-time National Champions as Featured in the
Award-winning Movie, Brooklyn Castle


Brooklyn Castle

From the website:

Imagine a school where the cool kids are the chess team... Welcome to I.S. 318.

Brooklyn Castle tells the stories of five members of the chess team at a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. The film follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard, and is as much about the sting of their losses as it is about the anticipation of their victories.

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Daring Origins: Justus Williams(Cadillac, Feb 2016)
Queens of Brooklyn: The NYC Girls Dominating Youth Chess(Vice Sports, Sep 2015)
Rochelle Ballantyne, Covergirl(Covergirl, Aug 2015)
Justus Williams, a National Chess Master(Citizen Kid by Disney, Jul 2014)
Inner City Kids at Brooklyn School Dominate in Chess(VOA News, Jul 2014)
Chess Team Opens Doors for Brooklyn Students(The Today Show, Oct 2012)
Brooklyn School Masters Chess(CBS This Morning, Nov 2012)
A Chance at Success Through Chess(MSNBC, Nov 2012)
Cool Kids in School are the Chess Team(Fox News, Nov 2012)
Katie Dellamaggiore & Pobo Efekoro(The Daily Show, Nov 2012)
MiddleSchool Chess Masters Capture National Title(The Rachel Maddow Show, Jun 2012)
Justus Williams Beats Magnus Carlsen(ChessNYC, Oct 2012)
Chess Champions(Time for Kids, Oct 2012)
Justus Williams, LeBron James of Chess(NBC News, Feb 2012)
James, The Chess Champ(WNYC, Jun 2011)
GM Magnus Carlsen NM James Black(ChessNYC, Jun 2012)
Time Odds Blitz Game at IS318(Greg Shahade, May 2015)