Chess Icon Jennifer Shahade to Lecture on Women in Chess

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., October 19, 2007 — Two-time U.S. women’s chess champion and author of “Chess Bitch: Women in the Ultimate Intellectual Sport,” Jennifer Shahade will give a lecture titled “Leveling the Chessboard: Women in Competitive Chess” on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. The event, which will be held at Griffin Hall, room 3, on the Williams College campus, is free and open to the public.

Following the lecture, Shahade will play 20 simultaneous chess games in Griffin 4. Participants who give her the most challenge will receive signed copies of her book. Those interested in signing up should contact Trevor Murphy at [email protected]

Shahade, a Woman Grand Master who has an FIDE rating of 2322, is considered by some to be the strongest female player ever born and raised in the U.S. In 1998, she became the first female to win the U.S. Junior Open. She then proceeded to win the U.S. Women’s Chess Championship in 2002 and 2004.

Shahade’s 2005 book, “Chess Bitch,” is a controversial but critically acclaimed investigation of young women in chess today. The book profiles international chess players and explores trends and biases in the game.

This Brooklyn-based chess expert is also the web editor in chief for the United States Chess Federation. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications. In 2005, the New York Times carried an op-ed by Shahade, in which she suggests that chess in the U.S. can and should be popularized in a manner similar to the mainstream presentation of poker, a game she also plays competitively.

Shahade who holds a B.A. in comparative literature from NYU teaches chess and
is involved in performance art.

For building locations on the Williams campus, please consult the map outside
the driveway entrance to the Security Office located in Hopkins Hall on Main
Street (Rte. 2), next to the Thompson Memorial Chapel, or call the Office of
Public Affairs (413) 597-4277. The map can also be found on the web at

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