Brooklyn —

The Brooklyn Nets are coming to the Barclays Center, but if you really want to learn about self-esteem, patience, good clean fun, and fair competition, you’d best head across the street.

There, at the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Dean Street, former train conductor Christian Whitted opened New York Chess & Games — and in just four years has turned it into more than a chess shop, but a community youth center.

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