A Look at New York City’s Vibrant Chess Culture

The Subculture of Chess” looks at New York City’s vibrant chess community, from old chess clubs to aspiring young chess players. Directed by Matt Porter, the short documentary is the latest in the Subculture Club series by Thrash Lab.

From Union Square where chess is played for fun and money. To PS 183 where chess is practiced and taught to encourage strategy and friendship. To the New Yorker Hotel for a chess tournament. To the Marshall Chess Club a staple in history where chess players unite. This episode of Subculture Club explores the culture of Chess Players in New York City. Delving into the passions and the dedication to the game, we take a look at the impact the game of chess has on education, personality and community.