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Negreanu and Boeree Taking Poker Talent to the World of Chess

PokerStars Play Chess
  • Negreanu & Boeree to take on Daniel Rensch and Jennifer Shahade in special chess match this Sunday on Twitch.

This Sunday, PokerStars Ambassadors Daniel Negreanu and Liv Boeree are leaving poker behind to team up against two experts in the chess field – IM and content director Daniel Rensch and Jennifer Shahade.

The PokerStars Play Chess, which is being dubbed the “Hand and Brain” match, will consist of five games to take place on Sunday, October 14 at 1 p.m. PDT (4 p.m. EDT). All the action will be live streamed on and

On the stream, PokerStars and will also wrap up their #MyChessPokerGame Platinum Pass Contest. The public had the opportunity to win a $30K Platinum Pass by incorporating a new game with elements of chess and poker.

Shahade: "This is one of my favorite projects ever. I can't wait to see who will win the Platinum Pass, and to play the winning game in the Bahamas.”

Six finalists have been chosen from more than 70 submissions, and on Sunday one will be eliminated from contention after every chess game until just one remains.

“This partner chess game is ideal for pairing celebrity aficionados with chess masters: Danny or I will be the ‘Brains’, and announce which piece to move, while Liv and Daniel will pick the specific piece and the square,” said Jennifer Shahade, a two-time United States Women's Champion FIDE Woman Grandmaster. "This results in a lot of laughs and unintended consequences."

Poker & Chess Team Up for Platinum Pass Giveaway

Shahade, who has also authored Chess Bitch and Play Like a Girl, continued: “I am so thrilled to announce My Chess Poker Game finalists. I was blown away by the submissions, and I learned so much about game design and creativity from the entrants. This is one of my favorite projects ever. I can't wait to see who will win the Platinum Pass, and to play the winning game in the Bahamas.”

Here’s a look at the five finalists in the #MyChessPokerGame contest:

  • Five Card Chess by Jennifer Vallens
  • #MyChessPokerGame by Cristophe Stammet
  • Challenge Chess by three-time bracelet winner Matt Matros
  • Blunder Chess by Alexandra Botez
  • PokerHouse by Alisa Melekhina
  • Chess Draw by Warren Stevens

Throughout Sunday’s match, hosts Shahade and Rensch will go into further detail regarding each variant, including rules, strategy, and actual videos of the games combining chess and chance.

"As by far the worst poker player in the event, I'm glad we're playing chess!" said Rensch. "It's been a true honor to help judge the finalists of the #MyChessPokerGame Platinum Pass Adventure and we hope this is just the beginning of more exciting collaborations between the global chess and poker communities."

The match is also an opportunity for Negreanu to showcase his chess skills, a game he took up earlier in 2018 and has documented in his WSOP blogs. “I’ve become addicted to chess,” Negreanu tweeted back in April.

Meanwhile, after Sunday’s match, Shahade will host speaking events with Never Stop Learning on October 16 and 22. You can also catch her at the Ladies Get Paid conference in New York on December 8.

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