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Saturday, April 5, 2008

Krush defeats Mkrtchian in 1st North American Match Challenge

WGM/IM Irina Krush of the US defeated WGM/IM Lilit Mkrtchian of Armenia by a score of 2.5-2.0 in a match played in Chicago Illinois from March 31st-April 3rd. Here are the moves of the games (in PGN format):

[Event "1st North American Match Challenge"]
[Site "Skokie"]
[Date "2008.03.31"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Mkrtchian, Lilit"]
[Black "Krush, Irina"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteELO "2405"]
[WhiteTitle "IM"]
[BlackELO "2473"]
[BlackTitle "IM"]
[Source "MonRoi"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.Bxc6 bxc6 5.O-O Bg7 6.Re1 Nh6 7.c3 O-O 8.d4 cxd4 9.cxd4 d6 10.h3 f6 11.Nc3 Nf7 12.b3 e5 13.Bb2 f5 14.exf5 gxf5 15.dxe5 dxe5 16.Na4 Qc7 17.Rc1 Be6 18.Nd4 Bd7 19.Nb5 Qd8 20.Nd6 Qe7 21.Nxf7 Rxf7 22.Bxe5 Bxe5 23.f4 Bxf4 24.Rxe7 Rxe7 25.Rc4 Bg3 26.Nc5 Re1 27.Qxe1 Bxe1 28.Nxd7 Rd8 29.Kf1 Bg3 30.Rd4 Kg7 31.Ke2 Re8 32.Kf3 Bc7 33.Nc5 Bb6 34.Rd7 Kf6 35.b4 36.Rd6 Kf7 37.Rxc6 Rf1 38.Ke2 Ra1 39.a4 Ra2 40.Kf3 Bxc5 41.Rxc5 Rxa4 42.Rxf5 Kg6 43.Rb5 Ra3 44.Kf4 Ra4 45.Kg3 Kh6 46.h4 Kg6 47.h5 Kf6 48.Kf3 Ra3 49.Kf4 Ra4 50.Kf3 Ra3 1/2-1/2

[Event "1st North American Match Challenge"]
[Site "Skokie"]
[Date "2008.04.01"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Krush, Irina"]
[Black "Mkrtchian, Lilit"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteELO "2473"]
[WhiteTitle "IM"]
[BlackELO "2405"]
[BlackTitle "IM"]
[Source "MonRoi"]

1.d4 e6 2.c4 f5 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 c6 5.Nf3 d5 6.O-O Bd6 7.b3 Qe7 8.Bb2 b6 9.Qc1 Bb7 10.Ba3 Nbd7 11.Bxd6 Qxd6 12.Nbd2 O-O 13.Qb2 c5 14.Rfd1 Qe7 15.Ne5 Nxe5 16.dxe5 Ne4 17.e3 Rad8 18.a3 Nxd2 19.Rxd2 dxc4 20.Bxb7 Rxd2 21.Qxd2 Rd8 22.Qe2 Qxb7 23.bxc4 Qe4 24.Rd1 Rxd1 25.Qxd1 Qxc4 26.Qd8 Kf7 27.Qd7 Kg6 28.Qxa7 Qb3 29.h4 c4 30.Qd7 c3 31.Qe8 Kh6 32.Qd8 Kg6 33.Qe8 Kh6 34.Qd8 1/2-1/2

[Event "1st North American Match Challenge"]
[Site "Skokie"]
[Date "2008.04.02"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Mkrtchian, Lilit"]
[Black "Krush, Irina"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteELO "2405"]
[WhiteTitle "IM"]
[BlackELO "2473"]
[BlackTitle "IM"]
[Source "MonRoi"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8.Qf3 h6 9.Bh4 Nbd7 10.O-O-O Qc7 11.Be2 Rb8 12.Qg3 g5 13.fxg5 hxg5 14.Bxg5 b5 15.e5 Nxe5 16.Bxf6 Bxf6 17.Ne4 Be7 18.Qg7 Rh4 19.Bf3 d5 20.Nf6 Bxf6 21.Qxf6 Nxf3 22.Nxf3 Qf4 23.Qxf4 Rxf4 24.Rhf1 Rb7 25.g3 Re4 26.Ng5 Rg4 27.Nh7 Ke7 28.Rf6 Rc7 29.Rdf1 Rg7 30.Rh6 f5 31.Nf6 Rc4 32.Nh5 Rf7 33.Nf4 Re4 34.Rf3 b4 35.Kd2 Kd6 36.a3 a5 37.axb4 axb4 38.h4 Rc7 39.c3 Rb7 40.Rd3 bxc3 41.bxc3 Kc5 42.Kc2 Bd7 43.Rd2 Kc4 44.Ne2 Ra7 45.Kb2 Rb7 46.Kc2 Ra7 47.Kb2 Rb7 48.Kc2 1/2-1/2

[Event "1st North American Match Challenge"]
[Site "Skokie"]
[Date "2008.04.03"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Krush, Irina"]
[Black "Mkrtchian, Lilit"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteELO "2473"]
[WhiteTitle "IM"]
[BlackELO "2405"]
[BlackTitle "IM"]
[Source "MonRoi"]

1.d4 e6 2.c4 f5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Qc2 Bb4 5.e3 O-O 6.Bd3 d6 7.Nge2 c5 8.d5 Bxc3 9.Nxc3 exd5 10.cxd5 Ng4 11.O-O Na6 12.Be2 Qe7 13.h3 Nf6 14.b3 Bd7 15.Bb2 Nc7 16.Rad1 Ne4 17.Rfe1 Qh4 18.Bd3 Rae8 19.f3 Nxc3 20.Bxc3 b5 21.e4 fxe4 22.Bxe4 Rc8 23.Re2 Rf7 24.a4 Ne8 25.Rde1 bxa4 26.bxa4 Rb8 27.Rb1 Rxb1 28.Qxb1 Bxa4 29.Bf5 Qc4 30.Bxh7 Kf8 31.Qe1 Nf6 32.Bg6 Rb7 33.Bxf6 gxf6 34.Re4 Qa2 35.Qh4 Rg7 36.Qh8 1-0

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