Chess Queen Jennifer Shahade Featured At Next Lunch With Books

WHEELING — The Ohio County Public Library’s next Lunch With Books live stream program will feature chess champion and author Jennifer Shahade.

The program will take place online at noon on Tuesday, March 23.

If you enjoyed the recent Netflix miniseries, “The Queen’s Gambit,” you are not alone. The show, about an orphaned chess prodigy, Beth Harmon, and her rise to the top of the chess world, captivated America. It also inspired a renewed interest in chess and particularly in women who play the world’s greatest game.

Shahade is the real life Beth Harmon. She is a chess champion, poker player, commentator and author. She is a two-time United States Women’s Chess Champion and was the first female to win the U.S. Junior Open. A PokerStars Ambassador, she hosts two award-winning podcasts, the Poker GRID and Ladies Knight. Her books include “Play Like a Girl!” and others. She is the Women’s Program Director at U.S. Chess, where she works to bring more women, girls and gender minorities into the game through programs like girls chess clubs, beginner’s women classes and the Madwoman’s Book Club.


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