Maurice Ashley: One Move at at Time March 2023

Maurice Ashley One Move


Welcome to "One Move at a Time," the show where we highlight people and organizations that are advancing our US Chess mission statement to "Empower people, enrich lives, and enhance communities through chess." Show host Dan Lucas, the Senior Director of Strategic Communication at US Chess, talks today with GM Maurice Ashley, who is inspiring a new wave of chess players. In 1999, Ashley earned the title of Grandmaster, the first Black person to do so. Since then, he has become a prolific commentator, covering every class of elite chess. Ashley says his goal this season is to introduce chess to more kids, especially in underserved areas.

Ashley is planning a first-of-its-kind chess tournament for Historically Black College & University (HBCU) students on April 22 in Atlanta. The one-day Swiss System chess tournament aims to create excitement around chess, funnel more Black students into the chess ecosystem and create a hub between other schools. Learn more at, @mauriceashley on Twitter, and @mauriceashleychess on Instagram.

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