Sunday, November 11, 2012

Brooklyn Castle

The success of the recently launched movie about the single most successful high school chess team in the United States ever, hardly needs comment.

Duly so, they have publicized the movie very well, even writing me a year ago, asking me to mention the movie at The West Orange Chess Club, whose blog I ran for a year, eventually voted in as Secretary.  A great club.  We won the 41st World Team Amateur in Parsippany New Jersey, in 2011.  The blog post, Community: Documentary Brooklyn Castle, ex-Chess Movie, is linked here.

Also, for those who want more, here is a great interview: 'The Creativity of Chess: a Conversation with Elizabeth Spiegel'.

[Addendum, Sun 18 Nov 2012, Nice feature on ever informative NPR's All Things Considered, linked here:   'Kids Prove They're No Pawn in 'Brooklyn Castle'.  Webpage has brief but at top left, click circular audio icon, 'Listen to the Story'.]

I even got to play one of Elizabeth Vicarys' students at the 42nd World Team this last spring.  A no non-sence person if ever there was one, worthy of great respect.  Her blog Lizzy Knows All has been known for some time, I think recently married and now certainly Elizabeth Spiegel [1].  She just went through Hurricane Sandy.  Her blog shows that she has been at this long, long before her school was so well known.

And I have often thought, that with a name like Vicary [2] and such amazingly pretty blue eyes, how can you EVER go wrong??  Seriously.  We wish her the best.

Well, talk show host Jon Stewart is not one to suffer fools very well, so when he goes easy on someone, it is worth taking note who it is, what they are doing, and what they stand for.  Video link here:

[1] Being married to chess IM Greg Shahade, brother of also stunning, well known chess darling, Jennifer Shahade, whether by cause of effect, surely cannot hurt either.

[2] Vicar, def:  'In the broadest sense, a vicar (play /ˈvɪkər/; Latin: vicarius) is a representative, deputy or substitute; anyone acting "in the person of" or agent for a superior (compare "vicarious" in the sense of "at second hand"). In this sense, the title is comparable to lieutenant. Linguistically, vicar is the root of the English prefix "vice", similarly meaning "deputy". 

 'The title appears in a number of Christian ecclesiastical contexts, but also as an administrative title, or title modifier, in the Roman Empire. In addition, in the Holy Roman Empire a local representative of the emperor, perhaps an archduke, might be styled "vicar"'


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