The Flying King

As you all probably know, Anna Zatonskih won the United States Women's Championship by defeating IM and two-time Champion Irina Krush in Tulsa. The two girls tied for first by scoring 7.5 points each, and according to Chess Life writer Tom Brounlich: "The tournament regulations called for a rapid playoff for the title. This playoff would prove to be both close and controversial, with a cacophony of criticism from internet observers."

The final "Armageddon Game" turns into a time scramble, with Anna and Irina literally banging out their moves. Irina runs out of time while Anna, with one second still left in her clock, claims the coveted crown.

A tired and frustrated Irina sends her King flying across the table with her right hand, and not very happy, rushes out of the room. This dramatic moment can be seen in the following video:


  • 8 years ago

    Kenji-kun flying kings can get more so looked like a flying queen (if you know what I mean).

  • 8 years ago

    NM ozzie_c_cobblepot

    This reminds me of the tie in the All-Star game a couple of years back.

  • 8 years ago


    almost unbelievable!

  • 8 years ago


    Great post, and great video! Made my morning :)

  • 8 years ago


    Thanks, Kenytiger.
    That Armageddon playoff game, in my opinion, was a ridiculous method to use for determining such an important title as the US Women's Chess Champion. Even the rules of play (especially of using the clock) hadn't been explained well enough causing some grave accusations to fly free along with the king.
    Two great players and one great title were belittled by such poor planning.

    I hope someone has learned something and next year is better!

  • 8 years ago



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