Irina Krush

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Irina Krush
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Irina Krush at the 2003 U.S. Chess Championships in Seattle, Washington
Country United States
Born (1983-12-24) December 24, 1983 (age 32)
Odessa, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Title Grandmaster (2013)
FIDE rating 2444 (October 2016)
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, 2014, and 2015.


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.

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 six other occasions, in 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.[3]

Krush took part in the "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.[4]

Krush played in the Group C of the 2008 Corus Chess Tournament, a 14-player round-robin tournament held in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands. She finished in joint fifth place having scored 7/13 points after five wins (including the one against the eventual winner, Fabiano Caruana), four draws and four losses.[5][6]

In 2013 she was awarded the Grandmaster title thanks to her results at the NYC Mayor's Cup International GM Tournament in 2001, Women's World Team Chess Championship 2013 and Baku Open 2013.[7]

Team competitions[edit]

Krush played on the U.S. national team in the Women's Chess Olympiads of 1998, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016. The U.S. team won the silver medal in 2002, at the 36th Chess Olympiad, and bronze in 2008, at the 38th Chess Olympiad.[8]

She played for the team Manhattan Applesauce in the U.S. Chess League in 2015; she previously played for the New York Knights (2005-2011, 2013).[9] Krush and her ex-husband, Canadian Grandmaster Pascal Charbonneau,[1] have played in the United Kingdom league for Guildford-ADC.


Krush also is an author, who frequently contributes articles to Chess Life magazine and Her article on earning her grandmaster norm in 2013 was honored as “Best of US Chess” in 2013.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Krush graduated from New York University in International Relations in 2006.[11]

In March 2016 she appeared as a guest on Steve Harvey, along with Hillary Clinton. Along with two other women, who were actresses, she answered questions from host Steve Harvey and Hillary Clinton regarding her life and chess career. Irina Krush and the two impostors all gave plausible answers to the questions. Hillary Clinton was tasked with identifying the real Irina Krush, which she did successfully.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Krush Wins Her Second Championship"
  2. ^ "Saint Louis: Irina Krush US Women's Champion 2010"
  3. ^ "Irina Krush Bio". Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Kasparov versus the World | Michael Nielsen". Retrieved 2016-04-30. 
  5. ^ "Wijk R13: Aronian, Carlsen win Wijk aan Zee 2008". ChessBase. 2008-01-27. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  6. ^ Shahade, Jennifer (2008-01-28). "Carlsen and Aronian Win Corus". Chess Life Online. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  7. ^ GM title application. FIDE.
  8. ^ Women's Chess Olympiads: Irina Krush. OlimpBase.
  9. ^ Profile from
  10. ^ US Chess. “Best of US Chess 2015 #5- Krush on the K-12s”. January 26, 2016
  11. ^ Top Player Bios: GM Irina Krush. United States Chess Federation.
  12. ^ Frederic Friedel, Hillary Clinton: looking for Irina Krush, 1 April 2016,

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Preceded by
Esther Epstein
U.S. Women's Chess Champion
Succeeded by
Anjelina Belakovskaia
Preceded by
Anna Zatonskih
U.S. Women's Chess Champion
Succeeded by
Anna Zatonskih
Preceded by
Anna Zatonskih
U.S. Women's Chess Champion
Succeeded by
Anna Zatonskih
Preceded by
Anna Zatonskih
U.S. Women's Chess Champion
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Succeeded by
Nazí Paikidze