Storyteller, "The Moth"
Maurice Ashley made history as the first African-American International Grandmaster of Chess, and has managed to translate his love to others as a three-time national championship coach, two-time author, iPhone app producer, puzzle inventor, DVD creator, ESPN commentator, and motivational speaker. He has traveled to universities, businesses, chess clubs and nonprofit organizations around the globe to spread his message of living one’s dream. His book, Chess for Success, crystallizes his vision for the character-building effect of chess, particularly for at-risk youth. Ashley is a Director’s Fellow at the MIT Media Lab and is the co-organizer of the Millionaire Chess Open, the highest-stakes open chess tournament in the world.