Jennifer Shahade

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Jennifer Shahade
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Full name Jennifer Shahade
Country  United States
Born (1980-12-31) December 31, 1980 (age 34)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Title Woman Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2322 (Sept 2011)

Jennifer Shahade (born December 31, 1980 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American chess player and writer. She is a two-time American women's chess champion and, as of October 2012, has a FIDE rating of 2322. She has the FIDE title of Woman Grandmaster. Jennifer is the author of the book Chess Bitch. She also writes for the magazine Chess Life and 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 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; she finished 17th out of 1286 in the 2007 Ladies World Series of Poker, and 33rd out of 1190 in the same event in 2008. She is ranked #1395 on the Global Poker Index (on July 11th 2014). On December 9, 2014, Shahade won the first TonyBet Open Face Chinese Poker Live World Championship High Roller Event taking home €100,000.


  • 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. 

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