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Students challenged by International Grand Master of Chess

Chess master Maurice Ashley, who was the first and only African-American to attain the title of International Grand Master of Chess (1999), brought his expertise -- and a life challenge -- to CMSD students at John F. Kennedy and Max Hayes/New Tech West high schools on Friday, Oct. 25.

Ashley, who has been called the "Tiger Woods of Chess" and who was named Grandmaster of the Year in 2003 by the U.S. Chess Federation, demonstrated his own chess software for students -- and challenged them to an increasingly difficult series of moves in front of their peers.

He also challenged them to excel academically and financially, however, using the chess mindset to encourage them to think ahead, to consider their "last move" long before their first move.