Maurice Ashley

International Grandmaster of Chess
Maurice Ashley

About Maurice

Maurice Ashley, an International Grandmaster of Chess, is a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center working with the Mindsport Research Network to research and develop curricula centering on how games can be used to effectively impact subject learning online, in classrooms, and in libraries around the world. He served as commentator for the historic Man vs. Machine matches between former world champion Garry Kasparov and IBM’s Deep Blue that marked the first time a computer chess engine defeated a world champion in a sanctioned match. Through his company, Ashley-Parr LLC, Ashley designed a chess curriculum currently used in a study funded by the Department of Education to explore the effects of chess on executive functioning in 4th and 5th graders. Ashley was named 2003 Grandmaster of the Year by the US Chess Federation and has won many awards for his work bringing chess to underserved communities.

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