Williamsburg students learn from chess grandmaster

Students at the Brooklyn Automotive High School in Williamsburg are skipping their lunch period to get a lesson on the game of chess from one

Williamsburg students get a chance to learn chess from the international grandmaster.

Williamsburg students get a chance to learn chess from the international grandmaster. (5/20/13)

WILLIAMSBURG - Students at the Brooklyn Automotive High School in Williamsburg are skipping their lunch period to get a lesson on the game of chess from one of the best.

The kids use their spare time to spend time with Maurice Ashley, the first African-American to be named international chess grandmaster. Ashley received the title from the International Chess Federation. He says teaching kids the game of chess is the most satisfying job. Ashley says the kids learn self control, critical thinking and problem solving.

The principal of the school says the chess program has grown since it began in January, forcing the school to give the kids a bigger classroom for their lessons.

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