Chess Day at Larchmont Library

Play The State Champ

Saturday, March 8th, 2014 at 11am

Joshua Colas

New York State High School Chess Champion Joshua Colas

New York State High School Chess Champion Joshua Colas will give a chess simultaneous exhibition at the Larchmont Library on Saturday, March 8th at 11am.

In December 2013, Joshua won the 10th Grade National Chess Championship in Orlando, Florida.

Preregister on the Larchmont Library website.

Katie Dellamaggiore

Brooklyn Castle Director Katie Dellamaggiore

Free Screening of Brooklyn Castle with Director Katie Dellamaggiore

Saturday, March 8th at 2pm

Brooklyn Castle Poster

According to studies:

  • Chess boosts brain power in kids.
  • Chess improves IQ.
  • Chess enhances arithmetical skills.
  • Chess hones verbal skills.
  • Chess sharpens critical thinking skills.
  • Chess boosts emotional intelligence and psycho-social skills.

Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Napoleon Bonaparte, Winston Churchill, Will Smith, Bono, and Madonna were or are avid chess players. Tennis legend and six-time Grand Slam singles champion Boris Becker said:

“I used to prepare for my tennis matches by playing chess, and it would get my mind stimulated and focused before going on court. It was essentially a mental warm-up.”

In an interview with The Harvard Business Review, former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov said:

There is nothing cute or charming about chess; it is a violent sport, and when you confront your opponent you set out to crush his ego. The world chess masters with whom I have competed over the years nearly all share my belief that chess is a battleground on which the enemy has to be vanquished. This is what it means to be a chess player, and I cannot imagine that it is very different from what it takes to be a top-ranked CEO.

In approximately 30 nations across the globe, including Brazil, China, Venezuela, Italy, Israel, Russia and Greece, etc., chess is incorporated into the country’s scholastic curriculum. Just as athletics are a part of the required agenda at schools in the United States, Chess has been that way in the European Nations abroad. On March 13th, 2012 the European Parliament endorsed the ‘Chess in European schools’ program.

A documentary called BROOKLYN CASTLE tells the stories of five members of the chess team at Intermediate School 318, a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country and the first middle school team to win the United States Chess Federation’s national high school championship.

Mayor Bloomberg cut the budget, and there is no money for after school programs like the chess team at I.S. 318. Unless the kids can raise $20,000, the famous chess team is dead. Yet, Eva Moskowitz Founder and CEO of the Success Academy held a fundraiser for her charter school chain and raised $7 million in one night.

Young Black Chess Masters

From left, James Black Jr., Justus Williams and Joshua Colas. Their success is a “phenomenon,” one veteran player said.

Fewer than 2 percent of the 77,000 members of the United States Chess Federation are masters — and just 13 of them are under the age of 14.

Among that select group of prodigies are three black players from the New York City area — Justus Williams, Joshua Colas and James Black Jr. — who each became masters before their 13th birthdays.

Zuckerber & Carlsen

Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg playing World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen.

Magnus Carlsen and Bill Gates

Magnus Carlsen also played Microsoft Co-founder and Chairman Bill Gates.

Kasparov & Thiel

Former Chess World Champion Garry Kasparov and Co-founder and former CEO of PayPal Peter Thiel.

Thiel & Bannon

Peter Thiel left and Seth Bannon right.

Some CEOs love chess; others…not so much.

Seth Bannon, the founder of Amicus, a start-up that helps non-profits spread awareness–and raise money–by tapping volunteers’ social networks, is in the former category. Seth Bannon challenged Peter Thiel to a game of blitz chess and later received funding from Thiel’s Founders Fund.


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