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"He actually came up to me and we started speaking. And from that conversation we were able to come to a meeting of the minds and it seemed as if it was clear to me that he wanted to do similar things to what I wanted to do." -- Maurice Ashley
Maurice Ashley (born March 6, 1966 in St. Andrew, Jamaica) is a chess grandmaster. He is the first and only African-American grandmaster. In the October 2006 rating lists, he had a FIDE rating of 2465, and a USCF rating of 2520 at standard chess, and 2536 at quick chess. Ashley is associated with Chesswise. In 2005 he wrote the book Chess for Success, relating his experiences and the positive aspects of chess. He was the main organizer for the HB global chess event, with the biggest cash prize in history for an open chess tournament. FIDE awarded him the grandmaster title in 1999. Ashley and Englishman James Plaskett are the only two grandmasters to have made it to the studio stage of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?," each in his respective country. In 1992, Ashley shared the United States Game/10 chess championship with Maxim Dlugy.

In 1993, Maurice Ashley was married to Michele Johnson, then a teacher at the Bilingual Center of P.S. 189. On June 5, 1994 the couple gave birth to Nia-Ashanti Ashley, a professional actor, writer and currently attends Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School. Maurice and Michele have remained happily married since then.

Ashley graduated from the College of the City of New York (CCNY), and represented the school in intercollegiate team competition. Always promoting chess among youth, Ashley 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 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 speaking to young people and adults about chess and its benefits.

In 2003 Maurice Ashley wrote an essay The End of the Draw Offer?, which raised discussion about ways to avoid quick agreed draws in chess tournaments.

In 2007 Ashley returned to his birth country of Jamaica and became the first GM to ever participate in a tournament in that country. The tournament, a six round Swiss called the Frederick Cameron Open, was held at the Jamaica Conference center on the 15th and 16th of December 2007. After sweeping a field consisting of several of Jamaica's top players and Barbadian FIDE master Philip Corbin he fell victim to a potential double attack in the final round to Jamaican National Master Jomo Pitterson. He placed second on five points behind Pitterson (5.5).

In 2008, Ashley was featured in an interview for the CNN documentary Black in America.

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Total Books: 56
Pawn Mower Combo Edition
2013 - Pawn Mower Combo Edition [Volume 4] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780615876504
ISBN-10: 0615876501
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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Pawn Mower Deluxe Edition
2013 - Pawn Mower Deluxe Edition [Volume 5] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780615882710
ISBN-10: 0615882714
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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Louis Xiv and the Greatness of France
2009 - Louis XIV and the Greatness of France (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781151089748
ISBN-10: 1151089745
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Most Valuable Skills in Chess
2009 - Most Valuable Skills in Chess (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781904600879
ISBN-10: 1904600875
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John Wildman Plotter And Postmaster A Study Of The English Republican Movement In The Seventeenth Century
Chess for Success  Using an Old Game to Build New Strengths in Children and Teens
The Golden Century Europe 1598 - 1715
2002 - The Golden Century Europe 1598 - 1715 [Phoenix Press] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781842122471
ISBN-10: 1842122479
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The Stuarts
2000 - The Stuarts [A Royal History of England] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780520228009
ISBN-10: 0520228006
Genre: History
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The English Civil War
1997 - The English Civil War (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781840150162
ISBN-10: 1840150165
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Maurice Ashley Teaches Chess for Beginning and Intermediate Players
1997 - Maurice Ashley Teaches Chess for Beginning and Intermediate Players (Other)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780671315795
ISBN-10: 067131579X
Genre: Computers & Technology
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Maurice Ashley Teaches Chess
1996 - Maurice Ashley Teaches Chess (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780671533885
ISBN-10: 0671533886
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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The Battle of Naseby and the Fall of King Charles I
1993 - The Battle of Naseby and the Fall of King Charles I (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780312103217
ISBN-10: 0312103212
Genre: History
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The Life and Times of William I
1992 - The Life and Times of William I [Kings & Queens of England S.] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780297831648
ISBN-10: 029783164X
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
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The English Civil War A Concise History
1990 - The English Civil War a Concise History (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780862997083
ISBN-10: 0862997089
Genre: History
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Charles I and Cromwell
1987 - Charles I and Cromwell (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780413162700
ISBN-10: 0413162702
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History
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People of England Short Social and Economic History
1982 - People of England Short Social and Economic History (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780297781783
ISBN-10: 0297781782
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People of England a Short Social and Econo
1982 - People of England a Short Social and Econo (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780333359655
ISBN-10: 0333359658
Genre: History
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James II
1981 - James II [Everyman Paperbacks] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780460022194
ISBN-10: 0460022199
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England in the Seventeenth Century
1980 - England in the Seventeenth Century (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780686709480
ISBN-10: 0686709489
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General Monck
1977 - General Monck (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780224012874
ISBN-10: 0224012878
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English Civil War
1975 - English Civil War (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780500820025
ISBN-10: 0500820023
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1974 - Age of Absolutism 1648-1775 [History of Western World] (Hardcover)Hardcover
1972 - Oliver Cromwell and His World [Pictorial Biography] (Hardcover)Hardcover
1972 - Life and Times of King John [Kings & Queens of England] (Hardcover)
The Age of Absolutism 1648-1775 [History of the Western World] (Hardcover)