Ladies Knight with Jen Shahade ft. Laurel Aronian


Jennifer Shahade welcomes high-school sophomore Laurel Aronian to Ladies Knight. Laurel is a president of her high school chess team, St. Luke's, and talks to Jennifer about how she maintains her interest in the game while juggling a busy high school academic and extracurricular schedule. Laurel and Jennifer also touch on keeping more girls in the game, homework, plateaus and the importance of pizza.

Laurel is an active member of our US Chess Women girls club, and also a teen ambassador for our program, where she spearheads activities at our girls club like the teen pizza party. Laurel is also the founder of chessin1day, where she has taught over 100 kids chess. She maintains a blog on and has contributed to several chess magazines, including a story on the Girls Club game against Judit Polgar for Chess Life Kids.

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Laurel Aronian teaching