o),  is fiercely determined to take care of her family and works tirelessly selling vegetables in the market to make sure her children are fed and have a roof over their heads. When Phiona meets Robert Katende (Oyelowo), a soccer player turned missionary who teaches  local children chess, she is captivated. Chess requires a good deal of concentration, strategic thinking and risk taking, all skills which are applicable in everyday life, and Katende hopes to empower youth with the game. Phiona is impressed by the intelligence  and wit the game requires and immediately shows potential. Recognizing Phiona’s natural aptitude for chess and the fighting spirit she’s inherited from her mother, Katende begins to mentor her, but Harriet is reluctant to provide any encouragement, not wanting  to see her daughter disappointed. As Phiona begins to succeed in local chess competitions, Katende teaches her to read and write in order to pursue schooling. She quickly advances through the ranks in tournaments, but breaks away from her family to focus on  her own life. Her mother eventually realizes that Phiona has a chance to excel and teams up with Katende to help her fulfill her extraordinary potential, escape a life of poverty and save her family.


Website updated with info for the next season from the Executive Director! -Kyle