Irina Krush, born Dec 24, 1983, participated in the 1995 U.S. Women’s Championship at age 11. This is the youngest player ever to compete in a non-age restricted national chess championship. At the age of 9, she beat a master, the youngest ever to beat a master in rated play. She took the bronze medal in the 1998 World Girls’ Championship, held in India. She became a master at age 12. She won the U.S. Women’s Championship in 1998 at the age of 14, the youngest-ever holder of that title. She was the Gold Medallist in the 1998 Pan-American Youth Championships in Brazil with a perfect 7-0 score. In 200, she achieved the "men's" International Master title. She tied for top woman in the 2003 U.S. Chess Championship, but lost in the playoff to Anna Hahn. In 2007, she won the U.S. Women's Championship.