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Maurice Ashley
Photo courtesy of Maurice Ashley.  
Number of games in database: 368
Years covered: 1988 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2440
Highest rating achieved in database: 2579

Overall record: +138 -100 =124 (55.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 6 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (51) 
    B30 B90 B43 B89 B47
 French Defense (22) 
    C01 C18 C16 C17
 Robatsch (12) 
 Scotch Game (11) 
 Caro-Kann (10) 
    B12 B10 B13 B14 B18
 King's Indian (9) 
    E92 E97 E94 E88 E69
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (67) 
    B62 B89 B22 B90 B56
 Queen's Indian (16) 
    E15 E12
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (16) 
 Nimzo Indian (14) 
    E32 E45 E41 E42 E20
 Queen's Pawn Game (12) 
    A46 A40 A45 D05 E00
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (11) 
    D27 D26 D23 D20
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Ashley vs L Christiansen, 2002 1-0
   Ashley vs R Kempinski, 1997 1-0
   Ashley vs Weeramantry, 1991 1-0
   R Rubenchik vs Ashley, 2000 0-1
   Ashley vs A Shaw, 2000 1-0
   N Vulicevic vs Ashley, 1998 0-1
   E Tate vs Ashley, 1993 1/2-1/2
   Ashley vs A Zelner, 1993 1-0
   Ashley vs Waitzkin, 1997 1-0
   Ashley vs J M Hodgson, 1997 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Reykjavik Open (2012)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1998 Bermuda by gauer
   1997 World open by gauer

   🏆 Simultaneous Exhibition
   Ashley vs A Latham (Oct-25-13) 1-0, exhibition
   R Hardarson vs Ashley (Mar-12-12) 0-1
   J Haarr vs Ashley (Mar-11-12) 1/2-1/2
   Ashley vs A Hobber (Mar-11-12) 1-0
   Ashley vs E H Jensson (Mar-10-12) 1/2-1/2

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(born Mar-06-1966, 51 years old) Jamaica (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Maurice Ashley was born in St. Andrews, Jamaica in 1966. In 1999, Maurice became the first African-American to achieve the grandmaster title. Always promoting chess among youth, he coached the Raging Rooks of Harlem, and the Dark Knights (also from Harlem), both of which have won national championships under his guidance. In September of 1999, he opened the Harlem Chess Center which has attracted such celebrities as Larry Johnson and Wynton Marsalis.

Ashley was named 2003 Grandmaster of the Year by the U.S. Chess Federation. He makes appearances all over the country and in the Caribbean speaking to young people and adults about chess and its benefits, and promoting the game generally.

Chessbase article about Ashley's <Caribbean Tour> in late 2011 and early 2012, including links to earlier articles about the countries he visited in the region promoting the game:

Wikipedia article: Maurice Ashley

 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 368  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J A Rizzitano vs Ashley 0-1401988PhiladelphiaB89 Sicilian
2. E Szalanczy vs Ashley 1-0281988op, It New York (USA)B82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
3. DeFirmian vs Ashley 1-0461988PhiladelphiaB89 Sicilian
4. Wolff vs Ashley  ½-½371988PhiladelphiaB89 Sicilian
5. Ashley vs M Vucic ½-½61989Ch Manhattan Chess Club, New York (USA)A06 Reti Opening
6. Denker vs Ashley 1-0391989Ch New York ( open )A75 Benoni, Classical with ...a6 and 10...Bg4
7. D Shapiro vs Ashley 0-1361989Ch New York UUSAO CE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
8. Ashley vs J Feigelson  1-0321989It, New York (USA)A33 English, Symmetrical
9. Ashley vs D Allan  0-1241989It (open), Chicago (USA)A33 English, Symmetrical
10. A Ivanov vs Ashley  1-0401989WorldB58 Sicilian
11. Ashley vs R Stone  0-1321989Ch Manhattan Chess Club, New York (USA)A30 English, Symmetrical
12. Ashley vs R Reyes  1-0441989Ch New York ( open )A15 English
13. Ashley vs M Brooks  0-1451989Ch New York UUSAO CA16 English
14. Ashley vs Yermolinsky  0-1401989It, New York (USA)A30 English, Symmetrical
15. Ashley vs P Cobert  1-0381989It (open), Chicago (USA)A21 English
16. J R West vs Ashley 0-1391989Ch USA, USAB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
17. Ashley vs R Young 1-0211989Ch Manhattan Chess Club, New York (USA)A28 English
18. Ashley vs A Lesiege  1-0511989Ch New York ( open )A16 English
19. D Edelman vs Ashley  ½-½101989USA, Ch Manhattan Chess Club New YorkB56 Sicilian
20. J Bonin vs Ashley  0-1501989It, New York (USA)B06 Robatsch
21. Ashley vs L B Hoyos Millan  ½-½381989Manhattan Chess ClubE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
22. M Cronin vs Ashley  ½-½211989It (open), Chicago (USA)A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
23. Zsofia Polgar vs Ashley 1-051198907, New York op 12B89 Sicilian
24. Ashley vs M Zlotnikov  1-0521989Ch Manhattan Chess Club, New York (USA)E67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
25. Ashley vs A Lein 0-1341989Ch New York ( open )A28 English
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Oct-03-14  Check Mage: @Eopithecus

His hottest year was 1999, and unfortunately the chessgames database only includes 6 of his games from that whole year. He earned his GM title in 1999 at the Manhattan International scoring 6/9 getting his 3rd norm. There's no way to achieve a performance rating of 2600 in 3 different tournaments (the 3 norm requirement) without beating stiff competition. From the USCF website
One of his norms was at a tournament in Germany if I remember correctly from Maurice It appears he has changed his website and I can't find it anymore. His website is now overwhelmed with the Millionaire Chess initiative.

Oct-06-14  jakaiden: I'm off to play in the Millionaire Chess!!!
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  ketchuplover: I hope you had a great time
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  john barleycorn: <jakaiden> hope you got out of it what you expected. can you please give some feedback?
Aug-11-15  dale2222222: Why is Maurice Ashley so awkward when he gives lectures/commentates? Does he have autism or a social disability, or is he just simply really awkward?
Aug-11-15  1850Patzer: I used to dislike Ashley, and I still do to an extent because of his horrible idea Millionaire Chess.

But he is the only reason I can watch the St. Louis broadcasts for tournaments anymore.

Shahade is obviously eye candy for those who will never touch a woman. She contributes nothing to the game commentary, and whenever she does the other host will go 2 to 3 moves deeper and refute her plans. Sitting there playing with her hair on camera, making faces at the camera, and her horrible attempts to flirt with players... smfh.. not to mention she's a very big feminist activist and takes every chance to promote US Women's Champ Blunderfest.

Seirawan/Ramirez are good, but they can be a bit boring at times.

And then there's Ashley whose phrases and attempt to excite positions never cease to amuse me.





There are many more which I know ive forgotten, but im pretty sure the dude used to be a sports commentator and is trying really hard to bring energy into a game which is almost as fun as watching paint dry.

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  perfidious: <1850Patzer....Shahade is obviously eye candy for those who will never touch a woman....>

At best, though a quite competent player--while not in the same league as the GM commentators.

Oct-06-15  Moszkowski012273: Is "Millionaire" really not being covered by chess
Feb-16-16  happyjuggler0: Maurice Ashley incognito vs chess hustler:

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  zanzibar: I want to know about the knight move in the middle of the game(*)- does that other guy do that often or was that just a one-off?

(*) If you watch the video, you know which one I'm talking about.

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  Jim Bartle: Amazing the way the guy tried to cheat.

I do wonder what happened before the game, why the guy didn't smell a rat. After all it's not typical to have multiple cameras filming a game with a number of people watching. It's only happened with me 5 or 10 times.

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  zanzibar: <JimB> only 5-10x's? You modest stud you.
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  Jim Bartle: Yes, usually filming for America's Funniest Bloopers.
Feb-16-16  happyjuggler0: The video can now be found here:
Feb-18-16  Ogma: And courtesy of "VieMerveilleux" on YouTube, here's the game:

1. b4 e5 2. a3 Nf6 3. Bb2 d6 4. d3 Be7 5. Nd2 O-O 6. Rb1 a5 7. Ngf3 axb4 8. axb4 Nc6 9. c3 Re8 10. e4 Bg4 11. Be2 Bf8 12. O-O d5 13. h3 Bh5 14. exd5 Nxd5 15. Nh2 Bxe2 16. Qxe2 Nf4 17. Qf3 Qxd3 18. Qxd3 Nxd3 19. Nhf3 Ra2 20. Bc1 e4 21. Nd4 Nxd4 22. cxd4 Nxc1 23. Rbxc1 Rxd2 24. Rxc7 Rxd4 25. Rxb7 Rxb4 26. Rxb4 Bxb4 27. Rb1 Bc5 28. Rc1 Re5 29. Kf1 f5 30. Ke2 g5 31. g3 Kf7 32. Rb1 Re7 33. Rb5 Rc7 34. Kf1 Ke6 35. Ke2 Kd5 36. Rb1 Ra7 37. Rd1+ Bd4 38. Kf1 Ra2 39. f4 exf3e.p. 40. Rxd4+ Kxd4 0-1

Gif version via Amilcar Tavares on YT:

Feb-18-16  Granny O Doul: Seemed to me the guy wasn't sure whether both black knights should be removed or just one, so he took both to be on the safe side. His "trash" talk hardly rose to the level of waste paper.
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  beenthere240: Grabbing 2 knights (at once) seemed economical.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Maurice Ashley.
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  ambongtumbong: Happy Birthday GM Maurice
Mar-06-17  Doniez: Happy birthday to my favourite chess commentator (along with Yasser and Alejandro and GM Svidler)
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  ColeTrane: @ <chess is more> don't be such an idiot.
Mar-06-17  Ironmanth: Happy birthday to you, Grandmaster Maurice! Really appreciate your outstanding chess commentary. Keep reaching for the stars in your plans, sir!
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Maurice Ashley.
Mar-06-17  JimNorCal: I enjoyed the team of Ashley and King in the late, lamented Intel Grand Prix videos. They made a real attempt to make chess entertaining, pioneers in that field in regards to video.
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  tpstar: <trying really hard to bring energy into a game> <make chess entertaining> Agree. He is a key part of the Saint Louis commentary team, helping amateurs follow top level chess in real time. Ashley also handles the post-game interviews which is much harder than it looks.

<Steve Skojec> I will pray that you find the strength and guidance to chart out a new and better course, doing a better job of helping people get to Heaven. I'm sure you will succeed at that.

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