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

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By Maurice Ashley

Maurice Ashley immigrated to long island from Jamaica on the age of twelve, in basic terms to be faced with the cruel realities of city existence. yet he came across his proposal for a greater existence after stumbling upon a chess e-book and changing into hypnotized via the sport. He may finally holiday the chess world's colour traces by way of changing into a world Grandmaster in 1999.

Ashley discovered that chess innovations might be used as a tutorial device to aid little ones keep away from the pitfalls frequently linked to growing to be up. during this booklet, he serves up compelling anecdotes approximately how chess has absolutely affected younger avid gamers. He additionally deals tips about procedure, tips on how 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 assistance, readers will know how chess suggestions can increase a kid's psychological agility, creativity, and problem-solving abilities. Chess for Success is a much-anticipated source for fogeys, lecturers, counselors, adolescence employees, and chess fanatics.

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Jefferson also wrote that the reason Fra n klin was so popular in France was bec a u se he played c hess \\'ith beau tiful and powerfu l wom e n . Fra nkli n penned the first chess article p u blished in the U nited States and titled it 'The Morals of C hess . " I t shows h is passion and respect for the ga me from the very begi n n ing: ' The Game or Chess is not merely an idle am u sement: several very \·a l u - C ll L S S 1· c> n S U C C L S S -1 5 able q u alities of the m in d , u seful i n the course of h u m a n life , a re to be acq u i red and strengthened b y it, s o as t o be­ come habits ready on all occasion s ; for life is a kind of C h e s s , in which we have often poin ts to gain, and c o m ­ petitors or adversaries to contend w i t h , and in which there is a vast variety of good and ill events, t h a t are, in some d e ­ gre e , t h e effect o f pru d e nce, o r t h e w a n t of i t .

Vliddle Ages, exotic c hess sets were consid ­ ered a status symbol i n the homes of those who could afford t h e m . The period saw many exquisitely carved mas­ terpieces. The most famous were the Lewis chessme n , w h i c h s i t s today in the British M u se u m . D iscovered in 1 8 3 1 on the Isle of Lewis, off the western coast of Scot­ land , the pieces show the solemn expression of an army ready for war. This stood i n d ramatic contrast to the ab­ stract pieces the Arabs p layed with, in respec t to their pro­ hibition against idolatry.

With nothing to do, we d id s t u ff to amuse o u rselves. Some of it was j u s t plain stupid . O n one partic u lar occa­ sion, my friend Leon, who wou l d later become one of my c hess-playing partners, came u p with the idea that we s h ou ld fake an assault in p u blic . A couple of t h e guys tho ugh t that the i d ea could be d angerous, b u t w e finally convinced them that it wou ld be harmless fu n . I 've a lways been a ham, so I volunteered to be the one who w o u l d be the victim.

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