Thursday, July 10, 2008

GM Maurice Ashley

GM Maurice Ashley gave an interview on CNN. The Grandmaster is a dedicated and personable ambassador for chess, tireless in his promotion of the game to inner city youth, and a great role model. (Photo from GM Ashley's website - link below). Here is information from Chessbase:

Ashley on CNN: 'I just knew I would be a great chess player'10.07.2008 – Maurice Ashley is the first black chess grandmaster in history. He is also one of the games finest ambassadors, an ardent spokesman and advocate of the intellectual and character building effects in young people for over 15 years. In a short CNN report, part of the series on "Black in America", he speaks about the driving forces in his life and his career. We bring you Maurice unsquished.

The "unsquished" has to do with video sizing problems that made GM Ashley's head look somewhat flat and fat!

We have a 1999 in-depth interview from Ebony Magazine at Goddesschess. Enjoy!

Visit GM Ashley's website.

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