Chess is King in Brooklyn at weekend NYC school tournament
More than 1,500 students play, highlighting sport's enduring popularity
It’s no wonder that Midwood’s Edward R. Murrow High School made big news this week winning the chess tournament at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge. Brooklyn kids are learning more and more about the exciting game of chess.
Christian Whitted, owner of The New York Chess and Game Shop at Flatbush Avenue, thinks the reason for chess’ popularity is simple. “The freedom to create their own personal, action-packed, drama-filled ‘mind movie’ excites these kids,” Whitted told the Brooklyn Eagle.
“They love the strategic competition and the mystery of the outcome … and of course the possibility of triumphantly capturing one of the ultimate prizes, a bright, shiny, gold trophy really helps motivate them.”