Chess for Success: Using an Old Game to Build New Strengths by Maurice Ashley

By Maurice Ashley

Maurice Ashley immigrated to ny from Jamaica on the age of twelve, merely to be faced with the cruel realities of city lifestyles. yet he chanced on his suggestion for a greater existence after stumbling upon a chess ebook and changing into hypnotized through the sport. He could ultimately holiday the chess world's colour traces via changing into a world Grandmaster in 1999.

Ashley learned that chess innovations may be used as a tutorial instrument to assist young children keep away from the pitfalls frequently linked to starting to be up. during this e-book, he serves up compelling anecdotes approximately how chess has absolutely affected younger avid gamers. He additionally deals tips about strategy, tips to make the sport enjoyable for kids of every age and degrees, and the way to beat the parable that chess is not cool. via his information, readers will know how chess concepts can increase a kid's psychological agility, creativity, and problem-solving abilities. Chess for Success is a much-anticipated source for fogeys, academics, counselors, formative years employees, and chess fans.

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B u t c h es s so inform ed and infl u enced everyth ing about my life that I can say, witho u t exaggeration , that I would not be t h e person I am today had it not b een for this anc ient gam e. Tw o A BRIEF H I S T O RY OF C HESS Tlz e c/1essboard is tlze ivorld, tlie pieces are tl1e p'1e110111e11n of the Unil'erse, tlze rules of tlie ga111e are wliat we call tlie laws of Nature. The player on tl1e otl1er side is li idden fro 111 /IS. - 1 1 1 0 1\ l . \ S i l l U \ L L Y. '\ I I '- I O P E N I N G T H E O RY Chess h a s been a part of my life for twenty-five years, b u t its h is tory is very long and varied with an origin steeped i n legend a n d conjectu re .

Vhile many of his contem poraries slowly m a n e u ­ vered for position, t rying t o ind uce a slight weakness that Lhey c o u ld massage to s low but s u re vic tory, Tai was con­ sumed by the ever-present com p u l s ion to attac k. H i s pie c es moved l i ke s harks sniffing blood i n t h e water. H i s g

There was also Hannie S i m pson, closest to m e i n age , who noted m y enth usiasm and took me under h i s wing: o u r many skirmishes hardened me for international com­ petition in the years ahead . And \Nillie J o h n s o n , nick­ named Pop bec a u se he had a c h ild as a teenager, who spotted my t a le n t early and became like a su rrogate father to me, giving m e time, advice, and even money whenever he saw I needed a little help. Only later \·vou ld I rea lize t h e i r im portance t o me role mod e ls .

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