Newsflash: Irina Krush Advances to Round Two in Khanty

GM Irina Krush

Grandmaster Irina Krush defeated IM Inna Gaponenko 2-0 in their rapid playoff match, giving Irina a ticket to the round of 32.

Irina will face reigning World Champion Wenjun Ju of China in round two of the 64-player knockout.

Wenjun Ju in the 2016 Chicago Open. The Women’s World Champion will face Grandmaster Irina Krush in round two, Photo Betsy Zacate-Dynako

Sabina Foisor fought valiantly to force a playoff against Antoaneta Stefanova in her own match, but lost to the former Women’s World Champion in the rapid games. Look for more analysis of round one of the World Women’s Championship later today from Grandmaster Elshan Moradiabadi.


  1. Great fighting spirit from both of our players!

    It’s pretty cool that both will have played a World Champion during this event!

    Go get her Irina!!

  2. […] As CLO editor Woman Grandmaster Jennifer Shahade covered in her article, Grandmaster Irina Krush eliminated her first round opponent International Master Inna Gaponenko from Ukraine in the first round of FIDE Women’s world championship 2018, in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia. The seven-time US Women’s champion, managed to control her nerve in tiebreaks after somewhat uneventful draws in the classical games to advanced to the second round. Irina started the first game of tiebreak in a good fashion and obtained a clear edge out of the opening. Things looked good for Irina until things got messy. […]

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