Hillary Clinton: looking for Irina Krush

by Frederic Friedel
4/1/2016 – It happened in the Steve Harvey Show. Recently the TV host had Democratic front runner in the presidential race, Hillary Clinton, as a guest, and in one segment the former First Lady and Secretary of State had to identify a "female groundbreaker" who was concealed between two imposters. The groundbreaker was Irina Krush, first and only US female grandmaster. Watch the video.

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Steve Harvey, 59, is an American comedian, television host, radio personality, actor, and author. He hosts a talk show called Steve Harvey, which is taped in Chicago and distributed by NBC. It is a one-hour daytime show that seeks to entertain, inform and inspire its audience on topics such as marriage, dating, finance, parenting, work place issues, friendship and "the daily dramas we face throughout our lives." Recently he had has a guest former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 election. Here are some clips from the show:

Secretary Clinton and Steve Harvey discusses race in America

Hillary Clinton on "How I met Bill"

They also talked about gun control, religious freedom, and Clinton's new role as a grandmother. But the segment that is of greatest interest to us here is where Clinton and Harvey have to try to identify a Female Groundbreaker. "Senator Clinton has broken major ground for women everywhere," says Harvey. "But can she identify another woman who has done the same? Now she's gonna try, in this edition of 'two lies' and a truth."

Steve Harvey and Hillary Clinton are confronted with three women, one of whom is the female groundbreaker: "the only women in America to earn the grandmaster title in chess – and in the world of more than fourteen hundred grandmasters she is just one of 33 women. The other two women are imposters – probably can't even play chess." The ladies introduce themselves, all claiming to be GM Irina Krush.

The three put up a nice ruse, providing very plausible answers to all questions. In the end of Clinton and Harvey pick ... but we are not going to tell you. Watch the video clip and, in case you do not know the real Irina (as we have done, since her early teens), try to guess the answer yourself, before the video hits 5 minutes 35 seconds and the correct Irina Krush reveals herself.

Did you get it right? Did you spot the real Irina Krush?

Other Presidential Candidates and chess

Seven Days has this story of Democratic candidate Bernie Saunders playing against Vermont’s lone national chess master David Carter, who tells us that the whole Sanders family are chess fans. Both Bernie and his wife Jane played – she conceded after 68 minutes, he lasted 77.

In the February issue of Chess Life 1968 (which incidentally sold at 65¢ at the time) we find an attempt by the Republican front-runner Donald Trump, just 22 years old at the time, to establish himself as a chess problem composer:

Donald Trump, Chess Life 1968

White to play and mate in four moves

The solution given by Trump is: 1.Qxd7 h5 2.c8=N+! Ka6 3. b4 h4 4.Qc6#. Very nice, except that in the March isssue of Chess Life a reader pointed out that the problem had a dual: 2.c8=Q+ Kb6 3.Qdb7+ Ka5 4.Qca8#, making the main point – underpromotion to a knight – unnecessary. Trump threatened to sue the reader and the magazine, but then the reader published a second letter (in the April edition of CL) showing that 2.c8=B+ Kb6 3.b4 h4 4.Qb7# and 2.c8=R+ Ka6 3.Rb8 h4 4.Qa4# also work. "This makes the problem a classic allumwandlung," [which is a chess problem where, at some stage in the solution a pawn is promoted variously to a queen, rook, bishop, and knight] "so we must praise the composition as a valuable contribution to the art," he wrote. After this Trump said he "accepted the apology" and withdrew his lawsuit. We have not found any further compositions by the real estate tycoon.

Republican hopeful Ted Cruz tweeted a picture of a chessboard to Senator Mike Lee with the message: "Your Move" – unfortunately with the kings and queens misplaced, as the Huffington Post revealed.

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HarryHaller HarryHaller 4/7/2016 08:39
Typical of Clinton's disgusting politics...Krush may be a nice person, but as a female chess player she is highly privileged, making far more money and receiving more opportunities than male grandmasters who are higher rated than her. She even received special consideration in getting her GM title. "Groundbreaking" because she is female? How about respecting people for what they do, rather than who they are? As a chess player having a close-up view of this, it shows the absolute deceit of the identity politics and "victim-class" politics which have taken over our world.
Kingpawnkid Kingpawnkid 4/4/2016 05:43
Irina finally gets her hair done
bin bin 4/3/2016 09:55
No one minds what the retards think of Trump, we all are going to vote for him!!
Justjeff Justjeff 4/3/2016 07:37
All three "contestants" gave very correct answers that would have fooled anyone who didn't already recognize Ms. Krush on sight. That said, anyone who would have known those answers were correct knew #3 was correct before the game had started.
JohnTVian JohnTVian 4/2/2016 10:40
Why do you have to bring politics into chess? Politics is so ugly and Hillary Clinton is the epitome of that ugliness. The vile person that she is. In case anyone hasn't noticed, the votes are rigged...
Denix Denix 4/2/2016 06:45
Steve Harvey became more famous after his gaffe in Miss Universe Beauty Pageant. Thanks for this nice article.
Mr TambourineMan Mr TambourineMan 4/2/2016 04:13
Wonderfully! Hillary wants to guess at someone other than Irina, but she and the TV host disagree and begin arguing who should have the right to guess and TV host says "I think I have lied a little bit more than you in my days right?" And what could she answer? Whereupon the TV Host guess right and everybody in audience get a 100 dollar check! I wonder how many in that audience did get that if Hillary had choosen they didnt had get that check.
craniotomy craniotomy 4/2/2016 12:42
algorithmy algorithmy 4/2/2016 10:26
That trump thing at the end is hilarious, very obvious for April's fool but nice one though!
they say that some stupidity can make you cry while another stupidity can make you laugh, Trump is a good example of both!
actually it's even a compliment for him to say that he composed such a stupid problem, the man is so stupid to play chess in first place!
algorithmy algorithmy 4/2/2016 10:17
@ A7fecd1676b88
You know something about chess and politics!
nice comment!
algorithmy algorithmy 4/2/2016 10:15
@ RoughKnight
Don't worry son, it's only April's Fool!! Did you really buy that?!! hhaa good one!
RoughKnight RoughKnight 4/2/2016 08:55
Excellent article, as always. Too bad that in addition to endangering the planet, the blowhard Trump has now soiled my favorite avocation.
A7fecd1676b88 A7fecd1676b88 4/2/2016 04:31
Hillary Clinton actually tried to learn chess once.
BUT, when she learned about Lasker's famous dictum, she knew it would be a pointless endeavor for her.

"On the chessboard lies and hypocrisy do not survive long. The creative combination lays bare the presumption of lies; the merciless fact, culmination in checkmate, contradicts the hypocrites." -- Em. Lasker
bolocanolo bolocanolo 4/2/2016 02:40
Harvey's bias for Clinton is obvious here. I'm not sure who the biggest liar is.
Queenslander Queenslander 4/2/2016 01:01
Yikes, another candidate for April Fool. The Chess Life 1968 problem sounds trumped up to me!
Jesse Cooday Jesse Cooday 4/1/2016 11:25
Magnus Carlsen & Hou Yifan fans for Bernie Sanders!
I wanted to share with everyone --
Magnus Carlsen Blind & Timed Chess Simul at the Sohn Conference in NYC

And Magnus Carlsen's friend -- Hou Yifan fans for Bernie Sanders!
GM Hou Yifan Simul in Hong Kong https://youtu.be/gXh-AhHM5OA
joachimus joachimus 4/1/2016 09:34
Donald Trump plays every game at GM level, even if playing a jump rope game.
AlvaroFrota AlvaroFrota 4/1/2016 08:55
And the winner is ... Donald Trump's composition!
mozartiano123 mozartiano123 4/1/2016 07:40
Donald trump's problem is probably April's FOOL :)