Grandmaster Maurice Ashley Plays NYC Trash-Talker

Submitted by: daegog 3 weeks ago in Games Sports
Question for our chess buffs out there: Could you beat either of them?

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Male 4,558
I used to be awesome at chess. In middle school, our school would hold a tournament with another school that actually had a chess club. During our club meetings we'd have ranked matches and unranked matches. But the only way one was able to go to the tournament was to have at least 10 ranked matches; W-L-T, it didn't matter.

We had about 20 club meetings (once a week), with the first 5 having absolutely no ranked matches available, with the ability to play 2-3 games per meeting. I only had 3 losses my 6th grade year, and lost in the semifinals of the tournament. No one really wanted to play me the following years, so I quit (plus they stopped doing the tournament).

Now, I don't think I'd be able to beat either of these players, but I would give it the ol' college try. But I'm not a quick round player. I like to think about my moves a little.
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Male 5,341
I'd give them a good fight. It would be bloody.
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Male 10,070
trimble I dunno, Trimble. Unless you're rated well over 2000, I think most of the blood in a match with Ashley would be on your side of the board. His current USCF ratings are 2520 (standard chess) and 2536 (quick chess).

In this match with the hustler, Ashley wasn't even trying hard; he was toying with him.
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Male 5,341
squrlz4ever I haven't played in tournament chess or been a USCF member in well over 25 years. I didn't play a ton of rated matches and my last rating was only around 1600 but it still would be bloody. I'm a pretty strong player, still I admit a lot of the blood would be on my side of the board but either would know they had been in a fight.
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Male 10,070
trimble Well, you've definitely got the fighting spirit, which is certainly key.
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Male 9,621
Nope. Used to be a useful player but hard to get a game these days and computers just don't do it.

Back in the 70's I had a mate who lived for chess.  He worked and was pretty sober but when you went round his place you would think it was a junkie; messy, chinese food cartons piled up, blinds down, hollow-eyed, unshaven. . At least five chess sets in various stages, files full of chess problems, books of them. He's spot me a bishop and a knight and still kick my arse. But it was fun. He finally qualified as a Master. We all thought that was cute, for a scuffy guy in a squalid flat in Bensham.

Turns out his way of thinking fitted well with nascent computer revolution. Three years later he was making serious money and travelling the world on contracts. Guess it goes to show that a skill might be useless one year, but very lucrative a couple of years later.

He now divides his time between his beach-front villa in Thailand and his large flat in Edinburgh (easy access to all markets) and has a lovely wife and a load of money. But wierdly he feels that he has failed because he gave up on his dream of being a Grand Master just to follow the money.
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Male 2,568
When he tried to cheat at 2:24 by taking the knight with his pawn, they moved the knight back to its correct position but did not move the pawn back.
And the only way I'd beat either of these guys is with a stick.
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Male 10,070
oobaka I had to watch this several times in slow motion to understand what was going on. Ashley had his knights on the board on adjacent squares (d3 and d4); the hustler first removed the d4 knight in anticipation of its capture by his pawn. As he removes the d4 knight, however, he pushes the d3 knight onto d4 in its place. Now the hustler uses his pawn to capture on d4 and pushes Ashley's second knight aside, as if a knight had not already been removed from the square. Ashley immediately saw what was going on, chastised the hustler, and restored one of his knights to d3. At that point, the board was looking as it should.

This was a tricky sleight-of-hand maneuver on the part of the hustler. I'm sure he's done it, and gotten away with it, countless times.
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Male 46,093
Nope, not a chance. They'd check mate me in 3 moves
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Male 2,793
I can't even beat myself at chess I've tried.
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Male 10,070
casaledana Here you go: 1. e4 f5 2. Qf3 g5?? 3. Qh5#

You've just mated yourself (as White) in three moves. Video.
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Male 10,070
Maurice Ashley would wipe the floor with me. I might have a chance with the chess hustler, depending on the time controls.

I’ll give the hustler credit for one thing: he’s got a nice clock. That’s a Chronos full-size button model, the world’s best.
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Male 13,425
squrlz4ever ditto. Hustlers tend to only play 2 minutes or less and they play a disorientation tactic playing unconventional openings and moves. They have no mid game or endgame. If you survive the opening you can win.
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Male 10,070
holygod That's certainly the case here with that 1. b4 opening. I don't know it so I had to look it up: it's variously known as the Sokolsky, Polish, or Orangutan.
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