Maurice Ashley, the first black International Grandmaster in Chess, is also an author, app creator, ESPN commentator, inventor and motivational speaker. Maurice was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica, then immigrated to the United States when he was 12. He went to Brooklyn Technical High School and eventually graduated from City College of New York (CCNY) with a B.A. in Creative Writing. While at City College, he represented the school in intercollegiate team competition. Ashley said he discovered chess in Jamaica where his brother played chess with his friends in parks and clubs throughout New York City. Ashley is an advocate that chess significantly improves critical and creative thinking skills. In one study, researchers shows a 6-fold increase in fluency, a 4-fold increase in flexibility, and a 2-fold increase in originality in students who were avid chess players. This study and many others like it highlight the extraordinary cognitive benefits of chess on the brain. His innovative coaching style made him a great teacher and inventor. Ashley collaborated with publisher Simon and Schuster around 1997 to release a educational CD-ROM titled, Maurice Ashley Teaches Chess. The CD was an instant classic and ground-breaking educational tool for people of all age groups that still remains one of the most comprehensive learning aids for chess. During quarantine, Netflix released the hit show The Queen’s Gambit which attracted 1.3 billion total minutes viewed, according to Nielsen rankings, reaching #1 on the national streaming chart with 62 million households watching the series within its first 28 days since its launch, making it Netflix’s most-watch scripted series ever. Netflix counts as watch as 2 minutes or longer. The movie traveled internationally as well, reaching Netflix Top 10 lists in 92 different countries and was the #1 show in 63 countries. In 1997, a computer first beat a chess world champion in the famous Deep Blue versus Garry Kasparov match, kicking off an era of computer dominance. Recently, Chess.com started accepting bitcoin to pay for yearly memberships, which could expose a handfull of their 40 million users to bitcoin. I'll spare you on the "chess vs investing" comparisons, but chess does teach you patience.