How Sexual Assault Allegations Against a U.S. Chess Grandmaster Went Unaddressed for Years

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When former U.S. women’s chess champion Jennifer Shahade alleged on social media last month that she had been sexually assaulted by a prominent grandmaster named Alejandro Ramirez, she had no idea it would set off a broad wave of additional allegations. 

Ms. Shahade says she was sexually assaulted twice by Mr. Ramirez, one of the most recognizable faces in American chess over the past two decades. Her allegations and others in recent years were reported to top chess bodies, including the U.S. Chess Federation and the powerful St. Louis Chess Club, which failed to act or effectively investigate when first learning of them, according to interviews and documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. 

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