Irina Krush is US Champion

IM Irina Krush took the Frank K.Berry 2007 US Women’s Chess Championship by winning the last round game

IM Irina Krush clinched the Frank K.Berry 2007 US Women’s Chess Championship by winning the last round game against Tatev Abrahamyan. WGM Katerina Rohonyan was co-leader until the last round, when she was held to a draw by 16-years old WFM Alisa Melekhina. Last year champion IM Anna Zatonskih scored three consecutive wins to catch Rohonyan on the 2nd place tie. These top 3 players have qualified for the FIDE World Championship cycle.

There is no break for Irina Krush, as she is heading to Montreal, Canada, and not for the 25th Just For Laughts Festival. Irina will participate in the 2007 MonRoi International Women’s Grand-Prix Finale, the culmination event after the 7 qualifiers in different countries.

US Women’s Chess Championship Final Standings:

1. IM Irina Krush 7.0

2-3. IM Anna Zatonskih and WGM Katerina Rohonyan 6.5

4. WIM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 5.5

5. WIM Tsagaan Battsetseg 5.0

6-7. WFM Alisa Melekhina and WGM Camilla Baginskaite 4.0

8. WFM Tatev Abrahamyan 3.5

9. WFM Elizabeth Vicary 2.5

10. WFM Chouchanik Airapetian 0.5

See also interview with the chief sponsor Frank K.Berry