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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 B89
 French Defense (22) 
    C01 C18 C16 C17
 Robatsch (12) 
 Scotch Game (11) 
 Caro-Kann (10) 
    B10 B12 B13 B14 B18
 King's Indian (9) 
    E92 E97 E69 E88 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 E41 E45 E47 E42
 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
   E Tate vs Ashley, 1993 1/2-1/2
   Ashley vs A Shaw, 2000 1-0
   Ashley vs A Zelner, 1993 1-0

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

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(born Mar-06-1966, 49 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. DeFirmian vs Ashley 1-046 1988 PhiladelphiaB89 Sicilian
2. Wolff vs Ashley  ½-½37 1988 PhiladelphiaB89 Sicilian
3. J A Rizzitano vs Ashley 0-140 1988 PhiladelphiaB89 Sicilian
4. E Szalanczy vs Ashley  1-028 1988 op, It New York (USA)B82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
5. A Hoffmann vs Ashley 1-032 1989 Ch Manhattan Chess Club, New York (USA)B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
6. Ashley vs D Gurevich 0-1107 1989 Ch New York ( open )E20 Nimzo-Indian
7. Ashley vs J Feigelson  1-032 1989 It, New York (USA)A33 English, Symmetrical
8. J B Hove vs Ashley  ½-½31 1989 It (open), Chicago (USA)B62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
9. Ashley vs M Vucic ½-½6 1989 Ch Manhattan Chess Club, New York (USA)A06 Reti Opening
10. Denker vs Ashley 1-039 1989 Ch New York ( open )A75 Benoni, Classical with ...a6 and 10...Bg4
11. J R West vs Ashley 0-139 1989 Ch USA, USAB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
12. G Garcia vs Ashley  1-038 1989 Ch Manhattan Chess Club, New York (USA)B62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
13. Ashley vs Yermolinsky  0-140 1989 It, New York (USA)A30 English, Symmetrical
14. Wojtkiewicz vs Ashley  ½-½35 1989 Ch New York CA15 English
15. Ashley vs R Stone  0-132 1989 Ch Manhattan Chess Club, New York (USA)A30 English, Symmetrical
16. Ashley vs R Reyes  1-044 1989 Ch New York ( open )A15 English
17. Zsofia Polgar vs Ashley 1-051 1989 07, New York op 12B89 Sicilian
18. Ashley vs D Allan  0-124 1989 It (open), Chicago (USA)A33 English, Symmetrical
19. J Bonin vs Ashley  0-150 1989 It, New York (USA)B06 Robatsch
20. Ashley vs L B Hoyos Millan  ½-½38 1989 NewE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
21. D Shapiro vs Ashley 0-136 1989 Ch New York CE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
22. Ashley vs R Young 1-021 1989 Ch Manhattan Chess Club, New York (USA)A28 English
23. Ashley vs A Lesiege  1-051 1989 Ch New York ( open )A16 English
24. J M Gomez Esteban vs Ashley  ½-½41 1989 03, New York op 12A46 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Ashley vs P Cobert  1-038 1989 It (open), Chicago (USA)A21 English
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Kibitzer's Corner
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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.
Apr-12-11  SetNoEscapeOn: Yet another video featuring professional instruction by Maurice:

Apr-12-11  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.

Apr-12-11  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?

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

Good luck in Reykjavik.

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  twinlark: Happy birthday, GM Ashley.
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  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.
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 "
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  WannaBe: Figure this is a good place to post this as any.

Sep-27-14  Albertan: "Can grandmaster Maurice Ashley turn chess into a glitzy, Las Vegas-style spectator sport?"
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.

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  jakaiden: I'm off to play in the Millionaire Chess!!!
Oct-20-14  ketchuplover: I hope you had a great time
Oct-20-14  john barleycorn: <jakaiden> hope you got out of it what you expected. can you please give some feedback?
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