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Mishcon Academy: Digital Sessions – The Queen's Gambit: In conversation with Jennifer Shahade (US Chess Grandmaster) and Alex O'Brien (Science Writer and Poker)

Posted on 28 May 2021

Last week, the Academy welcomed two women forging distinguished and decorated careers in fields traditionally dominated by men.

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

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

This live session was chaired by Charlotte Wilson, Legal Director at Mishcon de Reya, where Alex and Jennifer discussed how women can succeed in traditionally male-dominated environments such as science, chess and poker. They also reflected on their achievements, talked about future plans and The Queen's Gambit.

Mishcon Academy: Digital Sessions are a series of online events, videos and podcasts looking at the biggest issues faced by businesses and individuals today.

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