Irina Krush

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Irina Krush Prophylaxis Lecture: Segment 2

In the first part of this video series, Irina Krush introduced the idea of prophylaxis, which simply means that you move in a way that hinders your opponents plans. Continuing the theme of prophylaxis, Krush presents another challenging puzzle. Taking audience suggestions, she explores several options before revealing the solution. This approach offers a deeper understanding of the puzzle and the thought process used in solving it.

Bringing prophylaxis out of openings and into more strategic situations, Krush gives us one more piece of her “Secret Principle."


EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Irina Krush Prophylaxis Lecture: Segment 1

SAINT LOUIS -- In the first of this video series, International Master Irina Krush focuses on prophylaxis, which is simply moving in a way that hinders your opponent's plans. Using both visual aids and crowd participation, Krush takes us through two puzzles from the book, Perfect Your Chess.

With her natural, easy style, it's simple for those of us who are not IMs to follow the more complex lines to completion. Part lecture, part demonstration, this first installment expresses prophylaxis in easy-to-understand terms and prepares you for the next in the series. Click read more to view the video!

Ben Finegold and Iryna Zenyuk interviewed at King's Island Open

CINCINNATI -- Grandmaster Ben Finegold finished in a four-way tie for first place at the King's island Open in Cincinnati with a score of 4.0/5.0. Three other players, Seth Homa, FM Peter Bereolos and FM Andrew Karklins also finished with four points. Because of tiebreaks, Finegold brought home $1,220, which was slightly more than the $1,140 that each of the other three first-place finishers received.

WIM Iryna Zenyuk also had an excellent tournament as her 3.5/5.0 performance secured a share of fifth place. The USCF's JW Holes was on hand to interview Finegold and Zenyuk following their performance.

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