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Ashley 
Photo courtesy of Maurice Ashley.  
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.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (51) 
    B90 B30 B43 B31 B87
 French Defense (22) 
    C01 C18 C16 C17
 Robatsch (12) 
    B06
 Scotch Game (11) 
    C45
 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) 
    B62
 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 L Christiansen, 2002 1-0
   R Rubenchik vs Ashley, 2000 0-1
   Ashley vs Weeramantry, 1991 1-0
   Ashley vs A Shaw, 2000 1-0
   E Tate vs Ashley, 1993 1/2-1/2
   Ashley vs A Zelner, 1993 1-0
   Ashley vs J Friedel, 2001 1-0
   Ashley vs Waitzkin, 1997 1-0
   Ashley vs B Kreiman, 1992 1-0

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

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

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MAURICE ASHLEY
(born Mar-06-1966, 49 years old) Jamaica (federation/nationality United States of America)

[what is this?]
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: http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp...

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 A 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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Aug-18-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  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?

Mar-06-12  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Ashley!

Good luck in Reykjavik.

Mar-06-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: Happy birthday, GM Ashley.
Mar-06-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Happy B-Day. :)
Mar-19-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Dec-12-13  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 "http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mayu-...
Sep-06-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Figure this is a good place to post this as any.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/01/u...

Sep-27-14  Albertan: "Can grandmaster Maurice Ashley turn chess into a glitzy, Las Vegas-style spectator sport?" http://www.cbc.ca/asithappens/featu...
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
http://www.uschess.org/content/view...
One of his norms was at a tournament in Germany if I remember correctly from Maurice Ashley.com. 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
Premium Chessgames Member
  jakaiden: I'm off to play in the Millionaire Chess!!!
Oct-20-14  ketchuplover: I hope you had a great time
Oct-20-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

"INDEED"

"AND ARONIAN IS SHAKING HIS HEAD AT THE MOVE HE JUST MADE"

"THE ENGINES ARE GOING CRAZY!!! IF BLACK FINDS THIS MOVE, ITS ALL OVER BUT THE CRYING FOR WHITE."

"WESLEY SO.. FORFITTED IN HIS FIRST US CHAMPIONSHIP OH MY GOD IS THIS EVEN POSSIBLE? NOTE TAKING? A PLAYER OF HIS CALIBER?"

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.

Aug-11-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  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 games.com?
Jan-18-16  Chess Is More: A good player. One of the very few strong Black chess players in the world.

Blacks run faster, but Whites play better chess.

Jan-18-16  Petrosianic: Which one likes guacamole more?
Jan-18-16  Chess Is More: <Petrosianic: Which one likes guacamole more?>

According to a study by USAF, whites tend to prefer soups, stews, and puddings more than blacks do. Blacks prefer fruit drinks and juices, meats, cereals, green vegetables, and fresh and canned fruits more than whites.

But here's the thing: in the study, white respondents indicated a greater preference for American Italian, and Mexican foods while black respondents indicated a greater preference for soul and southern foods.

Since guacamole is Mexican, I would suppose the answer to your question is: whites like guacamole more.

For further inquiries on the subject I refer you to the USAF study:

<Food Preferences of Whites and Blacks and Males and Females.>

The study is available from:

https://www.researchgate.net

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