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.