Maurice Ashley…….. The First Black Grandmaster in History
Maurice Ashley made history when he became the first African-American to attain the coveted title of International Grandmaster of Chess in 1999. He has been an ardent spokesman and advocate of the intellectual and character building effects in young people for over 15 years. GM Ashley is the world’s premier and live chess commentator for ESPN. He is a renowned speaker and consultant who has spoken to several universities and professional organizations nationally.
GM Ashley has received multiple community service awards from city governments, universities, and non-profit groups for his work. His book, Chess for Success (2005, published by Broadway Books), crystallizes his vision of using chess to help at-risk youth. GM Ashley (2007) signed a deal with HBO to make a movie about his Harlem team’s victory at the National Junior High School Championships.