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Brooklyn Castle

Cheering for a Mate in Two: A Review of Brooklyn Castle

Hilary Levey Friedman | Posted 02.10.2013 | Entertainment
Hilary Levey Friedman

You might not know how to play chess. Or you might think chess is boring. But that shouldn't stop you from seeing a documentary about some special middle school kids who are pretty good competitive chess players and anything but boring.

ReThink Interview: Katie Dellamaggiore and Alexis Parades of Brooklyn Castle

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.14.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The film follows five students, showing the impact chess and being on the team has on their lives, and how those gains may be erased when the economic meltdown forces budget cuts that may hamper the team's ability to compete at the highest levels.

Stewart Talks Inner City Students: 'I Give You All The Respect In The World'

Posted 11.13.2012 | Education

IS 318's class president found himself in "a huge fiscal crisis" when the Brooklyn school's principal announced $1 million in cuts that would threaten...

Teen Aims To Be First African-American Female Chess Master!

tv | Posted 11.08.2012 | Teen

By Sierra Tishgart At the I.S. 318 middle school in Brooklyn, 65 percent of students live below the federal poverty level. Yet despite the odds, th...

ReThink Review: Brooklyn Castle - Making Chess Club Cool

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.19.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

It's impossible to watch Brooklyn Castle and think that a program like this and the kids who benefit from it should be sacrificed so multi-millionaires can get a tax cut, so hopefully this scrappy, inspiring doc and its chess wizards get all the attention they deserve.