Remember that incident last year when Irina Krush not only lost the game but also her marbles? Well, it's on again in the 2009 US Women's Championships and fans would have have eagerly awaited the all-important round 3 match up between last year's finalists. Will Irina exact revenge against Zatonskih?
Nope! This is what happened.
2009 US Women's Ch.
1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Be7 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 O-O 7. e3 Ne4 8. Bxe7 Qxe7 9. Rc1 Nxc3 10. Rxc3 c6 11. Qc2 Nd7 12. cxd5 exd5 13. Bd3 Nb6 14. O-O Be6 15. Rb1 a5 16. Nd2 Nc8 17. Ra3 Nd6 18. Qc5 Qc7 19. Rc3 Rfc8 20. Rbc1 Qd8 21. h3 Bf5 22. Bf1 b5 23. Rb3 Nb7 24. Qa3 b4 25. Qa4 c5 26. dxc5 Nxc5 27. Qb5 Rab8 28. Qe2 a4 0-1
And, as can be seen in Macauley's and Jen Shahade's vid report, Irina was clearly disappointed. I suppose for her, it's a wound that will be left opened for at least another year.