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Rated PG · 101 minutes · 2012

Structured like a sports drama, this documentary profiles a chess club at a Brooklyn junior high school that has won scores of championships over the past decade. The message is that chess can motivate working-class kids to become better students, and though that's nice to know, the movie doesn't illustrate this theme in much depth. juggles almost a dozen different narratives, touching on the lives on several different kids, the school's budget crisis, and the team's preparation for a national tournament; as a result, none of the stories really registers, and her reliance on infographics cheapens the material.
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Director: Katie Dellamaggiore

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