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.
Krush vs. Xu Yuhua the decisive game of the US vs. China match