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Brooklyn Castle

Brooklyn Castle is a documentary about I.S. 318 � an inner-city school where more than 65 percent of students are from homes with incomes below the federal poverty level � that also happens to have the best, most winning junior high school chess team in the country. (If Albert Einstein, who was rated 1800, were to join the team, he�d only rank fifth best.) Chess has transformed the school from one cited in 2003 as a �school in need of improvement� to one of New York City�s best. But a series of recession-driven public school budget cuts now threaten to undermine those hard-won successes.