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Day November 9, 2012

Rochelle Ballantyne Poised to Become First Female African-American Chessmaster

From the NY Daily News:

Rochelle Ballantyne is getting ready to the chess world in check.

The 17 year-old Brooklyn high school senior and graduate of I.S. 318, a middle school famous for churning out chess champs, is working toward becoming the first African-American female chess master.

Ballantyne, who is the lone female star of the recent documentary Brooklyn Castle, which sheds light on the Williamsburg middle school’s chess program and its impact on its students.

Here’s the trailer for Brooklyn Castle.


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