Day: August 10, 2017

Susan Polgar

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Polgar broke the gender barrier again by becoming the first woman to earn the men’s Grandmaster title by achieving three GM norms and rating over 2500. (Nona Gaprindashvili and Maia Chiburdanidze had earlier been awarded the title by virtue of being Women’s World Champions). Susan’s younger sister Judit earned the title of Grandmaster later in […]

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Maurice Ashely

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ST. LOUIS — Maurice Ashley remembers the sounds of the gunshots and the blaring sirens that followed. He was playing chess in a Harlem park, like he did most days, and when he looked up from the board, he saw the shooters trading fire three blocks away. Ashley moved to Brooklyn before high school in the early […]

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