Maurice Ashley is leading a chess camp at Huber Memorial Church in Baltimore. The Brooklyn-based Grandmaster has been singing the virtues of chess for two decades as a chess evangelist. He has been a player, coach, commentator, author and even a fan. Ashley’s story is well-known, but each time he tells it provides an opportunity for him to inspire a few more to join the chess world.
Ashley contends that chess as a game is a misnomer.
“It teaches problem solving, concentration, focus, setting a goal, sticking to it, going all the way, never giving up. It teaches them self-esteem and a belief in themselves that they’re really, really smart and intelligent,” said Ashley.
Kenneth Tabor, who organized the camp, is part of the Knights of Valor Chess Club and believe Ashley has a novel story to tell. Forty-one camp attendees attended the event and many seem to have understood the message.