Jennifer Shahade

Jennifer Shahade

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Jennifer Shahade is a chess champion, poker pro, speaker and author. Her first book with us, Chess Queens (Hodder & Stoughton, 2022), captures her career as a professional chessplayer, where she traveled from Istanbul to Moscow to represent the United States in International competition. Intertwined with Jennifer’s own journey, are the fascinating lives of the women who broke down barriers to become champions in the male-dominated sphere of chess. Jennifer’s subsequent book Reset (Hodder & Stoughton, Spring 2024), will reveal the secrets of success from the world of chess, looking at how taking risks, maintaining confidence in the face of failure and challenging the system can lead to not just success, but a new perspective on what success looks like.
Jennifer is a two-time United States women’s chess champion, the first female to win the US Junior Open and holds the International title of Women Grandmaster. She works to bring more women, girls and gender minorities into chess through programmes like US Chess Women, the Madwoman’s Book Club, and a cross-cultural chess club with girls from all the world, from Kenya to Colombia. She’s also a board member of the World Chess Hall of Fame, a museum in Saint Louis devoted to chess.  
Jennifer is also a poker champion, and an ambassador for PokerStars and Poker Power, where she furthers her work to make games more inclusive and empower women through decision-making.  
Throughout her career, Jennifer has shown a passion for educating crowds on the culture and craft of chess and poker, and how the games can be used for anyone to make better decisions. In 2014 she gave a TEDx talk explaining that choosing when to make a big decision can be as important as what you choose. Since then, her speaking has taken her to Bank Of America, Mishcon de Reya, the Boston Consulting Group, Wharton Business School, Harvard University, Yale University and the MIT Sports Analytics Conference. Beyond corporate talks, Jennifer mentors and speaks to thousands of young people about chess via her charity work. She also hosts two award-winning podcasts, The Poker GRID and Ladies Knight.


Elizabeth Sheinkman @@jenshahade

“Mommy, when I’m a teenager, will I like hanging out with my friends more than my parents?” - Little Fabi

Four patrons and baristas simultaneously assured him: absolutely not, mom will always be the coolest

Love when community comes together. ❤️

I think you all are getting close. There are clues that even I could glean from this one!

GL runners!! (And #runnerrunner)

Behind the scenes of a #chess shoot for @guardian


Poker player and women's chess grandmaster @JenShahade is currently hosting a @PokerStars Platinum Pass contest for players in the US and Canada. Find out how to win the $25k ticket here:

Happy Holidays: @PokerStarsUSA launches 25 Days of Tournaments
– @JenShahade giving away a Platinum Pass

#poker #pokeronline #Onlinepoker #pokernews #pokergrind

Later this week, I head to National Harbor, MD for a book signing, simultaneous and lecture at the US Chess Girls club.

Looking back to the edition held a few years ago, just before COVID.

Such magic.

Can't wait to meet the girls. #K12ChessChamps

Pix @dmsavarese

Registration will be open tomorrow for our Road to PSPC $400 $100k Guarantee with an added @PokerStars Platinum Pass ($30k value). You will need a players card and sign a waiver to register.

This bodysuit nipple poker prank is the type of art I love: conceptual & hilarious.

And striking in its imperfection vs. all the DD symmetrical Lensa boobs I’m seeing on my TL.


After a week of avoiding detection, the #runnerrunner is feeling more bold.

Here's the "WIN A PLATINUM PASS" Edition of @JenShahade's #TheGrid from @PokerStars!

Want to hear how you can join me in the Bahamas for the #PSPC? LISTEN!

Go to!
#pokerlife #podlife

Another clue has landed from the #runnerrunner. We'll admit this one has us stumped.🤔If you figure it out you might have a chance to win a $30k seat to
@pokerstars #pspc.

All your Lensa AI selfies are beautiful albeit eerie and they make me even less interested in work (writing, art, chess games) created by assholes.

With AI getting better at creative tasks, the maker’s motivations, their humanity, mean even more to me.

Ty Mom, for coming back from the other side to give Fabi some $$ for a tooth and to write this review 💥

🗣 Gonna shout this from the rooftops! I'm joining ⁦@JenShahade⁩ to choose the one lucky winner of a PLATINUM PASS 🎟️🥳

Details @ link below. Highly recommend listening to prior episodes of The Grid to hear amazing ways to tell a poker hand story!

Honoured to be one of the judges for this: if you are a US & Canada based player with a captivating poker story to tell you think may be worth $30,000 then what are you waiting for? 👇🏼

Turns out #runnerrunner isn't the only way to win 💸 a #PSPC Platinum pass from @PokerStars

@JenShahade is giving YOU 🫵 creative control in another really cool #Giveaway

Excited about this evening's gala where I will be inducted into the @WorldChessHOF! Celebrate with me from 8pm CT (3am CET)!❤
Stream on!☺

@STLChessClub #ChessConnectsUs

The #runnerrunner is driving 🚘 more than expected because someone… @Joeingram1 @DougPolkVids @MarkBurnee @berkey11 might have guessed where he/she was about to go play 👯‍♀️