Judit Polgar 
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Judit Polgar
Number of games in database: 1,731
Years covered: 1984 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2693
Highest rating achieved in database: 2735
Overall record: +472 -289 =493 (57.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      477 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (321) 
    B90 B33 B93 B30 B32
 Ruy Lopez (189) 
    C67 C78 C65 C89 C92
 French Defense (109) 
    C11 C18 C10 C12 C15
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (89) 
    C89 C92 C95 C90 C86
 Caro-Kann (86) 
    B14 B17 B18 B12 B13
 Sicilian Najdorf (80) 
    B90 B93 B92 B94 B99
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (320) 
    B90 B47 B40 B22 B32
 King's Indian (168) 
    E97 E62 E81 E92 E73
 Sicilian Taimanov (68) 
    B47 B48 B46 B45 B49
 Queen's Indian (59) 
    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 Kasparov, 2002 1-0
   Judit Polgar vs Mamedyarov, 2002 1-0
   Judit Polgar vs P Angelova, 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 Tournament (2005)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Las Palmas (1994)
   Amsterdam (1995)
   Superstars Hotel Bali (2002)
   Villa de Canada de Calatrava (2007)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   Ajedrez UNAM Quadrangular (2010)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   World Chess Team Championship (2011)
   World Cup (2011)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   European Individual Championships (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 1993 by amadeus
   Melody Amber 1995 by amadeus
   Melody Amber 1994 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
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1998 by suenteus po 147
   Munich 1991 by suenteus po 147

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(born Jul-23-1976) Hungary
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Judit Polgár 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 and 2012. During that time she won a team silver medal, and an individual bronze medal, both occurring at the 2002 Olympiad. During the most recent of these events, 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 79 games (+31 =34 -14) with a winning percentage of 60.75%. 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 it's 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 is competing in the European Individual Championshiip 2014.

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 March 2014 is 2693 making her the world's top rated woman, Hungary's #3 player, and world #56; her peak rating was 2735 in 2005, when she was ranked #8 in the world. Currently she is rated 2656 in rapid and 2673 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)


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

- 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;

 page 1 of 70; games 1-25 of 1,731  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. I Majul vs Judit Polgar 0-164 1986 Wch U16 GirlsA37 English, Symmetrical
5. T Hay vs Judit Polgar 1-031 1986 It (open)B83 Sicilian
6. Judit Polgar vs S Villegas  1-045 1986 Wch U16 GirlsC30 King's Gambit Declined
7. Mey Riofrio vs Judit Polgar  0-123 1986 Wch U16 GirlsA46 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Judit Polgar vs D Drimer 1-062 1986 AdelaideB40 Sicilian
9. Judit Polgar vs N Bojkovic  1-071 1986 Wch U16 GirlsB30 Sicilian
10. Judit Polgar vs K Hornung 1-054 1986 Adelaide open 10C31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
11. Judit Polgar vs Z Simic  1-042 1986 New York opC10 French
12. Judit Polgar vs Mednis 0-144 1986 AdelaideC15 French, Winawer
13. Judit Polgar vs S Nagabhusanam  1-049 1986 Wch U16 GirlsB53 Sicilian
14. Judit Polgar vs S Djuric 0-145 1986 AdelaideC30 King's Gambit Declined
15. Judit Polgar vs I Kientzler-Guerlain 1-034 1986 RioB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. A Hernandez vs Judit Polgar 0-136 1986 Wch U16 GirlsA36 English
17. Judit Polgar vs O Capo 0-159 1986 Wch U16 GirlsB83 Sicilian
18. Judit Polgar vs T Hutters 1-041 1986 CopenhagenB32 Sicilian
19. V Alvarez vs Judit Polgar  0-137 1986 Wch U16 GirlsB20 Sicilian
20. Judit Polgar vs A Huss  0-152 1987 Biel-AC15 French, Winawer
21. Judit Polgar vs Chandler 1-057 1987 Biel (Switzerland)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Piket vs Judit Polgar 1-016 1987 Brussels OHRA opA46 Queen's Pawn Game
23. P Christen vs Judit Polgar 0-142 1987 San BernardinoA04 Reti Opening
24. Judit Polgar vs L J Kerkhoff 1-031 1987 SWIFT tournamentB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
25. Judit Polgar vs J Costa 1-032 1987 Biel-AC33 King's Gambit Accepted
 page 1 of 70; games 1-25 of 1,731  PGN Download
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  perfidious: <IoftheHungarianTiger>: See the kibitzing at Alex Cherniack for a story involving the very young Judit.
Aug-29-13  Kain3: < I'm a big Judit Polgar fan, and I don't like to see her lose, but I have no problem with the fact that she's semi-retired from active playing.

I don't think a player should have to make the decision to either go full-throttle or give up the game. If they are satisfied with their career achievements (and there's no reason why Judit Polgar shouldn't be more than satisfied with her career achievements), why not allow them to focus on other things, and play chess for simple pleasure of it?>

Yes, I agree, her career is already stellar, and in the end it's up to her if she wants to concentrate on other part of her life.

I just can't help to feel a little dissappointment because her semi-retirement came a bit early, around 2004-2006, when she was just 30 and #8 in the world rankings! It was a fascinating thing to watch a woman achive that and everybody around the time tought she would a top10 regular for years.I just feel she didn't reach her full potential a chess player because of her semi-retirement.

Even now, at 37, I feel she could still make it close to the top10 with a full-time comeback, but I guess that won't happen. It's nothing against her, I mean I would be similarly sad if for example Anand, Topalov or Kramnik had choosen to semi-retire in their mid-30's. Of if Morozevich would choose to retire now, at 36.

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  ketchuplover: Good luck vs Mr.Short on Saturday Judit
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  Wyatt Gwyon: Judit's taking care of business against Short right now.
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  Wyatt Gwyon: Polgar wins. 17.5 - 10.5. Pretty fun to watch.
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  Travis Bickle: Judit beats Kasparov video.

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  HeMateMe: Is there any video around of her blitz games with Short?
Oct-05-13  Jigsaw42: Death Match 18 - Polgar-Short:
Oct-06-13  jcm1978: Congrats on the entertaining death match!
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  Karpova: <The Death Match finished too late in Budapest, Hungary for Polgar to celebrate with her two children, but she said her husband would share the victory with her.>
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  FSR: Judit has had Short's number for a long time, <especially> in rapid/exhibition games.

<Classical games: Judit Polgar beat Nigel Short 8 to 3, with 5 draws. ...
Rapid/exhibition games: Judit Polgar beat Nigel Short 4 to 0.>

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  ketchuplover: The Judit Polgar Deluxe Chess Set is now available via
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  twinlark: She'll be playing in the European Championship.
Mar-04-14  peristilo: Judit's results don't matter anymore. She has already become a beautiful chapter in the book of chess history for ever!
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  plang: <Judit's results don't matter anymore.>

You would never make a comment like that about a male player.

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  Check It Out: <plang> I'm not so sure. You could say that about Anand right about now. His place in history is assured and he's no longer wearing the crown. He could grow weaker and weaker, which he will, and still have his chapter in history.
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  plang: But that is my point. People aren't saying that about Anand. People are criticizing Anand without mercy.
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  perfidious: On reading but a handful of the innumerable poison darts directed Anand's way, beginning well before the loss of the title, one would swear the man has never put a foot right in chess and possibly deserves the fate of a convicted axe murderer for not being all but perfect.
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  twinlark: What <perfidious> said.
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  Check It Out: <plang> True. My hope is that Anand comes roaring back much like Kramnik did after losing the title.

Anyone know the likelihood of Yifan Hou facing Judit Polgar?

Mar-14-14  SVarden: As is the case in most situations like this, if someone comes up with enough money to finance such a match, it could easily happen. But I don't think that the interest is sufficiently high to stimulate such an investment. If Hou's rating at some point approaches Judit's, an unofficial Women's world Championship match might take place. Think Fischer-Spassky II.
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  plang: Polgar has nothing to gain from a match with Hou and has never previously shown an interest in a match with another woman. Unless someone put up enough money to attract her interest it won't happen.
Mar-14-14  Petrosianic: What she has to gain is being regarded as the best woman player in the world. If people regard her that way already, then you're right. She has nothing to gain.

If she doesn't care about that, then again you're right. She has nothing to gain.

But if she does care about that, and people have some doubts about it, then she might have something to gain.

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  kingscrusher: I have done a couple of videos for my weekly chessbase show about Judit Polgar here for those interested:

Cheers, KC

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  Karpova: <Judit Polgar is the first elected Ambassador for Talent, for a five-year mandate!>
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