Woman International Master
The reigning U.S. Women’s Champion
Women International Master Jennifer Shahade was born on December 31, 1980 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Jennifer was the U.S. Junior Open Champion in 1998. Last year at the US Championship in Seattle, Jennifer became the National Women’s Champion for the first time. In additional to the winning the prestigious National Championship, Jennifer also earned her first International Master Norm. Jennifer is only the second US woman in history to accomplish this level of excellence in chess competition. Jennifer secured her second IM and WGM norm in January 2003 when she tied for first among women at this year’s US Championship.
In June 2004, Jennifer won her second US Women’s Championship. This is the third consecutive year that Jennifer has either tied for first or won the US Women’s Championship outright.
Jennifer represented the United States in the past three Olympiads in Bled (Slovenia), Istanbul (Turkey), and Calvia (Spain). She also represented NY University in the past Pan American Team Championship in Miami, Florida. Jennifer just recently graduated from New York University.
She has been teaching chess part time for the last four years for Chess in the Schools, a non-profit organization based in New York and has found teaching chess to enthusiastic students to be great fun. Jennifer’s outgoing personality and charms often makes her the fan’s favorite. With her recent accomplishments in the past few years, she is a true inspiration for boys and girls nationwide.