A Year Among the Geeks, Oddballs, and Genuises Who Make Up America's Top High School Chess Teamby Michael Weinreb
With strict admission standards and a progressive curriculum, Brooklyns Edward R. Murrow High School has long been one of New Yorks public-education success stories, serving a diverse neighborhood of immigrants and minorities and ranking among the nations best high schools. At Murrow, there are no sports teams, and the closest thing to jocks are found on the schools powerhouse chess team, which annually competes for the national championship.
In The Kings of New York sportswriter Michael Weinreb follows the members of the Murrow chess team through an entire season, from cash games in Washington Square Park to city and state tournaments to the SuperNationals in Nashville, where this eclectic bunch competes against private schoolers and suburbanites.
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"Starred Review. Weinreb clearly develops an affection for the eclectic members of the team, and because of the skill he brings to his project, so will his readers." - PW.
"A fascinating subculture sensitively brought to light, along with some troubling questions." - Kirkus.
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