Maurice Ashley, the first African American to win the title of chess’ international grand master, spent the day playing 30 young chess players simultaneously Tuesday. Ashley has made teaching chess to young people his mission, and it makes sense; 37 percent of U.S. Chess Federation members are younger than 13.
Fans of the ancient game — or people who research it — say that chess’ brainy benefits include higher reading and math test scores for children. Organizers of the D.C.-based U.S. Chess Center, the group that hosted Ashley, hosts tournaments and youth activities with that philosophy in mind.
• Washington, D.C. Chess Meetup: 6:30 p.m. Monday
1350 Connecticut Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20036
4322 Sheriff Road Northeast
Washington, D.C. 20019
4701 Arlington Blvd.
Arlington, Va. 22203
• Dupont Circle chess boards:
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