Move by Move: Life Lessons on and off the Chessboard (Hardcover)

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Move by Move: Life Lessons on and off the Chessboard (Hardcover)

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A little book of life advice drawing on the timeless wisdom of chess from Maurice Ashley, the first African American Chess Grandmaster.

At age thirty-three, Maurice Ashley became the first African American to attain the rank of International Grand Master of Chess. Since that historic moment, he has brought his love of the game to a wide audience as an educator, innovator, and motivational speaker.

In Move by Move, Ashley guides readers through the essential lessons that chess has taught him about life, using both personal examples from his rise from an immigrant kid playing matches in Brooklyn parks to the most rarified levels of competition, as well as insights and anecdotes from fellow notable chess players. In short chapters with practical takeaways, this book reaches from the fundamental to the counterintuitive on subjects ranging from self-knowledge to strategic thinking to the importance of failure. This little book of wisdom is the perfect gift for graduates, chess enthusiasts, and anyone interested in understanding how lessons from the most famous and long-lasting game of strategy can help you reach your personal and professional goals.

NOT JUST FOR CHESS PLAYERS: Chess is timeless. This book is perfect for anyone who plays chess, is chess-aspirational, or just has positive associations with the game. For the reader seeking a motivational book with actionable takeaways, Maurice Ashley offers the perfect authoritative yet accessible volume.

AUTHORITATIVE, EXPERT AUTHOR: Maurice Ashley made history as the first African American Grandmaster in the annals of the game and translates his love of chess to others as a three-time national championship coach, ESPN commentator, NBC National Chess Championships commentator, iPhone app designer, puzzle inventor, and motivational speaker.

GIFTABLE PACKAGE:  This small, jacketed hardcover is elegant and classic, like the game itself. An outstanding gift book for graduation, Father's Day, birthday, retirement, and more, Move by Move also makes a great add-on gift to a chess set or a standalone present for beginner chess players and experts alike.

Perfect for:

  • Readers of self-help, personal growth, and popular business books
  • Anyone seeking guidance on applying strategic thinking to their daily lives
  • Chess players and fans of the game
  • People who loved The Queen’s Gambit and want to learn more about chess
  • Gift for grads and anyone else who may enjoy or benefit from inspirational books
Maurice Ashley is a Chess Grandmaster, an ESPN commentator, a three-time national championship coach, and an author. In 1999 he earned the title of Chess Grandmaster, making him the first African American Grandmaster in the game’s history, and in 2016 he was inducted into the US Chess Hall of Fame. He lives in Florida.
Product Details ISBN: 9781797223650
ISBN-10: 1797223658
Publisher: Chronicle Prism
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2024
Pages: 176
Language: English
“Ashley’s pedagogic expertise makes for elegant and accessible insights, including how to sacrifice valuable pieces to make way for ultimate triumph. Readers need not be chess players to benefit from Ashley’s solid wisdom and inspiring dedication to the game.”

Publishers Weekly


"With the same deftness and power that he brings to his game, Ashley has distilled chess into a beautiful diorama of invaluable life lessons. The endgame? Wisdom!"

—Rainn Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Soul Boom


“With this book, Maurice Ashley has added another gem to the literary world of chess. Drawing from his vast experience as a player, educator, and engaging storyteller, Maurice shares valuable insights into the decision-making process, both on and off the board. Whether you’re eager to grasp the fundamentals of chess strategy or seeking to refine your skills, you will benefit from every chapter of this book and find as much passion for the game as Maurice has.”

—Garry Kasparov, Chess Grandmaster and bestselling author of Deep Thinking and How Life Imitates Chess