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Jennifer Shahade

Jennifer Shahade
Full name Jennifer Shahade
Country  United States
Born (1980-12-31) December 31, 1980
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Title Woman Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2322 (Sept 2011)

Jennifer Shahade (born December 31, 1980 in PokerStars and a board member of the World Chess Hall of Fame in Saint Louis. She is the daughter of FIDE Master Mike Shahade and Drexel University chemistry professor and author Sally Solomon, and the sister of International Master Greg Shahade.

In 1998, she became the first (and so far only) woman to win the U.S. Junior Open. In 2002, she won the U.S. Women's Chess Championship in Seattle, Washington. The following year, although she did not repeat as U.S. Women's Champion, she did well enough to earn her second of three required International Master norms. In 2004, she returned to the top spot among U.S. women chess players by winning the U.S. Women's Championship that year in a seven-player invitational round-robin tournament.

Shahade lives in Philadelphia and has earned a degree in comparative literature at New York University. Her writing has appeared in the LA Times, The New York Times, Chess Life, New In Chess, and Games Magazine. Her first book, Chess Bitch: Women in the Ultimate Intellectual Sport (Siles Press, ISBN 1-890085-09-X) was published in October 2005.

In 2006 Shahade was hired by the United States Chess Federation to be the web editor-in-chief of its site. In 2007 Shahade co-founded a chess non-profit called 9 Queens.

Shahade is also a poker player. In 2014, she became the MindSports Ambassador for PokerStars. On December 9, 2014, Shahade won the first TonyBet Open Face Chinese Poker Live World Championship High Roller Event taking home €100,000. She is also a coach for the training website, Run It Once.


External links

  • Jen Shahade's official web site
  • Jennifer Shahade rating card at FIDE
  • 9 Queens: Jen Shahade's non-profit organization web site
  • A Philadelphia Weekly article about Jen
  • A Chessbase article about Jen
  • "Chess Queen", by Paul Hoffman, Smithsonian Magazine, August 2003
  • Interview
  • Interview with Jennifer Shahade
  • Jennifer Shahade Hendon Mob profile
  • Jennifer Shahade GPI profile
  • Jennifer Shahade Becomes the First-Ever OFC World Championship High Roller Champion!
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