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07.24.13 Marina Galperina & Nate Cepis

Computer Chess (2013) Andrew Bujalski mumblecored again, into an ’80s tournament between the newest chess-playing computer terminals. Hotel o’ Geeks. ADVENTURES! “Have you ever taken LSD?” Smart, so smart. Surrealism. Or is it? If you like chess, programming or thinking, see this film. If you like film, see this film. If you film, see this […]

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06.14.13 Marina Galperina

At first glance, Andrew Bujalski’s Computer Chess looks like a documentary filmed in the early ’80s. Then, you realize… This could be this year’s best new film. See chess software programmers spend several days in a crappy hotel. There’s a Swiss-style chess tournament: “We get to know the eccentric geniuses possessed with the vision to teach […]

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09.21.12 Lily Streeter

A series of chessboards created by artists such as Tracy Emin, Damien Hirst, Tim Noble & Sue Webster and Paul McCarthy is currently on view at London’s Saatchi Gallery . In this photo set by Happy Famous Artists, you can see that each board is an expression of the artist’s personal style–Barbara Kruger’s board features […]

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07.20.12 Andy Cush

The chess team at Williamsburg’s I.S. 318, a Title 1 middle school, is among the best in the nation. Unfortunately, it’s been plagued by a lack of funding. Time after time, city budget cuts have threatened to shutter the program, and time after time, it has emerged to continued success. Brooklyn Castle, a new documentary, […]

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12.29.10 Bucky Turco

Remember that group of men who were issued summons by the NYPD for playing chess too close to a playground in a public park? A judge did not toss out the charges, but did offer them all ACODs—three of the six took the deal. Two others refused to cop a plea. Famed civil right attorney […]

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11.18.10 Bucky Turco

Cops swooped in and issued summonses to seven men playing chess in an Upper Manhattan park recently. They were using the public chess boards in Inwood Hill Park, but this particular set of tables is located within Emerson Playground, which is off limits to adults not accompanied by children, even when none are around. Local […]

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