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Jennifer Shahade, two-time US Women's Chess Champion, hosts the official podcast of US Chess Women, where she interviews female chess champions and leaders on Ladies Knight.
Nov 19, 2020
Ladies Knight with Jen Shahade on The Queen’s Gambit: Book vs. Series LK023
In a special edition of Ladies Knight, Jennifer Shahade talks about the Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis. She starts by summarizing her thoughts on the series, and the experience of seeing chess all over the media, including a number of interviews Jen did on the show for Vanity Fair, the New York Times, PocketFives, Salon and the Mic. She then...
Oct 20, 2020
Ladies Knight with Jen Shahade Featuring Robin and Sarah Ramson LK022
Jennifer interviews Robin and Sarah Ramson for the October edition of Ladies Knight podcast. Robin Ramson is the founder of Chess Girls DC and the organizer of the upcoming Chess Empowerment Weekend (Nov 6-8), which will feature a series of chess tournaments and a star-studded line-up of guest speakers. Sarah Ramson is Robin’s daughter, and a chess player, golfer,...
Sep 16, 2020
Ladies Knight with Jen Shahade Featuring Irina Krush LK021
The September edition of Ladies Knight features legendary Grandmaster and seven-time US Women’s Champion Irina Krush. Irina and Jennifer talk about Irina’s coaching philosophy and her recent learning experiences at camps with Kramnik and Polgar. They also touch on Irina’s battle with COVID-19, which was featured this Spring in the New York Times. Despite her struggles with...
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Aug 18, 2020
Ladies Knight with Jen Shahade Featuring Lauren Goodkind LK020
On the August episode of Ladies Knight, Jennifer interviews author, chess teacher and speaker Lauren Goodkind. Goodkind is a popular Bay Area teacher and the author of “Poison Pieces” and “Queen for a Day: The Girl’s Guide to Chess Mastery.” In her latest book, Queen for a Day, readers work through an entire game with...
Jul 21, 2020
Ladies Knight with Jen Shahade Featuring Annie Wang LK019
Our July Ladies Knight features 18-year-old IM Annie Wang, who captivated the chess world in 2018, when she nearly won the US Women’s Championship at just 15. Since that feat, Annie has continued to raise her playing level. In 2019, Annie won the Pan-American World Junior to earn her IM title and her first GM norm. A recent...
Jun 16, 2020
Ladies Knight with Jen Shahade Featuring Linda Diaz LK018
Jennifer Shahade welcomes singer, songwriter and former scholastic chess champion, Linda Diaz on Ladies Knight. We play a clip from “Magic” in the middle of the episode, a song you may have heard on twitch.tv/botezlive, where Linda’s music videos have played on breaks during our Saturday US Chess Women fundraisers. Like twitch, Linda has been blowing up...
May 19, 2020
Ladies Knight with Jen Shahade Featuring Carissa Yip LK017
Jennifer Shahade talks to 16-year-old International Master Carissa Yip on the newest episode of Ladies Knight. The popular two-time US Junior Girls Champ is a serial record breaker- the youngest female to defeat a GM at the age of ten, and the youngest American female in history to become an International Master. Jennifer and Carissa talk...
Apr 21, 2020
Ladies Knight with Jen Shahade Featuring Humpy Koneru LK016
Our April edition of Ladies Knight features Grandmaster Humpy Koneru, the 2020 Cairns Cup Champion and our May 2020 Chess Life Magazine cover star. She is the reigning World Women’s Rapid Champion, and the second woman in history to break the 2600 barrier. She also defeated Judit Polgar’s record as the youngest woman to achieve...
Mar 17, 2020
Ladies Knight with Jen Shahade Featuring the Artist Juga LK015
Chilean singer, songwriter, chessplayer and artist Juga joins Jennifer Shahade for the March 2020 edition of Ladies Knight. Juga’s hit single, “Oh Capablanca” is the theme music for this podcast, and in her appearance, Juga talks to Jennifer about the inspiration for many of her hit songs, including Caruana Oh Na Na, which she wrote with IM...
Feb 18, 2020
Ladies Knight with Jen Shahade Featuring Shannon Bailey – LK014
World Chess Hall of Fame chief curator Shannon Bailey joins Jennifer Shahade on the latest episode of Ladies Knight. Shannon talks about some of her favorite exhibitions and chess sets over nine years of leading the intersections of history, chess and art at the WCHOF. They also delve deep into the 2015-2016 art show, Ladies Knight,...
Jan 20, 2020
Ladies Knight with Jen Shahade Featuring Alisa Melekhina– LK013
In the first anniversary episode of Ladies Knight, Jen Shahade interviews the multi-talented FM, entrepreneur, gold medalist, author and lawyer Alisa Melekhina. Jennifer talks to Alisa live in Philadelphia, where both grew up, about a wide range of topics, from Alisa’s corporate chess league, to lessons behind her first book, “Reality Check: What the Ancient Gameof...
Dec 16, 2019
Ladies Knight with Jen Shahade Featuring WGM Sabina Foisor – LK012
WGM Sabina Foisor joins Jennifer Shahade on Ladies Knight to discuss her recent work coaching our youngest players in International competition, and how she balances kindness with her ferocious approach over the board. Sabina and Jennifer also relive Foisor’s emotional triumph at the 2017 US Women’s Championship, and how chess skills translate into life skills. Sabina...
Nov 19, 2019
Ladies Knight with Jen Shahade Featuring Carla Heredia – LK011
The November episode of Ladies Knight features Carla Heredia Serrano, a Women’s Grandmaster from Ecuador, who now lives in California. A member of the Ecuadorian Olympic team, Carla recently graduated from Texas Tech with a Masters in Sports Management and a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Now Carla works with the Berkeley Chess School on many projects including...
Oct 28, 2019
Ladies Knight Bonus Episode with Jen Shahade Featuring James Altucher – LK010.5
It’s Podcast Tuesday on Chess Life Online, and since this month we have five Tuesdays, we have a Ladies Knight bonus clip for you. Jennifer Shahade talks to podcast host, author of 20 books, investor and blogger James Altucher about something his followers may know a little less about: James is also a US Chess master. He explains to Jennifer his swan song in chess...
Oct 14, 2019
Ladies Knight with Jen Shahade Featuring Dorsa Derakshani – LK010
In the October edition of Ladies Knight, Jennifer Shahade speaks to IM Dorsa Derakshani about her childhood in Iran, her TED talk and what surprised her most about living in the United States. Dorsa Derakshani is an International Master, Women Grandmaster, three time gold medalist at the Asian Youth Champs and a pre-med student at Saint Louis...
Sep 18, 2019
Ladies Knight with Jen Shahade Featuring Daniel Rensch – LK009
The September episode of Ladies Knight features International Master and commentator Daniel Rensch, known to many as the Chief Chess Officer at chess.com. Danny, the first male guest on Ladies Knight emphasizes the importance of men speaking up and advocating for women in our culture and sport. Jennifer and Danny also talk about gender ratio statistics...
Aug 21, 2019
Ladies Knight with Jen Shahade Featuring Maureen Grimaud – LK008
The August episode of Ladies Knight features Maureen Grimaud, chair of the US Chess Women’s committee. Maureen is a vocal proponent and supporter of bringing more women and girls into chess, from her work with the girls club’ rooms and Regional women’s events. In a Sports Illustrated article about women in chess, Maureen said, “It’s a numbers...
Jul 15, 2019
Ladies Knight with Jen Shahade Featuring Charlotte Clymer – LK007
Writer, army veteran, influencer and US Chess member Charlotte Clymer joins Jennifer Shahade on Ladies Knight live from Las Vegas, where Charlotte participated in her first women’s event, the US Women’s Open. Charlotte and Jennifer talk about Charlotte’s experience in the Armed Forces Championships, how to make chess more inclusive and why every chess game...
Jun 18, 2019
Ladies Knight with Jen Shahade Featuring Megan Lee – LK006
The newest episode of Ladies Knight features host Jennifer Shahade in conversation with our new U.S. Women’s Open Champion, Megan Lee. Jennifer interviews Megan live from the Las Vegas Chess Festival. Now based in Seattle, 22-year-old Lee is a graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design. In her conversation with Jennifer, she explains why...
May 20, 2019
Ladies Knight with Jen Shahade Featuring WIM Carolina Blanco – LK005
WIM Dr. Carolina Blanco talks to Jennifer Shahade on Ladies Knight about her incredible work with the “Girls Club Room” at National Events, where girls socialize, learn from top players and participate in organized events. Right after the interview, Jen and Carolina gave a tandem chess simul at the Girls Club Room to 20 girls...
Apr 16, 2019
Ladies Knight with Jen Shahade Featuring Jennifer Yu – LK004
Our new U.S. Women’s Chess Champion, 17-year-old Jennifer Yu appears on Ladies Knight to discuss her historic victory, where she scored 10/11 to become the first teenager since 2000 to capture the Women’s Championship title. Yu and Shahade discuss her favorite games, her study techniques as well as her hobbies, from magic to running. Jennifer...
Mar 18, 2019
Ladies Knight with Jen Shahade Featuring Natasha Regan – LK003
Jennifer Shahade talks to Women’s International Master Natasha Regan, mathematician and co-author of Game Changer: AlphaZero’s Groundbreaking Chess Strategies and the Promise of AI. Natasha and Jen talk about how Alpha Zero’s new approach may make chess more popular, as well as intersections between gender and AI. They also discuss Natasha’s first book, Chess For...
Feb 19, 2019
Ladies Knight with Jen Shahade Featuring Adia Onyango – LK002
In the second episode of Ladies Knight, Jennifer talks to Adia Onyango aka “chess traveler” about Adia’s favorite places to combine chess and travel, the importance of representation and chess, and their mutual fondness for this podcast’s name. Adia also talks about her plans to break the 2200 barrier.
Jan 21, 2019
Ladies Knight with Jen Shahade Featuring Alexandra Botez – LK001
Jennifer Shahade interviews popular streamer and five-time Canadian Girls Champion Alexandra Botez. Alexandra is also the CEO of Fame Game and a commentator for the PRO Chess League. Jen and Alexandra talk about bullet chess, building a successful twitch channel, and how to tackle trolls.