Greg Shahade is an international master of chess. He is the founder and commissioner of the U.S. Chess League, the only professional chess league in the United States, with teams in 16 cities across the country.
He’s also the founder and president of the U.S. Chess School, a nonprofit that provides top-level training at no cost to the best young chess players in the country.
Greg has worked as a professional poker player but is now a full-time chess professional. Since 2011, he has coached the chess team at his alma mater, Julia R. Masterman School, with his own former instructor Steven Shutt. In 2013, the Masterman chess team won the national middle school championship, a first for the school in over a decade. In 2014, Masterman took home top honors once again.
In his spare time, Greg provides individual chess lessons to a handful of students in Philadelphia, runs his own Scramble With Friends League (with more than 200 players from around the globe) and actively practices Crossfit, which he considers a healthy obsession.
He lives with his wife, Ronna, and two incorrigible cats in Philadelphia.