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Judit Polgar 
Photo copyright © 2009 Jaksa Timea.  
Judit Polgar
Number of games in database: 1,772
Years covered: 1984 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2676 (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.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
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
Repertoire Explorer

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?]
   Superstars Hotel Bali (2002)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   Essent Tournament (2006)
   Ajedrez UNAM Quadrangular (2010)
   Hunguest Hotels Super Chess Tournament (2003)
   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 (2014)
   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
   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 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 August 2014 is 2676 making her the world's top rated woman, Hungary's #4 player, and world #65; her peak rating was 2735 in 2005, when she was ranked #8 in the world. She is rated 2646 in rapid and 2736 (world #24 & 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 Polgar, Zsofia Polgar, 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;


 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 S Djuric 0-145 1986 AdelaideC30 King's Gambit Declined
6. Judit Polgar vs N Bojkovic  1-071 1986 Wch U16 GirlsB30 Sicilian
7. Judit Polgar vs Mednis 0-144 1986 AdelaideC15 French, Winawer
8. Judit Polgar vs Z Simic  1-042 1986 New York opC10 French
9. Judit Polgar vs I Kientzler-Guerlain 1-034 1986 RioB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. Judit Polgar vs S Nagabhusanam  1-049 1986 Wch U16 GirlsB53 Sicilian
11. A Hernandez vs Judit Polgar 0-136 1986 Wch U16 GirlsA36 English
12. Judit Polgar vs T Hutters 1-041 1986 CopenhagenB32 Sicilian
13. Judit Polgar vs O Capo 0-159 1986 Wch U16 GirlsB83 Sicilian
14. V Alvarez vs Judit Polgar  0-137 1986 Wch U16 GirlsB20 Sicilian
15. T Hay vs Judit Polgar 1-031 1986 It (open)B83 Sicilian
16. I Majul vs Judit Polgar 0-164 1986 Wch U16 GirlsA37 English, Symmetrical
17. Judit Polgar vs K Hornung 1-054 1986 Adelaide open 10C31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
18. Judit Polgar vs S Villegas  1-045 1986 Wch U16 GirlsC30 King's Gambit Declined
19. Judit Polgar vs D Drimer 1-062 1986 AdelaideB40 Sicilian
20. Flear vs Judit Polgar 1-053 1987 SWIFT tournamentA44 Old Benoni Defense
21. B Zueger vs Judit Polgar  ½-½41 1987 Biel-AA57 Benko Gambit
22. Judit Polgar vs A Papa 1-019 1987 San BernardinoB06 Robatsch
23. Judit Polgar vs L Gutman 1-037 1987 SWIFT tournamentB83 Sicilian
24. H Nowotny vs Judit Polgar 0-140 1987 San BernardinoA45 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Hort vs Judit Polgar 1-025 1987 San BernardinoA58 Benko Gambit
 page 1 of 71; games 1-25 of 1,772  PGN Download
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Jan-19-05  Capablaca vs. Morphy: Chessgames.com why don't have a player profile on her sister Susan or is this my error?
Jan-19-05  OJC: Look under Zsuzsa Polgar
Jan-19-05  Capablaca vs. Morphy: Thanks OJC.
Jan-29-05  humanehuman: Hey has anyone read the book or heard about "Judit Polgar, Chess Princess"? Is it good?
Jan-29-05  humanehuman: Shes having a pretty big tournament. And she won it two years ago. I wasnt following chess on the net then. I had no idea she had gotten all the way into the top ten. I just moved to Queens. Gotta visity the Polgar chess club on Queens Boulevard, check it out.
Jan-29-05  humanehuman: I like her chess because its fighting chess, very tactical, like Anan. Unlike Kramnik, who reminds me of Petrosian. Does anyone know what the appearance fees are for these top players, at Week An Zee? I heard that J Polgar gets a standard 10G appearance fee for tournaments
Jan-29-05  humanehuman: By the way, has anyone logged on to the offical Coral site for the big tourney at week an Zee? There is a direct link, through FIDE. Saw pix of J Polgar, not one smile to be had. She looks miserable, even though she is playing pretty good chess
Jan-30-05  Where is my mind: Judit Polgar finishes equal fourth at Corus,impresive result after a year away from chess.
Jan-30-05  humanehuman: Mind--shes a tuff cookie, no doubt. Gotta get that book, "Chess Princess" has a lot of her best combinations, I'm told. Might she win one of the FIDE lottery tournaments, one year? HOpe so. I liver not too far from that Polgar chess school in Queens, NY.
Feb-08-05  schnarre: Who knows what the future holds, eh?
<humanehuman> What's the link?
Feb-12-05  Albertan: Humanhuman here is a review of the book "Chess Princess" for you:

http://seagaard.dk/review/eng/bo_co...

Feb-12-05  TIMER: Judit Polgar has continued where she left off- every tournament she plays in in recent years her rating goes up. With Kramnik going down in each tournament, the gap narrowing to 20 points, she may overtake Kramnik in the next year or two! Consider how she will be when less rusty- may compete for the number 3 spot. The previous few tournaments both Leko and Polgar played in before the pregnancy Polgar did better than Leko, and was higher rated just before the gap year, so she may yet prove to be better than Leko when back to form!
Feb-12-05  schnarre: <TIMER> It shouldn't take long for her to get back in form (especially with her family behind her).
Mar-06-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  BishopBerkeley: GM Zsuzsa Polgar , the first woman player to ever receive the men's Grandmaster title, has joined us at Chessgames.com! We hope she will feel welcome.

(: BB :)

Mar-06-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  peyote: how many points did judit gain from WAZ '05?
Mar-06-05  hintza: <peyote> Judit gained 3.7 points from Corus Wijk Aan Zee 2005.
Mar-06-05  ConLaMismaMano: <hintza> Do you know where can i find how many rating points did the players lose/gain in Corus this year?
Mar-06-05  hintza: <ConLaMismaMano> I made a list somewhere on the Corus 2005 page. I'm sure you will be able to find it with the brilliant "search kibitzing" function.
Mar-06-05  ConLaMismaMano: Ok, thanks.
Mar-06-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  peyote: excellent!....ty hintza...couldn't bear waiting for the new fide rating list. Inquiring minds want to know I guess.
Apr-01-05  Dionyseus: Grats to Polgar with her new 2732 rating, now at 8th in the world and only 21 points behind Kramnik!! Go Judit
Apr-01-05  hintza: Yes, this is brilliant news for me too! :-)
Apr-07-05  humanehuman: Is she really no. 8 on FIDE?
That rocks, gotta check it out!

Judith, if you need a date for the Magyar Ball, I'm available.....

Apr-07-05  humanehuman: 05 <Albertan: Humanhuman here is a review of the book "Chess>

Saw the review, thanks, they write pretty good reviews. Actaully, I was hoping for Judith to analyse her own games...it adds to the games, it you get the players notes. Thats why Fischer's my 64 Games is so good, why it still holds up. another great book is Vishy Anands, "My Best Games", the one that came out around 1995. Very readable, good notes, deep, but not so deep you need a chess set to follow them...The reviewer thought the Judith book was good (becasue of the games) but that it needed more bio about Judit and her famous family. I guess shes a very priveate person...

Apr-11-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karpova: <humanehuman: Judith, if you need a date for the Magyar Ball, I'm available.....> she's married to a vet...
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