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Irina Krush
I Krush 
Photo courtesy of "WannaBe"  
Number of games in database: 1,076
Years covered: 1996 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2424 (2415 rapid, 2371 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2502

Overall record: +316 -226 =302 (55.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 232 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (115) 
    E32 E39 E53 E34 E38
 Slav (53) 
    D10 D15 D11 D12 D17
 Queen's Gambit Declined (50) 
    D31 D35 D37 D30 D36
 King's Indian (44) 
    E94 E73 E99 E91 E92
 Queen's Pawn Game (42) 
    A41 A40 A46 D05 E00
 English (23) 
    A10 A17 A13 A18 A14
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (193) 
    B28 B63 B62 B22 B51
 Queen's Pawn Game (52) 
    D02 E00 A40 A45 A46
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (50) 
    D27 D20 D25 D26 D23
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (42) 
    B63 B60 B62 B67 B65
 Sicilian Taimanov (21) 
    B47 B48 B45
 King's Indian Attack (21) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Korchnoi vs I Krush, 2007 0-1
   I Krush vs Nakamura, 2001 1-0
   E Kuzmenko vs I Krush, 2008 0-1
   I Krush vs K B Richardson, 2007 1-0
   O Zambrana vs I Krush, 2003 0-1
   I Krush vs Shabalov, 2007 1-0
   I Krush vs Akopian, 2007 1-0
   I Krush vs L Liascovich, 2003 1-0
   D Rensch vs I Krush, 2010 1/2-1/2
   C Peptan vs I Krush, 2008 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   US Championship (Women) (2012)
   US Championship (Women) (2015)
   USA Women Championship (2010)
   US Championship (Women) (2011)
   US Chess Championship (Women) (2013)
   US Women's Championship (2008)
   Canadian Open (2009)
   US Championship (Women) (2018)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2012)
   37th Chess Olympiad: Women (2006)
   Gibtelecom (2009)
   Dresden Olympiad (Women) (2008)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2010)
   Gibraltar (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2018)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   K Players of the 21st Century by fredthebear
   Krush! by larrewl
   2006 Montreal (group B) by gauer

   🏆 FIDE Online Nations Cup
   I Krush vs Yifan Hou (May-10-20) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   N Dzagnidze vs I Krush (May-09-20) 1-0, rapid
   I Krush vs Ju Wenjun (May-09-20) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   A Goryachkina vs I Krush (May-08-20) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   I Krush vs M Muzychuk (May-08-20) 1/2-1/2, rapid

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(born Dec-24-1983, 36 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality United States of America)
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WGM; IM (2000); Grandmaster (2013); 7-time US women's champion (1998, 2007, 2010, 2012-2015).

Irina Krush ((Russian: Ирина Круш) was born in Odessa, Ukraine. She learned chess in 1989, the same year she and her family moved to Brooklyn in the United States. At age 12 she became a master and won the International Master title in 2000.


In 1998 she won the U.S. Women's Championship, becoming the youngest-ever holder of that title. The following year she tied for first place in the female section of the World Junior Championship. In 2007 she reclaimed the title of U.S. Women's Champion, and repeated that feat in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Krush has competed in a number of Women's World Championship events. In 2000, 2004 and 2006, she played in the Women's World Championship Knockout matches, making it to round two on all three occasions. She qualified for the 2008 event but was unable to participate. In the Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2012), and beat Singapore IM Li Ruofan and Swedish GM Pia Cramling in the early rounds before bowing out in the tiebreaker to the third round to WGM Huang Qian.

Standard Tournaments

Krush earned her first GM norm in 2001 by tying for first place at the Mayor's Cup International Tournament in New York City. She won her 2nd GM norm at the Women's World Team Championship (2013) and her 3rd GM norm (and requisite 2500 rating) at the Baku Open (2013).


In 1998, she lost a short match to John Fedorowicz by 1.5-2.5 (+0 -1 =3).

Team Events

<Olympiads> Krush played for the US team in 1998, and from 2002 to 2012 inclusive, playing either first or second board. She was second board for the silver-medal-winning US team at the 36th Olympiad, Women (2004) and board one for the bronze medal winning team at the Women's Olympiad (2008).

<World Team Championships> Krush played for the USA in the Yinzhou Cup Women World Teams (2009) and the Women's World Team Championship in 2013 (see above). Playing board 2 in the latter, she scored a silver and a gold medal, and won her 3rd GM norm, for her efforts on board two.

<National Leagues> Krush plays for the New York Knights in the U.S. Chess League and has played for Guildford ADC in the 4NCL.

Kasparov vs The World

Krush was part of the consultation team that included Etienne Bacrot, Elisabeth Paehtz and Florin Felecanin that made recommendations to the public in the Kasparov vs The World, 1999 game played over the internet. Garry Kasparov played the white pieces and The World, via the internet, voted on moves for the black pieces, guided by the recommendations of Krush and the others.


Pascal Charbonneau is her ex-husband.

Wikipedia article: Irina Krush; USCF bio:

Last updated: 2019-03-25 19:54:57

 page 1 of 44; games 1-25 of 1,085  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Y Dembo vs I Krush 1-0301996Wch U14 Disney GirlsB89 Sicilian
2. I Krush vs Wang Yu 0-1361996Wch U14 GirlsA56 Benoni Defense
3. I Krush vs G Leite  1-0311996New York OpenE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
4. I Krush vs M Fierro  0-1361996New York OpenE92 King's Indian
5. I Krush vs L Khusnutdinova  1-0331997Wch U14 GirlsD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
6. Sherzer vs I Krush  1-043199826th World OpenB56 Sicilian
7. Nakamura vs I Krush 1-062199899th US OpenB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
8. I Krush vs Zaremba  1-0411999Ch USA (juniors), San Francisco (USA)D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. V Bhat vs I Krush 1-0511999Ch USA (juniors), San Francisco (USA)B23 Sicilian, Closed
10. I Krush vs A Schenk 1-0581999WCh U18 BoysE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
11. I Krush vs M Martinez  ½-½631999Ch USA (juniors), San Francisco (USA)E10 Queen's Pawn Game
12. I Krush vs D Schneider  1-0651999Ch USA (juniors), San Francisco (USA)D34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
13. H Akopyan vs I Krush  0-1401999Ch USA (juniors), San Francisco (USA)B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
14. E Perelshteyn vs I Krush  1-0241999Ch USA (juniors), San Francisco (USA)B08 Pirc, Classical
15. I Krush vs D Zilberstein  1-0441999Ch USA (juniors), San Francisco (USA)D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. J Shahade vs I Krush 1-0701999Ch USA (juniors), San Francisco (USA)B62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
17. I Krush vs G Braylovsky  1-0521999Ch USA (juniors), San Francisco (USA)A15 English
18. I Krush vs Browne 1-0381999Koltanowski Team MatchE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
19. Dzindzichashvili vs I Krush  ½-½551999Koltanowski Team MatchA06 Reti Opening
20. I Krush vs de Firmian  ½-½291999Koltanowski Team MatchE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
21. Browne vs I Krush 1-0451999Browne - Krush matchD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
22. Browne vs I Krush 1-0471999Browne - Krush matchD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
23. I Krush vs Browne  ½-½741999Browne - Krush matchE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
24. I Krush vs Browne  0-1301999Browne - Krush matchE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
25. I Krush vs Barsov 1-0441999Hampstead GM 5thE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
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  offramp: There is a very good picture of her at chessbase: It is slightly odd in that she looks very serious. I think that's Alyssa Melekhina in the background. Just visible are the superb chessmen being used in this US Championships, beautiful pieces more easily visible in this picture,
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  Penguincw: Congrats to Irina Krush for winning US Championships (Women) (2015). She finished with 8.5/11 (+7,-1,=3). After she dropped her 3rd round game, she won back-to-back games, then conceded a draw, then won 4 in a row, and drew her last game to secure her 4th straight title (and 7th overall).

Though not as important, she was so highly rated above everyone else that she actually lost 2.5 rating points.

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  ketchuplover: well done young lady :)
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  HeMateMe: Congrats, Irina! back to backers. Perhaps someone could upload a photo here, with a smile?
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  HeMateMe: that's perfect, you should forward that to the site HQ in Naples, FL.
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  TheFocus: <For me, chess is a fight, sixty four squares where you lay out everything you have, and I believe in my ability to fight, because itís really just a function of your ability to give everything you have, to put it banally, to do your best.í I want to make the maximum effort, whether that means pushing myself to find the best moves, being resilient in defense, or overcoming any psychological weakness that can come up during a game: inclinations towards cowardice, towards giving up in difficult positions, or slacking off in better ones. So while I just canít see myself to be very good in the actual playing of chess, I do come into every game with the belief that I can give it 100%, and that is probably not a lot less than what my opponents can bring. Thatís where my confidence comes from> - Irina Krush.
Jul-26-16  Moszkowski012273: Was fortunate enough to see her give a lecture at the Marshall this evening.
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  HeMateMe: what was the content?
Jul-27-16  Moszkowski012273: She actually just went over a bunch of different positions from her games (and some others).... It was cool.
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  HeMateMe: she actually lives in St. Louis these days, subsidized by the Rex machine, correct? I think she was a Brooklyn girl for years, a Ukraine ťmigrť, don't know if she still keeps an apartment here or not.

Very expensive to keep a unit in NYC you are not using, unless you can rent out half of it and keep your rent control status, a very important strategy for being an apartment dweller here. I guess it would depend on what Rex and the other St. Louis employees are making.

I think in the past she has been a paid trainer for one of the NYC high schools that has a strong chess team, not sure if she still does that or not.

Jul-27-16  Moszkowski012273: I see her quite a bit... Pretty sure she still lives in NYC.
Jul-27-16  Jambow: <HeMateMe> almost sounds like you begrudge the time money and effort the Rex Sinquefield has invested in chess? Strange if you love the game or maybe I'm misreading your tone?

Of all the millionaires and billionaires in America only one has stepped up, I have been to the St Louis chess club and museum and that section of St Louis and it is very nice. American chess just can't realistically afford NYC. We now have a team that compete on the world level in Nakamura, Caruana and So along with a host of support players available.

If I misread you sorry but I'm personally grateful for the Sinquefield's efforts.

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  HeMateMe: I'm a huge fan of R. Sinquefeld and all he has done for chess. Not just the first rate chess club in St. Looie but also sponsoring a super GM tournament and also setting up lucrative GM exhibition matches. We need all the support we can get.

It is as you imply, a little artificial, because one guy is really stirring the drink and if his support ever disappeared it would be a disaster. It would be nice if people like the Microsoft billionaires would sponsor just one elite tournament a year.

college chess is big in Texas. I think that tech savy kids from third world countries are given full scholarships to play on those chess teams, but also to later work for lucrative oil and tech companies in texas. It's a win-win--the labor force is right there, upon graduation. However, it would also be nice if the texas energy gazillionaires would sponsor one good chess tournament a year, put their company's name on it. If they can pay $10M/yr to some of the horrible baseball players on the Texas Rangers team, well, I don't think one chess tournament should be so hard to fund.

Regarding chessers living in St. Lou, I seem to remember reading in chessbase 2-3 years ago that both Krush and fellow Brooklyn GM Gata Kamsky had moved to St. Louis, presumably in the employ of Rex S. That may have been true at the time, or maybe I remember this incorrectly.

You never know with Chessbase. Their proofreaders couldn't spell cat if you spotted them the 'c' and the 't'.

Jul-28-16  Jambow: <HeMateMe> Thanks for clarifying and I would pretty much agree. Sorry if I heard a tone not present.
Jul-28-16  Jambow: I am a Krush fan BTW I enjoy her chess lecture style and chosen examples for analysis.

Jul-28-16  kia0708: Great video, thanks Jambow.
Sep-13-16  Jambow: <kia708> Welcome...
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  HeMateMe: "Hey sailor, buy me a drink?"


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  Retireborn: Looks like a pair of Bond villains.
Apr-10-17  UncleBent: In her post US Championship interview with Maurice Ashley, Irina blamed her poor result on her lack of study over the past two years. Besides being very occupied with her teaching and organizing ventures, she hinted at lack of motivation. Sad, but very understandable. She is the only female player, developed in the USA, that became a GM. Is this the end of an era?
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  Penguincw: GM Krush had a good showing at the Cairns Cup (2019). Finished in 3rd with 5.5/9, as the top American. She also entered as the 2nd lowest rated player.
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  ketchuplover: Miracle win today imo.
Apr-22-19  RookFile: I think what UncleBent wrote above is accurate. Why isn't she playing as well? She doesn't want to. In other words, not willing to put the work in. Happens to all of us from time to time.
Jul-13-19  DarthStapler: I just saw her at a tournament today.
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