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GM Maurice Ashley remembers reading the book “Dare to Win” by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (of Chicken Soup for the Soul fame). The authors challenged the readers to write out a personal mission statement. After long thought, Maurice wrote:


“I wish to inspire others, especially children, to dare to reach for their dreams.”


Maurice believes that each and every one of us can be role models for those around us, beginning with our family and friends. He also has the belief that the greatest gift in life is the ability to serve others by lifting their spirits and strengthening their belief in themselves. Maurice has personally been blessed to be inspired by many. To turn around and share positive thoughts and ideas is truly the most satisfying act of service that he gets to do. Maurice says, “I go to sleep at night happy knowing that I was able to put a smile on someone’s face or that I managed to touch their heart in some small way.”


Please take a look at some of Maurice’s favorite memories speaking with others below. Looking for a speaker or host? Send an email to


Working Backwards to Solve a Problem – TedTalk Youth 2012
Imagine where you want to be someday. Now, how did you get there? Retrograde analysis is a style of problem solving where you work backwards from the endgame you want. It can help you win at chess — or solve a problem in real life. At TEDYouth 2012, chess grandmaster Maurice Ashley delves into his favorite strategy.

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