She is best known for appearing in the 2012 documentary Brooklyn Castle. Her USCF rating is 2062, putting her in the 99th percentile of American junior players. Raised in New York City, Rochelle Ballantyne learned to play chess through the -in-the-Schools (Commonwealth of Independent States ) program at Personal 139 in Brooklyn.
She continued with Commonwealth of Independent States in Middle Schoolshe graduated from Intermediate School 318 ( Instruction Section 318) and, later, Brooklyn Technical High School.
Throughout her High School years at Brooklyn Technical, Rochelle was part of the -in-the-Schools College Bound Program and she received special coaching from grandmaster instuctors and academic tutoring and mentoring. She later received a full scholarship to Stanford University, which she is currently attending.
In 2008, at the age of 13, Ballantyne played against Garry Kasparov in a game known as "Harlem Shake". Ballantyne has appeared as herself in one feature film and two television series.
Brooklyn Castle (2012)
Melissa Harris-Perry (2012)
The Jeff Probst Show (2013).