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Game of Kings by Michael Weinreb

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Game of Kings: a year among the geeks, oddballs and geniuses who make up America's top high school chess team by Michael Weinreb (c2007)

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Edward R. Murrow High School in New York City is a bit of an anomaly. It's a public inner-city school with a large minority and immigrant population, but the classroom and curriculum structure are both unconventional and unrestricting with independent study at the forefront. Students either sink or swim in such a free environment, but those that do swim often thrive. Such is the case for the Murrow chess team. Murrow has seemingly come from nowhere to win numerous city, state and national championships and now stands out as a dynasty in a field of opulent opponents.

In Game of Kings, Weinreb tags along with the Murrow chess team for a year and documents their individual and collective ups and downs and the ever-present quirkiness that surrounds it all. The team is comprised of such an odd lot of true characters that you can't help but root for them all the way. Check(mate) catalog for availability.

Note: The title for the first printing of this book was The Kings of New York.

- submitted by Tom @ MPL Central

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