Jennifer Shahade

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Jennifer Shahade
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Full nameJennifer Shahade
Country United States
Born (1980-12-31) December 31, 1980 (age 38)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
TitleWoman Grandmaster
FIDE rating2322 (Sept 2011)

Jennifer Shahade (born December 31, 1980) is a United States 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 also the online editor at, 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 older brother, Greg Shahade, is an International Master.[1]


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 US Women's Championship she earned her second International Master norm. In 2004, she won the U.S. Women's Championship.[2]

Shahade lives in Philadelphia and has earned a degree in comparative literature at New York University.[3] 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.[4]

In 2006 Shahade was hired by the United States Chess Federation to be the web editor-in-chief of its site.[5] Her brother Greg Shahade sat on the executive board of the USCF at that time.

In 2007 Shahade co-founded a chess non-profit called 9 Queens.[6]

Shahade is also a poker player.[7][8] In 2014, she became the MindSports Ambassador for PokerStars. On December 9, 2014, Shahade won the first TonyBet Open Face Chinese Poker Live World Championship High Roller Event taking home €100,000.[9] She is also a coach for the training website, Run It Once.

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. ^ "Chess Queen". Smithsonian. Retrieved 2016-04-28.
  2. ^ -lk. "The United States Chess Federation - WGM Jennifer Shahade". Retrieved 2016-04-28.
  3. ^ "Pawn's Shop | Philly Weekly". Retrieved 2016-04-28.
  4. ^ "'Chess Bitch' – an eye-opener by Jennifer Shahade". Chess News. 2005-10-31. Retrieved 2016-04-28.
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ "About the Founders". 9 Queens. 9 Queens. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Jennifer Shahade | KYE186 | United States | The Official Global Poker Index – GPI Rankings". Retrieved 2016-04-28.
  8. ^ "Jennifer Shahade's profile on The Hendon Mob". The Hendon Mob Poker Database. Retrieved 2016-04-28.
  9. ^ "TonyBetPoker.Com". Retrieved 2016-04-28.

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