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Judit Polgar 
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Judit Polgar
Number of games in database: 1,771
Years covered: 1984 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2675 (2646 rapid, 2736 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2735
Overall record: +476 -288 =493 (57.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      514 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (328) 
    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 E60
 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 Kasparov, 2002 1-0
   Judit Polgar vs P Chilingirova, 1988 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)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   Ajedrez UNAM Quadrangular (2010)
   Hunguest Hotels Super Chess Tournament (2003)
   Villa de Canada de Calatrava (2007)
   Amsterdam (1995)
   Linares (1997)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   World Cup (2011)
   World Chess Team Championship (2011)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   European Individual Championships (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Zsuzsa (Susan), Zsofia, and 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 1995 by amadeus
   Melody Amber 1994 by amadeus
   Melody Amber 1993 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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JUDIT POLGAR
(born Jul-23-1976, 38 years old) Hungary
PRONUNCIATION:
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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 26 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 August 2014, aged 38, and into 2015 while her rating was still active.

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 February 2015 is 2675 making her the world's top rated woman, Hungary's #4 player, and world #66; her peak rating was 2735 in 2005, when she was ranked #8 in the world. She is rated 2646 in rapid (world #100 and Women's world #1) and 2736 (world #30 & 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)

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- (1) http://www.365chess.com/tournaments...; (2) chessbase article: http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp...; (3) http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp...; (4) http://en.chessbase.com/post/judit-....

- Article in the Independent dated 24 November 2012: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/p...;

- Personal website: http://www.polgarjudit.com/index_en...;

- Psychology Today article titled The Grandmaster Experiment: http://www.psychologytoday.com/arti...;

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

- Live rating: http://www.2700chess.com/women;

- Polgár's Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/GMJuditPolgar;

- Q & A between Polgár and fans: http://www.crestbook.com/en/node/1668;

- Audio-visual collage of Polgar Chessday 2009: http://www.timeapictures.com/en/jud... (link in print underneath photo array);

- Wikipedia article: Judit Polg%C3%A1r

Latest update 5 Feb 2015


 page 1 of 71; games 1-25 of 1,771  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Judit Polgar vs Szendrei 1-021 1984 BudapestB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. I Balogh vs Judit Polgar 0-128 1984 BudapestB30 Sicilian
3. Judit Polgar vs H Grooten 1-022 1984 BudapestB83 Sicilian
4. Judit Polgar vs S Villegas  1-045 1986 Wch U16 GirlsC30 King's Gambit Declined
5. T Hay vs Judit Polgar 1-031 1986 It (open)B83 Sicilian
6. Mey Riofrio vs Judit Polgar  0-123 1986 Wch U16 GirlsA46 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Judit Polgar vs K Hornung 1-054 1986 Adelaide open 10C31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
8. Judit Polgar vs N Bojkovic  1-071 1986 Wch U16 GirlsB30 Sicilian
9. Judit Polgar vs D Drimer 1-062 1986 AdelaideB40 Sicilian
10. Judit Polgar vs Z Simic  1-042 1986 New York opC10 French
11. Judit Polgar vs S Djuric 0-145 1986 AdelaideC30 King's Gambit Declined
12. Judit Polgar vs S Nagabhusanam  1-049 1986 Wch U16 GirlsB53 Sicilian
13. Judit Polgar vs Mednis 0-144 1986 AdelaideC15 French, Winawer
14. A Hernandez vs Judit Polgar 0-136 1986 Wch U16 GirlsA36 English
15. Judit Polgar vs I Kientzler-Guerlain 1-034 1986 RioB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. Judit Polgar vs O Capo Iturrieta 0-159 1986 Wch U16 GirlsB83 Sicilian
17. V Alvarez vs Judit Polgar  0-137 1986 Wch U16 GirlsB20 Sicilian
18. Judit Polgar vs T Hutters 1-041 1986 CopenhagenB32 Sicilian
19. I Majul vs Judit Polgar 0-164 1986 Wch U16 GirlsA37 English, Symmetrical
20. Piket vs Judit Polgar 1-016 1987 Brussels OHRA opA46 Queen's Pawn Game
21. P Christen vs Judit Polgar 0-142 1987 San BernardinoA04 Reti Opening
22. Judit Polgar vs L J Kerkhoff 1-031 1987 SWIFT tournamentB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
23. Judit Polgar vs Fedorowicz  ½-½34 1987 Brussels (Belgium)B44 Sicilian
24. J Costa vs Judit Polgar 0-122 1987 Biel-AA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
25. Judit Polgar vs Vlad Kovacevic 1-044 1987 San BernardinoC15 French, Winawer
 page 1 of 71; games 1-25 of 1,771  PGN Download
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Oct-30-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.)

Dec-05-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Dec-06-14  HeMateMe: Judit in Disguise:

<http://files.chesscomfiles.com/imag...>

<https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/...>

<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Biu...>

Dec-06-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  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...

Dec-06-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  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...

Jan-20-15  HeMateMe: Judit has an interview appearing in an unusual place--a European edition of Playboy magazine. I ran it through it google translate, if anyone is interested. I might not even have the full article, feel free to improve upon my efforts (pt.1:

"2015-01-08 | 282 | 0 comments

Best female chess player in the history of chess, chess set 150 and has lots of awards and recognition holder - maybe he does not know how many. When in 2014 he was elected to the Immortal Hungarian athletes include at least half an hour were placed in the merits. 12 years of age, or over 25 years of leading the adult female rankings, and although today announced the retirement of the day could not prevent. The only woman among the world's ten most intelligent man, but this only Judit Polgar name. Why is that? This also told Playboy great interview.

PLAYBOY: Congratulations on your recent award, the Prima Primissimához. Can you even count how many different received recognition during his lifetime? Do you have any rankings?

Judit Polgar: It is true that many. For example, I received a lot of awards in the last few years. The first was when I was still 12 years old when he won the Olympics, it was all the team members. As a small child is not so caught up in the significance. I felt the specialty, but have not gotten the time. Now this is the Prima Primissima, I feel there is between the top award. The latest ones, it is also good to have a round thought I was worth it. Now quit racing, now retired, is quite emotionally touched.

PLAYBOY: It told The Times in an interview with the world. Due to the sad decision?

PJ: Because this decision was not one moment to the next born. My husband and I rágódtunk much, we thought we talked about this. It was a very deliberate decision, but anyway I'm so, who will consider the very things. So it's not talking about a Flare-ups to be good, now I stop for a month. But ... in order to be understood, I grew up with it. The language of chess almost learned the language subject at a time. 33 years of playing chess, played chess. In this respect, this state is a little weird now. But in recent years, also went in a different direction in my life, I became very active in education, professional chess books írtam.Emellett raced and trained, but is not as hard as ten years ago.

PLAYBOY: He took out a piece of paper and wrote that they look? Quarreled with her husband argued pro and con?

P. J .: The quarrel was not more analysis. Maybe it is incomprehensible to many people, but I really get up and lie on the chess since I live. I should not be evaluated to see if I stop, in what will be the consequences. Emotionally. Really I could live without it, or not. I had to take over, what are the plus that are stronger than to continue to compete.

PLAYBOY: Beside him about it? Give at least one each!

PJ: Definitely next to it is that it is on my tongue. I grew up, this is my life. But lately the defeat hurt a lot better than the taste of success. I can not train as much as you and they want to. Good felkészülésből it comes to good performances, which builds self-confidence. But if for some reason one begins lemorzsolódni, the other decreases. This is not a professional approach: so something must be carried out. Strengthened during the very foundation, also have to deal with a lot. Then there are the kids, of course, Hanna 8, 10-year-old Oliver. It is important that I look away from him was not to compete in 2-3 weeks. If my husband is not so with me for the past 15 years, does not take much work, I'd have quit chess. But otherwise it is no longer the need to work out in 8-10 hours a day. The races are at least 10-13 days and then I'm away from my family. For a time, the beginning was a big challenge for me, that after the arrival of the children that I can play to keep my level.

PLAYBOY: Right at the top to stop?

P. J .: On the one hand. For a long time I was playing next to the kids because it was challenging, interesting and exciting. But now things have been framed. I would not say never, but never again - maybe once I leave the veteránvébén. But if I'm going to play again, the first line will be myself.

PLAYBOY: Well you can search the chess?

Compared to P. J .: The what? Soccer or tennis is not measured. But basically, if a first or sport and you do well, you will do well to look for. No complaints, no problems with my livelihood. For example, take a fixed income, I'm Olympian. Then we won a couple of gold and silver, which also has annuity.

PLAYBOY: his father as a child often be lowered in the parks of older, mostly male sakkozókkal. Tell us about it!

Jan-20-15  HeMateMe: (judit interview, pt. 2)

PJ: I was about eight years old, it was summer, the then Kulich Gyula, today we lived near Calvary space. It started with my brothers were not at home Mom, Dad we ourselves are stuck at the chessboard, and we started to look for opponents. We constantly partner deficiency, so I was looking for opportunities to play, especially against someone that can play full games with. Do not just keep exert some parts. The local "old" when he saw me, of course, just be waved what you want this little girl. Then one of these times I won a few forints their way home from this example, we watermelons.

PLAYBOY: It also would deserve a book on how men behave when a woman defeated. He experienced this a couple of times.

PJ: You can not win against a healthy man. The early teens it was almost scripture, because if I won, there was always some excuse to just why you're so successful. The first Grandmaster man who beat him later learned that beating your head against the wall. Literally in the elevator. Of course they motivated me, took me in advance: I always say, the success of the largest drug.

PLAYBOY: The children compulsorily carry on the love of chess?

PJ: Chess players so that they know the steps. Not on me, but rather the school, but has also played in kindergarten - say there I took the table. Does not have a very high level, for example, but now there is a school sakkversenyük during the interview. Otherwise rarely compete, this is not the central theme here. I think in many respects a good game of chess to children. With them it is not like we did - you Dad was the theory that one thing to focus on what has become of chess. That's why we did not go to school, can not be examined. They are.

PLAYBOY: What do you say father? Have a say?

PJ: We used to talk about it, makes it complained that it would be ideal for them, as we were growing up. Do not go to school much more intensively learn chess. But this does not surprise me that so trying to shepherd. More or less success. A few years ago invented a new game of chess star, if we go to them for the whole family, you can play with the kids.

PLAYBOY: It's amazing that in all these years, never, never rebelled against the chess.

P. J .: And no. Sophie leglázadóbb the three of us all, the artist's soul. You're in the middle of her, Susie the eldest, he achieved the first success. Then when he also started the chess Sophie, were also hers. Then it was my turn, and as I was getting better, he was pushed into the background. Many people have said that Sophie is at least as talented as me, but was behind the shadows. I never said that it hurt, but I feel that if I had not, it would have been the great career for him. But I'm here and I have reached the age of nine has been an international success, everything that was overwritten.

Look for a continuation of the interview in January-February issue of Playboy!"

Gosh, maybe they'll be giving out secret decoder rings, too?

Jan-20-15  HeMateMe: <PJ: You can not win against a healthy man. The early teens it was almost scripture, because if I won, there was always some excuse to just why you're so successful. The first Grandmaster man who beat him later learned that beating your head against the wall. Literally in the elevator.>

The first GM she beat she later saw "beating his head against the wall, in the elevator"!

Best part of the chat! If only the GM had been identified?

Feb-02-15  HeMateMe: Chess variation, "Polgar Star Chess":

<http://en.chessbase.com/Portals/4/f...>

Feb-02-15  john barleycorn: <HeMateMe: ...

The first GM she beat she later saw "beating his head against the wall, in the elevator"! ...>

Could have been Chandler?

Judit Polgar vs Chandler, 1987

Mar-09-15  ketchuplover: www.juditpolgar.com is currently #405 on http://chess-links.org
May-01-15  TheFocus: <In chess the most unbelievable thing for me is that it’s a game for everybody: rich, poor, girl, boy, old, young. It’s a fantastic game which can unite people and generations! It’s a language which you’ll find people "speak" in every country. If you reach a certain level you find a very rich world! Art, sport, logic, psychology, a battlefield, imagination, creativity not only in practical games but don’t forget either how amazing a feeling it is to compose a study, for example (unfortunately that’s not appreciated these days but it’s a fantastic part of chess!)> - Judit Polgar.
May-03-15  TheFocus: <One can say that in the last decades chess has become more of a sport than of a science. I see it from an artistic point of view> - Judit Polgar.
May-03-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: She's no oil painting.
May-03-15  1d410: The gap between women and men in chess has only become wider since the days of Judit Polgar
May-03-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karposian: <john barleycorn: <HeMateMe: ...

The first GM she beat she later saw "beating his head against the wall, in the elevator"! ...>

Could have been Chandler?

Judit Polgar vs Chandler, 1987>

The player in question was GM Lev Gutman. Here is the game:

Judit Polgar vs L Gutman, 1987

May-04-15  HeMateMe: Nice find, Karpo! A slight addition, I think the interview from ChessBase said that she was told by others that her opponent, a male GM, was beating his head against the elevator wall. She didn't see it herself.

I'm not surprised it happened. A lot of these people don't think chess is just a game.

May-08-15  TheFocus: <Chess is thirty to forty percent psychology. You don't have this when you play a computer. I can't confuse it> - Judit Polgar.
May-10-15  TheFocus: <Playing chess has many aspects that can be useful in everyday situations like planning, concentration and combinations. You learn to win but also to lose and to be creative> - Judit Polgar.
May-17-15  TheFocus: <I was labeled as a tricky player early on and have been regarded as tricky throughout my whole career. It was said that I was able to pull out tricks from nowhere> - Judith Polgar.
May-22-15  TheFocus: <Well, yes. And actually, I cannot blame them. I understand that the women’s competitions are at a completely different level. It is different from, say, playing with number one Magnus Carlsen, who I just met in Mexico. But the victory is a victory, is not it? I think women know that if women’s chess were abolished, they will suddenly be ”nobodies” in the chess world> - Judit Polgar, responding to the statement that women are in favor of the “separation”, because it is easier.
May-22-15  TheFocus: <From a practical point of view, when playing the KID it is important to have good nerves and the ability to avoid time pressure. The importance of each move may be huge; sometimes the fatal drawbacks of a losing move are revealed only eight or ten moves later!> - Judit Polgar.
May-23-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: "I've always made it abundantly clear that I would never marry a chess player."

- Judit Polgar

Source: New In Chess Magazine 1999 03

May-23-15  AsosLight: Me too!
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