Directed by Howard Burton • Documentary • With Prof. Jenny Adams; Pontus Carlsson; Sheriff Tom Dart; Deborah Freeman Fahid, Daniel Gormally; Jovanka Houska; Larry Kaufman; Raymond Keene; Rick Knowlton, Mikhail Korenman; David Kwan; Prof. Wang-Sheng Lee; Russell Makofsky; Elshan Moradiabadi; Tunde Onakoya; Elisabeth Pähtz; Prof. Antonio Panaino; Bruce Pandolfini; Carl Portman; Daniel Rensch; Dr. Ulrich Schädler; Prof. David Smerdon; Elizabeth Spiegel; Irene Sukandar; Theo Wait; Jenny Yan; Hou Yifan. • 2023 • 70 minutes
Part 4 – Contemporary Impact
An in-depth investigation of chess’ present cultural influence through an extensive array of expert accounts. This episode is divided into two main sections. The first section treats chess as a window on three overlapping current issues: our evolving notions of community in the internet age, the modern sports and entertainment complex and gender-related attitudes and experiences. Viewers will be exposed to a spectrum of first-hand accounts from top chess players and major participants in the international chess community. The second section, meanwhile, profiles a number of contemporary applications of chess to education, prisons, social advancement and personal empowerment featuring renowned game
changers such as Tom Dart (Sheriff of Cook County), Mikhail Korenman (Director of Cook County Jail Chess Program), Russell Makofsky (Founder of The Gift of Chess), Elizabeth Spiegel (Brooklyn Castle), Tunde Onakoya (Chess in Slums Africa), Carl Portman (Chess in UK prisons) and more.