Seven-time U.S. Women’s Champion: Irina Krush

Irina Krush at the 2018 U.S. Women’s Championship. Photo: Lennart Ootes

Irina Krush

Seven-time U.S. Women’s Champion and Grandmaster

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Birthday: December 24, 1983

City: Brooklyn, NY

Irina Krush is a seven-time U.S. Women’s Champion, winning in 1998, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. She holds the record for the youngest player to win the title from her first victory at age 14, dominating the event with 8.5 points out of 9. She also is the player to have won the championship the most times in the last 50 years.

Krush has competed for the U.S. Women’s team at every Olympiad since 1998, playing key roles in the team’s silver medal in 2004 and bronze medal in 2008.

Krush earned her grandmaster title in 2013, obtaining norms at the 2001 NYC Mayor’s Cup, 2013 Women’s World Team Championship, and 2013 Baku Open.

Here is Krush’s victory over the 14th Women’s World Champion, Alexandra Kosteniuk, at the 2016 Olympiad.


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