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Seirawan, for sure
There's something about GM Ashley that just makes it feel like he's insincere.
Ashley "conducts interviews". He is not trained as an announcer, nor has he any formal background training in journalism. If you can sit through an hour of him talking about himself and making flippant comments about what a GM thinks, then he's great. Just the man for you.
I'd rather listen to Daniel King myself.
King is awesome! And so is Yasser. If you want drama and funny commentary, Ashley is the number one. Just take a look at Kasparov - Short blitz in St. Louis. One of the best commentary from Ashley about the situation on and around the board (not concentrating on analysis there).
he is, and he makes a great commentator because of it.. itd be funny if he freaked out on camera.
You don't need to be a really strong player to be a good announcer. My favorite basketball commentator is Charles Barkley, imagine what he'd be like as a chess announcer if he learned just a little about the game.
There's probably room for both, but Maurice's hyperbolic style is a turn-off for me. It seems rather forced and artificial.
I much prefer Yasser's more measured approach.
....and he's hilarious !! He had me in tears at times reading No Regrets.
True but there may be a slight difference in the capability required, between understanding a basketball vs chess game.
Said it before I'll say it again. Maurice is the man.
They're both a little extreme in their style. I'd take Peter Svidler and Jan G. over those two any day.