Ladies Knight with Jen Shahade ft. Kalanithi Kanapathy-Bagley


Our 50th Ladies Knight guest is Kalanithi “Kala” Kanapathy-Bagley, the founder of the Discovery Chess Academy and a member of US Chess Women’s committee, and popular and friendly face at our National Girls Clubs. She organizes the Ohio Chess Girls Championships and is a vocal proponent for bringing the benefits of chess to everyone. One of her most recent projects brings chess to the Indian River juvenile center, where she invited US Chess ED Carol Meyer.

Jennifer and Kala talk about Kala’s first memories of chess, as a child in Malaysia, how becoming a chess parent changed her perspective and why it’s important to her to bring chess into juvenile detention centers and prisons.

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