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*On this date in 1999, the first African American chess player attained the rank of International Grand Master.
Maurice Ashley, a Jamaican immigrant, received the rank (given only to 500 worldwide).
A graduate of New York City College, Ashley learned chess with a chess group known as the Black Bears School of Chess.