“…Currently, there are just over 1,500 grandmasters. They come from all over the world, but Ashley is still the only black person to reach that status.”
Maurice Ashley, Chess’ 1st black grandmaster, enters the Hall of Fame | theGrio
NEW YORK (AP) — Maurice Ashley was 14 when he saw a high school friend playing chess and challenged him to a match. He lost badly, but it sparked a love affair that started him playing nearly non-stop ever since.