Then he moved to the Usa where he eventually found a love for chess. Ashley earned the title of national master in 1986, and rose up the ranks to become the very first African American international grandmaster in 1999. He’s written in regards to the sport in such publications as Chess for Success (2005).
His mom left him and his siblings in the care of the grandmother when he was only 2 years old. She went to America to seek out work. The remaining family joined her in 1978 in Nyc Ashley started playing chess in the age of 14. At Prospect Park in Brooklyn, he played countless games against mature and wiser players. But Ashley continued to practice and his determination brought success. He became a national master in the age of 20.
While a pupil in the City College of New York, Ashley took a part time occupation as a chess trainer. He helped the team in the Harlem’s JHS 43 public school win the 1991 national tournament. “These weren’t children who’d chess coaches when they were 5 or 6 years old,” Ashley afterwards described to Ebony magazine. “They’d just been playing chess for several years, and they conquered the top private schools in the state. That has been a stunner.”
Ashley went to train at another Harlem school, the Mott Hall Middle School, and led his pupils there to success in the both the 1994 and 1995 junior varsity tournaments. While he was helping others shine, however, Ashley found his own game was falling, so he chose in 1997 to take a rest from training to give attention to executing his own vision to become a grandmaster. Ashley made history in 1999, when he became the very first African American international grandmaster. Ashley continued to shine, becoming the very first African American be eligible for the U.S. tournaments in more than 150 years in 2002.
Ashley continues to be generous with his wisdom and expertise. In 1999, he created the Harlem Chess Center, where he trained young chess players. In 2005, he released Chess for Success, marketing chess as an instrument for enhancing pupil achievement. The exact same year, he found the Generation Chess contest. Also, Ashley developed a favorite program called Learn Chess with Maurice Ashley. A resident of Nyc, Ashley and his wife, Michele, have two kids, Nia and Jaden.