Ladies Knight, May 2022: Jessica Era Martin

Ladies Knight May 2022

This month, Jennifer interviews her longtime friend, author, and chess coach Jessica Era Martin.

Jessica is the founder of Over the Chessboard, a coaching organization dedicated to promoting education, leadership, and respect through chess. A published poet and frequent contributor to ChessKid, she is also the author of several books, including two titles for 2022: Chess Strategy for Beginners (out now!) and Chess Openings for Beginners (available in June).

Jennifer and Jessica discuss the origin of her middle name Era, the importance of inclusion in chess books, and favorite openings.

They also touch on how to bring in and keep more girls in the game, and the importance of creating a safe and welcoming environment for girls, women, and the LGBTQ+ community. 

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“Ladies Knight” is a monthly US Chess podcast hosted by WGM Jennifer Shahade, two-time US Women’s Chess Champion, featuring female chess champions and leaders. Jennifer Shahade is the Women’s Program director at US Chess. Find out more about the program and the Women’s Initiative at, where you can make a donation.

Listen to the whole family of US Chess podcasts at or through the links below.

Cover Stories With Chess Life, Hosted By John Hartmann

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One Move At A Time, Hosted By Dan Lucas

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Ladies Knight, Hosted By Jen Shahade

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Chess Underground, Hosted By Pete Karagianis

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