"Brooklyn Castle" is a documentary released in 2012. From April 2009 to June 2010, the film crew followed the New York PS318 chess team, filming daily training, study and life, and going to various places to compete. It took more than a year to shoot. Among them, the hardships of life, the hard work of studies, the pressure of entering a higher school, in front of the charm of chess, everything is calm and breezy.
PS318 is a public school for underprivileged students (PS = Public School). To go to a national tournament, teachers and students need to organize fundraising activities together to have enough funds. Parents are often unable to accompany them. The teacher leads the team, and several students share a room. If it is close, take the school bus and go out, all in order to save money. Difficult conditions did not affect their performance. It can be said that their performance at th the national championship is not ideal. They don't seem to be fully recovered from the pandemic, but some have reported seeing their coach on the field. Their results in this national tournament are the fourth in the two teams of grade 7 and grade 8.
The protagonists of the film have all grown up, Rochelle Ballantyne went to the University of Chicago, Justus Williams went to Webster, already IM, and James Black, Jr. unknown.
Introduction in Baidu Encyclopedia:
"No. 318 Junior High School in New York - Chess Movement Through the introduction of chess, PS318 Middle School became famous and now it has the best junior high school chess team in the United States. Chess not only keeps the students of PS318 Middle School away from violence, drug abuse and crime in society and other phenomena, but also cultivated the children's learning ability and improved their academic performance, so that many of them stood out, won scholarships, and entered high school and university. Chess has become the campus culture of 318 Middle School. The school's philosophy is There is no natural talent in chess, no need to have innate talent, "If you work really hard you can be successful"."
Amazon Prime has the movie available.