2004 True Grit Award

US Women's Olympiad Team

This team brought home the silver medal from the 2004 Olympiad at Calvia. The team consisting of the coaches Paul Truong (team captain), Garry Kasparov, Michael Khodarkovsky, and Alexander Chernin help prepare the players for this tough contest. The starting line up consisted of  GM Susan Polgar, IM Irina Krush, and WGM Anna Zatonskih. Coming off the bench and pinch hitting was WIM Jennifer Shahade.  There was great expectations placed on this team. The team was being sponsored by the Kasparov foundation.  The US women were seeded 3rd. After 14 tough rounds, team work prevailed. The Ladies gritted it out and finish in 2nd place, a half point ahead of the Russians. The US women  defeated China, the eventual gold metal winner, in their head to head match by a 2-1 score.
 It takes True Grit to place 2nd in a very tough Olympic field.

The top 3 standings are as follows:

Gold - China 31 points
Silver - US - 28 points 
Bronze- Russia 27.5

Ladies individual scores: 

Susan Polgar - 10.5 out of 14
Anna Zatonskih - 9.5 out of 14 
Irina Krush - 7.5 out of 12
Jennifer Shahade - .5 out of 2 

They say diamonds are a girls best friend, but for these women, I think gold is. 
This reporter hopes to see the US ladies in gold and diamonds in 2006.

Irina Krush vs. Xu Yuhua the decisive game of the US vs. China match 
Final Standings of the Olympiad
ChessBase Story on the Olympiad
US women's team meets Gov George Pataki
US team trains with Kasparov

Garry Kasparov - Chess Reporter
Susan Polgar - Chess Reporter
Irina Krush - Chess Reporter
Anna Zatonskih - Chess Reporter
Jennifer Shahade - Chess Reporter

2003 True Grit Award