Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Irina Krush.
White to move and win except where noted.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your cursor from one bracket to the other.


a)
Krush vs Kanwal Bhatia, Warsaw, 1991
r2qk2r/ppp2ppp/2npbn2/2b1p3/2P5/2NPPN2/PP2BPPP/R1BQK2R w - - 0 1
[ d4 w/d5 ]

b)
Krush vs Elena Chorvatova, Bratislava, 1993
2rq2k1/1bR2pp1/1r1p3p/1P1Pp3/4P3/2Q5/5PP1/R4BK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxc8 ]

c)
Krush vs Lilit Mkrtchian, Cala Galdana, 1996
7r/1R3pk1/2p1q3/3pP1n1/6pN/4P1P1/r4PK1/3Q3R w - - 0 1
[ Qb1 if Ra8 Nf5+ ]

d)
Black to move and win. Ruth Bohrer vs Krush, Elista, 1998
2rq2k1/1p3pp1/2r1p3/3p1nbp/pP1Pn3/P1PR1RPP/5P2/1NB1QNK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxc1 Qxc1 Ng5 ]

e)
Black to move and win. Miles Ardaman vs Krush, Hawaii, 1998
1R6/p3qkbp/3p2p1/2pP1r2/2P5/P2P3Q/3B3P/7K b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe2 if Be3 Rf1+ Bg1 Rxf1+ mates ]



Krush Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black to move and win. Ira Pohl vs Krush, Hawaii, 1998
3r2k1/3q1p2/p1R1n2p/1p4p1/1P6/P1R3P1/3p1P1P/3Q2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd4 if Rc7 Ne2+ ]

b)
Black to move and win. Keith Arkell vs Krush, Lichfield, 2000
7k/pb5p/8/4p3/rN6/6P1/5P1P/1R4K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Be4 ]

c)
Black Mates in 4. Dragan Milovanovic vs Krush, Parsippany, 2001
6k1/6pp/1q6/4pp2/P5n1/1P6/1P3BPr/R4QK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rh1+ ]

d)
White Mates in 4. Krush vs Julien Estrada Nieto, Oakham, 2001
r4r1k/1bpq1p1n/p1np4/1p1Bb1BQ/P7/6R1/1P3PPP/1N2R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bf6+ Bxf6 Be4 ]

Krush Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Krush vs Vladimir Li, Moscow, 2002
4rnk1/1brnq2p/1p2pppP/1Bp3N1/2P2P2/1P4P1/PB1Q4/1K1RR3 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6 ]

b)
Krush vs Hern Ojeda, Buenos Aires, 2003
r1b3k1/pp4bp/3pNn2/2pPnr2/2P1p2q/2N1B3/PP1QBP1P/R4R1K w - - 0 1
[ Bg5 if Qh3 Nf4 ]



c) White Mates in 3. Krush vs Antoaneta Stefanova, Krasnoturinsk, 2004
3kr3/p1r1bR2/4P2p/1Qp5/3p3p/8/PP4PP/6K1 w - - 0 1

d)
Black to move and win. Pavel Tregubov vs Krush, Internet, 2004
r2qr1k1/bp1n1ppp/p7/4n3/1B1pP1b1/5NN1/PP2BPPP/2RQR1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...d3 if Bxd3 Qb6 ]

Irina Krush Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Irina Krush vs Anna Ushenina, Astana, 3/11/2013
4qbn1/r5rk/1np2p1p/1p2pP2/1P2P2P/4N1N1/2PBQ1R1/6RK w - - 1 0
[ Nh5 if Rxg2 Qxg2 ]

b)
White mates in 3.
Irina Krush vs Iryna Zenyuk, Saint Louis, 5/4/2013
1r2n1B1/2pb4/3p3k/5P2/4pP2/4N2P/6RK/8 w - - 1 0
[ Rg6+ Kh5 Rg5+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Irina Krush vs Andy Applebaum, Wheeling, 5/24/2013
8/2p1N1bk/2Q4p/P3p1p1/5pP1/3P1P2/1q3P1r/2R2K2 w - - 1 0
[ Qg6+ Kh8 Qe8+ ]

d)
Black mates in 5.
Daniel Van Heirzeele vs Irina Krush, Reykjavik, 2/25/2013
2Q5/q1R2p1k/p5pp/P7/1B6/3b2PP/1P1Nrb2/7K b - - 0 1
[ ...Re1+ if Kh2 Bg1+ Kh1 Bh2+ ]

e)
Sarah Chiang vs Irina Krush, Saint Louis, 5/7/2013
r3rk2/5pp1/pb1p1q1p/3P4/4BP2/PQ6/1P2RP1P/1R4K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe4 Rxe4 Qg6+ ]


Other US GMs
Back to the Index