Hunger was the motivation for Uganda's Phiona Mutesi to attend chess classes at a local church: she signed up because they also provided a bowl of porridge. Today, her story is being made into a Hollywood movie.
Kenny Solomon chose a very different path from the boys he grew up with in Cape Town's Mitchells Plain. He changed his fate when he began playing chess at the age of 13; now, 22 years later, he has become a chess grandmaster and an inspiration to youngsters everywhere.
Four Corners, a story of gangsterism, chess and redemption - and South Africa's submission to the 2014 Academy Awards - releases locally on Friday 28 March. Watch the trailer here.
A Cape ganglands coming-of-age thriller 'Four Corners', directed by South African director Ian Gabriel, is being touted as a serious contender in the best foreign language category for the 2014 Oscars. Filmed on the Cape Flats using members of the community as well as professional actors, the film has been selected as the official South African submission at the 86th Academy Awards.
Tsogo Sun hospitality group will, in the next three years, invest R10 million into a locally developed schools chess programme, designed to build analytical and planning skills among young South Africans.