Archive for December, 2010

Patch article

Click here for a great article on the IS 318 chess team on Patch.com  back row: Mariah, Otto, Kenneth, Kevin, Justus, Anita front row: Matthew, Vaughn, Isaac, Alex, Kamil very front: James, Rashawn

Most Improved this School Year!

Which IS 318 students have improved their rating the most so far this school year? 6th graders Kevin Marin 669-1076 Shanniah Wright 877-1116 Teraab Feaster 984-1174 Brian Arthur 977-1400 Carlos Tapia 1020-1410 Markus Pond 1273-1662 7th Graders Yuxin Zhao 976-1325 Jorge Quiroz 977- 1394 Rashawn Baldwin 1193-1416 Mariah McGreen 1194-1429 Alex Bradford 1440-1608 Kenneth Martin [...]

our documentary!

The Official Name of Chess Movie!!! ….out this spring

Positions from the IS 318 tournament

 1. Matan was playing in Atlantic City, so I looked at a couple of his kids’ games. In this interesting endgame, Tawab missed a win. Where should white move?  2. Austin (black) is seriously underdeveloped, and I was just explaining to him that this was why he lost the game, when he explained to me [...]

Brooklyn Castle Trailer

Please help the film get finished! Support the Brooklyn Castle Kickstarter campaign here.

For more, visit the Brooklyn Castle site here.

Amidst financial crises and unprecedented public school budget cuts, Intermediate School 318 in Brooklyn, New York, has assembled the best junior high chess team in the nation. Brooklyn Castle follows five chess team members for one year, and documents their challenges and triumphs both on and off the chessboard. Justus is a prodigiously talented 10-year-old trying to navigate the unfamiliar pressures that come with newfound success and adulation. Eleven year old Patrick struggles with ADHD, and uses chess to improve his concentration. Alexis, 12, already views chess as a means to attain a higher education and support his immigrant family. Rochelle – an ambitious 13-year-old – strives to become the first African-American female to reach the level of chess master. And the team’s emotional and outspoken leader, 12-year-old Pobo, rallies his fellow students against school budget cuts while running for school president. In each of these young lives, we observe the profound impact of chess: a beautiful and complex game offered as a unique learning experience in an underfunded school.

Grade Nationals 2010: IS 318 wins 6th, 7th, and 8th grade!!

IS 318 won the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade sections of Grade Nationals by 2, 2.5, and 2 points, respectively. In the last three years, we have won 8 of the 9 sections for which we are eligible. (We lost 8th grade last year by half a point.) Justus Williams came 2nd in 7th grade [...]