Krush US Champion, Houska leads in MonRoi Grand Prix

7/26/2007 – In the recent US Women's Championship in Stillwater, Oklahoma, it was top seed Irina Krush, WGM and IM with a 2479 FIDE rating (number 14 in the world), who took the title. Irina then rushed off to Montreal, where she is currently playing in the MonRoi Women's Grand Prix, where her British colleague Jovanka Houska is in the lead. Pictorial report and games from both events.

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US Women's Championship

The Frank K. Berry 2007 US Women's Chess Championship, which took place in Stillwater, Oklahoma, from Julay 16 to 20, had ten participants. The prize fund was US $25,000, with the winner getting $7,000.


Participants of the US Women's Championship. Back row: Jim Berry, Irina Krush, Chimi Tuvshintugs, Tsagaan Battsetseg, Chouchanik Airapetian, Alisa Melekhina and Frank Berry. Front row: Tatev Abrahamyan, Liz Vicary, Camilla Baginskaite, Anna Zatonskih and Kat Rohonyan. [Photo Chris Bird]


US Women's Champion 2007: IM Irina Krush [Photo Betsy Dynako]

The event was won by IM and WGM Irina Krush, who graduated from NYU with a degree in International Relations in May 2006, and has been playing chess very intensely ever since. She recently finished with 4.5/6 at the very strong National Open in Las Vegas, including an impressive win over US Champion Alex Shabalov. She has also beaten GM Vladimir Akopian, a 2700 player, and GM Viktor Korchnoi (at the Gibtelecom Masters in Gibraltar). Her current FIDE rating of 2479 puts her at number 14 woman chess player in the world.


MonRoi International Women's Gran-Prix

The MonRoi International Women’s Grand-Prix Finale is being held from July 22nd to July 29th at the Hilton Doubletree in the heart of Montreal, Canada. Seven months of qualifiers in Grand-Prix host countries (Germany, USA, Italy, France, Liechtenstein, Croatia and Gibraltar) culminated in this finale, featuring international stars GM Pia Cramling (Swe), WGM Irina Krush (USA), WGM Ketavan Arakhamia-Grant (Geo), WGM Lela Javakhishvili (Geo), WGM Jovanka Houska (Eng), WGM Iweta Rajlich (Pol), WGM Cristina Adela Foisor (Rom), and Myriam Roy (Can). The participants' hotel and flights are paid by the organizers.


What a colorful group! The Grand-Prix participants get a guided tour of Montreal, a city renowned for its light-hearted cosmopolitan style.


A view of the city of Montreal from Mount Royal


A romantic horse carriage ride through the Old Port of Montreal


Saint Denis Street and the incredible Just For Laughs Festival (check it out!)


Giant entertainment figures on the Montreal streets


It's not working, man. You can't play in the MonRoi Grand Prix!

The prize fund for the Women’s Grand-Prix is US $15,000 prize fund. First prize is $4,500. In addition Galazzo Jewellers will award to the winner a watch embellished with 16 sparkling diamonds. Incidentally, according to the rules no draws are allowed in the first 30 moves!


Grand prix participants WGM Jovanka Houska, WGM Lela Javakhishvili, WGM Iweta Rajlich


WGM Ketavan Arakhamia-Grant, Myriam Roy, GM Pia Cramling, WGM Cristina Adela Foisor


WGM and IM Irina Krush, USA, 2479 vs WGM and IM Cristina Adela Foisor, Romania, 2372


On top of the world in Montreal: after four rounds WGM/IM Jovanka Houska of England leads

Standings after four rounds of the Monroi Grand Prix


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