How This Chess Grandmaster Uses the Game to Transform Young Lives

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By Lilly Workneh for The Huffington Post

Maurice Ashley is a man who has expertly mastered the game of chess.

He is a three-time national chess championship coach, a two-time author and an overall world-class chess player. Ashley made history in 1999 when he was the  first African American to achieve the games grand master title and, again, on Wednesday when he became the first black player inducted into the US Chess Hall of Fame.

His latest achievement is inspiring, especially to the young kids who may look up to Ashley and admire his talent. Ashley, who is also a motivational speaker, pays it forward by using the lessons he’s learned from playing the game to help transform young lives. The first lesson he said he teaches kids is to treat life like a game of chess.

“In chess you have to make great decisions on every single move and life is often like that,” Ashley told The Huffington Post in a video which focuses on him and the transformative power of chess.

Ashley said playing chess comes with many invaluable lessons. In fact, he has launched dozens of chess school programs in cities all over the country, including Ferguson, Missouri. The chess programs teach the students how the rules of the game can be practiced in real life, too, which he said he hopes will help encourage the kids to pursue their dreams.

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