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Judit Polgar 
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Judit Polgar
Number of games in database: 1,766
Years covered: 1984 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2675 (2646 rapid, 2736 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2735
Overall record: +471 -282 =489 (57.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      524 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (328) 
    B90 B33 B93 B30 B32
 Ruy Lopez (197) 
    C67 C78 C65 C89 C92
 French Defense (111) 
    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 (168) 
    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 (46) 
    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 Chilingirova, 1988 1-0
   Judit Polgar vs Kasparov, 2002 1-0
   Shirov vs Judit Polgar, 1994 0-1
   Judit Polgar vs Karpov, 2003 1-0
   Judit Polgar vs Kasimdzhanov, 2005 1-0
   Judit Polgar vs Shirov, 1995 1-0
   Ljubojevic vs Judit Polgar, 1994 0-1

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Essent Tournament (2006)
   Superstars Hotel Bali (2002)
   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)
   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 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

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(born Jul-23-1976, 39 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 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)


- (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 (Susan), Zsofia, and 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 5 Feb 2015

 page 1 of 71; games 1-25 of 1,766  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 N Bojkovic  1-071 1986 Wch U16 GirlsB30 Sicilian
6. Judit Polgar vs T Hutters 1-041 1986 CopenhagenB32 Sicilian
7. Judit Polgar vs Z Simic  1-042 1986 New York opC10 French
8. Judit Polgar vs S Nagabhusanam  1-049 1986 Wch U16 GirlsB53 Sicilian
9. Judit Polgar vs K Hornung 1-054 1986 Adelaide open 10C31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
10. A Hernandez vs Judit Polgar 0-136 1986 Wch U16 GirlsA36 English
11. Judit Polgar vs O Capo Iturrieta 0-159 1986 Wch U16 GirlsB83 Sicilian
12. Judit Polgar vs D Drimer 1-062 1986 AdelaideB40 Sicilian
13. Judit Polgar vs S Djuric 0-145 1986 AdelaideC30 King's Gambit Declined
14. V Alvarez vs Judit Polgar  0-137 1986 Wch U16 GirlsB20 Sicilian
15. I Majul vs Judit Polgar 0-164 1986 Wch U16 GirlsA37 English, Symmetrical
16. Judit Polgar vs Mednis 0-144 1986 AdelaideC15 French, Winawer
17. Judit Polgar vs S Villegas  1-045 1986 Wch U16 GirlsC30 King's Gambit Declined
18. Judit Polgar vs I Kientzler-Guerlain 1-034 1986 RioB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
19. H Nowotny vs Judit Polgar 0-140 1987 San BernardinoA45 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Judit Polgar vs M Sharif 1-043 1987 Brussels OHRA 02C30 King's Gambit Declined
21. G Kool vs Judit Polgar 0-137 1987 SWIFT tournamentA37 English, Symmetrical
22. I Nemet vs Judit Polgar 1-034 1987 San BernardinoA57 Benko Gambit
23. Judit Polgar vs Chandler 1-057 1987 Biel (Switzerland)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
24. D Pergericht vs Judit Polgar 1-026 1987 SWIFT tournamentA04 Reti Opening
25. Hort vs Judit Polgar 1-025 1987 San BernardinoA58 Benko Gambit
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  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
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  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.

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  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.
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  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.
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  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.
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  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.
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  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.
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  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!
Jun-17-15  sonia91: She will be the captain of men's HUngarian team:

Jul-13-15  sonia91: She's now also a FIDE Senior Trainer:

Jul-23-15  andrewjsacks: Happy birthday, Judit, and thank you for giving us so much pleasure for so many years.
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  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to 1 of the best combos of beauty & brains to be had in the world of chess...Judit Polgar! It's hard to believe she will be 40 on her next birthday. <sonia91> That is quite an honor being the captain of a very strong team like Hungary's team. I think she will do a great job! It's sad that she has retired from playing professional chess but at least she will still be involved w/ chess & we hv her games in chess databases to enjoy.
Jul-23-15  sonia91: Happy birthday Judit!
Jul-23-15  joeyj: Happy Birthday GM JUDIT !!!
Aug-01-15  sonia91: She is the n.1 again in the August women rating list with 2675, for the last time in her last appearance on the rating lists; a nice way to end officially her competitive career :)
Aug-29-15  WTHarvey: I posted 21 checkmate puzzles from the games of Judit Polgar @ What's the winning move ?
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  SimplicityRichard: <andrewjacks: ...for giving us so much pleasure for many years".>

Indeed. Indeed.#

Sep-20-15  The Kings Domain: Polgar looks sexy in her profile pic.

Probably the best and most well-known female player of the game.

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  Psihadal: <The Kings Domain:

Probably the best and most well-known female player of the game.>

I never understood why people call Judit Polgar "probably the best female chess player in history". She obviously IS the strongest female player ever, no one can argue with that.

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  perfidious: Polgar is probably the strongest woman ever to play, in the same way that Kasparov, Fischer, Capablanca and other champions were 'probably' good players.

The above statement admits of one exception: those on message boards everywhere who thrive on denigrating top GMs' play, for any of innumerable reasons.

Nov-01-15  nummerzwei: <I could imagine to one day wrap up playing chess. Say when I'm married. What I mean is, I don't want to sacrifice everything in life for my chess career>

Judit Polgar, Schach 5/1993

Mar-05-16  HeMateMe: Great photo, Judit and Sofia, 1988 Thessalonika Olympiad:


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