The "Tiger Woods" of Chess

Well, I hope not. At least, I mean, I hope this brilliant brother, the first ever Jamaican to become International Chess Grandmaster, won't shill for sweatshop lords [Addendum: Dr. Henry Martie Codjoe just informed me that Woods has opened the Tiger Woods Learning Centre... so perhaps this Brother is not only giving back, but also making up. If so, good on him.] Somehow, I doubt that Brother Maurice Ashley will, especially since he spends so much of his time training young people in Harlem the city he called home after age 12. His programme is named (I love this) the Raging Rooks. (Someone else has a similar programme for young Brothers and Sisters called the Dark Knights.)

His website is here, and you can read an interview with him here where he discusses his book Chess for Success.
One thing's for sure: this aint Fresh.

Also check out this article on Br. Orrin Hudson from USA Today, which says in part: "On a recent afternoon, Orrin Hudson, a former Alabama state trooper, is teaching chess to 14 students in an after-school program. He uses the ancient game to instill a fundamental life lesson: They will win or lose because of choices they make — in real life and on the chess board."

[Addendum: Dr. Henry Martey Codjoe just informed me that Woods has opened the Tiger Woods Learning Centre... so perhaps this Brother is not only giving back, but also making up. If so, good on him.]

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