Grandmaster Maurice Ashley on chess and mentoring: ‘It matters that I’m black’ – St. Louis American: Local News
International Chess Grandmaster Maurice Ashley made history when he was inducted into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame on April 13 at a ceremony in St. Louis’ Forest Park. “I think being the first African-American is extremely important from a social perspective,” he told The St. Louis American, “and, from a personal perspective, it spoke to everything I have done and dedicated to this sport.”
Asian Chess Championship: Bhakti Kulkarni retains sole lead | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis
Asian Chess Championship: Bhakti Kulkarni retains sole lead 2 0 2 4Thu, 2 Jun 2016-04:47pm , Tashkent , PTIWoman Grandmaster Bhakti Kulkarni played out a solid draw with Dinara Saduakassova of Kazakhstan to retain sole lead while Grandmaster B Adhiban jumped into joint lead following a lucky victory against Petr Kostenko, also of Kazakhstan, in the seventh round of Asian women and open chess championship now underway here.On what turned out to be an excellent day from Indian perspective, Bhakti remained on course for a podium finish for which she would now require one and a half point from the next two rounds. The Indian moved to 5.5 points out of a possible seven and as many as four players trail her a half point behind with just two rounds remaining in the premier women event of the continent.
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Chess, or rather its precursor, shatranj, originated in India. So it was ironic that for much of the modern history of the game, India produced almost no great players.
The country is making up for lost time with a vengeance.
In the last 15 years or so, the popularity of the game has exploded across India with hundreds of thousands of children regularly studying chess and many tournaments springing up supported by India’s growing economy.
The reasons for this renaissance primarily trace back to one man: Viswanathan Anand, 46, the former World Champion. His accomplishments have made him one of the most popular “sports” figures in the country and the recipient of many honors, including the Padma Vibhushan, the country’s second-highest civilian honor, and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India’s highest sports award.
Source: India’s Chess Renaissance
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