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Irina Krush vs Alexei Vladimirovich Barsov
"Good Knight, Irina" (game of the day Apr-15-2019)
Hampstead GM 5th (1999), London, rd 5, Apr-11
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Berlin Variation Pirc Variation (E39)  ·  1-0
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Apr-15-19
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  OrangeTulip: Good Knight, Irina by Sargon is nice pun. For some reason it has been mixed up in the header.
Apr-15-19
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  HeMateMe: good pun. I like the attacking line used by Krush, quickly opening up the g file. Black was kept busy.
Apr-15-19  FairyPromotion: Nice game, but cg definitely should have went with O Zambrana vs I Krush, 2003. That one is Irina's best game, and the knight moves there were much more integral to the ideas in the combinations (from move 25 onwards) than they are here.
Apr-15-19
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  offramp: It's one of those weird things: the pawn at c5 is crucial to the kingside attack.
Apr-15-19  ACMEKINGKRUSHER: Howdy,
Way to go Young IRINA!! Still liked your performance at The US CHAMPIONSHIP ths year! You kept on playing despite some results. Better LUCK Next YEAR! This Game was QUITE Interesting to go through! Must have KRUSHED Alexi! AKK
Apr-15-19
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  Sargon: <OrangeTulip: Good Knight, Irina by Sargon is nice pun. For some reason it has been mixed up in the header.>

Fixed.

Apr-15-19
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  Richard Taylor: A good game. Irina played a subtle game here. In the recent US Champs she looked a bit tired and stressed. She surely can come back as she has a lot of talent.
Apr-15-19
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  Sargon: <FairyPromotion: Nice game, but cg definitely should have went with O Zambrana vs I Krush, 2003. That one is Irina's best game, and the knight moves there were much more integral to the ideas in the combinations (from move 25 onwards) than they are here.>

I see that you had suggested this pun in the kibitzing for that game. When I was searching for an appropriate game to use this pun for, I was looking at Krush victories which featured a Knight sacrifice. The game you suggested doesn't show up as that, so that's why I missed it...

Apr-15-19  FairyPromotion: <Sargon> Yeah, the knight sac was just the appetizer in that game. I hope eventually it'll be selected as GotD, too. ;)
Apr-15-19  Great Bear: 44. Rd6 is #.
Apr-15-19  Momentum Man: Great game!
Apr-15-19  spingo: <Apr-15-19 Great Bear: 44. Rd6 is #.>

When he wrote that the hashtag # wasnt on the last move. or she.

Apr-15-19
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  Breunor: According to Stockfish the game is even until black's 37th move. 37 .. Rd8 is even, but the actual Qg7 scores the game at about 2.25.

Unfortunately I'm not sure why Qg7 is bad. I'm guessing the idea here is an old adage of dealing with your opponent's strongest piece; maybe getting that took off of d6 is the critical point.

One of these chess stories for me; I used to be President of the bankers chess league in NYC and Irina was the guest lecturer I hired for our annual dinner. Her key theme in the lecture - eliminating your opponent's strongest piece!

She was a great speaker and very easy to work with, which I can't say for all of our speakers. Shame about the unflattering picture they have of her, it doesn't do her justice.

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