The kids in the Edward R. Murrow High School chess team won the national championship of the United Chess Federation in Milwaukee this past weekend. The team won the city and state championships earlier this year, but it was a half-point that pushed them to the top place. Last year, Murrow was tied for first (they've won first a total of six times), so this year's celebration at Chuck E. Cheese must have felt extra sweet.
One of the city's centers of chess activity seems to be around Thompson Street. A great NYC movie - and an vastly underrated one at that - is Searching for Bobby Fisher about a West Village chess genius. And Murrow is one of the best schools in the city.