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Game of her life

For 14-year-old chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi, chess is a lifeline

Updated: April 12, 2013, 11:10 AM ET
By Tim Crothers | ESPN The Magazine

This story appeared in ESPN The Magazine's Jan. 10, 2011, issue. Subscribe today!

SHE FLIES TO Siberia in late September with nine teammates, all in their 20s, much older than she is. When she won the match that put her on this plane she had no idea what it meant. Nobody had told her what was at stake, so she just played, like always. She had no idea that she'd qualified for the Olympiad; no idea what the Olympiad was. She had no idea that her win would send her to the city ...

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