Jewish Christian U.S. chess champion

Sports | America’s only female grandmaster survived a serious bout with COVID-19, then won the U.S. women’s chess championship
by Emily Belz
Posted 11/27/20, 02:56 pm

Irina Krush, the only American female to achieve the title of chess grandmaster, lives an unassuming life for someone who has won the U.S. women’s championship eight times.

Krush, 36, lives in a modest apartment in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, the neighborhood she grew up in after her Jewish parents immigrated from the Soviet Union when she was a child. As she did her daily walk in November around the bay where swans patrol the waters, she ran into her landlady, who was also her high-school French teacher.

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College basketball season tips off

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 11/23/20, 06:20 pm

The NCAA usually launches its basketball season in early November but canceled several preseason tournaments due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday, 19 of the Associated Press’ top 25 teams in the country will open their seasons against unranked opponents. No. 1 Gonzaga will take on No. 6 Kansas on Thursday in the first top 10 game of the year.

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’Tis the season to reschedule

Sports | In a college football season beset by the coronavirus, Pac-12’s late start looks wise
by Ray Hacke
Posted 11/19/20, 02:50 pm

The Pacific-12 Conference kicked off its abbreviated 2020 college football schedule on Nov. 7, at a time when the season is typically winding down.

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