A recent segment on a Philadelphia Public TV show, “You Oughta Know” showed the efforts of this year’s “Chess City of the Year” to diversify chess. Host Shirley Min interviewed US Chess Women Program Director Jennifer Shahade and the local non-profit After Schools Activities Partnerships (ASAP) about efforts to bring more girls to the game. Between interviews, the film-makers showed b-roll from a 27-board simultaneous exhibition by Jennifer that ASAP hosted this summer in conjunction with their annual all-girls chess camp.
Shahade said that chess is particularly powerful for girls and women, because it helps them reach a powerful “flow” state that is vital to lifelong happiness and productivity.
— Jennifer Shahade (@JenShahade) October 11, 2019
Philadelphia girls also featured prominently in our US Chess video, “Girls Play Chess” which premiered last year in the New Yorker Magazine. Find out more about Philadelphia’s designation as “Chess City of the Year” here.