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Meet WGM Jennifer Shahade; Ladies' Class Thursday


The Chess Club would like to welcome WGM Jennifer Shahade, who will take the reins as our next Resident GM until February 21. In addition to our normal lecture schedule, Jennifer also will be conducting a special Ladies' Beginner Class at 6 p.m. on Thursdays.

Click here for a complete class schedule.

Jennifer Shahade is a Philadelphia-based writer, gamesplayer and commentator. She is a two-time U.S. Women's Chess Champion, author of Chess Bitch, Play Like a Girl and co-author of Marcel Duchamp: The Art of Chess. Jennifer is also the editor of Chess Life Online at and had contributed to many publications including the New York Times and Cardplayer Magazine. Forever in search of new ways to present games, Jennifer created roulette chess with Larry List and hula chess and naked chess with Daniel Meirom. You can find her game-inspired video art on

Jennifer is on the board of directors of the World Chess Hall of Fame in Saint Louis and was a commentator and organizer for the 2009-2012 US Chess Championships, all held in Saint Louis. She also created the chess mini-series, the Extreme "X Chess" Championships. She has also performed chess exhibitions and lectured on chess, culture and strategy all over the World, from Amsterdam to the Philadelphia Art Museum to MIT.

She is also particularly invested in promoting chess to girls and women, both through her books and in teaching 9 Queens Academies in Philadelphia. She is particularly looking forward to getting more Saint Louis women and girls into the game!

WGM Shahde deomstrates her aggressive style in the following victory against GM Gennadij Sagalchik from the 2002 U.S. Championship.