Award-winning journalist Macauley Peterson caught up with Grandmaster Maurice Ashley and got an update on his recent projects, one of which is a new website called, “Maurice Ashley Trains Champions.” His recent intiatives highlight the ever-increasing thrust in scholastic chess and the efforts being made to make chess more prominent in the educational landscape.
Ashley discussed a bit about his projects and also answered questions about the apparent paradox between America’s success in scholastic chess and poor development in professional chess. He cited his own situation as one that affected his tournament activity. Speaking on the pro circuit, he stated, “Professional chess is not there… the conditions are not there… it’s hard to make a living.” Thus, he has set an aggressive approach to coaching and training. He will be conducting several camps in several states.