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The Jerusalem Post Magazine - - GAMES - By Leonard Bar­den

Yuri Shul­man v Irina Krush, US cham­pi­onship, Still­wa­ter, Ok­la­homa 2007. This year’s ti­tle con­test lacked the spon­sor­ship from a Cal­i­for­nian mil­lion­aires con­sor­tium which pro­vided huge prize funds, but the win­ner still earned $20,000 from a re­spectable $60,000 to­tal. The women com­peti­tors, who had shone in pre­vi­ous cham­pi­onships, ran into trou­ble at the start, no­tably in to­day’s po­si­tion. Krush’s king is per­ilously sit­u­ated at f6, but her queen and bishop look solid defenders so that the former Ukrainian was dream­ing of coun­ter­play down the g file against the white king. White’s next turn showed that Shul­man had it all worked out and, against Black’s plau­si­ble replies, led to a sud­den check­mate. What hap­pened?

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