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Jennifer Shahade

Full name Jennifer Shahade
Country United States
Born December 31, 1980
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Title Woman Grandmaster

Jennifer Shahade (born December 31, 1980 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American chess player, poker player, commentator and writer. She is a two-time American women's chess champion and has the FIDE title of Woman Grandmaster. Jennifer 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. She 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 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.

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. 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. She is also a coach for the training website, Run It Once.