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Irina Krush vs Hikaru Nakamura
Mayor's Cup (2001), New York, NY USA, rd 5, Jun-22
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Glek Defense (E94)  ·  1-0

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May-19-04  Whitehat1963: Interesting piece offers by Krush. Nakamura ignores, but loses anyway.
Dec-08-07  Sularus: steam rolling pawns!

what a babe!

Apr-27-09  Dredge Rivers: For shame, Nakamura! You got beat by a GIRL! :)
Apr-27-09
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  HeMateMe: Dude, he was only 14 at the time. As I understand, he improved a bit over the years.
Dec-29-11
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  Richard Taylor: < Dredge Rivers: For shame, Nakamura! You got beat by a GIRL! :) >

This bloke must be the one that God, on bad day, put aside as Moron of the Century! What a really stupid comment!

Dec-29-11
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  WannaBe: <RT> He was joking, note the smiley face.
Mar-14-12  Garech: Great game from Krush!

-Garech

May-23-12  beenthere240: I love the last move -- the new queen does not attack, but comes home to put out the fires of whatever attack black was counting on.
May-23-12  Vicao: Well, 48 Qxf6 wouldnt have been so bad either
Sep-12-17
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  fredthebear: <that God, on bad day,>

God our Holy Father is perfect. He doesn't have bad days. It seems his love, mercy and patience with the human race would astound us. Jesus the Son has atoned for our sins if we will only accept Him. Unfortunately, the devil Lucifer is always at work, stirrin' up trouble! Otherwise, all matters on earth would be perfect as well. Did you know that the ascended Saints get to eat food in heaven, but there are no hunger pains there? Sorry, can't provide the specific Bible verse to back that up.

Perhaps the bloke D.R. (he did smile :) has not played enough tournament chess to know that girls have chess skills too. It's all in the preparation, the insight. (Irina was master at age 12. How many school boys achieve that status?) Chess is good for the mind; it is inclusive of all persuasions world-wide. One need not play at master level to enjoy it's benefits.

Unlike alligators, coyotes and tweedy birds, Fredthebear suspects that martians from outer space enjoy playing chess too, since they're smart enough to build and fly space ships to earth and beyond. (The little red underline suggests that martians should be capitalized, but Fredthebear refuses to go that far. My lack of respect sounds a lot like D.R. We are limited by our own self-imposed parameters of the mind. Our reasoning may stand in the way of our progress.)

The computer says that Siamese cats should be capitalized too. Hmmm. Fredthebear is gonna go find a Scooby snack and quit this before he digs a hole all the way to China.

A parting question.... So how many think Hikaru was trying to think of a good way to ask Irina out on a date? Do you suppose she might have flirted with him just before the match? Yep, Fredthebear believes in cupids, too.

Sep-14-17
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  fredthebear: Krush is four years older than Nakamura. These two American champions first squared off competitively in 1998 (Nakamura won with White against the Sicilian), the year Krush won her firs U.S. women's championship.

This victory in their second face-off is significant for Krush. She earned her first GM norm in 2001 by tying for first place at this Mayor's Cup International Tournament in New York City.

Nakamura was awarded the title of IM in 2001 and that of GM in 2003. During his progression as a youth, Nakamura held various honors as "the youngest to..." accomplish victory feat xyz up to that point in time.

Oct-09-17
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  fredthebear: These two jointly grace the cover of Chess Life magazine at least twice...August, 2012 and June, 2015. Both have been featured on the cover separately as well (sometimes including other opponents) for a handful of other occasions.
Mar-01-19  Saniyat24: "Krush-ing-ly brave"...! great attacking and positional play by Irina.
Mar-26-21
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  phenstyle: c5 is a nice trap, knight canít take it cuz Bxf6 followed by Nd5 either threatening bishop or knight and if Nd7 to defend the bishop Nxc7 forks rook and queen!

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