Ashley inspires Youth

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.


Daaim Shabazz

Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

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