The Life-Changing Magic of Chess: A Beginner's Guide with Grandmaster Maurice Ashley (Hardcover)

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By Maurice Ashley, Denis Angelov (Illustrator)
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Maurice Ashley, an African-American grandmaster, is widely well-regarded in the chess scene for his brilliant lectures and writing. He stresses important life lessons in addition to the chess, like seeing mistakes as opportunities for learning rather than setbacks. If you like, feel free to ask me about my chess journey / handle!

- Lee

— From Life-Changing Magic of Chesss (Staff Pick)


Experience The Life-Changing Magic of Chess, a beginner's guide with secrets from Grandmaster Maurice Ashley!

After making history as the chess world's first Black Grandmaster, Maurice Ashley went on to become a three-time national championship coach and commentator. Now he's sharing his passion for chess with YOU!

Discover more about Maurice's story as he recounts his journey from Jamaica to New York to the world stage where he has ranked among the best in the game. Then find your own chess magic as he shows you basic skills like how each piece moves and how to make a start.

When you're ready, follow along with Maurice's step-by-step instructions for 

  • Capturing
  • Checkmates
  • Castling
  • Sacrificing
  • …and more!

Fun-filled, graphic-novel inspired illustrations from Denis Angelov bring Maurice’s tips to life. It’s the perfect beginner’s guide to chess for kids.

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About the Author

Maurice Ashley lives his passion. Through his love for chess, he not only made history as the first Black Grandmaster in the annals of the game but he has managed to translate his love to others as a three-time national championship coach, author, ESPN commentator and motivational speaker. The Life-Changing Magic of Chess is his first book for children. Denis Angelov is a children’s book illustrator who lives in Sofia, Bulgaria. He loves mixing all sorts of media in his work, including gouache, oil pastels, colored pencils, watercolors, and more. If it’s within arm’s reach while he’s drawing, it will most likely end up in the final illustration in some way! Denis also works with lots of wonky shapes and skewed perspectives to add charm and character.

Praise For…

"[T]his book is a superb introduction to chess. Abstract and challenging concepts are rendered with clarity... A great resource for students, parents, teachers, and anyone who needs a friendly, understandable introduction to the game of chess."
— The School Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9781419773396
ISBN-10: 1419773399
Publisher: Magic Cat
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2024
Pages: 40
Language: English
Series: Life-Changing Magic