PROJECTS

Jen Vallens US Chess FAces Across the Board

Over the years I have changed careers and identities many times.  From a Human Resources Director to Talent Manager to Chess Teacher to Yoga Instructor.  The variety of these experiences have made me a better writer and human.

Please click on the photos below to read some of my published works and other miscellaneous projects.  

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The Challenges of Chess Parenting

Wrote the cover article on my experience as a chess parent and organizer. 

Article won BEST FEATURE in a Chess publication 2019 CJA Awards

My Chess Life Kids article on preparing

Tournament 101: A Practical Guide to Tournaments

Article appeared in Chess Life 4 Kids as a guide for players and parents

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Timur Flies High

Developed concept and oversaw the photoshoot of cover.  Click on image to read my behind the scenes article. 

Cover won BEST COVER 2019 CJA Awards.

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5CardChess 

Designed a game combining elements of Poker in Chess and came in 2nd place in PokerStars contest.

Women empowering women! #uschess #womenr

That's What Queen d1 said"

My interview with WGM Jennifer Shahade "That's what Queen d1 Said"

Won BEST CHESS INTERVIEW in a print 2019 CJA Awards

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The Challenges of Chess Parenting interview

Listen to my interview with Dan Lucas, Director of Publications for US Chess as we discuss my challenges as a chess parent.

ChessLife "Oh, My Aching Brain!"

Oh, My Aching Brain!

Co-wrote cover article with Jay Stallings covering Blindfold Chess World Record Event I organized. Jay Stallings was the commentator for our live stream yielding 25,000 views.

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Better Sleeper, Better Player

Article appears in New in Chess magazine explaining how sleep affects chess performa

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25 Questions for Maria Yugina

My interview with Maria Yugina appears in

American Chess Magazine.

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Tandem Blindfold Chess Report

First published article for ChessBase reporting on Tandem Blindfold Chess.

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The New Blindfold King

Read all about the Blindfold Chess GUINNESS WORLD RECORD EVENT

article I co-wrote with GM Timur Gareyev taken from Timur's point of view.  

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Learn to Play Blindfold Chess

Wrote cover article on how to play Blindfold Chess.  Fun play off of Blindfold Chess event cover.

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Is Blitz a drug?

Article appears in New in Chess Magazine taking a look at the addictive qualities of Blitz chess play.

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Blindfold Chess Guinness World Record Event 

Organized all facets of Blindfold Chess GUINNESS WORLD RECORD.