Chess Life Cover Stories with Jen Vallens [PODCAST]

The December edition of “Cover Stories with Chess Life” is now live! This monthly podcast, hosted by Senior Director of Strategic Communication Daniel Lucas, goes in depth and behind the scenes with the author of each month’s cover story.

This month, we talk to Jennifer Vallens, who wrote our cover story about the challenges of chess parenting. Jennifer founded OFF da ROOK Entertainment in 2013 and runs scholastic tournaments in Southern California. Jennifer serves on the Board of the Southern California Chess Federation, the Karpov International Chess School, and Chess Journalists of America.  She is the author of several published articles in New In Chess and Chess Life magazines, as well as articles in ChessBase.  She manages worldwide events,  publicity and promotion for GM Timur Gareyev.  She has a background in marketing and enjoys creating opportunities to unite the chess community. When she is not working in chess, she teaches Yoga and runs Mental Health support groups for those in Treatment and Recovery.  She resides in Westlake Village, California with her husband, two sons, and dog.

Extra features include “Checking in with Jen” in which our Senior Digital Editor Jennifer Shahade discusses what is new and upcoming on CLO at as well as our social media networks, including YouTube, where you can find the video of Timur Gareyev “chess-diving.”

This month, Jennifer recaps the World Chess Championship and the upcoming National K-12 Grade Championships. Dan and Jennifer also talk about the new job opening at US Chess for a Digital Editor. 

And don’t miss your chance at winning a $50 gift certificate to! Send in your question to [email protected], and if your question is selected as the Best Question, you will win the gift certificate. Next month we cover the Silver medal winning US Olympiad team with GM Maurice Ashley, so send in your questions for him or anything about Chess Life that strikes your fancy.


    • SEE WHAT i MEAN? Tell it like it is….Everything this snappy should also be uploaded worldwide on YouTube immediately…forget i tunes..this is global. Jennifer Valens is world chess mom, event planner/ and has the all-time classic ready ” chess parents gathering like fire hazards in the doorway”.Think chess cheerleader …Madame Phineas T.Barnum brings a circus,, fun ,sage observations…she did it totally her way. YOU HAVE TO HEAR THIS. GET REAL. Too bad Jennifer Valens was not the chief organizer of the recent world chess title slumberfest monstrosity which TOTALLY destroyed world chess championship promotion as THE EVENT…the Indianapolis 500..The Grand Prix..Wimbledon the Superbowl…the Masters … What a joke we have foisted upon two of the greatest players of all time..their present arena just does not electrify thrill or headline in hundreds of world cities …a stadium they both richly deserve. Jude Acers/ New Orleans

      • Hi Judy. I just read this comment. Thank you so much for your kind words and the shoutout. I just looked you up on google. Hope to meet you someday!

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