In one of the most shocking achievements in sports history, the students at Intermediate School 318 Eugenio Maria de Hostos just won the national high school chess championships. Yes, a bunch of middle schoolers took on and defeated the top high schools in the nation. The win is compared to the best college basketball team defeating the team that won the NBA title. The feat is impressive beyond words.
“This is the greatest achievement we’ve ever had, and probably ever will have,” said John Galvin, one of the coaches of the team.
Bill Hall, the executive director for the United States Chess Federation, said he has never seen anything like it. Over the last 12 years, the IS 318 team has won over 12 national championships. Two of the students, Justus Williams and James Black, are 13-year old chess masters.
“The chess geeks are the heroes of the school,” said Katie Dellamaggiore, one of the teachers at their school. “It’s cool to be really smart; it’s cool to be into chess.”
The students are the subject of the new documentary, “Brooklyn Castle,” which chronicles their achievements in chess.