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Maurice Ashley
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Jamaican born on March 6, 1966, in St. Andrew, Jamaica

  • He earned the title of national master in 1986
  • Ashley made history in 1999, when he became the first African-American international grandmaster.
  • Ashley continued to excel, becoming the first African American to qualify for the U.S. championships in more than 150 years in 2002. The following year, he was named "Grand Master of the Year" by the U.S. Chess Federation.

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