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Exclusive: Figuring Out The Best Move In Clip From Charming Chess Doc 'Brooklyn Castle'

The Playlist By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist October 16, 2012 at 11:02AM

While sports might rule school elsewhere in New York City, in the borough of Brooklyn at I.S. 318, chess is the game that all the cool kids play. Home to a program that has put together teams who have won numerous championships and developed some of the best players the country has seen, the upcoming documentary "Brooklyn Castle" goes into the hallways and lives of the students and teachers to get to the core of what makes the program work.
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Brooklyn Castle

While sports might rule school elsewhere in New York City, in the borough of Brooklyn at I.S. 318, chess is the game that all the cool kids play. Home to a program that has put together teams who have won numerous championships and developed some of the best players the country has seen, the upcoming documentary "Brooklyn Castle" goes into the hallways and lives of the students and teachers to get to the core of what makes the program work.

And as we see in this exclusive clip from the film, it's sacrifice that pushes everyone forward competitively and academically. As Assistant Principal and Chess Coordinator at the school John Galvin reveals, their work week is often six days, with hours running well past when the school bell rings as they sit down with the students to help them prepare and play at the highest level. And in particular he points out the efforts of Chess Coach and teacher Elizabeth Spiegel who is tasked with laying out strategy and exploring the infinite possibilities a chess board provides. 

Even if you don't know your knight from a pawn, "Brooklyn Castle" is a charming and involving documentary that we definitely recommend. It opens in limited release on Friday, October 19th. Watch below.

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