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Irina Krush vs Fabiano Caruana
Corus Group C (2008), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 6, Jan-18
Slav Defense: Czech Variation. Classical System (D18)  ·  1-0

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Jan-18-08  jon01: After seeing Irina Krush, Caruana had a crush on her and he couldn't concentrate anymore.

Actually, Krush played very well in the endgame.

Jan-18-08
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  whiteshark: <...he couldn't concentrate anymore.> Say what ? How do you know ???
Jan-18-08  VinnyRoo2002: I believe jon01 was making a joke.
Jan-18-08  Shams: I don't get it. Explain this "joke" please.
Jan-22-08  SniperOnG7: *joke best served when chilled with raging hormones*
Jan-22-08  VinnyRoo2002: If you have to explain a joke, it is no longer funny, although the joke wasn't very humorous to begin with and hence the reason why most people probably didn't recognize it as a joke. Of course, I could be completely wrong and jon01 may know the inner workings of Caruana's mind. Anyway, I assume that jon01 was trying to be funny and the fact that he followed it up with actually, Krush played very well in the endgame, makes me believe that it was merely a joke. Long winded enough.
Jan-22-08  attica: <VinnyRoo2002: If you have to explain a joke, it is no longer funny>: <jon01> used meaning #3 as a noun of "crush" (i.e., meaning short lived infatuation), as described on http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/crush . A non-native speaker of English may not know this, but after being told so, he or she might still find the joke funny. Many non-native English speakers visit this site. In fact, Irina Krush is a non-native speaker (but she has been in the USA long enough to know the above meaning of "crush").
Jan-22-08  Shams: I got the joke; for some reason when I posted I thought it would be funny to pretend otherwise, as I sometimes do with obvious jokes. (Let it be said, I'm a fan of obvious, bad puns.)

Interestingly the romantic "crush" is now being used as an intransitive verb, at least on the west coast. (The transitive sense, of course, means to destroy.) As in, "Caruana was crushing on Irina pretty hard when he lost focus."

Jan-23-08  SetNoEscapeOn: Very clear, patient endgame play. Congrats to Irina beating such an incredible talent.

Speaking of talent, after wins like this, and over Akopian, can we now say that Irina is the strongest US women player ever? (not counting Susan Polgar, of course).

Jan-24-08  zanich01: After 13...Bxc5 the game is equal

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