Maurice Ashley is a Jamaican-American chess grandmaster, author, and commentator. In 1999 he earned the grandmaster title, making him the first black person to attain the title of grandmaster. This heavy hitting conversation focuses on honing the ability to maintain attention, the skill of being able to deal with uncertainty, and a devastating moment in Maurice's life 2 years before winning the title of Grandmaster that led him to doubt his path.   

Where to find Maurice:  


Twitter: @MauriceAshley

Instagram: @Mauriceashleychess  

Watch Maurice Ashley Play Chess Live on Twitch:

00:00 Intro

02:37 Movies about chess masters

09:11 Performance enhancing compounds with chess

12:11 What is a Grandmaster in chess  

20:03 Maurice’s college experience

26:18 What is risk?  

29:45 Mental superpowers

35:42 Maurice in his 20’s

41:07 Moments of doubt

47:15 Invest in yourself before helping others

56:24 Choosing different paths in chess  

1:04:01 Chess teaches you to be more interested in the other

1:09:37 Understanding your opponent’s next move

1:14:19 Comparing patience in chess to other sports

1:20:16 Maintaining complexity and tension  

1:32:10 Intentionally leaving your comfort zone

1:38:02 Grandmaster vs Beginner

1:48:43 Three Stories that shaped Maurice  

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