Players meet chess legend in Sunset Park competition
A chess competition was held at P.S. 503 as a celebration of Black History Month as students got the chance to learn from the world's first African-American International Chess Grandmaster.
Six-hundred young chess players from around New York City took part in the event and honored Brownsville native and chess legend Maurice Ashley.
Ashley says he sees himself in the new generation of players. Chess is a game he says transformed his life.
Players at the competition Saturday say it has done the same for them, helping them do better in school.
"It's amazing to see this many kids in the tournament," Ashley says. "I'm excited as a product of Brooklyn and growing up playing chess in Brooklyn. It's cool to see that the tradition continues."
The event was held by the organization Chess in the Schools.