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Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 10/13/2011

International grandmaster Maurice Ashley visits D.C.; Need a place to practice your chess?


Chess international grandmaster Maurice Ashley shakes hands with students in the District. (Ricky Carioti - The Post)
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.

If you’re an adult wanting to check out the chess scene, there are Meetup groups and local clubs looking for people to drop by. Below is a list of places and parks where you might find some action:

Washington, D.C. Chess Meetup: 6:30 p.m. Monday

1350 Connecticut Avenue

Washington, D.C. 20036

Big Chair Chess Club

4322 Sheriff Road Northeast

Washington, D.C. 20019

Arlington Chess Club

4701 Arlington Blvd.

Arlington, Va. 22203

Dupont Circle chess boards:


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Where else do you go to play chess in the area? Tweet @PostLocal and let us know.

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