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Gregory P Shahade
G Shahade 
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Number of games in database: 110
Years covered: 1992 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2476 (2484 rapid)
Overall record: +37 -33 =40 (51.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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E58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3 (3 games)
C05 French, Tarrasch (3 games)
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   T Gelashvili vs G Shahade (Jul-06-12) 1-0
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(born Dec-22-1978, 40 years old) United States of America

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He is an IM. Gregory Shahade was the 1993 Junior High School co-champion, the 1996 National High School co-champion, and 1996 US Junior Open champion. He is a former poker player and now full time chess professional.

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Wikipedia article: Greg Shahade , (podcast interviews with Ben Johnson (December 2016 (episode 1) and March 2017 (16th episode))).

Last updated: 2017-04-16 15:03:27

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 110  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Shahade vs R Seltzer  0-1331992US OpenB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
2. G Shahade vs J Concini  1-0391992US OpenB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
3. A Trubman vs G Shahade  1-0391992US OpenB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
4. G Shahade vs H Wachtel  0-1231992US OpenB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
5. G Shahade vs J A Curdo 0-123199495th US OpenA80 Dutch
6. Van Wely vs G Shahade  1-0261996New York op Newark USAA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
7. G Shahade vs Ashley  ½-½32199609, Philadelphia World OB22 Sicilian, Alapin
8. S Winer vs G Shahade  0-1301996National High School ChampionshipE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
9. Yermolinsky vs G Shahade  1-023199697th US OpenA17 English
10. G Shahade vs Kasparov 0-1521997UMBC simul, Catonsville USAB22 Sicilian, Alapin
11. G Shahade vs D Ariel  0-1351998USA-ch U20D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. G Shahade vs A Caoili  1-0501998Saitek US MastersA16 English
13. Stripunsky vs G Shahade  1-024199829th National Chess CongressD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
14. G Shahade vs Joel Benjamin ½-½46199829th National Chess CongressC77 Ruy Lopez
15. G Shahade vs Baklan  0-1311998Groningen OpenB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
16. D Reinderman vs G Shahade  ½-½201998Groningen OpenA33 English, Symmetrical
17. G Shahade vs Waitzkin 1-0521999Manhatten March Int.B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
18. G A Timoshenko vs G Shahade  1-0671999Manhattan March IntB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
19. G Kacheishvili vs G Shahade  ½-½351999March international ManhattenA04 Reti Opening
20. Fedorowicz vs G Shahade  ½-½131999Manhatten March Int.B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
21. R Cusi vs G Shahade  ½-½352000Koltanowski MemorialA34 English, Symmetrical
22. G Shahade vs Y Shulman  0-1412000Koltanowski MemorialC03 French, Tarrasch
23. G Shahade vs F Rudyak  1-0182000Koltanowski MemorialB01 Scandinavian
24. A Kobernat vs G Shahade  0-1272000Koltanowski MemorialB22 Sicilian, Alapin
25. G Shahade vs E Schiller  1-0362000Koltanowski MemorialE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
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  Jim Bartle: Pretty funny. The Rodney Dangerfield of chess.

18+ only, but 22- also.

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  Jim Bartle: "I guess I'm done ranting like a total lunatic."

I guess not; he goes on for another forty minutes.

This is like something out of "Infinite Jest."

Mar-16-09  blacksburg: omg funny taco story

<Greg often eats at Qdoba, which is a taco/burrito chain a lot like Chipolte. But every time before he goes there, he goes online to and generates three numbers between 1 and 29. He then matches those numbers against a page in his notebook that looks like this:

1-8 shredded beef hard taco
9-15 shredded beef soft taco
16-20 shredded pork hard taco
21-24 shredded pork soft taco
25-26 chicken hard taco
27 chicken soft taco
28 shredded chicken hard taco
29 shredded chicken soft taco

Then when he is at Qdoba, he orders the three indicated tacos and eats them in the same sequence in which the numbers were generated. He does this in order to maintain an optimal level of diversity in his diet, while still catering to his tastes.>

Apr-12-09  blacksburg: breakfast of champions.

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  HeMateMe: She wrote the book "Chess Bitch", the goings on in women's chess. Pretty good. She is definitely opinionated. Says Susan Polgar gave her a hard time about team dress code, when the ladies were preparing for the olympiad a few years ago.

She lives in an artists warehouse in Brooklyn, under the brooklyn bridge. The real estate people are trying to chase out the arts people and make big money converting these buidlings to condos.

Apr-13-09  blacksburg: <HeHateMe> this is Greg's page, not Jennifer's. :)
Apr-13-09  blacksburg: <Says Susan Polgar gave her a hard time about team dress code>

the more i learn about Susan Polgar, the less i like her.

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  acirce: <Although I can’t help feel Shabalov was somewhat joking, I wish that GM Susan Polgar had been when she gave this somewhat dubious reason for why men are better strategically at chess than women: “Women are rarely given the freedom to think abstractly. Men are often afforded the luxury of having their basic tasks, like laundry and cooking, taken care of. Women are usually compelled to focus on the details of life. This is the root of why women are equal to men in tactics, but still lag behind men in strategy.”

Not only do I find this statement absurd, I suspect that if a man had said it most female chess players would cry sexism in a heartbeat.

Without doubt the most shocking section of chapter one is when Shahade says that Michael Khodarkovsky, a Russian trainer of none other than Kasparov, who while working with the women’s Olympic team said, “ I know that feminism is popular in the United States, but in Russia we understood that women and men play differently. With this in mind, you should never be ashamed to tell your trainers the most intimate details…or when you may not be able to play one hundred percent.” He was referring to menstruation!

Shahade says that upon hearing this, she thought she had entered the twilight zone! And it didn’t help when GM Susan Polgar, a fellow teammate, followed up with, “Now, menstruation may not require that someone take a day off, but it might affect, for instance, the choice of opening.”

Jennifer said she was offended by this sort of talk, and frankly I don’t blame her. She points out that, for instance, when it is her “time of the month” it doesn’t really affect her play at all. Secondly, she feels that when respected top woman players like Susan Polgar make these sort of statements, it creates a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy among women players—“Well of course I played badly…it was my time of the month.”>

Jul-07-09  blacksburg: greg likes to hula-hoop.

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  SteinitzLives: I just finished reading Gregs' article on time controls and rounds per day, in the U.S. in and had some impressions I had to share with the masses.

1) I respect Greg tremendously. I do not know him personally but believe he is a great teacher and great chess leader/organizer, the evidence of which is in much of his work which is known by most who follow U.S. Chess.

2) The state of chess in the U.S. is very inferior to that in other countries - also well known, and Greg has done more than his part to try to improve chess in the U.S.

3) Despite all of his other activities, Greg is attempting two of the hardest things in chess a) to improve his game, and b) bring the U.S. in line with the standards of treatment and benefit to chess players, that exist in other countries.

4) Time controls in tournaments in the U.S. are much more often slower/longer, and there are more rounds per day, than in other countries.

5) I disagree that this is such a bad thing.

6) Money paid to U.S. players (which was outside the scope of Gregs' article) is embarrassingly low compared to what chess leaders/organizers offer outside the U.S. I mention this because of the contradiction between the hard work required at chess in the U.S., and the low reward offered.

7) Many TD's in the U.S. have gone to some insulting lengths to raise prize funds for the top players, e.g. charging lower rated players ridiculously high entrance fees to pay for the prize funds, or seeking out donations from within the chess community, where there is very little money.

8) The U.S. has always had a strong: "work hard/get paid well" reward-oriented culture. Unhealthy as it is for some, and a joy for others in the U.S.: it's what we have here. It's part of why the recession has been so hard to take.

9) Gregs' desire for shorter/faster time controls, and one round a day flys directly in the face of the U.S. work hard work/get paid well reward-culture, and also in the face of the dismal financial conditions in U.S. Chess.

10) Solution: Aggressively and tirelessly seek good ol' American corporate $'s sponsorship (outside of the current chess community) and don't schedule or run the tournament until you get it! Other countries can do this, why can't we? Current U.S. chess players/leaders/organizers can't raise corporate $ sponsorship due to their mindlessly competitive, and often hopelessly undiplomatic behavior towards the business community. This is not an attack on Greg BTW. We have seen our own USCF leadership sue each other, and other related insanity to support my claims of some U.S. chess leaders/organizers ridiculous deficiencies.

11) Obtain strong corporate $ sponsorship, and lots of tournament conditions e.g. time control and rounds per day problems will go away.

12) Finally, and no offense to you poker players is intended (and Greg is a poker player). My experience is that playing enough poker makes a chess player a little or a lot soft (yes, I tried it very briefly, it could not compare to the pleasure of chess). I have half a dozen chess playing friends who took up serious tournament poker, a couple never came back. Those who did come back to chess, found chess to be too much work for too little money when compared to poker. You can make much more money at poker for let's face it, a lot less mental work than chess requires. Yet many poker players spend hours and hours working at the game. Do they complain that it's too much time, too many rounds per day? No. Why? Because they are getting well paid (or believe they have a chance at getting well paid) for the time spent. We don't have that in chess.

Bottom-line: Poker is more oriented to U.S. culture than chess is.

The Poker scene has some big differences from that of chess, and it is probably a whole lot easier to go from chess culture to poker culture than the reverse, and particularly difficult to do what Greg has done and that's to go from chess to poker, then back to chess.

Poker makes a chess player soft. Get back to work, man up, forget about poker, forget about chess outside the U.S., seek heavy U.S. corporate $ chess sponsorship, and the $ rewards will make the current "grueling" chess tournament time controls and rounds per day, seem a whole lot easier.

Mar-23-13  hudapri: Greg's greatest viral appearance -

May-22-13  Tomlinsky: A great feelgood factor to that video <hudapri>, I was smiling from ear to ear. Greg Shahade always comes across as a thoroughly nice chap. Thanks.
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  perfidious: <SteinitzLives:......12) Finally, and no offense to you poker players is intended....My experience is that playing enough poker makes a chess player a little or a lot soft (yes, I tried it very briefly, it could not compare to the pleasure of chess)....>

Ever hear the aphorism about playing poker being a hard way to earn an easy living?

Try playing for a living, as I have, then come back for another go at this rubbish about poker making a chess player soft.

<Those (poker players who came) back to chess, found chess to be too much work for too little money when compared to poker. You can make much more money at poker for let's face it, a lot less mental work than chess requires....>

If you believe there's much less mental work at poker, feel free to lose your bankroll to me any day, whilst remaining oblivious to getting drained of it.

Jul-12-13  BIDMONFA: Gregory Shahade

SHAHADE, Gregory

Jul-19-13  Alpinemaster: You know a group of individuals are sophomoric when they have a conversation about Jen Shahade's feminist feelings towards Susan Polgar's gender comparissons, on Greg Shahades Chess page, all the while thinking they are each talking about the same person, yet, while nonetheless focused on entirely different individuals.

Clearly, you all need to get a job. If you already have one, you need a better one. (Poker does NOT count, regardless of how "talented" at drawing cards and assuming "reads" on people in sunglasses, you may think you are.)

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  OrigamiArtist: <Alpinemaster> You seem highly accomplished in the field of idiocy.
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  perfidious: <Alpinemaster:.....Clearly, you all need to get a job. If you already have one, you need a better one. (Poker does NOT count, regardless of how "talented" at drawing cards and assuming "reads" on people in sunglasses, you may think you are.)>

You clearly do not understand the subtleties of poker and should stick to games populated by players such as <SteinitzLives>, if you are foolish enough to play at all for anything other than matchsticks.

Sep-19-13  MarkusKann: This is a funny video of IM Shahade againts FM Samuel Sevien, where Shahade blunder and lost a rook and the game, he has a very good sense of humour hehe
Sep-20-13  savagerules: Has anybody ever asked him how his sister got such an annoying accent?
Sep-20-13  schweigzwang: Thanks for that link--that's funny.
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  Jim Bartle: "You can make much more money at poker for let's face it, a lot less mental work than chess requires."

Somehow I doubt that.

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  SugarDom: Actually, the brother and sister duo sing when they play chess.

Jennifer and Gregory live together in perfect harmony, side by side with my queen-O, king-O, pawn-O, why don't we?

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  cro777: IM Greg Shahade (founder of the U.S. Chess League): "I'm so excited to bring the U.S. Chess League to and form the brand new PRO Chess League."

The U.S. Chess League is coming to with a new name and different format: The PRO Chess League.

The Professional Rapid Online (PRO) Chess League will have faster time controls and provide more flexibility in forming and managing teams. Teams will compete against others from around the world each week.

The League is the combined vision of what the USCL and see as the future of high-stakes, top-level, entertaining chess.

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Greg Shahade.
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  Penguincw: Greg Shahade recently visited a South Korean chess club to play some kids. Chess is rising there.

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