Jennifer Shahade, poker pro and two-time U.S. women’s chess champion, was front and center in a different game on Monday night as she served as a host for a category on Jeopardy! Masters.
Jeopardy! Masters features six of the most recognizable and successful Jeopardy! champions battling over the course of 10 hour-long episodes. The first game on Monday night’s episode featured Mattea Roach, Matt Amodio, and Amy Schneider.
The Double Jeopardy! category, titled “Chess Masters”, featured Shahade providing clues about prominent chess players via pre-recorded video. Ultimately, the trivia stalwarts managed to get just four of the five clues correct.
$400 clue- chosen by Amodio
In what became known as the game of the century, in 1956 this then little-known 13-year-old announced his presence with a spectacular queen sacrifice to defeat one of America’s top masters.
Answered correctly by Roach: Who is (Bobby) Fischer?
$800 – chosen by Roach
Famed for works like Nude Descending a Staircase No. 2, in the 1920s this great Dadaist all but abandoned art for chess, becoming a Master and going on to play for France in four Chess Olympiads.
Answered correctly by Amodio: Who is (Marcel) Duchamp?
$1,200 – chosen by Amodio
Many a seemingly hopeless position has been turned into a draw via this tactic, with the apparently winning sides king unable to escape repeated nagging attacks by an enemy piece.
Answered incorrectly by Schneider: What is infinite check? (Correct answer: Perpetual check.)
$1,600 – chosen by Schneider
2023 saw the end of an era as this longtime world champion opted not to defend his title even though he remained by far the world’s top-rated player.
Answered correctly by Roach: Who is (Magnus) Carlsen?
$2,000 – chosen by Roach
My book “Chess Queens” tells the story of the game’s female pioneers, like this trio of stereotype-shattering sisters, whose youngest, Judit, became both the world’s youngest grandmaster and the first woman to be ranked among the world’s top ten players.
Answered correctly by Schneider – Who are the Polgár sisters?
Shahade Jeopardy! Masters appearance writes another notable line on her impressive career resume which includes her tenure as a member of team PokerStars Pro as the brand’s mind sport ambassador, her Global Poker Award award-winning podcast The Grid, and her brand new book, Chess Queens.