Maurice Ashley

Maurice Ashley made history as the first African­-American International Grandmaster and translated his love of the game to others as a three­-time national championship coach, two-time author, ESPN commentator, iPhone app designer, puzzle inventor, and motivational speaker. Incredibly passionate about promoting chess, Maurice is now helping to raise the stakes with the Millionaire Chess Open. For over 12 years, he had dreamt about hosting a tournament of this quality and calibre, and is thrilled to have finally realized this goal.
 
Maurice currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.