Jennifer Shahade is a chess champion, author, commentator and poker player . She is a two-time American Women’s Chess Champion and the editor of Chess Life Online at uschess.org/clo. She is also the Mind Sports Ambassador at PokerStars
Her first book, Chess Bitch: Women in the Ultimate Intellectual Sport intertwined her own story with that of great women chess champions past and present. Shahade also co-authored Marcel Duchamp: The Art of Chess. Jennifer’s Play Like a Girl! Tactics by 9 Queens (see book trailer, Lipstick Checkmate, here) is the first book with combinations that are all executed by female chess champions.
Jennifer created hula-chess and naked chess with Daniel Meirom and roulette-chess with artist and curator Larry List. Hulachess was selected for the first online gallery of the Guggenheim/Youtube Biennial. You can find more of Shahade and Meirom’s video work on PokerFairyTale.com. Jennifer also created a reality show, the X Chess Championships with her brother Greg and Daniel Meirom. Jennifer continues to explore the connections between chess and culture as a board member of the World Chess Hall of Fame in Saint Louis.
Shahade was the chair of the US Championships committee from 2009 to 2013, all held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. She has been the host for the US Chess Championships and US Women’s from 2009 to 2014 and the Sinquefield Cup from 2013-2014. Jennifer is also a speaker, and gave a a TEDx Baltimore talk in January 2014, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and a lecture on poker and chess at MIT. Jennifer performs simultaneous exhibitions in which she plays up to 50 people at once, in locations as various as Shanghai, China, Soweto, South Africa and a Girls’ Scout Convention in Los Angeles.
Jennifer is also a poker player. She won the first Open Face High Roller Championship in Prague, for her biggest ever live cash. She also placed 62 out of over 2300 players in the 2013 10 Million Guaranteed Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open and 31st out of over 1000 in the 2014 PCA Main Event. Jennifer is also a coach at the poker training website Run It Once.
Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, New In Chess, the L.A. Times, Games Magazine, Cardplayer Magazine, The PokerStars Blog, and Chess Life Magazine, for which Jennifer is the web-editor.
In 2007, Jennifer Shahade and Jean Hoffman founded 9queens, a non-profit that provides chess instruction to those most in need of its benefits, especially girls and at-risk youth. All the author royalties of her latest book project, Play Like a Girl! Tactics by 9 Queens (Mongoose Press, 2011) go to 9 Queens initiatives. Previously Jennifer worked with the non-profit Chess-In-The-Schools in New York. Her work with CIS included starting a Girls’ Academy and coaching the Championship team I.S. 318, as seen in Brooklyn Castle. Shahade currently leads Philadelphia 9 Queens Chess academies classes in conjunction with ASAP (After Schools Activities Partnerships).