Based on the true story of Eugene Brown who spent much of his life making bad moves. Prison changed him, or more accurately, it's what he did to kill time in federal prison that changed him; he learned chess. When Eugene is released from prison, he is like many ex- cons - trying to find work, rebuild damaged relationships with his family and struggling to find a place in society. But Eugene changes his life through chess. He beings by teaching the most undisciplined, most troubled youth the game. As they learn the game they learn Eugene's mantra, "Always think before you move." Eugene's chess club becomes a huge success, changing the lives of kids who never dreamed of competing in national chess competitions.