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I RE­CENTLY wrote about coach­ing with re­gard to the death of Mark Dvoret­sky.

The di­rec­tor-gen­eral of sport in the West­ern Cape, Dr Lyn­don Bouah writes on the ChessWP web­site: “I met Larry and An­nick Be­vand from Canada. Larry runs the big­gest North Amer­i­can chess and math coach­ing pro­gramme. They em­ploy over 100 coaches.

“I gave the cou­ple a book on SA chess writ­ten by Leonard Ri­et­stein and they in turn gave me three very in­ter­est­ing books. Please write to me with your sug­ges­tions so we can com­pile a top-10 list.

“I can be con­tacted on Lyn­don.” Queen of Katwe is a bi­o­graph- ical sports drama film di­rected by Mira Nair and writ­ten by Wil­liam Wheeler.

Star­ring David Oyelowo, Lupita Ny­ong’o and Mad­ina Nal­wanga, the film de­picts the life of Phiona Mutesi, a Ugan­dan chess prodigy who be­comes a Woman Can­di­date Mas­ter af­ter her per­for­mances at World Chess Olympiads.

The film had its South African pre­miere on Oc­to­ber 6.

Ny­ong’o was born in Mex­ico City, to Kenyan par­ents, Dorothy and Peter Anyang’ Ny­ong’o, a pro­fes­sor-turned-politi­cian.

Ny­ong’o and her fam­ily moved back to Kenya when she was less than a year old, as her fa­ther was ap­pointed a pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Nairobi.

She grew up in an artis­tic fam­ily, where get-to­geth­ers of­ten in­cluded per­for­mances by the chil­dren.

She at­tended Rusinga In­ter­na­tional school in Kenya and acted in school plays. Ny­ong’o cites the per­for­mances of Amer­i­can ac­tresses Whoopi Gold­berg and Oprah Win­frey in The Color Pur­ple with in­spir­ing her to pur­sue a pro­fes­sional act­ing ca­reer.

She grad­u­ated from Hamp­shire Col­lege in the US with a de­gree in film and theatre stud­ies.

The Wom­ens’ World Cham­pion, Hou Yi­fan of China, is fed up with Fidé. “I’m flex­i­ble with any for­mats of chess events. The thing I can’t agree with is that such a knock­out tour­na­ment will de­cide who is the World Cham­pion. A 64-player knock-out event is mostly a lot­tery: you play two games, and if you lose the first for some rea­son you have a good chance of be­ing elim­i­nated. “I was lucky in 2010 in Turkey, but in Khanty-Man­siysk I was knocked out by Monika Socko in round two. In the same round, top seeds Humpy Koneru and Anna Muzy­chuk were also elim­i­nated, all three by play­ers rated 150 points lower.

“I do not see any point in con­tin­u­ing to play in an il­log­i­cal and un­fair sys­tem.”

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