Seven-time US Champion Irina Krush: "I Hope to Establish an All-Time Record!"

Время публикации: 13.04.2015 20:11 | Последнее обновление: 14.04.2015 02:10

In the final round of the US Women's Championship, a draw was enough for Irina Krush in her game against Katerina Nemcova, and she achieved it confidently. She herself explained the golden rule for such situations: "When you need a draw, do not play for a draw!".


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Unlike the men's champion Hikaru Nakamura, Krush's path to the title was far from smooth, even though her traditional rival Anna Zatonskih was not playing. After three rounds, Irina only had 50%, whilst Katerina Nemcova had won all three games. 

"But my start is slightly misleading - recalled Krush - People said I was not in form (a logical deduction) and was not even seeing simple moves. In one game I could just have taken a piece, but missed it. 

But in reality, things were not so bad generally. Overall, I was in control of the situation and certainly did not feel I was out of form. Nor did I think it was necessary to change anything fundamental. I just needed to carry on doing what I was doing, and the results would improve at some point.".

Krush admits that she has her weaknesses as a chessplayer, and sometimes opponents manage to exploit these. This happened in her third round game against Nazi Paikidze. Defeat in this game angered Krush greatly, and had she not missed a win against Sharevich in round 6 (Irina failed to realise a huge advantage), her winning streak could have been even more impressive. 

"The collection is growing, - the champion smiled, when it was pointed out that this is the seventh title in her career. "Seven is a good number, but I would like some day to break the record of nine titles, held by Gisela Gresser, The number ten would more than suit me". 

Second place went to Paikidze, with Nemcova third. We present for your perusal all of the champion's games. 

[Event "ch-USA w 2015"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2015.04.01"] [Round "1"] [White "Foisor,S"] [Black "Krush,I"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2276"] [BlackElo "2477"] [EventDate "2015.04.01"] [ECO "E35"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 d5 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bg5 h6 7. Bh4 O-O 8. Nf3 c5 9. e3 Be6 10. dxc5 Nc6 11. Bb5 g5 12. Bxc6 bxc6 13. Bg3 Ne4 14. O-O Nxc3 15. a3 Ne2+ 16. Qxe2 Bxc5 17. Rac1 Qe7 18. b4 Bb6 19. Rxc6 Rfc8 20. Rfc1 Rxc6 21. Rxc6 Rc8 22. Qc2 Rxc6 23. Qxc6 g4 24. Bh4 Qf8 25. Ne5 Qg7 26. Qd6 Qh7 27. h3 gxh3 28. Bf6 Qb1+ 29. Kh2 Qc2 30. Qc6 Qxc6 31. Nxc6 hxg2 32. a4 Bd7 33. b5 Kf8 34. Nb4 Bh3 35. Nxd5 Ke8 36. Bd4 Be6 37. Nf4 Bb3 38. a5 Bxa5 39. Bxa7 Bc7 40. Kxg2 Bxf4 41. exf4 Ba4 1/2-1/2[Event "ch-USA w 2015"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2015.04.02"] [Round "2"] [White "Krush,I"] [Black "Ni,V"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2477"] [BlackElo "2188"] [EventDate "2015.04.01"] [ECO "A40"] 1. c4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 c5 4. d5 Bxc3+ 5. bxc3 f5 6. f3 e5 7. Nh3 h6 8. g3 d6 9. Nf2 Nf6 10. e4 fxe4 11. fxe4 Qe7 12. a4 Na6 13. a5 Kf7 14. Be2 Kg7 15. Be3 Bd7 16. Rb1 Be8 17. Qd2 Rb8 18. g4 Nd7 19. h4 Nf8 20. Kf1 Rc8 21. Kg2 Rc7 22. Rhf1 Nb8 23. Nh1 Qxh4 24. Ng3 Qd8 25. Rh1 Kg8 26. Bxh6 Rhh7 27. g5 Rcf7 28. Bxf8 Kxf8 29. Rxh7 Rxh7 30. Bg4 Rh4 31. Qf2+ Kg7 32. Rxb7+ Nd7 33. Qf6+ 1-0 d7 33. b5 Kf8 34. Nb4 Bh3 35. Nxd5 Ke8 36. Bd4 Be6 37. Nf4 Bb3 38. a5 Bxa5 39. Bxa7 Bc7 40. Kxg2 Bxf4 41. exf4 Ba4 1/2-1/2 [Event "ch-USA w 2015"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2015.04.03"] [Round "3"] [White "Paikidze,N"] [Black "Krush,I"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2333"] [BlackElo "2477"] [EventDate "2015.04.01"] [ECO "A07"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Bg4 3. Bg2 Nd7 4. d3 e6 5. Nbd2 Bd6 6. O-O Ne7 7. b3 O-O 8. Bb2 c5 9. c4 Nc6 10. a3 Re8 11. Qc2 d4 12. e3 e5 13. Rae1 a5 14. exd4 cxd4 15. Ne4 Be7 16. h3 Be6 17. Bc1 h6 18. g4 Nf8 19. g5 h5 20. Nxe5 Nxe5 21. f4 Qd7 22. fxe5 Bxh3 23. Qf2 Be6 24. Bf3 Bg4 25. Ng3 Nh7 26. Bxg4 Qxg4 27. Re4 Qe6 28. Nxh5 Bxg5 29. Bxg5 Nxg5 30. Qg3 Qg6 31. Rg4 Qxh5 32. Rxg5 Qh7 33. Rf4 Ra6 34. Rfg4 g6 35. Rxd4 Qg7 36. Rh4 Rae6 37. d4 Rd8 38. d5 Rb6 39. Qe3 Ra6 40. Rhg4 Re8 41. c5 1-0 [Event "ch-USA w 2015"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2015.04.04"] [Round "4"] [White "Virkud,Apurva"] [Black "Krush,I"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2132"] [BlackElo "2477"] [EventDate "2015.04.01"] [ECO "E32"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 b6 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. Qxc3 Bb7 7. Bg5 h6 8. Bh4 g5 9. Bg3 Ne4 10. Qc2 d6 11. e3 Nd7 12. Ne2 Qe7 13. f3 Nxg3 14. Nxg3 h5 15. O-O-O O-O-O 16. Bd3 Kb8 17. e4 h4 18. Ne2 h3 19. g3 d5 20. Kb1 c5 21. Rhe1 dxc4 22. Bxc4 cxd4 23. Nxd4 Ne5 24. Be2 Rd7 25. Nb5 Rhd8 26. Rxd7 Rxd7 27. Rd1 a6 28. Qc3 Rxd1+ 29. Bxd1 Ng6 30. Nd4 Qd6 31. Be2 Ne5 32. Kc1 Ka7 33. Bf1 g4 34. f4 Nd7 35. Be2 Nc5 36. Bxg4 Bxe4 37. Bf3 Qxd4 38. Qxd4 Nb3+ 39. Kd1 Bxf3+ 0-1 [Event "ch-USA w 2015"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2015.04.05"] [Round "5"] [White "Krush,I"] [Black "Goletiani,R"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2477"] [BlackElo "2311"] [EventDate "2015.04.01"] [ECO "A40"] 1. d4 e6 2. c4 Bb4+ 3. Bd2 Bxd2+ 4. Qxd2 f5 5. Nc3 Nf6 6. e3 Qe7 7. Bd3 d6 8. Qc2 O-O 9. Nge2 Nc6 10. a3 e5 11. dxe5 Nxe5 12. O-O Nfg4 13. h3 Qh4 14. Nf4 g5 15. Nfd5 f4 16. exf4 gxf4 17. f3 Ne3 18. Nxe3 fxe3 19. Rae1 Bxh3 20. Rxe3 Kh8 21. Qf2 Qh6 22. Rxe5 Bxg2 23. Rh5 Qxh5 24. Qd4+ Kg8 25. Kxg2 Rf7 26. Qd5 Qh6 27. Rh1 Qd2+ 28. Ne2 Kf8 29. Rh4 Re8 30. Re4 Rxe4 31. Qxe4 Qxb2 32. a4 h5 33. c5 Qa3 34. Nf4 Qb2+ 35. Kh3 Qf6 36. Ng6+ Kg7 37. Nh4 Kf8 38. Bc4 Rg7 39. Qxb7 Qe7 40. Nf5 Qd8 41. cxd6 Rd7 42. Qb2 Rh7 43. Qg2 Rf7 44. Bxf7 Kxf7 45. Qg7+ Ke6 46. dxc7 Qc8 47. Qe7+ Kxf5 48. Qd8 1-0 [Event "ch-USA w 2015"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2015.04.07"] [Round "6"] [White "Sharevich,A"] [Black "Krush,I"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2267"] [BlackElo "2477"] [EventDate "2015.04.01"] [ECO "A62"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 c5 4. d5 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 6. Nc3 g6 7. Nf3 Bg7 8. Bg2 O-O 9. O-O Re8 10. Bf4 Ne4 11. Nxe4 Rxe4 12. Nd2 Rxf4 13. gxf4 Bxb2 14. Rb1 Bg7 15. Nc4 Na6 16. Qd2 Bh6 17. e3 b6 18. Rb3 Nc7 19. Re1 Ba6 20. Qc1 Qd7 21. Ra3 Bxc4 22. Qxc4 b5 23. Qe2 a5 24. Rc3 a4 25. Qf3 b4 26. Rcc1 Nb5 27. Bh3 Qb7 28. Bf1 Na3 29. e4 b3 30. axb3 axb3 31. Bd3 b2 32. Rcd1 c4 33. Bb1 Qb4 34. e5 c3 35. Qd3 Rc8 36. Qa6 Rd8 37. e6 fxe6 38. dxe6 Nxb1 39. e7 Re8 40. Qc6 Qb8 41. Rxd6 Nd2 42. Rxg6+ hxg6 43. Qxg6+ Bg7 44. Qe6+ Kh7 45. Qf5+ Kg8 46. Qd5+ Kh8 47. Qh5+ Kg8 48. Qd5+ Kh8 49. Qh5+ Kg8 1/2-1/2 [Event "ch-USA w 2015"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2015.04.08"] [Round "7"] [White "Krush,I"] [Black "Wang,Annie"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2477"] [BlackElo "1901"] [EventDate "2015.04.01"] [ECO "A18"] 1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e6 3. e4 d5 4. cxd5 exd5 5. e5 d4 6. exf6 dxc3 7. Bb5+ c6 8. Qe2+ Be6 9. Bc4 Qxf6 10. dxc3 Bc5 11. Bxe6 fxe6 12. Nf3 O-O 13. O-O Na6 14. Be3 Bxe3 15. Qxe3 Nc7 16. c4 h6 17. Ne5 Rfd8 18. h3 Qf5 19. Rae1 Kh7 20. Re2 Qf6 21. b3 Qf8 22. Qg3 Rac8 23. Re4 Qf5 24. Rfe1 Rf8 25. Rd4 Ne8 26. Rd7 Rc7 27. Red1 Qh5 28. f4 Kg8 29. Kh2 Rc8 30. Ng6 Rf7 31. Rxf7 Qxd1 32. Rf8+ 1-0 [Event "ch-USA w 2015"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2015.04.09"] [Round "8"] [White "Melekhina,A"] [Black "Krush,I"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2235"] [BlackElo "2477"] [EventDate "2015.04.01"] [ECO "B22"] 1. e4 c5 2. c3 Nf6 3. e5 Nd5 4. d4 cxd4 5. cxd4 d6 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Bc4 e6 8. O-O Be7 9. Qe2 O-O 10. Nc3 Nxc3 11. bxc3 dxe5 12. dxe5 Qc7 13. Qe4 b6 14. Bg5 Bb7 15. Bd3 g6 16. Bf6 Rfd8 17. Qe3 Rd5 18. Be4 Rc5 19. Rfd1 Rc8 20. Rd3 Ba6 21. Rd2 Nxe5 22. Bxe5 Rxe5 23. Nxe5 Qxe5 24. Qd4 Qg5 25. Rad1 Rc4 26. Qd3 Bb5 27. Rb2 Qc5 28. Bf3 Ba4 29. Re1 Bf6 30. Qe3 Bxc3 31. Rd2 Bxd2 32. Qxd2 Rc2 33. Qd8+ Kg7 34. Qh4 Rc1 35. Qe4 Qc3 36. Rf1 Rxf1+ 37. Kxf1 Bb5+ 0-1 [Event "ch-USA w 2015"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2015.04.10"] [Round "9"] [White "Krush,I"] [Black "Abrahamyan,T"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2477"] [BlackElo "2322"] [EventDate "2015.04.01"] [ECO "E32"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. Nf3 c5 6. dxc5 Na6 7. g3 Nxc5 8. Bg2 b6 9. O-O Bb7 10. Nb5 Be4 11. Qd1 a6 12. Nd6 Bc6 13. Bg5 Nce4 14. Nxe4 Bxe4 15. Ne5 Bxg2 16. Kxg2 Ra7 17. Bxf6 gxf6 18. Nd3 Be7 19. e4 Rc7 20. Qb3 Qb8 21. a4 Rfc8 22. Rac1 Rc6 23. Rfd1 Qc7 24. Nf4 Rxc4 25. Rxd7 Qxd7 26. Rxc4 Rxc4 27. Qxc4 b5 28. axb5 axb5 29. Qd3 Qc6 30. f3 b4 31. Kh3 Qc1 32. Qd7 Bf8 33. Qd8 Qxb2 34. Nh5 b3 35. Nxf6+ Kg7 36. Nd7 Qa3 37. Qg5+ Kh8 38. Qe5+ Kg8 39. Nf6+ Kh8 40. Qh5 1-0 [Event "ch-USA w 2015"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2015.04.11"] [Round "10"] [White "Yu,Jennifer R"] [Black "Krush,I"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2180"] [BlackElo "2477"] [EventDate "2015.04.01"] [ECO "A29"] 1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 g6 5. Bg2 Bg7 6. O-O O-O 7. d3 d6 8. Rb1 a6 9. b4 Nd4 10. a4 Bg4 11. e3 Nxf3+ 12. Bxf3 Bxf3 13. Qxf3 c6 14. d4 Re8 15. d5 e4 16. Qd1 Qd7 17. Kg2 Ng4 18. Bb2 Qf5 19. dxc6 bxc6 20. Na2 Bxb2 21. Rxb2 Ne5 22. Rc2 Nd3 23. Qe2 Rab8 24. Rb1 Re6 25. Kg1 Rf6 26. Rd2 Ne5 27. Kg2 Nf3 28. Rdb2 Ng5 29. Kh1 Qh3 30. Qf1 Qg4 31. Nc3 Nf3 32. b5 g5 33. bxa6 Rxb2 34. Rxb2 Rh6 35. Qg2 Qh3 36. Qxh3 Rxh3 37. Kg2 Rxh2+ 38. Kf1 Rh1+ 39. Kg2 Rg1+ 40. Kh3 h5 0-1 [Event "ch-USA w 2015"] [Site "Saint Louis USA"] [Date "2015.04.12"] [Round "11"] [White "Krush,I"] [Black "Nemcova,Kat"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2477"] [BlackElo "2279"] [EventDate "2015.04.01"] [ECO "A22"] 1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. Bg2 Nb6 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. O-O Be7 8. a3 O-O 9. d3 Be6 10. Be3 Nd5 11. Nxd5 Bxd5 12. Rc1 Bd6 13. Qa4 a6 14. Ng5 Bxg2 15. Kxg2 Nd4 16. Bxd4 Qxg5 17. Bc5 Qe7 18. Qb4 Rac8 19. Bxd6 cxd6 20. Rc3 Rxc3 21. Qxc3 f5 22. Qc4+ Qf7 23. Rc1 Qxc4 24. Rxc4 Rf7 25. Rc8+ Rf8 26. Rc7 Rf7 27. Rc8+ Rf8 28. Rc7 Rf7 1/2-1/2 

Krush also spoke about her non-participation in the world team championship, which runs from 18-26 April, in Chengdu: 

"I declined because it starts almost immediately after the end of the US Championship. I don't have enough energy to make such a long journey to the other side of the world, and there to play for another ten days against strong opposition." 


  


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