KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Like Beth Harmon in “The Queen’s Gambit”, Jennifer Shahade is aware of what it is wish to be the one woman in a room of chess gamers.
“My father taught me once I was 5 or 6 years outdated. So I do not even keep in mind realizing the way to play. I turned very, very hooked on it in highschool. My brother can be excellent at chess. Participant,” he mentioned Shahade.
As the primary lady to win the US Youth Open and a two-time US Ladies’s Chess Champion, Shahade skilled the glamor viewers glimpsed on the favored Netflix present.
“The doorways it opened, the power to attach with folks from all around the world,” Shahade mentioned.
This system, and the e-book on which it’s primarily based, are serving to Shahade encourage a brand new era of feminine chess gamers.
“This has been a very enjoyable initiative, and we even have lessons for girls newcomers for the primary time on-line,” mentioned Shahade.
Shahade is a fan of the present and the way in which it made chess interesting to those that had by no means performed earlier than.
“I actually cherished the way in which Anya Taylor-Pleasure portrayed the pondering lady, and that full expertise of being engrossed within the 64 squares that I assumed she nailed and in a approach that no different film or TV present depicts chess. I had finished it earlier than. ” Shahade mentioned. “And I believe one of many causes it resonated a lot with folks is as a result of it requires numerous bodily efficiency and eye actions and micro-movements of the fingers, however not essentially numerous spoken language.”
She has been an advocate for girls in chess all through her profession and hopes that the present’s publicity will encourage extra feminine gamers, in addition to older people who find themselves caught at residence in isolation.