Chess for Success

Chess for Success : Using an Old Game to Build New Strengths in Children and Teens

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Maurice Ashley immigrated to New York from Jamaica at the age of twelve, only to be confronted with the harsh realities of urban life. But he found his inspiration for a better life after stumbling upon a chess book and becoming hypnotized by the game. He would eventually break the chess world's color lines by becoming an International Grandmaster in 1999.
Ashley realized that chess strategies could be used as an educational tool to help children avoid the pitfalls often associated with growing up. In this book, he serves up compelling anecdotes about how chess has positively affected young players. He also offers tips on technique, how to make the game fun for children of all ages and levels, and how to overcome the myth that chess isn't cool. Through his guidance, readers will understand how chess strategies can improve a child's mental agility, creativity, and problem-solving skills. Chess for Success is a much-anticipated resource for parents, teachers, counselors, youth workers, and chess lovers.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 268 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.3 x 22.9mm | 294.84g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0767915682
  • 9780767915687
  • 1,088,402

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"It's a great message of hope, that chess can be one piece of the puzzle to help our young people shine. It's what we all want for our kids." --Will Smith"Chess improves strategic thinking, attention span, patience, camaraderie, and sportsmanship. Maurice Ashley is not only an International Grandmaster as a chess player but also as a teacher and activist." --Wynton Marsalis "Maurice Ashley has been like a brother to me since I was twelve years old. I know the man, I know the competitor, I know the artist, and I know the teacher. There is no better source for the abundance of educational potential bubbling from the game of chess. Read this book!" --Josh Waitzkin, International Chess Master and subject of the book and film "Searching for Bobby Fischer."
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Maurice Ashley immigrated to New York from Jamaica at the age of twelve, only to be confronted with the harsh realities of urban life. But he found his inspiration for a better life after stumbling upon a chess book and becoming hypnotized by the game's philosophies; his dedication would eventually lead him to break the chess world's color lines by becoming an International Grandmaster in 1999. During his ascent to chess's pinnacle, Ashley realized that chess strategies could be used as an educational tool to help children avoid the pitfalls often associated with growing up. In this book, he serves up compelling anecdotes about how chess has positively affected young players. He also offers tips on technique, how to make the game fun for children of all ages and levels, and how to overcome the myth that chess isn't cool. Through his guidance and references to various developmental theories, readers will understand how chess strategies can improve a child's mental agility, creativity, and problem-solving skills."Chess for Success is a much-anticipated resource for parents, teachers, counselors, youth workers, and chess lovers.
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About Maurice Ashley

MAURICE ASHLEY was named 2003 Grandmaster of the Year by the U.S. Chess Federation. He has been profiled by such publications as the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and USA Weekend. He lives with his family in Queens, New York.
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