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Counting on the reader having a knowledge of only the basic rules of chess, Maurice Ashley introduces the reader to the fundamentals of chess tactics. He brings the pieces to life by examining their innate characteristics and shows how their powers can be put to use to win opponents' pieces or give checkmate. In part one of the book Ashley teaches the seven basic tactical skills which you need to master, using diagrammed examples throughout together with exercises at the end of each chapter. Part two, "The Fabulous Five", is a walkthrough of five of the most celebrated tactical games in chess history which show the basic tactical skills in action.
The book is written in chess teacher Maurice Ashley's inspirational style. He explains: "the approach is unique because it is basically me: the way I teach, the way I talk about chess, the way I think. You'll find my love for the martial art aikido in these pages, as well as my ridiculous love for sports, story-telling and teaching." But his approach is not just entertaining: teams under Ashley's guidance have won nine national junior championships. His charismatic teaching methods are the stuff of legend - and are to be the subject of a movie. This book makes his ideas and material available to all: teachers and students alike.
He has been called the Tiger Woods of chess. In 1999, Maurice Ashley became the first African-American to qualify for the elite Grandmaster title, an achievement that was widely reported in the international media, including Time magazine, USA Today, New York Times, Sports Illustrated and The Times (London). Ashley is one of the highest-profile figures in American chess, and has commentated on the game for ESPN and Channel Four Television (UK). He sees chess as playing a role in helping at-risk youth, and has coached a number of junior teams to victory in national championships, most famously the Raging Rooks of Harlem, whose achievement is to be the subject of an HBO movie. In 2003 he was named Grandmaster of the Year by the US Chess Federation.
Published 2009, softback, 159 pages.