The Queen's Gambit: In conversation with Jennifer Shahade and Alex O'Brien

When: Wednesday 19 May 2021Time: 15:00 - 16:00 BST

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The Academy welcomes two women forging distinguished and decorated careers in fields traditionally dominated by men.

Jennifer Shahade is a US Chess Grandmaster, chess champion, poker player, commentator, and author. She is the two-time United States Women's Chess Champion and was the first female to win the US Junior Open. Her books include Chess Bitch: Women in the Ultimate Intellectual Sport and Play Like a Girl!.

Alex O’Brien is a London-based science writer. Alex is also a poker player and will shortly face Dan Bilzerian for $100K. Her début non-fiction science book "The Truth Detective" argues why thinking like a poker player can guide you onto success in the game of life.

Alex and Jen will be discussing how women can succeed in traditionally male-dominated environments such as science, chess and poker. They will also reflect on their achievements, talk about future plans and will be sure to discuss The Queen's Gambit.

This live session will be chaired by Charlotte Wilson, Legal Director at Mishcon de Reya and will be held virtually on Zoom.

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