This is what happens when a New York hustler faces a chess Grandmaster
February 22, 2016 - Uncategorized
The famed collection of permanent chessboards nestled in a corner of New York City’s Washington Square Park is where tourists go when they want to see what it’s like to lose to a pro. That’s how things go for most people who pay to sit down and play, but it wasn’t the case for Maurice Ashley.
The Jamaica-born chess pro became the game’s first black International Grandmaster back in 1999, which is apparently far enough in the past that his opponent — who immediately recognizes the name at the end of the video — doesn’t realize what he’s walking into when Ashley sits down to play. Their trash talk-heavy game goes quickly and, unsurprisingly, turns in Ashley’s favor by the end. He even catches his opponent trying to cheat at one point. Read more…