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Jennifer Shahade
J Shahade 
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Number of games in database: 130
Years covered: 1995 to 2009
Last FIDE rating: 2322 (2292 rapid, 2294 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2332

Overall record: +26 -43 =25 (41.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 36 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (33) 
    B40 B30 B32 B53 B63
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (7) 
    B63 B62 B60
 French Defense (6) 
    C03 C07 C05
 French Tarrasch (6) 
    C03 C07 C05
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C67 C80 C84 C60 C65
 Robatsch (4) 
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (27) 
    B27 B76 B90 B22 B78
 Sicilian Dragon (9) 
    B76 B70 B78 B72 B71
 Grunfeld (9) 
    D94 D97 D85 D70 D76
 Sicilian Najdorf (6) 
    B90 B93 B91 B99
 Nimzo Indian (4) 
    E43 E48 E46 E20
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    A45 A40 A46
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Shahade vs Wang Pin, 2002 1-0
   J Shahade vs L Times, 2001 1-0
   S Zigangirova vs J Shahade, 2002 0-1
   J Shahade vs N Mohota, 2008 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   US Championship 2003 (2003)
   Chessmaster US Championship 2005 (2004)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Shahade! by larrewl

   R Swinkels vs A Zatonskih, 2008

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(born Dec-31-1980, 37 years old) United States of America

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Jennifer Shahade was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She learned to play chess from her father, FIDE Master Michael Shahade, and brother, International Master Gregory Shahade. She is a two-time U.S. Women's Champion and has represented America in three Olympiads: 2000, 2002, and 2004. She holds the title of WGM and has two norms for the IM title.

In 2005 Shahade published her first book, Chess Bitch: Women in the Ultimate Intellectual Sport. In 2007 Shahade co-founded a non-profit chess charity called 9 Queens, dedicated to extending the benefits of chess to those most in need of its benefits, especially girls and at-risk youth. (see]

Shahade has demonstrated her poker skills by finishing 17th in a World Series of Poker women-only event.

Wikipedia article: Jennifer Shahade

Last updated: 2018-04-19 15:36:13

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 130  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Shahade vs Ariel Mazzarelli  1-025199596th US OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
2. J Shahade vs I Neels 0-1361996Ch World (cadets) (under 16) (g)C45 Scotch Game
3. L Gentil Jr vs J Shahade  1-0301997US Open - OrlandoA40 Queen's Pawn Game
4. J Shahade vs Ashley 0-1421998Saitek US MastersB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
5. M Martinez vs J Shahade  1-0461999Ch USA (juniors), San Francisco (USA)A04 Reti Opening
6. J Shahade vs G Braylovsky  0-1321999Ch USA (juniors), San Francisco (USA)B30 Sicilian
7. J Shahade vs H Akopyan  0-1581999Ch USA (juniors), San Francisco (USA)C03 French, Tarrasch
8. V Bhat vs J Shahade  0-1401999Ch USA (juniors), San Francisco (USA)A07 King's Indian Attack
9. D Zilberstein vs J Shahade  ½-½501999Ch USA (juniors), San Francisco (USA)D97 Grunfeld, Russian
10. J Shahade vs D Schneider  ½-½431999Ch USA (juniors), San Francisco (USA)B01 Scandinavian
11. J Shahade vs Zaremba 0-1801999Ch USA (juniors), San Francisco (USA)B16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
12. E Perelshteyn vs J Shahade  ½-½441999Ch USA (juniors), San Francisco (USA)B71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
13. J Shahade vs I Krush 1-0701999Ch USA (juniors), San Francisco (USA)B62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
14. C Baginskaite vs J Shahade ½-½352000ch-USA WomenD85 Grunfeld
15. J Shahade vs A Hahn  ½-½282000ch-USA WomenB33 Sicilian
16. E D Epstein vs J Shahade  1-0842000ch-USA WomenB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
17. E Groberman vs J Shahade  ½-½622000ch-USA WomenB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
18. J Shahade vs S Burtman 1-0452000ch-USA WomenB32 Sicilian
19. O Sagalchik vs J Shahade  ½-½452000ch-USA WomenB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
20. J Shahade vs J Frenklakh  1-0702000ch-USA WomenB06 Robatsch
21. S H Airapetian vs J Shahade  0-1402000ch-USA WomenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
22. J Shahade vs Y Gorlin  ½-½392000ch-USA WomenC05 French, Tarrasch
23. J Shahade vs K Arakhamia-Grant  0-1362000FIDE WCh Women KOB40 Sicilian
24. K Arakhamia-Grant vs J Shahade  1-0332000FIDE WCh Women KOA07 King's Indian Attack
25. Y Shulman vs J Shahade  1-0272000Koltanowski MemorialD85 Grunfeld
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Sep-30-03  Tecumseh: Q:- Describe the enjoyment you get from playing chess?

Jenny Shahade:- For me I think a lot of the game's enjoyment comes from being able to forget about the world and its more confusing aspects. In chess there isn't the trivial,confusing and speculative nature of thought there is in real life. While playing chess my conciousness seems somehow clearer, more focused and constructive - my thinking becomes purer. Although sometimes,when I don't get into the zone, my thoughts are even more cluttered.

Nov-20-03  shr0pshire: Jennifer has commented that women should have seperate tournaments. Although I think that this seperatist mentality will only do her harm. She is a wonderful chess player, the strongest American born female ever!
Nov-20-03  PinkPanther: Enough of that, Jennifer Shahade is hot! Can you just those blue eyes peering at you from across the chessboard? I can feel my rating dropping already.
Nov-21-03  Tecumseh: Oooh! I don't think she'd like that comment <PinkPanther>. Firstly in an interview she has said she thinks that people play better against people they find attractive. If she whipped you like a dog you could forget any thoughts of romance.

Secondly she is a fan of Andrea Dworkin's writing.

The following link is to an interview with Dworkin carried out by British fantasy author Michael Moorcock, there are links to Dworkin's work embedded in the text. It should give you a handle on her.

Nov-21-03  Spitecheck: All depends where the whipping took place Kidding aside if she's easy on the eyes why is there no picture? We get a picture of Karpov but not Shahade?


Nov-21-03  Fulkrum: Where is her last game against Elvest? She just crushed him at last weeks NY Masters. I will upload it next week.
Nov-21-03  PinkPanther: <If she whipped you like a dog you could forget any thoughts of romance.>

She could whip me all she wants.

Nov-21-03  Tecumseh: Perhaps I could have phrased that last post a little better. I didn't mean to excite the BDSM curious or condone cruelty to animals :-)
Nov-21-03  Tecumseh: Anyway, I was impressed with the insight and eloquence of IM Shahade's quote on why she enjoyed chess, which is why I posted it.

Combine it with the old Conan quote about the finest thing in life being "to see your enemies crushed and to watch them flee before you" and you summarise why I love the game.

Nov-21-03  ughaibu: Tecumseh: What if bereaved relatives of Botvinnik or Petrosian visit this site and read about what cheats and manipulaters they were? There are far worse things that a person can have thought about them than that they're physically attractive. Do you want to discuss things or should we get the insipid filtrate of PC?
Nov-21-03  shadowmaster: There's nothing wrong with admiring an attractive woman. I suspect that few of the women of chess would find that insulting. But I also suspect that the majority of them would prefer their chessplaying skills be lauded. Shahade finished third in the US Championship last January in a tie-breaker with Krush and Hahn; this is a fine result.
Nov-21-03  PinkPanther: <There's nothing wrong with admiring an attractive woman. I suspect that few of the women of chess would find that insulting. But I also suspect that the majority of them would prefer their chessplaying skills be lauded. Shahade finished third in the US Championship last January in a tie-breaker with Krush and Hahn; this is a fine result>

Indeed. By no means did I mean to belittle her chess skills or her achievements, I just wanted to express the fact that I think she's beautiful.

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  Eggman: Shahade is not an IM, she is a WM, and this bit about her finishing third in the US Championship is misleading. The reference must obviously be to the US Women's Championship, n'est pas?
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  technical draw: IM or WM, Third place or otherwise, what,s really important is, how do you pronounce Shahade..SHA-HA-DEE??
Apr-13-04  TrueFiendish: Hey Chessgames, how about a photo of Shahade?
Apr-19-04  TomThumb: How about using the picture of Jennifer on the cover of the August 2002 issue of Chess Life?
Apr-19-04  HailM0rphy:
Apr-26-04  InspiredByMorphy: Here is a sight for sore eyes...its a picture of the us olympic womens chess team (includes some cheesy electronic music), with none other than Jennifer Shahade The picture doesen't do her justice though. I saw her at the North American Open last December in Vegas, and WOW! She walked by my table to one of her matches with some long boots, and a cute skirt! I lost attention of the game I was playing for a minute :) When I was finished with my game, I went and watched the rest of hers. I was voting for her and Milov the most.
Aug-14-04  bigdave: I love women and sex is great and all, but seriously - all the attention on female chessplayers who are really just average to look at and play at a much lower skill level when compared against their male peers is a little tiring (Polgar family aside - they are all chess genius).
Aug-14-04  Lawrence: <bigdave>, welcome to this fascinating site from me and all of us.
Dec-01-04  PizzatheHut: It's disappointing to seen Jennifer Shahade doing so poorly in the US Championships. Right now she has scored 1.5/6. From the intereviews I've read, she seems to be very nice and down to earth.
Dec-03-04  enigmaticcam: Holy crap she's hot. What is it about a beautiful woman behind a chess set that's so attracting (and why does that make me feel like the ultimate geek)?
Dec-03-04  iron maiden: Now she's upped her score to 3/8 with one round to go. Still a disappointing result, though.
Dec-03-04  PinkPanther: Shahade is an airhead. Did any of you see the article she did for chessbase the day of the election?
Dec-04-04  RisingChamp: Well you are probably a geek if it makes a difference whether she knows chess or not.If a girl is beautiful I dont see how it makes any difference whether she knows chess or not.
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