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14 Year Old Female Chess Prodigy Irina Krush - Sicilian Defense Lesson

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Published on Jun 4, 2012

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Krushing Attacks: Volume 2 features a teenage Irina Krush showing off her chess skills with the help of Grandmaster Ron W. Henley. Irina Krush is a 4-time US Women's Chess Champion and currently boasts the professional chess title of International Master. In the DVD set Krushing Attacks, this female chess prodigy explains her sharpest and most instructive wins of the late 20th century - bringing viewers into the world of a chess genius with a sparkling personality. Krush's style is characterized by strong natural talent, a hard work ethic, and impressive positional intuition. In Volume 2 of Krushing Attacks, viewers will find inspiration in Irina Krush's direct teaching method - making these videos a must-see item for chess players of all ages and skill levels.

Krushing White With The Sicilian Defense!

Irina Krush responds initially to 1. e4 with the Sicilian Defense, and then switches away from the main lines to a Benko-Sozin with 6. ...Qb6 after 6. Bc4. After both sides complete most of their development, black tries to gain space on the queenside with 11. ...a6 (intending ...b5), but is stopped by white's attentive 12. a4. However black still manages to make room for her light-squared bishop on a good diagonal with 12. ...b6 (also preventing white from achieving a clamp on the queenside with a5). After 14. g4!? white commences a dangerous kingside attack, however Irina Krush shows her class and refuses to be intimated - striving for activity in the center to distract white's pieces away from the kingside. White continued psychoticly by storming the kingside pawns further with 15. g5, 18. f5, 20. g6, and 21. f6 - putting maximum pressure on Irina Krush and forcing a very high level of precision for black to successfully defend. Krush opts for an active defense, picking her spots to counterattack (23. ...Qc6!) while coldly calculating a very scary defense. After a flurry of exchanges, with 27. ...Nxd3 black emerges with an obvious advantage due to a very strong attack against white's king while black's king has somehow fled to safety. While Irina Krush doesn't exactly finish the game with computer-like precision, she does a great job of getting past the time control at move 30 and completing a decisive counter-attack for the win.


[Event "Manhattan Chess Club"]
[Site "New York City"]
[Date "1998"]
[White "Eric Cooke"]
[Black "Irina Krush"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B57"]


1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bc4 Qb6 7. Nb3 e6 8. Be3 Qc7 9. Bd3 Be7 10. 0-0 0-0 11. f4 a6 12. a4 b6 13. Qf3 Bb7 14. g4 Nb4 15. g5 Nd7 16. Qh3 Nc5 17. Nxc5 bxc5 18. f5 exf5 19. exf5 c4 20. g6 h6 21. f6 Bxf6 22. Rxf6 cxd3 23. Raf1 gxf6 24. g7 Qc6 25. gxf8=Q+ Kxf8 26. Bxh6+ Ke7 27. Re1+ Kd8 28. cxd3 Nxd3 29. Re4 Ne5 30. Qf5 Kc7 31. Qxf6 Qb6+ 32. Be3 Rg8+ 33. Kf1 Qxb2 34. Rc4+ Kb8 35. Qxd6+ Ka8 36. Qxe5 Qa1+ 37. Ke2 Rg2+ 38. Kd3 Qf1+ 39. Ne2 Qxe2+ 40. Kd4 Qb2+ 41. Rc3 Rg4+ 42. Kd3 Qb1+ 43. Ke2 Rg2+ 44. Bf2 Qb2+ 45. Kd3 Qxf2 White resigns 0-1

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