On January 11, 2019, the city of Houston passed a proclamation for “Maurice Ashley Day” in recognition of this contributions to the general chess community. The Mayor of Houston Sylvester Turner received the U.S. Hall of Famer. Maurice Ashley told The Chess Drum that the Mayor Turner was on board with the U.S. Hall of Famer.
What an incredible honor to have Maurice Ashley Day in the great city of Houston proclaimed by Mayor Sylvester Turner in the presence of Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia and Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey at the Chess Academy Scholastic Chess Tournament.… https://t.co/0eWHMX5UUt pic.twitter.com/pwGbW4Zj3c
— Maurice Ashley (@MauriceAshley) January 27, 2019
Out of the dozens of articles written at The Chess Drum chronicling the career of Ashley, he continues to receive recognition from various organizations for his trailblazing path in chess. While he has not been active as a professional player for 15 years, he remains as a principle figure in the game as a motivational speaker, chess promoter/organizer/ambassador and first-rate chess commentator. Congratulations!
Ashley being received by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey. Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia was also on hand for the festivities. Photos courtesy of Maurice Ashley.