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Judit Polgar
Judit Polgar 
Photo copyright © 2009 Jaksa Timea.  
Number of games in database: 1,762
Years covered: 1984 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2675 (2646 rapid, 2736 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2735

Overall record: +461 -268 =484 (58.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 549 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (327) 
    B90 B93 B33 B30 B32
 Ruy Lopez (198) 
    C67 C78 C89 C65 C92
 French Defense (111) 
    C11 C18 C10 C12 C15
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (94) 
    C89 C92 C95 C90 C84
 Sicilian Najdorf (88) 
    B90 B93 B92 B94 B99
 Caro-Kann (71) 
    B14 B17 B18 B13 B12
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (318) 
    B47 B90 B22 B32 B40
 King's Indian (168) 
    E97 E81 E62 E92 E73
 Sicilian Taimanov (72) 
    B47 B48 B46 B45 B49
 Queen's Indian (60) 
    E15 E12 E17 E16 E14
 Nimzo Indian (46) 
    E32 E21 E49 E53 E48
 Sicilian Najdorf (44) 
    B90 B92 B98 B99 B93
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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
   Shirov vs Judit Polgar, 1994 0-1
   Judit Polgar vs P Chilingirova, 1988 1-0
   Judit Polgar vs Kasparov, 2002 1-0
   Judit Polgar vs Karpov, 2003 1-0
   Judit Polgar vs Shirov, 1995 1-0
   Judit Polgar vs Kasimdzhanov, 2005 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?]
   Superstars Hotel Bali (2002)
   Essent Tournament (2006)
   Ajedrez UNAM Quadrangular (2010)
   Villa de Canada de Calatrava (2007)
   Amsterdam (1995)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   Linares (1997)
   World Cup (2011)
   World Chess Team Championship (2011)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   European Individual Championship (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Polgar Power Originally Compiled by wanabe2000 by fredthebear
   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

   🏆 Chess Olympiad
   S Shankland vs Judit Polgar (Aug-10-14) 1-0
   Judit Polgar vs Akopian (Aug-09-14) 1/2-1/2
   Judit Polgar vs Nguyen Huynh Minh Huy (Aug-08-14) 1-0
   Judit Polgar vs H Santos (Aug-05-14) 1-0
   A Guerrero vs Judit Polgar (Aug-03-14) 0-1

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(born Jul-23-1976, 41 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) 365chess:
(2) Chessbase "Grape Celebration with Judit Polgar"
(3) Chessbase "Judit Polgar: How I beat Fischer's record"
(4) Chessbase "Judit Polgar to retire from competitive chess"

- 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:
- (2017 podcast interview with Ben Johnson of Perpetual Chess)
- Audio-visual collage of Polgar Chessday 2009: (link in print underneath photo array)
- Wikipedia article: Judit Polgár

Last updated: 2017-11-20 23:07:29

 page 1 of 71; games 1-25 of 1,762  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Balogh vs Judit Polgar 0-1281984BudapestB30 Sicilian
2. Judit Polgar vs H Grooten 1-0221984BudapestB83 Sicilian
3. Judit Polgar vs Szendrei 1-0211984BudapestB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. Judit Polgar vs O Capo Iturrieta 0-1591986Wch U16 GirlsB83 Sicilian
5. Judit Polgar vs I Kientzler-Guerlain 1-0341986RioB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. A Hernandez Bonilla vs Judit Polgar 0-1361986Wch U16 GirlsA36 English
7. I Majul vs Judit Polgar 0-1641986Wch U16 GirlsA37 English, Symmetrical
8. Judit Polgar vs T Hutters 1-0411986CopenhagenB32 Sicilian
9. V Alvarez vs Judit Polgar  0-1371986Wch U16 GirlsB20 Sicilian
10. Judit Polgar vs K Hornung 1-0541986Adelaide open 10C31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
11. M Riofrio Palma vs Judit Polgar  0-1231986Wch U16 GirlsA46 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Judit Polgar vs S Villegas  1-0451986Wch U16 GirlsC30 King's Gambit Declined
13. Judit Polgar vs Stefan Djuric 0-1451986AdelaideC30 King's Gambit Declined
14. Judit Polgar vs Z Simic  1-0421986New York opC10 French
15. Judit Polgar vs D Drimer 1-0621986AdelaideB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
16. Judit Polgar vs N Bojkovic  1-0711986Wch U16 GirlsB30 Sicilian
17. Judit Polgar vs Mednis 0-1441986AdelaideC15 French, Winawer
18. Judit Polgar vs S Nagabhusanam  1-0491986Wch U16 GirlsB53 Sicilian
19. B Zueger vs Judit Polgar  ½-½411987Biel-AA57 Benko Gambit
20. Flear vs Judit Polgar 1-0531987SWIFT tournamentA44 Old Benoni Defense
21. Judit Polgar vs Vlad Kovacevic 1-0441987San BernardinoC15 French, Winawer
22. Judit Polgar vs M Sharif 1-0431987Brussels OHRA 02C30 King's Gambit Declined
23. Judit Polgar vs L Gutman 1-0371987SWIFT tournamentB83 Sicilian
24. Judit Polgar vs A Papa 1-0191987San BernardinoB06 Robatsch
25. Judit Polgar vs J Costa 1-0321987Biel-AC33 King's Gambit Accepted
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Nov-16-04  Minor Piece Activity: Judit's new outfit has a ton of zany colors. =)
Nov-16-04  RisingChamp: <Clocked>First you said "It has nothing to do withn the point YOU made".And the next post when I ask you why there should be any connection you say"Maybe because the entire thread was based on it" So first my comment was completely unconnected with my previous comments.And now suddenly it is based upon them?
Nov-16-04  clocked: Exactly! You made the logical connection in your reply. MY contradiction was pointing out YOUR inconsistency.

1)There is a thread of discussion based on YOUR comment 2)acirce and I have been a part of this discussion
3)you return to the discussion by saying one of the 3 parties is right and implying the other 2 are wrong

Either your post should be relevant to the points we ALL were discussing OR you should not bring us into your response.

Nov-16-04  clocked: <RisingChamp> "Actually Attacker mentioned Acirces name" YES! in reference to what? The thread of discussion. "and Spassky was talking about you." EXACTLY!

"Additionally that post mentioned everyone else on this planet as well" Well I think Polgar is a great player regardless of what <RisingChamp> or anyone else might think. Hmmm now what does that imply and why in the world did I SINGLE YOU OUT?

Nov-16-04  RisingChamp: I singled(or doubled if you prefer)you and acirce out because you had been specifically mentioned by others.Perhaps my singling out you or Acirce was incorrect.HOWEVER that doesnt merit three argumentative and error filled posts which needlessly criticize all kinds of things I said.Since you and Acirce think Morozevich cannot be considered elite(thats what I got from all your posts)I pointed out that this is wrong.Because from the only official criterion Morozevich is easily elite and more so than others who are mentioned above him. Now I dont see any reason why this has to have any connection with what I have said previously.I am merely agreeing with Spassky on one specific issue,which was abundantly clear from my initial post.
Nov-16-04  RisingChamp: Inconsistency is when I say one thing and then later I say something which is entirely different and infact opposite or contradictory.Now YOU admitted that you contradicted yourself-now I defy you to show me where I have been inconsistent.In other words where did I say something and then say the opposite or turn back on my stance etc.
Nov-16-04  clocked: <error filled posts> please quote the errors

<Since you and Acirce think Morozevich cannot be considered elite> please quote the posts

<now I defy you to show me where I have been inconsistent> You mention me -> I was following the thread -> Implies you are following the thread -> I ask how this follows the thread that includes ME -> You say it is NOT following the thread and why should it -> Return to beginning and repeat.

I did not contradict <myself>. Either you mention me with reason OR you do not. This is why I asked you <What exactly is Spassky69 "Dead right" about? > I first assumed that you included me for a reason and showed that it was therefore off thread. You corrected me as to what you were responding to thereby demonstrating that I should not be included. Then you say I was included because I am mentioned (in the thread). Now you make an unfounded claim about what I think to justify my inclusion. The contradictory positions have been taken to accomodate you.

Do you not yet understand why I made the initial reply to your post and why I pointed out that your post had nothing to do with either of the topics I was apart of?

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  Appaz: Morozevich not a real elite player?
Didn't they say something similar about Tal in his time?
Nov-16-04  milanez: i think moro is definitevely an elite player, he just hasnt proved himself among super-elite competition..yet
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  acirce: <Appaz> did they? That sounds bizarre given his excellent achievements.

Morozevich is of course an elite player, although not really close to the VERY best players

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  Appaz: <acrice> I am not sure, but I think I can recall from my youth having read that Tal for long was underestimated. He didn't play "correct" chess, he was lucky etc.

I'll check out my old chess books when I have access to them (in a few days).

Considering the human nature, I find it believable that such comments would occur on such a player.

Sorry I have no refrences yet, but maybe somebody can help me out here.

Nov-16-04  iron maiden: <Spassky69> <Hey Acirce, clocked, and Iron maiden, I guess I'm also RisingChamp due to your theory.> I never said anything about you creating multiple screen names, so please quit putting words in my mouth.

For what it's worth, I think Moro is the Larsen of modern times: he beats weaker players like redheaded stepchildren, but he doesn't fare too well against the superelite. Now can we please halt this discussion, or at least move it off Judit's page? It seems to be leading to nothing but hurt feelings and paranoid accusations. Besides, Corus is coming up in two months, and that should settle everything. :-)

Nov-16-04  Spassky69: <I never said anything about you creating multiple screen names, so please quit putting words in my mouth.> Sorry Iron Maiden, forgive me?

<RisingChamp> Do you see what I mean how <clocked> goes crazy on totally irrevelvant things that make no sense? Its reminiscent of me in my prime...oh wait. (pun intended)

Nov-16-04  RisingChamp: I have to say that I didnt respond to clocked final post because it was so confused and confusing that I dint get it AT ALL.I am sure I wasnt inconsistent and thats enoughh for me.
Nov-16-04  Ultra: Children, does this mean we can actually resume a discussion about Judit? :o
Nov-17-04  clocked: <RisingChamp> I made the inconsistent comment based on what you had provided. This was before you explained your reason for directly mentioning me. Based on your belief, I agree that you were not inconsistent. However, I believe your reason is without basis.

<Morozevich cannot be considered elite(thats what I got from all your posts)>

Can you support this?

Nov-20-04  ruylopez900: Does anyone know the start date of Wijk and whether or not will broadcast? Thanks.
Nov-20-04  iron maiden: <ruy> Corus starts on January 14th and ends on the 30th, according to I'm pretty sure will broadcast, but if not, you'll be able to find the games almost anywhere.
Nov-21-04  ruylopez900: <iron> thanks for the info.
Dec-01-04  polfarfan: Don't you think judit polgar is the best woman player ??

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  cu8sfan: Welcome, <polfarfan> to this great site! How very unfortunate to reach for the wrong key when creating your username... (-:
Dec-01-04  von schlepstein: Speaking of hitting the wrong key, what's with 8 instead of b?
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  cu8sfan: <what's with 8 instead of b> I knew this was coming! I almost wanted to write something myself. It is certanly more difficult to intend to write a "b" and hitting the "8" key by accident. My fingers would have to be about three inches thick! (-:
Dec-08-04  polfarfan: So the original url is correct!

So far it's still a little bare. Will place some database of games of hers there. Something like this website with a java board :)

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  tpstar: For the third time, please check your chosen user name and note how it doesn't match your Website's name, right?
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