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Iryna Zenyuk
I Zenyuk 
Number of games in database: 149
Years covered: 2003 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2214
Highest rating achieved in database: 2312
Overall record: +38 -74 =37 (37.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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Most played openings
E92 King's Indian (6 games)
D85 Grunfeld (6 games)
E97 King's Indian (5 games)
A48 King's Indian (4 games)
E15 Queen's Indian (4 games)
A45 Queen's Pawn Game (4 games)
A57 Benko Gambit (4 games)
B22 Sicilian, Alapin (3 games)
B48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation (3 games)
A40 Queen's Pawn Game (3 games)

   🏆 US Championship (Women)
   A Melekhina vs I Zenyuk (May-19-14) 1-0
   I Zenyuk vs C Baginskaite (May-17-14) 1/2-1/2
   A Eswaran vs I Zenyuk (May-16-14) 1-0
   I Zenyuk vs V Ni (May-14-14) 1-0
   S Foisor vs I Zenyuk (May-13-14) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jun-17-1986, 35 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality United States of America)

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She is a Candidate Master and a Woman International Master.

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 149  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Ginsburg vs I Zenyuk 1-0482003World Open: Open SectionE73 King's Indian
2. C Bean vs I Zenyuk 1-0292004G30 Marshall C.CB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
3. I Zenyuk vs S Kriventsov  0-1602004Chessmaster US Championship 2005D86 Grunfeld, Exchange
4. B Lugo vs I Zenyuk 1-0332004Chessmaster US Championship 2005B48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
5. I Zenyuk vs T Abrahamyan  1-0602004Chessmaster US Championship 2005A46 Queen's Pawn Game
6. S Bercys vs I Zenyuk  1-0642004Chessmaster US Championship 2005E92 King's Indian
7. I Zenyuk vs A Levina  ½-½412004Chessmaster US Championship 2005D46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. M Casella vs I Zenyuk 1-0622004Chessmaster US Championship 2005E97 King's Indian
9. I Zenyuk vs J Shahade 0-1302004Chessmaster US Championship 2005D94 Grunfeld
10. O Sagalchik vs I Zenyuk  0-1632004Chessmaster US Championship 2005E80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
11. I Zenyuk vs E D Epstein  1-0482004Chessmaster US Championship 2005A40 Queen's Pawn Game
12. J Kraai vs I Zenyuk 1-0442006US Championship 2006E92 King's Indian
13. I Zenyuk vs C Baginskaite 0-1302006US Championship 2006D02 Queen's Pawn Game
14. E Vicary vs I Zenyuk  ½-½342006US Championship 2006B40 Sicilian
15. I Zenyuk vs K Cottrell 1-0562006US Championship 2006D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. E Tate vs I Zenyuk 1-0322006US Championship 2006B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
17. I Zenyuk vs L Ross  ½-½482006US Championship 2006D12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. J Kleiman vs I Zenyuk  0-1372006US Championship 2006A07 King's Indian Attack
19. I Zenyuk vs A C Florean  0-1552006US Championship 2006E91 King's Indian
20. Lenderman vs I Zenyuk 1-0132006US Championship 2006A00 Uncommon Opening
21. I Zenyuk vs Y Habu  0-149200634th World OpenD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. Robson vs I Zenyuk  1-0252006Philadelphia National op 37thB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
23. I Zenyuk vs P Vavrak  0-1442007OCF Winter NAO FIDE OpenE15 Queen's Indian
24. R Burnett vs I Zenyuk  0-1392007OCF Winter NAO FIDE OpenE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
25. D Gurevich vs I Zenyuk  1-0432007US ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 149  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-03-06  Karpova: (she's on the left. the girl on the right is just called "dutch opponent")
Mar-30-08  Karpova: Regarding the second photo ( - Zenyuk's opponent looks like Bianca Muhren
Oct-05-08  coolbob: She's hot!
Aug-24-09  meth0dSNK: she is s0 fly
Sep-01-09  meth0dSNK: meth0dSNK:
sicilian najdorf, system for black
1. e4 c5
2. Nf3 d6
3. d4 cxd4
4. Nxd4 Nf6
5. Nc3 a6
6. Bc4 e6
7. Be3 e6
8. f3 0-0
9. Bb3 b5
10.Qd2 Bb7
11. g4 Nc6
12. g5 Nd7
13. h4 Qc7
15. h5 Nce5


Nov-09-09  Plato: < meth0dSNK: meth0dSNK:
sicilian najdorf, system for black
1. e4 c5
2. Nf3 d6
3. d4 cxd4
4. Nxd4 Nf6
5. Nc3 a6
6. Bc4 e6
7. Be3 e6
8. f3 0-0
9. Bb3 b5
10.Qd2 Bb7
11. g4 Nc6
12. g5 Nd7
13. h4 Qc7
15. h5 Nce5 >

you mean 7...Be7.

that would be a great system for black, but like your schveningen "system," you conveniently make some bad moves for white. Like 7.Be3, for starters.

7.Bb3 is the main line for a reason. 7.Be3?! is hardly ever played, and never by top GMs, as it commits the queenside bishop to early.

7.Bb3 b5
8.0-0 Be7

is a much better way to go for white, though Black has been doing fine lately in most of the Fischer-Sozin lines against the Sicilian. It's great to have your own "system" but no good player is going to play 7.Be3 against you.

Dec-20-09  black.pr0jekt: 1. e4 c5
2. Nf3 d6
3. d4 cxd4
4. Nxd4 Nf6
5. Nc3 a6
6. Bc4 e6
7. Be3 Be7
8. f3 0-0
9. Bb3 b5
10.Qd2 Bb7
11. g4 Nc6
12. g5 Nd7
13. h4 Qc7
15. h5 Nce5 >
Dec-20-09  black.pr0jekt: 1. e4 c5
2. Nf3 d6
3. d4 cxd4
4. Nxd4 Nf6
5. Nc3 a6
6. Be3 e6
7. f3 Be7
8. Qd2 0-0
9. g4 Nc6
10. 0-0-0 Nxd4

schevenigen system
11. Bxd4 Nd7
12. Be3 b5
13. g5 b4
14. Ne2 a5
15. Ng3 Nb6
16. h4 Qc7

Dec-21-09  black.pr0jekt: Bb3 was intended, Bd3 was a typo,
Jan-21-10  black.pr0jekt: iryna zenyuk is hot
Jan-22-10  black.pr0jekt: Be3 can wait on move 12. just push
Feb-13-10  Poisonpawns: here is my game vs Irnya a few years ago, she was only an expert at the time.

[Event "G30 Marshall C.C"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2004.10.23"]
[Round "5"]
[White "C.Bean"]
[Black "I. Zenyuk"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B48"]
[BlackElo "2095"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. Be3 a6 7. Qd2 Nf6 8. Be2 Bb4 9. f3 d5 10. Bg5 e5 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. Bxf6 gxf6 13. exd5 cxd5 14. Qxd5 Bxc3+ 15. bxc3 Bb7 16. Qc4 Qxc4 17. Bxc4 Rc8 18. Bd3 Rxc3 19. Rb1 Rc7 20. O-O Ke7 21. Rb6 a5 22. Rfb1 Bd5 23. R1b2 Bc4 24. Rb7 Bxd3 25. Rxc7+ Kd6 26. Rxf7 Ke6 27. Ra7 Bg6 28. Rxa5 Rc8 29. Ra6+ Kf5 1-0
The game was sort of drawish,when she played 23..Bc4
Here is the diagram with white to move:

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Apr-12-10  black.pr0jekt: sexy iryna zenyuk draws nakamura, congrats Iryna!
Oct-19-12  IoftheHungarianTiger: Could chessgames by any chance put up Zenyuk's draw against Nakamura? I found the game at, but it would be nice to have it here, and I haven't found it anywhere on this site.

If anyone is interested in playing it through, however, this was game:

Bill Wright Saint Louis Open, 2010
White: Zenyuk, Iryna
Black: Nakamura, Hikaru

1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.Nf3 f5 4.g3 Nf6 5.Bg2 O-O 6.Nc3 d6 7.O-O c6 8.Rb1 a5 9.a3 Na6 10.b4 axb4 11.axb4 Nc7 12.Qb3 Kh8 13.b5 Bd7 14.Rd1 cxb5 15.cxb5 Ne4 16.Nxe4 fxe4 17.Ng5 d5 18.b6 Nb5 19.Ne6 Bxe6 20.Qxb5 Bf7 21.Bf4 Be8 22.Qb2 Bc6 23.Bh3 Qe8 24.Rdc1 g5 25.Bc7 Qh5 26.Be6 Qg6 27.Rxc6 bxc6 28.Bd7 Ra5 29.e3 Rb5 30.Qc2 Rxb1+ 31.Qxb1 Qf7 32.Qb2 e5 33.b7 exd4 34.b8=Q dxe3 35.Be5 Qxf2+ 36.Qxf2 exf2+ 37.Kf1 Rxb8 38.Bxb8 e3 39.Bxc6 d4 1/2-1/2

You can find the game and a review of it at

May-06-13  GreenLantern: She's also a smart young woman:
May-14-13  IoftheHungarianTiger: Thanks for the link <GreenLantern> ... although I knew she was pursuing a PhD at Carnagie-Mellon (which obviously means she's very intelligent), seeing her accomplishments in detail (at least as much detail as my brain can handle!) is quite impressive!

She just finished playing the in the 2013 US Women's Championship, and did quite well, finishing tied for 4th. She played a brilliant game in Round 7 vs Foisor, where she sacrificed her queen for a rook and bishop.

Dec-30-14  docbenway: Now she's working at Lawrence Berkeley and my new friend from Bosnia works there too though he didn't know for a while that she was into chess since she was focused on her work.
Nov-18-16  waustad: It seems she's now an assistant professor at Tufts, if the author of the article I read got it right.

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