Home Page arrow Players & Ratings arrow Top Player Bios
WGM Jennifer Shahade Print E-mail


Jennifer Shahade, Photo Suzy Gorman
Jennifer Shahade is a two-time US Women's Championship, author, commentator and editor of www.uschess.org. 

Jennifer's first book, Chess Bitch: Women in the Ultimate Intellectual Sport (Silman James Press, 2005) featured crisp writing, original interviews with players like Judit Polgar and Zhu Chen, and controversial title gave her a lot of media attention, including coverage in Reader's Digest, the New York Times, NPR radio, and Time Out New York.

Jennifer's latest book, Play Like a Girl!: Tactics by 9 Queens (Mongoose Press, 2011) features chess puzzles and combinations by top female players around the world. Author royalties go to 9 Queens, a non-profit Jennifer co-founded with Jean Hoffman promote chess especially to girls and women. Hoffman became the USCF executive director in November, 2013. 

Watch the video trailer below:


Jennifer also contributed to Marcel Duchamp: The Art of Chess (Spring, 2009). She is a board member of the World Chess Hall of Fame, which relocated from Miami to Saint Louis in September 2011.

Forever in search of new ways to present games, Jennifer created hula-chess and naked chess with Daniel Meirom and roulette-chess with artist and curator Larry List. In 2010, Hulachess was among 125 videos selected from over 23,000 for the first online gallery of the Guggenheim/Youtube Biennial.

Besides her numerous reports in Chess Life Magazine and Chess Life Online, Jennifer's writing has also appeared in The New York Times, the PokerStars Blog/PokerStars Women, Games Magazine, the L.A. Times, Woman Poker Player, New in Chess,  Cardplayer and Foreword Magazine.

Jennifer expanded CLO's offerings with the U.S. Chess Scoop, a chess video series which has featured interviews with numerous Grandmasters including Gata Kamsky, Hikaru Nakamura, Ray Robson and Irina Krush. Jennifer also served as a commentator for the US Chess Championships from 2009-2013, held at the Saint Louis Chess Club.

Jennifer Shahade was born into a chess family. Her brother Greg is an IM and the founder of the U.S. Chess League and the US Chess School. Her father, FM Michael Shahade is a four-time Pennsylvania State Champion.   Jennifer's first US Women's championship win was in 2002, in the first year that the women and men were combined into the same section. Her second was in 2004, where she placed first in what was the strongest Round Robin women's field in U.S. chess history.  

Jennifer welcomes thoughts on the site and ideas for CLO articles. E-mail her at [email protected]. You can see even more of Jennifer's writing on her personal blog, www.jennifershahade.com.

You can also follow USChess, Chess Life Online and Jennifer's personal account (which includes some non-chess content) on twitter.

Here is a smooth victory Jennifer played in the 2003 U.S. Championship against IM Stan Kriventsov.


WGM Jennifer Shahade

Rating: 2301
Birthplace: Philadelphia 
Residence: Philadelphia
Website: Chess Life Online
Blog: www.jennifershahade.com

2004 U.S. Women's Champion
2002 U.S. Women's champion
1998 U.S. Junior Open champion

Member of the 2004 Silver medal Olympic team