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Judit Polgar 
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Judit Polgar
Number of games in database: 1,772
Years covered: 1984 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2675 (2646 rapid, 2736 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2735
Overall record: +476 -290 =494 (57.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      512 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (329) 
    B90 B33 B93 B30 B32
 Ruy Lopez (197) 
    C67 C78 C65 C89 C92
 French Defense (112) 
    C11 C18 C10 C12 C15
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (93) 
    C89 C92 C95 C90 C86
 Caro-Kann (87) 
    B14 B17 B18 B12 B13
 Sicilian Najdorf (83) 
    B90 B93 B92 B94 B99
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (328) 
    B90 B47 B40 B22 B32
 King's Indian (171) 
    E97 E62 E81 E92 E73
 Sicilian Taimanov (70) 
    B47 B48 B46 B45 B49
 Queen's Indian (60) 
    E15 E12 E17 E16 E14
 Sicilian Najdorf (50) 
    B90 B92 B98 B93 B97
 Nimzo Indian (47) 
    E32 E21 E49 E53 E48
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Judit Polgar vs F Berkes, 2003 1-0
   Judit Polgar vs Anand, 1999 1-0
   Judit Polgar vs Mamedyarov, 2002 1-0
   Judit Polgar vs P Angelova, 1988 1-0
   Judit Polgar vs Kasparov, 2002 1-0
   Shirov vs Judit Polgar, 1994 0-1
   Judit Polgar vs Kasimdzhanov, 2005 1-0
   Judit Polgar vs Karpov, 2003 1-0
   Judit Polgar vs Shirov, 1995 1-0
   Judit Polgar vs Svidler, 2005 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Superstars Hotel Bali (2002)
   Essent Tournament (2006)
   Ajedrez UNAM Quadrangular (2010)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   Villa de Canada de Calatrava (2007)
   Amsterdam (1995)
   Las Palmas (1994)
   World Cup (2011)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   World Chess Team Championship (2011)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   European Individual Championships (2014)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Zsuzsa Polgar, Zsofia Polgar, Judit Polgar by wanabe2000
   The Princess of Chess - Judit Polgar by Resignation Trap
   Exchange sacs - 4 by obrit
   Judit the Chess Queen by Minor Piece Activity
   Melody Amber 1994 by amadeus
   Melody Amber 1993 by amadeus
   Melody Amber 1995 by amadeus
   The Polgar sisters. by lostemperor
   Judit! by larrewl
   99_Lev Polugajevky Tourn. Buenos Aires 1994 by whiteshark
   Hastings 1992/93 by suenteus po 147
   Munich 1991 by suenteus po 147

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(born Jul-23-1976, 38 years old) Hungary
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Judit Polgár is universally considered the strongest woman chess player ever. She was #1 woman player in the world for an unbroken period of over 25 years starting from the age of 12 in 1989 when she burst into the world's top 100 until her retirement from competitive chess in 2014, aged 38.

She was born in Hungary in 1976. Her childhood included an extensive chess education from her father, László, and her sisters. Beginning international competition as early as 1984, Polgár first defeated an International Master in Adelaide in 1986, when she beat Dolfi Drimer, and a year later the then 11 year old girl defeated her first grandmaster, Lev Gutman. In 1988 she won the U12 Boys World Championship, and in 1990, the U14 Boys World Championship. In 1991 she became an International Grandmaster by winning the "men's" Hungarian championship and at the age of fifteen years and five months, she was the youngest grandmaster in history, breaking a record that Robert James Fischer had held for over 30 years. She has been the highest-rated woman ever since FIDE's January 1990 list, and in 2003 she entered the overall top ten. In 2005, she became the first woman to take part in the final of an open world championship cycle when she participated in the FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005). Although she finished last, her participation in this event seeded her into the 2007 Candidates playoff for the World Championship Tournament in Mexico City, but she bowed out in the Candidates Match: Polgar - Bareev (2007) by 3.5-2.5.

Polgár's career-best tournament performances include four victories at Essent (twice shared), first in London 1988, first in Varna 1988, equal first with Bareev in Hastings 1992/93, clear first at Madrid 1994, first at the Isle of Lewis 1995 (1), equal first in the 1998 US Open, first at the VAM Tournament in Hoogeveen in 1998, first at the category 16 Japfa Classic in Bali in 2000, first at the the Sigeman & Company International Tournament in Malmo, equal first at the Najdorf Chess Festival 2000, fourth in the 2001 European Championship which fielded 143 GMs in a 13-round Swiss-system tournament, first at Superstars Hotel Bali (2002), clear second at Corus at Wijk aan Zee (2003) and equal first at the 12th European Individual Championship (2011), the first time a woman has stood on the podium in this immensely competitive tournament that on this occasion attracted 167 grandmasters; her result also qualified her for participation in the World Cup (2011), where she defeated Cuban GM Fidel Corrales Jimenez, Armenian GM Sergei Movsesian, and Russian GM Sergey Karjakin and Cuban GM, Leinier Dominguez Perez in the first four rounds, but lost her quarter final match against the eventual winner, Russian GM Peter Svidler, to exit the contest. She was one of the President's nominees to play in the World Cup (2013), where she faced Cuban #4 player, GM Isan Reynaldo Ortiz Suarez in the first round, losing the first game and drawing the second.

Polgár represented Hungary at the (open) Olympiads in 1994, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014. During that time she won two team silver medals, and an individual bronze medal, both occurring at the 2002 Olympiad and the second team silver in 2014. During the Chess Olympiad (2012) held in Istanbul, she played on board 3 scoring 7.5/10 which yielded a TPR of 2744, her best result since the Istanbul Olympiad of 2000. Her overall game results from her participation in Olympiads now amounts to 85 games (+35 =35 -15) with a winning percentage of 61.8%. She represented Hungary twice in the European Team Championships, once in 1989 and then again in 1999, on the latter occasion helping her team to its best result, a silver medal, and also winning an individual silver medal for her result on board 2.

In rapids, Polgár's best results include equal first with Viswanathan Anand in the Wydra rapid in Israel in 1998, defeating David Navara 6-2 in a rapid match in the Czech Republic in 2010, and defeating Vassily Ivanchuk 2.5-1.5 and Veselin Topalov 3.5-0.5 to win the rapid Ajedrez UNAM Quadrangular (2010). She won an invitational rapid tournament, Festa da Uva (Grape Celebration), in Caxias do Sul in Brazil in early 2012, ahead of Henrique Mecking, Gilberto Milos and Andres Rodriguez Vila; the contest was a round robin featuring 2 game mini-matches between each player, with one rapid and one blitz game in each match. (2) She played in the European Individual Championships (2014) but only scored 6.5/11, losing a couple of games in the last few rounds of the tournament and failing to qualify for the World Cup 2015.

Polgár first entered the top 100 in January 1989 at the age of 12 when her rating skyrocketed to 2555 and number 55 in the world, and she has remained in the top 100 since then. She remains the youngest player by far to enter the top 100. Her standard rating as of 1 November 2014 is 2675 making her the world's top rated woman, Hungary's #4 player, and world #69; her peak rating was 2735 in 2005, when she was ranked #8 in the world. She is rated 2646 in rapid and 2736 (world #22 & women's world #1) in blitz.

She lives in Budapest with her husband, veterinarian Gusztáv Font, and their two children, Olivér and Hanna who were born in 2004 and 2006 respectively. In late 2012, she released her autobiography "How I Beat Fischer's Record". (3) In August 2014, she announced her retirement from competitive chess after 25 years as the top rated woman in chess. (4)


- (1); (2) chessbase article:; (3); (4)

- Article in the Independent dated 24 November 2012:;

- Personal website:;

- Psychology Today article titled The Grandmaster Experiment:;

- John Miller's (User: wanabe2000) collection of games and tournaments of the Polgár sisters: Game Collection: Zsuzsa Polgar, Zsofia Polgar, Judit Polgar;

- Live rating:;

- Polgár's Twitter:!/GMJuditPolgar;

- Q & A between Polgár and fans:;

- Audio-visual collage of Polgar Chessday 2009: (link in print underneath photo array);

- Wikipedia article: Judit Polg%C3%A1r

Latest update 6 Nov 2014

 page 1 of 71; games 1-25 of 1,772  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. I Balogh vs Judit Polgar 0-128 1984 BudapestB30 Sicilian
2. Judit Polgar vs H Grooten 1-022 1984 BudapestB83 Sicilian
3. Judit Polgar vs Szendrei 1-021 1984 BudapestB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. Mey Riofrio vs Judit Polgar  0-123 1986 Wch U16 GirlsA46 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Judit Polgar vs Mednis 0-144 1986 AdelaideC15 French, Winawer
6. Judit Polgar vs N Bojkovic  1-071 1986 Wch U16 GirlsB30 Sicilian
7. Judit Polgar vs I Kientzler-Guerlain 1-034 1986 RioB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. Judit Polgar vs Z Simic  1-042 1986 New York opC10 French
9. Judit Polgar vs S Nagabhusanam  1-049 1986 Wch U16 GirlsB53 Sicilian
10. Judit Polgar vs T Hutters 1-041 1986 CopenhagenB32 Sicilian
11. A Hernandez vs Judit Polgar 0-136 1986 Wch U16 GirlsA36 English
12. Judit Polgar vs O Capo Iturrieta 0-159 1986 Wch U16 GirlsB83 Sicilian
13. T Hay vs Judit Polgar 1-031 1986 It (open)B83 Sicilian
14. V Alvarez vs Judit Polgar  0-137 1986 Wch U16 GirlsB20 Sicilian
15. Judit Polgar vs K Hornung 1-054 1986 Adelaide open 10C31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
16. I Majul vs Judit Polgar 0-164 1986 Wch U16 GirlsA37 English, Symmetrical
17. Judit Polgar vs D Drimer 1-062 1986 AdelaideB40 Sicilian
18. Judit Polgar vs S Villegas  1-045 1986 Wch U16 GirlsC30 King's Gambit Declined
19. Judit Polgar vs S Djuric 0-145 1986 AdelaideC30 King's Gambit Declined
20. B Zueger vs Judit Polgar  ½-½41 1987 Biel-AA57 Benko Gambit
21. Judit Polgar vs A Papa 1-019 1987 San BernardinoB06 Robatsch
22. Judit Polgar vs L Gutman 1-037 1987 SWIFT tournamentB83 Sicilian
23. H Nowotny vs Judit Polgar 0-140 1987 San BernardinoA45 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Hort vs Judit Polgar 1-025 1987 San BernardinoA58 Benko Gambit
25. Judit Polgar vs M Sharif 1-043 1987 Brussels OHRA 02C30 King's Gambit Declined
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Sep-06-14  zborris8: All of that work to fight for gender equality, only to return to the kitchen.
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  Octavia: <All of that work to fight for gender equality, only to return to the kitchen.> I agree! I suppose she's fed up being compared to Hou who's going to overtake her rating, no doubt. It's a pity that the 3 sis aren't playing anymore. It would have been nice to see them & the other up & coming women at or near the top. When a man like Gary drops out you hardly notice it because so many men fill & overtake his place. But when a woman drops out it shows that there is a long way to go before we have 50 %.

On the other hand I can understand why top people drop out: They get punished by the squint rating system when they play lower rated opposition - too bad.

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  plang: <Octavia: I suppose she's fed up being compared to Hou who's going to overtake her rating, no doubt.>

Which is clearly meaningless.
Why do people continue to compare ratings 10-15 years (or more) apart when they were never intended to be compared in that way? If Hou ever gets near being rated in the top 10 as Polgar did then, perhaps, an intelligent discussion could take place.

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  Octavia: I'm not talking about past events - at this very mo Hou is in danger of overtaking Judith & I suppose J doesn't like that, so she retires - In which profession do people retire aged 35?
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  devere: <Octavia: In which profession do people retire aged 35?>

In almost all professional sports

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  devere: I think that Judit Polgar would prefer to play a high stakes match with Hou Yifan prior to retiring, but she has determined that no one will put up the money. If the Chinese government would put up a million dollar purse (or possibly even $500,000), I think she would play. Although her husband is well-employed, Judit can always use the money for her children's education expenses.
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  HeMateMe: I don't think China wants to see Hou humbled. Polgar has vast experience against stronger players than Yifan has faced and reached a height that Hou probably will not get to--the top ten. Ratings are just numbers.

Given two months to be rested and prepared, I would predict Polgar wins a match by two points.

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  Karpova: Judit Polgar: <It is, however, now time for me to turn my attention to the generation of my own young children and help create opportunities that were so hard for me and my sisters to come by. With a special focus on chess as an educational tool, the Judit Polgar Chess Foundation promotes pioneering cognitive skills development for school children. It also organizes the annual Polgar Chess Festival, a large-scale public event that promotes chess and learning. My sister, Sophia, and I have been working on a unique chess-based curriculum. The Chess Palace program is gradually being introduced at schools in Hungary and internationally.

I also feel that I owe it to my children, Oliver and Hanna, to spend much more quality-time together. I look forward to this more than anything.>

It's worth remembering that Judit was semi-retired for quite a while now. She is promoting chess, especially in Hungary. In addition, she is writing chess books (excellent ones, btw.). And she has two little children. That she now decided to leave competitive chess for good, seems like a logical next step and she is far from "returning to the kitchen". That Yifan Hou should have anything to with her retirement appears absurd.

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  devere: <"Still, I promise to keep a close eye on the world of chess. And as the saying goes, never say never...” Judit Polgar>

Polgar-speak for "Show me the money!".

Sep-14-14  MissScarlett: She's probably got a Filipina in the kitchen.
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  alexmagnus: <plang> the talk was abou Hou going to overtake Polgar's <current> rating, not some historical figure. As for a historical figure, that's far yet - Polgar's highest was 2735.

But it's also wrong to say top 10 is comparable to top 10. The meaning of top 10 through times changed not less than that of rating.

Sep-14-14  nok: At least everyone understands what it means.
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  plang: <But it's also wrong to say top 10 is comparable to top 10.>

I admit it is not ideal but I would hardly call it meaningless. Comparing ratings, however, would just be wrong.

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  HeMateMe: why is the top ten any more or less significant than it was 15 years ago, when Polgar got there? The true playing strength of ratings changes over time, but not your place in the picking order.
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  ketchuplover: Kudos to Judit for her world record :)
Oct-12-14  Penguincw: Polgar sets a Guinness World Record. :o

Oct-12-14  MissScarlett: There used to be a time that had some kudos. Now it's just a transparent marketing ploy.
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  zanzibar: Here's an old article that might be worth recycling for another pass, now that Judit has announced her retirement:

She had an impressive rating improvement in 1992 (at 16yr?):

Maybe 90 rating points don't sound like much, but starting from 2550 it like squeezing water out rock. Plus the points were here to stay.

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  ketchuplover: Judit for FIDE president!
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  alexmagnus: <She had an impressive rating improvement in 1992 (at 16yr?):>

By the way, talking of JP at early ages:

Polgar's 2555 at the age of 12 is most probably the highest rating a 12-year-old ever had. Karjakin was "only" 2547 at his 12-year-old peak.

Nov-14-14  IoftheHungarianTiger: Bidding Ms. Judit Polgar a very fond farewell and wishing her all the best in whatever she pursues following her career as an active player. A little sad to see the early retirement of my favorite chess player of all time, but grateful for her remarkable legacy and the number of beautiful games she has provided myself and the rest of the chess world.

(And regarding the possibility of Hou's climbing rating being a factor: It may be that Ms. Polgar wanted to retire as the top female player in the world ... and if so, whatever. After 25 years at the top, reaching the Top 10, and now already being semi-retired as an active player for a number of years, I think she's earned that right.)

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  cro777: Judit Polgar has just received one of the most prestigious awards in Hungary, the Prima Primissima Award, under Sport category. Congratulations!!

Prima Primissima, the most respected Hungarian State award, aims to save the achievements of the Hungarian intellectuals and strengthen the development of the domestic science, arts, culture and sport.

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  HeMateMe: Judit in Disguise:




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  alexmagnus: <<Octavia: In which profession do people retire aged 35?> In almost all professional sports>

And for this very reason we will probably never know whether my theory of two peaks holds. My theory is, a human has two peaks in his capablities, no matter if mental or physical - one between 25 and 30 and the other one between 35 and 40, with the time between the peaks being quite low-productive. In chess, we often see those aged between 35 and 40 "rise back to power" - in other sports they retire between 30 and 35 (during the "low-productive" time) and so we'd never know...

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  alexmagnus: By the way, I think that many retirees at the respective age retire not because they decline or feel to decline but because of psychological pressure to retire. Look at how Kasparov tries to "force" Anand to retire by his statements. In chess, it's only Kasparov. In other sports, it's everybody - "he is old, beyond his peak, he should retire".

But - since average human lifespan becomes longer and longer, I'd find it somewhat illogical if the average decline point didn't grow too...

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