(Katie Dellamaggiore, USA). 100 minutes. Subtitled. Rating: After-school programs in America’s public schools are having their budgets mercilessly slashed during the economic downturn. That puts the chess program at Brooklyn middle school I. S. 318, where chess nerds have the profile football stars have elsewhere, at risk.
The kids’ passion for the game is palpable, but they also see chess success as a stepping stone to greater achievements. In heartbreaking ways, they shoulder the pressure of getting into the right schools so they can help their families out of financial difficulties.
You’ll be rooting for them in the gruelling competitions. And you’ll wish you’d had a teacher like coach Ms. Vicary. Apr 29, 6: 30 pm, Cumberland 3; May 1, 9 pm, ROM Theatre; May 5, 1:15 pm, Regent.