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Friday, September 4, 2009

Jan vs Shira Chess Challenge for Charity

This morning I received an email from Jan of Goddesschess asking me to announce her Chess Challenge for Charity. Since I know that Goddesschess is very active in promoting women's chess and even often donates special money prizes to women, I'm ready to help!

It’s Jan Newton of Goddesschess versus Shira Evans of Computer Labs for Kids in a 3-game match at It’s a match of David versus Goliath, of Janeway versus the Borg Queen, Mothra versus Godzilla (well, forget that one), the Less-Than-Patzer (UNR) versus the Chess Champion (1727 peak USCF rating).

Jan, playing as JanXena, and Shira playing as shirae, will go en garde with their Queens September 5 – 7, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. CST (Wisconsin time) each day (time controls 1 hour each, no increment), to raise awareness of the great work Computer Labs for Kids is doing around the world for disadvantaged children and hopefully raise some money through donations to the Foundation too!

JanXena has been training hard with assistance from her coach, Kelly Atkins, with analysis donated by and a two-hour intensive over-the-telephone and internet training session courtesy of Dan and Laura Sherman of Your Chess Coach.

Join us!


DATE AND TIME: September 5, 6 and 7, 2009, 10:00 a.m. CST (Wisconsin time)

THE CONTESTANTS: Jan Newton (UNR) playing as JanXena and Shira Evans (1727 peak) playing as shirae

TO BENEFIT: Computerlabs for Kids Foundation (

Posted by Alexandra Kosteniuk

Women's World Chess Champion


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