Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Jennifer Shahade (CAS '03), Two-Time U.S. Women’s Chess Champion

Jennifer Shahade

Jennifer Shahade (CAS ’03) is a two-time U.S. Women’s Chess Champion, Program Director at US Chess Women, speaker, host, author, podcaster and PokerStars Ambassador. She is the author of “Chess B*tch” and “Play Like a Girl,” books that, along with her work for US Chess Women, aim to bring more females into the game. She sat down with us to talk about chess as an art form, the strategy behind poker and the hit Netflix series “The Queen’s Gambit.” 

What did you study at NYU?

I started as a Philosophy student, then after taking some Literature classes I felt that it was the right direction for me. I was also studying Spanish. I took an Art History class that I loved, which became really important for me. Both art and literature became a big part of my career.

Jennifer Shahade: her story continues