Chess Documentary Airing on PBS
- Created on Sunday, 06 October 2013 21:45
- Written by Bill Feldman
After a whirlwind appearance in select movie theaters and a recent DVD release, Brooklyn Castle is coming to the home theater this week, courtesy of public television and its award-winning POV program.
The documentary depicts the travails of New York's Intermediate School 318 (NY's version of middle school), highlighting the challenges of its chess program through a critical period a few years back.
Public television stations including WTTW in Chicago will air the program at various times and dates through early November, and online viewers can stream the documentary starting October 8 at http://www.pbs.org/pov/brooklyncastle/.
Grandmasters Ask to Meet with Mayor and CPS
- Created on Thursday, 19 September 2013 15:00
- Written by Jerry Neugarten
Four Illinois Grandmasters, the elite of the state's chess world, have requested a meeting with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett to discuss a new chess plan for the city's public schools. The request was made in a letter dated September 18.
Chicago has approximately 1,500 scholastic players compared to 23,000 in New York. New York dominates national competitions rarely even attended by Chicago teams. ICA has been actively advocating a new program for nearly four years.
The GMs mentioned Chicago's recent award from the U. S. Chess Federation naming it "Chess City of the Year" and said they were ready to "help you make that title come true."
Opportunity Lost: Chess in CPS
- Created on Sunday, 25 August 2013 12:43
Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Public Schools frequently speak about the pursuit of excellence for our children. Their intentions are good, but bureaucracy, budget woes and special interests often get in the way. Chicago’s approach to scholastic chess is a telling example.
Chess is unquestionably one of the best tools for developing young minds and providing safe after-school alternatives. New York City gets it. They have 23,000 players in K-12. Their kids dominate national tournaments. Regardless of their socio-economic background, kids in New York City have access to chess.
August 2013 Chess Roundup
- Created on Thursday, 22 August 2013 10:18
- Written by Dan Leroy
If the reality of chess is too much to handle, a new movie "Computer Chess" just hit the silver screen.
This month I've broken out some tournament highlights by continent. As I expected, Antarctica was a no-show on the tournament boards. I was surprised to not find results for Australia. But here are some results from tournaments around the world.