GM Maurice Ashley to Appear at SuperNationals!
February 13, 2009
GM Maurice Ashley, Photo courtesy
Maurice Ashley, the first African-American Grandmaster in history, has confirmed an appearance at the 2009 SuperNationals in Nashville, Tennessee (April 3-5),which Ashley calls, "the grandest scholastic tournament of them all."

"I always find it exciting that all the age groups come together for such a big competition."

Ashley told CLO that kids should remember that everyone, even Grandmasters get nervous before a big event. "If you're not nervous, you're either not human or you are pretending you don't care."
Before a big game, Ashley recommends, "try to focus on the game, not the result. I try not to think about winning and losing because I can't control that. I think hard about playing the best move and best game I can. The rest will take care of itself."

Find out more about Maurice on his official website.

You can also register to stay and play at the official website.

Stars Confirmed to Appear at the SuperNationals

Women's World Champion GM Alexandra Kosteniuk

U.S. Champion GM Yury Shulman 
Grandmaster Alexander Stripunsky
U.S. Women's Champion Anna Zatonskih
Grandmaster Maurice Ashley