Irina Krush

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Irina Krush
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Irina Krush at the 2003 U.S. Chess Championships in Seattle, Washington
Full name Irina Krush
Country United States of America
Born (1983-12-24) December 24, 1983 (age 31)
Odessa, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Title Grandmaster (2013)
FIDE rating 2453 (December 2014)
(No. 16 ranked woman in the October 2013 FIDE World Rankings)
Peak rating 2502 (October 2013)

Irina Krush (Ukrainian: Ірина Круш, Russian: Ири́на Круш; born December 24, 1983) is an American chess International Grandmaster (GM) who has won the U.S. Women's Chess Championship in 1998, 2007,[1] 2010,[2] 2012, 2013 and 2014. On the October 2013 FIDE rating list for women, Krush has a FIDE rating of 2502, 16th best among active female players,[3] and first among active American female players.

Krush was born in Odessa, USSR (now Ukraine). She learned to play chess at age five, emigrating with her parents to Brooklyn that same year (1989). Krush attended Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, whose chess team is considered by many to be one of the top high school teams in the U.S.

At age 14 Krush won the 1998 U.S. Women's Chess Championship to become the youngest U.S. Women's Champion ever. She has won the U.S. Championship on five other occasions, in 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014.[4]

Krush became widely known for her series of chess training videos, the "Krushing Attacks" series.

Krush gained an additional measure of fame both inside and outside chess circles during the well-publicized "Kasparov versus the World" chess competition in 1999. Garry Kasparov played the white pieces and the Internet public, via a Microsoft host website, voted on moves for the black pieces, guided by the recommendations of Krush and three of her contemporaries, Étienne Bacrot, Elisabeth Pähtz and Florin Felecan. On the tenth move, Krush suggested a novelty, for which the World Team voted. Kasparov said later that he lost control of the game at that point, and wasn't sure whether he was winning or losing.[citation needed]

Krush currently plays for the New York Knights in the U.S. Chess League, and both she and her ex-husband Canadian Grandmaster Pascal Charbonneau[1] have played in the United Kingdom league for Guildford-ADC. In 2006 they were students in Paris.[citation needed]

She played first board on the U.S. Women's team in the 38th Chess Olympiad, when the U.S. team scored a bronze medal.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Krush Wins Her Second Championship"
  2. ^ "Saint Louis: Irina Krush US Women's Champion 2010"
  3. ^ FIDE: Top 100 Women
  4. ^ "Irina Krush Bio". Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Irina Krush Bio". U.S. Chess Federation. 

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Achievements
Preceded by
Esther Epstein
U.S. Women's Chess Champion
1998
Succeeded by
Anjelina Belakovskaia
Preceded by
Anna Zatonskih
U.S. Women's Chess Champion
2007
Succeeded by
Anna Zatonskih
Preceded by
Anna Zatonskih
U.S. Women's Chess Champion
2010
Succeeded by
Anna Zatonskih
Preceded by
Anna Zatonskih
U.S. Women's Chess Champion
2012, 2013, 2014
Succeeded by
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