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'Brooklyn Castle' families turn to chess, avoid checkmate by Sandy (+video)

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(Read caption) 'Brooklyn Castle' in theaters Oct. 19, 2012.
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In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, parents struggle to help their children cope with the fact that their homes are no longer their castles and the uncertainty each new day brings. Last night some of the stars of the new documentary film "Brooklyn Castle" talked to me by phone while sitting in the green room of "The Daily Show." They reflected on how chess is their anchor for every kind of storm life throws at them.

 “Chess is about patience and strategy. That’s what you need to get through any kind of tough time, or challenge in life,” said  Pobo Efekoro who was 12 in the film and is now age 16. “We need that now with the challenges we face in this country. In chess, everything you do you need a plan, a series of plans actually. It’s a direct correlation between chess and survival.”

Oh, to be a parent, hearing a teen deliver such an insightful response because a board game helps him organize his mind and analyze what is thrown at him moment to moment!

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