A chess tournament for children and an acclaimed 2012 documentary film offer a boost to fans of the strategic game this weekend.
“Brooklyn Castle,” which chronicles an inner-city school’s rise to nationwide prominence in chess, opens Friday, Jan. 4, at the Pickford Film Center’s Limelight Cinema, 1416 Cornwall Ave. It’s about I.S. 38 in Brooklyn, N.Y., where some 70 percent of students live below the poverty line but the school has won more national championships than any other school in the country.
It’s playing to rave reviews and it won the Top 10 Audience Favorite at the Hotdocs film festival and the Audience Award at the noted South By Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas.
I.S. 38’s “Chess Nuts” could do for chess players what the documentaries “Spellbound” and “Mad Hot Ballroom” did for word geeks and dancers.