Chess Stars Helping Brooklyn Castle Plus Free Tickets for Teachers

Nov 15, 2012, 10:07 AM |

The critically acclaimed "Brooklyn Castle" is getting some extra star power to support the film's opening in 3 new cities this weekend. 

On Friday after the 7:05 pm screening in the Boston area, there will be a Q&A with 20 year-old Grandmaster Sam Shankland. While known best in Northern California, Sam is now a student at Brandeis University and will appear at Landmark Kendall Square in Cambridge.

On Saturday after the 7:20 pm screening in Philadelphia, there will be a Q&A with Women's Grandmaster and 2X US Women's Champion Jennifer Shahade along with Patrick Johnston, one of the students featured in the film. They will be appearing at the Landmark Ritz at the Bourse.

Also on Saturday, after the 7:05 screening in San Francisco, 16-year old chess master and 2007 World Youth Chess Champion Daniel Naroditsky will be on hand for a Q&A. Daniel will appear at the Landmark Opera Plaza.

Brooklyn Castle continues to add markets across the country opening on Nov. 21 in Saint Louis, Nov. 23 in Phoenix and Grand Rapids and Nov. 30 in Columbus and Tucson. Check the film's website ( for the latest bookings. 

Free Tickets for Teachers: Also in Brooklyn Castle news, some generous donors have come forward with a donation to pay the cost of admission for any school teacher who wishes to see the film in each of the markets opening this week. Again, visit the website for details, but basically a teacher just has to show up with a valid teacher ID or union card and present it at the box office to receive 1 free ticket.

The USCF hopes this generous offer will be used by chess folks to invite teachers to see the film and gain an understanding of the value of chess in education. The film is proving to be an amazing door opener to educators everywhere it plays.