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“Maurice Ashley is not only a chess grandmaster, but he is a grandmaster at story-telling. He knows how to get to get kids hooked on the strategies and complexities of chess. In an age where kids too often play video games that are like junk food for the brain, Maurice is getting kids to sharpen their minds and build their character through the ancient game of chess.”—Geoffrey Canada, President/CEO, Harlem Children's Zone, Inc.
Maurice Ashley immigrated to New York from Jamaica at the age of twelve, only to be confronted with the harsh realities of urban life. But he found his inspiration for a better life after stumbling upon a chess book and becoming hypnotized by the game’s philosophies; his dedication would eventually lead him to break the chess world’s color lines by becoming an International Grandmaster in 1999.
During his ascent to chess’s pinnacle, Ashley realized that chess strategies could be used as an educational tool to help children avoid the pitfalls often associated with growing up. In this book, he serves up compelling anecdotes about how chess has positively affected young players. He also offers tips on technique, how to make the game fun for children of all ages and levels, and how to overcome the myth that chess isn’t cool. Through his guidance and references to various developmental theories, readers will understand how chess strategies can improve a child’s mental agility, creativity, and problem-solving skills.
Chess for Success is a much-anticipated resource for parents, teachers, counselors, youth workers, and chess lovers.
Praise for Chess for Success...
“As the first (and only) African American International Grand Master, Maurice Ashley is an historical figure. He is also a superb writer and a compelling teacher who makes learning even the most difficult aspects of chess appear possible. He shows us how chess can be used to put our young people on the path to success.”–Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
“Maurice Ashley has been like a brother to me since I was twelve years old. I know the man, I know the competitor, I know the artist, and I know the teacher. There is no better source for the abundance of educational potential bubbling from the game of chess. Read this book!”–Josh Waitzkin, International Chess Master and subject of book Searching for Bobby Fischer
“This book is inspirational, informative, well written and will no doubt spur on many youngsters to attempt to emulate Maurice Ashley's remarkable success in chess and life.” —Gregory H. Williams, President of the City College of New York
“In Chess for Success, Maurice Ashley has given us a treasure of an educational tool—chess strategies to help our youngsters learn critical life lessons. He is a wise and gifted young man with a powerful message.”—Susan L. Taylor, Editorial Director, Essence Magazine
“Chess improves strategic thinking, attention span, patience, camaraderie and sportsmanship. Maurice Ashley is not only an international grand master as a player but also as a teacher and activist.”—Wynton Marsalis
“Maurice's street savvy gives him instant credibility with children of all ages. I never tire of watching a room full of kids who have absolutely no interest in chess light up as Maurice tells his story. His ideas change lives and needs to be heard. Invest in your child's future; buy this book today.”—Cris Collinsworth, 4-time-Emmy-award winning broadcaster
“Maurice continues to demonstrate the qualities of leadership and innovation which have characterized his chess career.”—Erik Anderson, Founder, America’s Foundation for Chess