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Maurice Ashley

First African-American Chess Grandmaster; Author, Puzzle Inventor & Motivational Speaker

First African-American Chess Grandmaster; Author, Puzzle Inventor & Motivational Speaker

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Maurice Ashley Biography

Maurice Ashley lives his passion. Through his love for chess, he not only made history as the first African-American International Grandmaster in the annals of the game, but he has translated his love to others as a three-time national championship coach, two-time author, ESPN commentator, iPhone app designer, puzzle inventor and motivational speaker. He has covered every class of elite event, including the World Chess Championships, the US Chess Championships, the Grand Chess Tour and the legendary Man vs. Machine matches between Garry Kasparov and IBM’s Deep Blue.

Maurice has traveled the world as an ardent spokesperson of the character-building effects of chess. Coming from the rough and tough streets of Kingston, Jamaica and Brooklyn, New York, Maurice has tirelessly shared his compelling story with young people in places such as the crime-ridden neighborhoods of Detroit, the townships of Cape Town, South Africa and the poverty-stricken jungles of Belize.

Maurice consults with universities, schools, chess clubs, executives and celebrities on how chess principles and strategies can be applied to improve business practices and assist with personal growth. Maurice also acts as a master of ceremonies and inspirational speaker at business conferences and high-class chess events.

His book, "Chess for Success" (Broadway Books, 2005) crystallizes his vision of the many benefits of chess, particularly for at-risk youth, and he continuously spreads his message of living one’s dream to universities, businesses, chess clubs and non-profit organizations around the globe.

His app, Learn Chess! With Maurice Ashley, has been sold in over 30 countries, and he has received multiple community service awards from city governments, universities and community groups for his work. His drive and enthusiasm always have him on the go. In the fall of 2011, Maurice toured six Caribbean nations to bringing chess, books and technology to kids in the region.

Maurice Ashley Videos

  • Working backward to solve problems - Maurice Ashley
    View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/working-backward-to-solve-problems-maurice-ashley Imagine where you want to be someday. Now, how did...

Maurice Ashley Books

  • Most Valuable Skills in Chess
    Most Valuable Skills in Chess
  • Chess for Success: Using an Old Game to Build New Strengths in Children and Teens
    Chess for Success: Using an Old Game to Build New Strengths in Children and Teens
  • Maurice Ashley Teaches Chess for Beginning and Intermediate Players
    Maurice Ashley Teaches Chess for Beginning and Intermediate Players
  • Maurice Ashley Teaches Chess (First Love from Silhouette)
    Maurice Ashley Teaches Chess (First Love from Silhouette)

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Maurice Ashley is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Maurice Ashley for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Maurice Ashley generally travels from Brooklyn, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are John Legend, Van Jones, Damon Davis, Lee Hawkins and Daymond John. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Maurice Ashley for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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