Apr 20, 2001

Irina Krush attends the Grandmaster Chess School in St. Petersburg, Russia

Ushering in a spirit of cooperation between the Grandmaster Chess School of St. Petersburg, Russia and SmartChess.com, we are pleased to announce that Irina Krush recently attended the prestigious chess training center of the Grandmaster Chess School (GM School) founded in 1998 by FIDE World Champion GM Alexander Khalifman.

In June of 2000, Krush made her first visit to GM School, coinciding with her participation in the Category IX "White Nights Festival" Grandmaster event. During her trips to St. Petersburg Krush trained with some of Russia's finest and most respected trainers and theoreticians, and in turn participated in GM Chess School activities for its younger students including lectures and simultaneous exhibitions.

The Grandmaster Chess School recently launched its all new Web site at www.gmchess.com.

On her return from the Oakham Grandmasters tournament in England (where she earned her second IM norm), Krush was greeted with the news and said, "I am very excited about the opportunity to study and train with the FIDE World Champion and his colleagues. During the Kasparov vs. The World event in 1999, I had a number of opportunities to interact with GM Khalifman, and his approach to study and training left a deep and lasting impression on me. I hold GM Khalifman in the highest regard both as a player and a teacher."

GM Ron Henley, President of SmartChess.com, who relayed the news to Krush after she arrived at the airport on her return from England, said, "GM Khalifman and I recently communicated some ideas back and forth. His generous proposal for Irina to study and train at the GM Chess School clearly represents the opportunity of a lifetime for any young aspiring chess player. Now Irina will be exposed to some very serious 'Russian Chess Training' that will do wonders for her continued development as a player. We look forward to other possibilities for cooperation between GM Chess School and SmartChess.com in the future."

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Benjamin Franklin, "Chess made easy", 1802

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John Watson, "Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy", 1998

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