Autumn Means Running September 17, 2011Posted by Jennifer in : art,chess,feminism,poker , 2 comments
Autumn invigorates me to a comical extent. I actually find myself spontaneously running in heels from place to place during this season. The energy was useful last week as I just got back from the opening of the fabulous new World Chess Hall of Fame in Saint Louis. I also hosted commentary for a special team event in honor of the opening, K v Q: A Battle of the Sexes. The kings toppled the queens by a large margin, but it was still a lot of fun. I particularly enjoyed commenting on the chess 960 (Fischer Random) games. I wrote a piece for CLO elaborating on my own experiences with chess 960.
Crowning the exciting chess week in Saint Louis was the unveiling of the chess Merit badge for the Boy Scouts. With over a million scouts across the US, I really believe this could push chess over the tipping point. Play Like a Girl was mentioned in a recent BBC article about glass ceilings yet to be shattered, and I hope the Girl Scouts will take the cue and start chessing as well!
I’m also staying pretty active in poker. Recent articles for PokerStars Women include an interview with Canadian pro Xuan Liu and a feature on women of the Big Game. (which happens to be my all-time favorite poker TV show.) I also contributed a photo essay to Woman Poker Player about PokerFairyTale. Finally, The Grindettes have a new facebook and twitter page so please follow both!
Sadly, since Black Friday I haven’t been able to play much internet poker, though I did win an online MTT. Tomorrow I’m off to the Borgata for a few events in conjunction with the WPT event there. It looks like I’ll also be doing some guest work for the Borgata Poker Blog, so keep your eyes open for my writing and my chip counts
Enjoy my favorite season!