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Lecture Video with Jennifer Shahade

WGM Jennifer Shahade presented a special lecture at the CCSCSL in November on the topic of pawn promotion.

Jennifer is a chess player, writer and web-editor of A two-time U.S. Women's champion, her first 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.

Her latest book, Play Like a Girl! was just released. Find more info about Play Like a Girl! by clicking the link here.

In 2004, Jennifer's first book, Chess Bitch: Women in the Ultimate Intellectual Sport was published. The 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. Besides her numerous reports in Chess Life Magazine and Chess Life Online, Jennifer's writing has also appeared in The New York Times, Games Magazine, the L.A. Times, New in Chess, and Foreword Magazine. Jennifer graduated in 2002 from NYU, with a degree in comparative literature. Jennifer also contributed to Marcel Duchamp: The Art of Chess (Spring, 2009.)

Starting in 2009, Jennifer began to create videos with DimMak Films, a production company based in Philadelphia to promote chess, including naked chess, hulachess and the U.S. Chess Scoop, a chess news show hosted on her Chess Life Online blog.

Jennifer's style and opening repertoire are aggressive. She excels in open and attacking positions, but in quiet positions, she often plays impatiently.

Jennifer Shahade was born into a chess family. Her brother Greg is an IM, and her father, Michael a three-time Pennsylvania State Champion. Greg organizes the U.S. Chess League. Jennifer was the manager of the New York Knights and since moving to Philadelphia, has been a member of the Philadelphia Inventors.

In 2007, Jennifer co-founded a non-profit, 9queens , devoted to promoting chess especially to girls and women. You can read more about it Chess Life 4 Kids or in Hip-Hop Variation, a Chess Life Magazine article about a 9queens event.

Jennifer blogs on, and writes most and photographs much of the content for Chess Life Online and the Top Player Bios. She welcomes thoughts on the site and ideas for articles. E-mail her at You can see even more of Jennifer's writing on her personal blog, (bio courtesy

Shahade's book, Chess Bitch, is available for sale online at the CCSCSL.