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Maurice Ashley
M Ashley 
Photo courtesy of Maurice Ashley.  

Number of games in database: 386
Years covered: 1987 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2440
Highest rating achieved in database: 2579
Overall record: +147 -104 =129 (55.7%)*
   * 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 (52) 
    B30 B43 B90 B47 B87
 French Defense (23) 
    C01 C18 C16
 Robatsch (12) 
 King's Indian (11) 
    E92 E97 E80 E69 E88
 Scotch Game (11) 
 Caro-Kann (10) 
    B12 B10 B13 B18
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (67) 
    B62 B89 B22 B90 B52
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (17) 
 Queen's Indian (16) 
    E15 E12
 Nimzo Indian (15) 
    E32 E45 E41 E30 E20
 Queen's Pawn Game (15) 
    A40 A46 A45 D00 D05
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (12) 
    D27 D23 D26 D20
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Ashley vs Weeramantry, 1991 1-0
   M Ashley vs L Christiansen, 2002 1-0
   M Ashley vs R Kempinski, 1997 1-0
   R Rubenchik vs M Ashley, 2000 0-1
   M Ashley vs A Zelner, 1993 1-0
   M Ashley vs Waitzkin, 1997 1-0
   M Ashley vs Shabalov, 1993 1-0
   M Ashley vs A Shaw, 2000 1-0
   E Tate vs M Ashley, 1993 1/2-1/2
   N Vulicevic vs M Ashley, 1998 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   New York Enhance (1993)
   New York Murphy-ACF (1994)
   New York ACC (1993)
   Saitek US Masters (1998)
   Marshall CC Winter International (1993)
   102nd US Open (2001)
   New York State Championship (1991)
   28th World Open (2000)
   New York Open (1991)
   Groningen Open (1990)
   New York Open (1989)
   New York Open (1992)
   20th World Open (1992)
   New York Open (1993)
   Reykjavik Open (2012)

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

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

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(born Mar-06-1966, 57 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:

Wikipedia article: Maurice Ashley

 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 386  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Ashley vs A Soltis  ½-½411987Marshall Weekend SwissE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
2. J A Rizzitano vs M Ashley 0-140198816th World OpenB89 Sicilian
3. E Szalanczy vs M Ashley 1-0281988New York OpenB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
4. de Firmian vs M Ashley 1-046198816th World OpenB89 Sicilian
5. P Wolff vs M Ashley  ½-½37198816th World OpenB89 Sicilian
6. M Ashley vs R Young 1-0211989Manhattan CCA28 English
7. A Ivanov vs M Ashley  1-040198917th World OpenB58 Sicilian
8. J R West vs M Ashley 0-1391989Chicago opB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
9. M Ginsburg vs M Ashley ½-½611989Manhattan CCA04 Reti Opening
10. D Edelman vs M Ashley  ½-½101989New York ManhattanB56 Sicilian
11. W Shipman vs M Ashley  1-0401989Manhattan CCB06 Robatsch
12. G Garcia vs M Ashley  1-0381989Manhattan CCB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
13. M Ashley vs M Zlotnikov  1-0521989Manhattan CCE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
14. A Hoffmann vs M Ashley 1-0321989Manhattan CCA07 King's Indian Attack
15. J Bonin vs M Ashley  0-1501989Manhattan CCA40 Queen's Pawn Game
16. D Shapiro vs M Ashley 0-1361989New York ManhattanE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
17. M Ashley vs M Brooks  0-1451989New York ManhattanA16 English
18. Wojtkiewicz vs M Ashley  ½-½351989New York ManhattanA15 English
19. M Ashley vs J Bonin  ½-½421989Manhattan CCA04 Reti Opening
20. M Ashley vs R Stone  0-1321989Manhattan CCA30 English, Symmetrical
21. M Ashley vs Yermolinsky  0-1401989Manhattan CCA30 English, Symmetrical
22. M Ashley vs L B Hoyos Millan ½-½381989Manhattan CCE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
23. M Ashley vs M Vucic ½-½61989Manhattan CCA06 Reti Opening
24. M Ashley vs J Feigelson  1-0321989Manhattan CCA33 English, Symmetrical
25. D Shapiro vs M Ashley  0-1421989New York OpenE12 Queen's Indian
 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 386  PGN Download
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Oct-06-15  Moszkowski012273: Is "Millionaire" really not being covered by chess
Feb-16-16  happyjuggler0: Maurice Ashley incognito vs chess hustler:

Feb-16-16  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.

Feb-16-16  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.

Feb-16-16  zanzibar: <JimB> only 5-10x's? You modest stud you.
Feb-16-16  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.
Mar-06-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Maurice Ashley.
Mar-06-17  ambongtumbong: Happy Birthday GM Maurice
Mar-06-17  Doniez: Happy birthday to my favourite chess commentator (along with Yasser and Alejandro and GM Svidler)
Mar-06-17  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!
Mar-06-17  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.

Nov-10-17  diagonal: Maurice Ashley at <Pan Pacific 1995 in San Francisco>, the premier big event of his career, playing Korchnoi, Nunn, Hübner, Browne, Christiansen, DeFirmian, Gulko, Tisdall, Waitzkin, and two ladies; funny group shot of most of the participants plus officials:
Nov-10-17  diagonal: They still have written a tournament book in 1995, the year when Netscape (the computer services company known for its web browser, Netscape Navigator) made an extremely successful IPO, and Windows 95 was launched by Microsoft; well, the 1995 Pan Pacific chess tournament book from James Eade with annotations by Nick DeFirmian tells:

<Organized to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations' charter in San Francisco in 1945, the tournament combined playing strength and diversity in an unprecedented fashion.

The roster of stars spanned generations, crossed political and economic boundaries, and included the women's World Champion, Xie Jun, of China, and history's strongest African-American chess player, Maurice Ashley, of New York. Whether young or old, man or woman, communist or capitalist, there was someone for everyone.

These champions from the former Soviet Union, China, England, Germany, Norway, Switzerland and the United States vied for supremacy for two grueling weeks.

It was only fitting that such a competitive event was ultimately won by the greatest fighter of them all, Viktor Kortchnoi.>

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  FSR: Some people call him Maurice 'cause he speaks of the pompatus of love.
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  MissScarlett: Early prototype of the Ashley T2000:

Feb-12-21  Poisonpawns: Danny Rensch vs Ashley at foxwoods in 2000
Oct-05-21  TheBish: For some reason, there are only 3 of the 9 games Ashley played at the 1999 Manhattan Chess Club March International, the tournament where he gained his final GM. One of the games missing is from round 8, the game he won (before losing the last round game) to give him the score needed for a GM norm. I found that game here, in GM Kavalek's Washington Post column:

The game score is:

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 g6 4. Ngf3 Bg7 5. h3 Nf6 6. e5 Ne4 7. Nxe4 dxe4 8. Ng5 c5 9. Bc4 O-O 10. c3 cxd4 11. cxd4 Nc6 12. Be3 Na5 13. Bb3 Nxb3 14. Qxb3 b6 15. Nxe4 Be6 16. Qa3 f5 17. exf6 exf6 18. O-O f5 19. Ng5 Bc4 20. Rfc1 Bd5 21. Bf4 h6 22. Nf3 Bxf3 23. Qxf3 Qxd4 24. Rc7 Rad8 25. Rxa7 g5 26. Be3 Qxb2 27. Rf1 f4 28. Bc1 Qf6 29. Qb3+ Kh8 30. Ba3 Ra8 31. Rd7 Rfd8 32. Be7 1-0

Oct-07-21  Albertan: Chess Grandmaster Maurice Ashley on renewed interest in the game:

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