Irina is one of the most accomplished female players from the days of the Soviet Union.
Irina was a three-time USSR Women's Champion in 1971, 1979, and 1980, as well as winner of the Women's Olympiad in 1972
(scoring 5.5 out of 6), in 1974 (scoring 7.5 out of 9), and in 1984 (scoring 6.5 out of 11).
She was awarded the rank of Woman's International Grand Master in 1976.
As a coach Irina is very strict and demands only the best, and expects the best effort from each and every student.
Many of her students rank among the strongest players in the state and country.