Jennifer Shahade

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Jennifer Shahade
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Shahade at the 2002 U.S. Chess Championships in Seattle, Washington
Full nameJennifer Shahade
Country United States
Born (1980-12-31) December 31, 1980 (age 39)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
TitleWoman Grandmaster
FIDE rating2322 (Sept 2011)

Jennifer Shahade (born December 31, 1980) is an American chess player, poker player, commentator and writer. She is a two-time United States Women's Champion and has the FIDE title of Woman Grandmaster. Shahade is the author of the books Chess Bitch and Play Like a Girl and co-author of Marcel Duchamp: The Art of Chess. She is the Women's Program Director at US Chess, MindSports Ambassador for PokerStars and a board member of the World Chess Hall of Fame in Saint Louis.

Early life[edit]

Shahade was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of FIDE Master Mike Shahade and Drexel University chemistry professor and author Sally Solomon. Her father is a Christian Lebanese and her mother is Jewish.[1][2] Her older brother, Greg Shahade, is an International Master.[3]


In 1998, she won the U.S. Junior Open.

In 2002, she won the U.S. Women's Chess Championship in Seattle, Washington. At the next U.S. Women's Championship she earned her second International Master norm, and in 2004, she won her 2nd U.S. Women's Chess Championship.[4]

Shahade lives in Philadelphia and has earned a degree in comparative literature at New York University.[5] 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.[6]

Jennifer is the former web editor-in-chief of the United States Chess Federation website.[7]

In 2007 Shahade co-founded a chess non-profit called 9 Queens.[8]

Shahade is also a poker player.[9][10] In 2014, she became the MindSports Ambassador for PokerStars.[11] On December 9, 2014, Shahade won the first TonyBet Open Face Chinese Poker Live World Championship High Roller Event taking home €100,000.[12] She is also a former coach for the training website Run It Once.

Jennifer is the host of the poker podcast the GRID, which she produces with her husband Daniel Meirom. In 2019, the GRID won the Global Poker Award for Podcast of the Year.[13] She also hosts the chess podcast, "Ladies Knight".

Jennifer is a board member of the World Chess Hall of Fame, and directs the US Chess Women Program at US Chess which brings chess programming to thousands of girls all over the country.

Works and publications[edit]

  • Shahade, Jennifer (2005). Chess Bitch: Women in the Ultimate Intellectual Sport. Siles Press. ISBN 1-890085-09-X.
  • Shahade, Jennifer (2011). Play Like a Girl!. Mongoose Press. ISBN 978-1-936277-03-2.


  1. ^ Haspel Ben-Dak, Yehudit (February 24, 2013). "What Drives Jennifer Shahade, And Where's She Heading?". Jewish Business News. Retrieved 2020-07-05.
  2. ^ Shahade, Jennifer (February 17, 2007). "Jennifer's Blog: Linares Impressions". Retrieved 2020-07-05.
  3. ^ Hoffman, Paul (August 2003). "Chess Queen". Smithsonian. Retrieved 2020-07-05.
  4. ^ -lk. "The United States Chess Federation - WGM Jennifer Shahade". Retrieved 2016-04-28.
  5. ^ "Pawn's Shop | Philly Weekly". Retrieved 2016-04-28.
  6. ^ "'Chess Bitch' – an eye-opener by Jennifer Shahade". Chess News. 2005-10-31. Retrieved 2016-04-28.
  7. ^ "Jennifer Shahade, Author, Chess Bitch, U.S. Women's Chess Champion 2002, 2004". Gothamist. Archived from the original on 2016-03-10. Retrieved 2016-04-28.
  8. ^ "About the Founders". 9 Queens. 9 Queens. Archived from the original on 19 April 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  9. ^ "Jennifer Shahade | KYE186 | United States | The Official Global Poker Index – GPI Rankings". Retrieved 2016-04-28.
  10. ^ "Jennifer Shahade's profile on The Hendon Mob". The Hendon Mob Poker Database. Retrieved 2016-04-28.
  11. ^ "Jennifer Shahade Talks to CardsChat About Life as a Poker Star, Being a Chess Grandmaster, and Tying It All Together". Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  12. ^ "TonyBetPoker.Com". Retrieved 2016-04-28.
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