by Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow

New Queens of the Chessboard

A chessboard is a surprisingly feminist terrain. The queen reigns supreme, leading the battle to protect a relatively feeble king. But look to either side of the board, and men are much more likely to be poring over it than women. That imbalance, however, has started to change. Jennifer Shahade, 22, is an example of the growing female presence in the chess world. The strongest U.S.-born female player ever, she is an International Master, and is now writing a book about women in chess.

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