Jennifer Shahade at Toy Fair with Yamie Chess

Jennifer Shahade at Toy Fair with Yamie Chess

This is an expert analysis of Yamie Chess by 2-time United States national chess champion and American Women's chess grandmaster, Jennifer Shahade, who is pictured below with her friend, the reigning undisputed World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen.


A former child prodigy and widely considered to be one of America's greatest Women chess champions ever; 2-time United States national chess champion Jennifer Shahade, an international chess grandmaster, collaborated with Yamie Chess Ltd's STEM advisory team. Together, this inspiring partnership developed the Yamie Chess math educational toy, that has been won praise from parents and teachers across the nation, and been publicly endorsed by some of America's foremost national math experts, including from Harvard University, the University of Chicago and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The article below serves therefore, as Jennifer Shahade's post-collaboration analysis: A fair, objective and credible recommendation of the Yamie Chess K-8 math learning aid for elementary and middle school students, part of a series that Yamie Chess Ltd conducted with nationally-respected academics and top U.S. chess players for parents and educators across America.

This page includes copyrighted material by United States chess champion and Women's Grandmaster Jennifer Shahade and has been split into sections below for your ease of reference.

United States chess champion2-time United States chess champion and Women's Grandmaster, Jennifer Shahade
Named by The Smithsonian Institution as the strongest American-born woman chess player in the history of classical chess in the United States of America, 2-time USA chess champion Jennifer Shahade, who is an international chess icon, and who through her children's charity, 9 Queens, successfully inspires young girls across America to advance in STEM education, writes her post-collaborative analysis on the first Yamie Chess math learning aid product for kids' STEM education, as Yamie Chess Ltd's principal educator and classic chess advisor.

1.  Introduction 2.  USA national chess champion Jennifer Shahade's analysis of Yamie Chess 3.  More about the Expert 4.  Suggested Reading and Related Articles Introduction When you enable your child to explore the magical math world of Yamie Chess, you endow their education and intellectual potential with the inspiring strength of a math learning aid that has been developed and nurtured by top U.S. tech professionals and math educators from America's finest universities together with a United States chess champion, whose shared goal and passion to see more children achieve good learning outcomes in mathematics, has willed Yamie Chess to market. An integral part of Yamie Chess' creation, with a major pre-publication role in its development, Women's Grandmaster Shahade is the founder of USA children's chess non-profit, 9 Queens and provides her objective views here on Yamie Chess for anyone interested in advancing children's education. Confirmed by The Smithsonian Institution, Women's Grandmaster (WGM) Jennifer Shahade is the strongest American-born female chess player in the history of classic chess in the United States of America. USA national chess champion Jennifer Shahade's analysis of Yamie Chess


Top-quoteUSA chess champion Jennifer Shahade's Review of Yamie Chess: The Adventures of Tigermore & the Mind Angels

By 2-time United States chess champion, Women's Grandmaster Jennifer Shahade

Date: November 30, 2013

Copyright © 2013 WGM Jennifer Shahade. All Rights Reserved.

Permission to reprint this educational article on Yamie Chess Ltd's website was directly obtained from United States chess champion and Women's Grandmaster Jennifer Shahade in writing.

Once the imagination is unfurled, the mind is capable of so much in the fields of math, chess and story-telling.

Yamie Chess: The Adventures of Tigermore & The Mind Angels, to launch at the Toy Fair in New York City in February 2014, brings this all together to inspire children and educators to explore the multidisciplinary possibilities of chess, already a fantastic learning tool.

united-states-chess-championYamie Chess, much like chess itself, stretches the mind in numerous ways.

First of all, it is a beautifully illustrated comic which entertains readers while teaching rules and strategy of chess. We are also introduced to important mathematical concepts and facts.

Finally, readers learn about the importance of focus, bravery and imagination toward achieving goals.

Yamie Chess literally draws readers into a whole new world, “Snowmelt”, which represents the mind planet and the parallel dimension of deep chess thought.

Our protagonist Kimi, a young prodigy and future chess Grandmaster is led to Snowmelt via an accident in Central Park.

He requires a simple operation, and undergoes anesthesia.

I love the positive message that adversity can lead to a beautiful and imaginative experience.

In this way, the comic shows us that we need not fear hospitals or accidents, and that what’s inside is more important than what is on the outside, both crucial messages for children.

As a chess champion who is also heavily involved in the worlds of literature and art, one of my favorite things about Yamie Chess is its graceful merging of creativity with rigorous analysis.

You learn about checkmating in both a technical way and you also admire the beauty of a queen sacrifice which topples the enemy king, Vigdor.

Yamie Chess combines this narrative device and chess motif via stunning drawings and depiction of the white chess queen, Belskina.

The same kind of synergy is also found in Yamie Chess’s math lessons—students will review multiplication tables and fractions in Yamie Chess.

They also learn how to use math creatively, to solve problems they may have never thought math could make so simple.

For instance, how chocolates can be split into squares on a chessboard and then equitably distributed, or how likely a random piece pulled from a full bag of chess pieces is to be a black pawn.

Yamie Chess will provide hours of fun for children.

As an educator and chess master for over 15 years, Yamie Chess also inspires me to think of how we can expand our use of chess as an educational tool.

Whether children will become passionate about writing, chess or math (or even a totally different field like sports or music), the experience of losing yourself entirely in another subject is so important to success.

The Yamie Chess comic shows children that with bravery, hard work and imagination, we can all achieve more than we thought possible.

I highly recommend Yamie Chess to educators and parents and am enthusiastic about the next chapter of this exciting new take on chess, learning and creativity.Bottom-quote

More about the Expert

book iconAn international chess icon, 2-time USA chess champion (2002, 2004), Jennifer Shahade is a Women’s Grandmaster, internationally respected chess coach and writer. In 2005, she published her first book, "Chess Bitch: Women in the Ultimate Intellectual Sport." A respected author, USA national chess champion and American Women's Grandmaster (WGM) Jennifer Shahade is the editor of the United States Chess Federation (USCF) --

USA chess champion WGM Shahade's writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Games Magazine, New In Chess, and the L.A. Times.

In her coaching career, WGM Shahade has made a point of focusing her efforts on encouraging girls and young women to succeed in education. From 1998-2005, WGM Shahade worked with Chess-in-the-Schools, a New York City non-profit organization that provides chess instruction to the local community. From 2003-4, WGM Shahade taught a Girls’ Academy through Chess-in-the-Schools, and started her own Girls’ Academy in New York in 2007. The American Women's Grandmaster is the founder of 9Queens, a nonprofit organization that Yamie Chess has partnered with, in our mutual dedication to the intellectual empowerment of young children through chess.

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