Irina Krush

Irina Krush (Ukrainian Ірина Круш; born December 24, 1983 in Odessa) is an American chess player.


Irina Krush learned to play chess at the age of four years. 1989 moved their family to Brooklyn, where she was trained between their ninth and 14th year of Mikhail Trosman. She graduated from the Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn. In 1999, she played a leading role in the analysis team at the Internet game Kasparov versus the World. She studied at New York University and in 2006 for a semester in Paris. She completed her studies finished with a degree in International Relations. Krush is the author of chess instructional videos under the series name Krushing Attacks!. She is married to the Canadian Grandmaster Pascal Charbonneau.


In 1998, she won fourteen years old, the U.S. Women's Championship, the second time she won the U.S. Women's Championship in 2007 and for the third time in 2010 in St. Louis. In 2012 she won her fourth title after playoff against Anna Zatonskih and was able to defend it in 2013. With the U.S. women's national team, she participated in seven Chess Olympiads ( 1998, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012 ), where her greatest achievement was the silver medal for the U.S. team in 2004 in Calvia. In Olympics, it has a total score of 54.5 points out of 78 games ( 41, = 28, -9). During the Dortmund Chess Days 2006 Irina Krush played a duel with Elisabeth Pähtz, which she won with 3.5 to 2.5 points. From March 31 to April 3, 2008 she played a match against the Armenian Woman Grandmaster and International Master Lilit Mkrttschjan, which she won with 2.5:1.5 ( 1, = 3, -0 ).

In the U.S. Krush plays as a team manager for the New York Knights. In the British Four Nations Chess League ( 4NCL ) she played in the 2004/05 season for Guildford - A & DC, in France in the same season for the Club de Montpellier Echecs.

She wears since 2002 the title of Grand Master of the women, however ( WGM ) is, since 2000, already an International Master (IM). In June, 2001, and March and September 2013, it achieved general grandmaster norms (GM). Your Elo rating is 2499 (as of December 2013), so that it lies in front of Anna Zatonskih on the first place of the American woman rankings, as well as number 19 of the women's world rankings. Their highest ever Elo rating of 2502 reached Irina Krush in October 2013.