Chess made cool
When it comes to playing games, most teens and young adults opt to hit the courts to shoot hoops or hang out on the couch playing video games. However, a new documentary, "Brooklyn Castle," is aiming to show today's youth that chess is cool. The New York Times reports the film follows a Brooklyn school whose chess team has won more than 20 national championships.
It's been reported stars like Adrian Grenier, star of "Entourage," has endorsed the film. The actor even tried his luck at beating one of the star students, Pobo Efekoro, during a match of three games in Washington Square Park. Efekoro won all three matches, the news source reports.
"The biggest misconception about chess is that nerds and smart people are the only ones who can play," Efekoro, now 16, told the New York Daily News. "It doesn't matter how old you are, it doesn't matter what color you are. Everything comes down to just you against another person, with 16 pieces on the board, trying to kill each other."
The documentary touches on the struggles faced by working-class and poor families and shows how chess has helped the youngsters beat the odds. Approximately 70 percent of the students at I.S. 318 (where the documentary was filmed) live below the poverty line.
"Brooklyn Castle" hits theaters on October 19.