Students learn tips from chess grandmaster at U.S. Chess Championships

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - Monday afternoon in the Central West End, Maurice Ashley was offering up a clinic.

'Chess is a fantastic game to teach young people because they learn so much from the game,' says Maurice Ashley, Chess Grandmaster.  'They`re able to look and analyze and make great decisions and learn from the consequences of bad decisions.'

These kings and queens from the Ferguson-Florissant School District took in a game and a few tips from a grandmaster.

This is the eighth year in a row for the US chess championships to be held in St. Louis, and these students were able to see firsthand where a meeting of the minds is happening daily.

'So Maurice Ashley is the first and only African American Grandmaster and in fact at the opening of the U.S. Championship this year Maurice was inducted into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame,' says Tony Rich, Executive Director Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis

'When I think of Grandmaster I think of somebody powerful that can play a lot and really well,' says Latrisha Moore, 5th Grade Student.

At the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis and Chess Hall of Fame, these Ferguson-Florissant students were all too eager to try their hand and walk in his footsteps.

'Chess is life,' says Ashley.  'Chess allows you to think in superior ways and analyze situations in your life to be able to improve academically.  It`s something that has transformed my life and it`s wonderful to be able to bring that to young people on a daily basis.'