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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
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      6 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (51) 
    B90 B30 B43 B31 B87
 French Defense (22) 
    C01 C18 C16 C17
 Robatsch (12) 
 Scotch Game (11) 
 Caro-Kann (10) 
    B10 B12 B13 B18 B14
 King's Indian (9) 
    E92 E97 E88 E69 E94
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (67) 
    B62 B89 B22 B90 B58
 Queen's Indian (16) 
    E15 E12
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (16) 
 Nimzo Indian (14) 
    E32 E45 E41 E47 E30
 Queen's Pawn Game (12) 
    A46 A40 A45 D05 E10
 English, 1 c4 c5 (11) 
    A30 A37 A36
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Ashley vs R Kempinski, 1997 1-0
   Ashley vs Christiansen, 2002 1-0
   Ashley vs Weeramantry, 1991 1-0
   R Rubenchik vs Ashley, 2000 0-1
   E Tate vs Ashley, 1993 1/2-1/2
   Ashley vs A Zelner, 1993 1-0

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

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(born Mar-06-1966, 48 years old) Jamaica (citizen of 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 Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. E Szalanczy vs Ashley  1-028 1988 op, It New York (USA)B82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
2. DeFirmian vs Ashley 1-046 1988 PhiladelphiaB89 Sicilian
3. Wolff vs Ashley  ½-½37 1988 PhiladelphiaB89 Sicilian
4. J Rizzitano vs Ashley 0-140 1988 PhiladelphiaB89 Sicilian
5. M Ginsburg vs Ashley ½-½61 1989 It, New York (USA)A04 Reti Opening
6. M Cronin vs Ashley  ½-½21 1989 It (open), Chicago (USA)A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
7. Ashley vs J Bonin  ½-½42 1989 Ch Manhattan Chess Club, New York (USA)A04 Reti Opening
8. D Shapiro vs Ashley  0-142 1989 Ch New York ( open )E12 Queen's Indian
9. A Ivanov vs Ashley  1-040 1989 WorldB58 Sicilian
10. D Edelman vs Ashley  ½-½10 1989 USA, Ch Manhattan Chess Club New YorkB56 Sicilian
11. A Hoffmann vs Ashley 1-032 1989 Ch Manhattan Chess Club, New York (USA)B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
12. Ashley vs D Gurevich 0-1107 1989 Ch New York ( open )E20 Nimzo-Indian
13. Ashley vs J Feigelson  1-032 1989 It, New York (USA)A33 English, Symmetrical
14. J B Hove vs Ashley  ½-½31 1989 It (open), Chicago (USA)B62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
15. Ashley vs M Vucic ½-½6 1989 Ch Manhattan Chess Club, New York (USA)A06 Reti Opening
16. Denker vs Ashley 1-039 1989 Ch New York ( open )A75 Benoni, Classical with ...a6 and 10...Bg4
17. J R West vs Ashley 0-139 1989 Ch USA, USAB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
18. G Garcia vs Ashley  1-038 1989 Ch Manhattan Chess Club, New York (USA)B62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
19. Ashley vs Yermolinsky  0-140 1989 It, New York (USA)A30 English, Symmetrical
20. Wojtkiewicz vs Ashley  ½-½35 1989 Ch New York CA15 English
21. Ashley vs R Stone  0-132 1989 Ch Manhattan Chess Club, New York (USA)A30 English, Symmetrical
22. Ashley vs R Reyes  1-044 1989 Ch New York ( open )A15 English
23. Zsofia Polgar vs Ashley 1-051 1989 07, New York op 12B89 Sicilian
24. Ashley vs D Allan  0-124 1989 It (open), Chicago (USA)A33 English, Symmetrical
25. J Bonin vs Ashley  0-150 1989 It, New York (USA)B06 Robatsch
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  GrahamClayton: Here is the score of a game Maurice played as part of a 3 board simultaneous exhibition at the Black and Latino Expo at Schenectady, New York in October 2003:

[Event "Simultaneous blindfold exhibition"]
[Site "Schenectady"]
[Date "2003.10.18"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Ashley, Maurice"]
[Black "Rotter, Bobby"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. c4 Bg7 4. Nc3 O-O 5. e4 d6 6. Be2 e5 7. d5 a5 8. Be3 Ng4 9. Bg5 Bf6 10. Bd2 Bg7 11. h3 Nf6 12. Qc2 Na6 13. O-O Nc5 14. Ne1 Nfd7 15. g4 Kh8 16. Ng2 Qe7 17. Ne3 Nf6 18. Bf3 Rb8 19. Kg2 Rg8 20. Rh1 Bh6 21. Rag1 Bd7 22. h4 Bxe3 23. Bxe3 Bxg4 24. Bg5 Bxf3+ 25. Kxf3 Ncd7 26. Ke2 Qf8 27. Qd2 h5 28. f3 Kh7 29. Rc1 Ne8 30. Be3 Nc5 31. Rcf1 Nd7 32. Kd1 Nef6 33. Kc1 Nc5 34. Rd1 Nfd7 35. Kb1 f5 36. Rdf1 f4 37. Bf2 Qe8 38. Rc1 b6 39. b3 Nf6 40. Rhg1 Ncd7 41. Rg2 Rg7 42. Kb2 Nc5 43. Qc2 Qd7 44. Rh1 Qd8 45. a3 Na6 46. Nb5 Nd7 47. Be1 Ndc5 48. b4 axb4 49. axb4 Nd7 50. Rhg1 Nf6 51. Qd3 Qd7 52. Kb3 Rb7 53. Ra2 Nb8 54. Bf2 Rg8 55. Rga1 Rd8 56. Ra7 Rxa7 57. Rxa7 Ne8 58. Bxb6 Qh3 59. Nxc7 Kh6 60. Ne6 Rd7 61. c5 Rxa7 62. Bxa7 Nd7 63. c6 Ndf6 64. Qc3 Qxh4 65. c7 Nxc7 66. Qxc7 Ne8 67. Qf7 1-0

Dec-25-10  nummerzwei: <demand drives what is shown on TV, things don't become popular just because they happen to be on TV.>

I no more believe it is that simple. Regularly showing something on TV considerably influences the demand for it.

Regarding the popularization of chess, I would like to draw attention to Joerg Hickl 's piece here (in German):

The grandmaster singles out 4 areas that are important for making chess more popular:

1)Identifying with individual players
3)Media coverage and PR efforts
4)Youth chess

In my opinion, each of these must be analyzed soberly to be able to do a good job popularizing chess.

In particular, 2) is rather interesting.
What image, if any, does chess have nowadays? I have not been able to come up with a satisfactory answer. 'Our [good] image has always been an asset', writes Hickl. Yet to me it seems as if in the minds of many people chess had become a stereotype, a cliché grown stiff, to some even an immovable target.

I remember a distant relative of mine confidently telling me that thinking time in tournament chess was unlimited. The next thing she said was that she didn't like watching chessmasters ponder over a move for six hours, as if that had ever happened!

It seems to me that something has gone seriously wrong here!

I think I've said enough for now and I'll be happy about some responses.

Mar-06-11  Penguincw: Happy birthday Maurice Ashley! You're 45 today.
Mar-06-11  BobCrisp: <Ashley> could become the first minority President of the USCF. What's the salary like?
Mar-06-11  theagenbiteofinwit: <What's the salary like?>

Depends on who they're suing at the time.

Mar-06-11  Broon Bottle: Bobcrisp, what do you mean 'minority'? In London as in the cities of the US the term has no meaning. We are all Earthings. Peace
Mar-06-11  BobCrisp: <In 1999, Maurice became the first African-American to achieve the grandmaster title.>

Take it up with the relevant authorities.

Remember, I can smell your LIES and your DUPLICITY.

Mar-06-11  theodor: earning the GM title at the age of 33 has something to do withe Jesus! go on ashley, you're the best!
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  Ken MacGillivray: Happy birthday Maurice, I admire the manner in which you are promoting chess and your commentaries are not only well informed but witty and entertaining as well.
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  SetNoEscapeOn: Yet another video featuring professional instruction by Maurice:

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  Shams: <earning the GM title at the age of 33 has something to do withe Jesus! go on ashley, you're the best!>

I guess it's Jesus' fault I'm not a GM, then.

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  HeMateMe: He had a year of biblical proportions.
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  Robin01: Look like he lost in round 1 of the Manhattan Open 2011 to one of Wisconsin's best players, Alex Betaneli.
Sep-09-11  Edwin M: I really like him as a commentator on ChessBase DVD's.
Sep-09-11  MaxxLange: I have 2 of his DVDs, and they are excellent. The first one, "The Secret To Chess", is organized around the idea that Ashley calls "drawback chess". That is, every chess move has something wrong with it. It unprotects squares, or it blocks lines that used to be open, or, at minimum, it provides a new target for attack, just by putting a piece on a square where there was before no piece.

So, when your opponent moves, Ashley says that the first thing to think about it: what's wrong with that move? What's the drawback to it? Is there a way to exploit it?

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  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Ashley!

Good luck in Reykjavik.

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  twinlark: Happy birthday, GM Ashley.
Mar-06-12  Penguincw: Happy B-Day. :)
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  wordfunph: "The word checkmate has power. Like a magical incantation, it confers victory over the mind of another. Grandmasters who have played thousands of games in their long careers still love to utter the word. It makes the eyes light up, the pulse quicken and a smile come from the inside out."

- GM Maurice Ashley

Feb-18-13  pazzed paun: does anyone know more about the article last year in chess life with gm ashley? *he said that no mathematician had ever examined chess* ?What about Em. Lasker?
and he said he was rexamining chess
does anyone know what he meant?
May-04-13  schweigzwang: GM Ashley is providing commentary at the US Championships.
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  ketchuplover: Good luck with the "Millionaire Chess Open" Mr.Ashley
Dec-20-13  Eopithecus: Does anyone know which tournaments were used to give Mr Ashley the GM title. Just from perusing the games casually, it seems he rarely defeats other Grandmasters.
Jul-24-14  Albertan: "How a Chess Grandmaster Is Breaking Barriers to Expand the Audience for His Game "
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  WannaBe: Figure this is a good place to post this as any.

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