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Hailed by The Washington Post as "Enlightening, inspiring and expertly crafted" and as "Deeply satisfying... Irresistible!" by The New York Times, this Critically acclaimed, intimate documentary is as much about coping with the frustration of loss as it is about the joy of victory.
Tells the stories of five chess players at a below-the-poverty-line INNER CITY MIDDLE SCHOOL that has won more national championships than any other in the country. The team's victories go beyond a room full of trophies - through chess they learn patience and long-term planning, and the importance of analyzing the wrong or right decisions they make after the game. Chess provides skills that will serve them well for the rest of their lives, regardless of what profession they choose. The film follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard and demonstrates remarkable and improbable achievements of this dedicated team.
Their teacher Elizabeth Vicary has helped hundreds of kids go from not knowing how to move the pieces on the board to winning national titles. This tireless coach along, with Assistant Principal/coach John Galvin and Principal Fred Rubinom, instill skills and confidence that will serve their students long after they’ve graduated.
This film is a wonderful tool not only for teaching chess to any audience, but also as an essential resource for Career Planning, Math, Education, Teacher's Colleges, Urban Politics and Studies, and many other subjects.
*Includes Hot Docs Discussion Guide for Teachers; Elizabeth Vicary's Guides to Teaching Chess and Starting a Chess Club; as well as other Educational Resources.
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