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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 B95 B94
 Caro-Kann (71) 
    B14 B17 B18 B13 B12
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (318) 
    B47 B90 B22 B40 B32
 King's Indian (168) 
    E97 E62 E81 E92 E73
 Sicilian Taimanov (72) 
    B47 B48 B46 B45 B49
 Queen's Indian (60) 
    E15 E12 E17 E16 E14
 Nimzo Indian (46) 
    E32 E21 E53 E49 E20
 Sicilian Najdorf (44) 
    B90 B92 B98 B97 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)
   Ajedrez UNAM Quadrangular (2010)
   Hunguest Hotels Super Chess Tournament (2003)
   Essent Tournament (2006)
   Villa de Canada de Calatrava (2007)
   Amsterdam (1995)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   Las Palmas (1994)
   World Cup (2011)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   World Chess Team Championship (2011)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (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 Mednis 0-1441986AdelaideC15 French, Winawer
5. I Majul vs Judit Polgar 0-1641986Wch U16 GirlsA37 English, Symmetrical
6. V Alvarez vs Judit Polgar  0-1371986Wch U16 GirlsB20 Sicilian
7. M Riofrio Palma vs Judit Polgar  0-1231986Wch U16 GirlsA46 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Judit Polgar vs I Kientzler-Guerlain 1-0341986RioB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. Judit Polgar vs S Villegas  1-0451986Wch U16 GirlsC30 King's Gambit Declined
10. Judit Polgar vs Z Simic  1-0421986New York opC10 French
11. Judit Polgar vs T Hutters 1-0411986CopenhagenB32 Sicilian
12. Judit Polgar vs N Bojkovic  1-0711986Wch U16 GirlsB30 Sicilian
13. Judit Polgar vs K Hornung 1-0541986Adelaide open 10C31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
14. Judit Polgar vs S Nagabhusanam  1-0491986Wch U16 GirlsB53 Sicilian
15. Judit Polgar vs Stefan Djuric 0-1451986AdelaideC30 King's Gambit Declined
16. Judit Polgar vs D Drimer 1-0621986AdelaideB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
17. Judit Polgar vs O Capo Iturrieta 0-1591986Wch U16 GirlsB83 Sicilian
18. A Hernandez Bonilla vs Judit Polgar 0-1361986Wch U16 GirlsA36 English
19. P Christen vs Judit Polgar 0-1421987San BernardinoA04 Reti Opening
20. B Zueger vs Judit Polgar  ½-½411987Biel-AA57 Benko Gambit
21. Flear vs Judit Polgar 1-0531987SWIFT tournamentA44 Old Benoni Defense
22. C Landenbergue vs Judit Polgar  0-1441987Biel schevA04 Reti Opening
23. Judit Polgar vs M Sharif 1-0431987Brussels OHRA 02C30 King's Gambit Declined
24. Judit Polgar vs Vlad Kovacevic 1-0441987San BernardinoC15 French, Winawer
25. Judit Polgar vs L Gutman 1-0371987SWIFT tournamentB83 Sicilian
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  plang: "The overall records of female GMs in this database tend to be pretty bad when compared to a man of comparable strength."

I don't see how you can make generalizations like this regarding Polgar since there has never been another female player comparable to her.

Jan-02-07  slomarko: Polgar play like a man.
Jan-02-07  jennthebabe: <Polgar play like a man.> LOL. Judit play better then most men!!
Jan-02-07  slomarko: but thats the paradox she plays better than most men because she plays like a man.
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  Tacticstudent: Wow. I couldn't imagine how polemic my post became.
Jan-02-07  Dres1: She doesnt "play like a man"... She is just nasty... whats wrong with you people? there is no "like a man" or "like a woman" in chess... there are lots of women out there who would put the smack down on all of us...
Jan-02-07  barbababa: <there is no "like a man" or "like a woman" in chess> I agree. There is no way of knowing the sex of a player just by looking the moves played.
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  acirce: There is a lot of similar idiotic rubbish said about women and chess, like in this otherwise fascinating Kramnik interview:

<Spiegel Online: People say that women are the more intuitive beings. But why is it only Judit Polgar who is playing at the very highest level?

Kramnik: Chess is a fighting game. One needs the so-called male qualities. Women are in general softer, they have protective instincts rather than fighting spirit. Also more boys take up chess than girls. Later their career is very often more important than the family.

Spiegel Online: You have often played against Judit Polgar. Do you notice any differences from male opponents?

Kramnik: No, she plays chess like a man. She has already beaten Kasparov and Anand.>

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  another italian tony: slomarko.. you must be congratulated!!! You have managed to show gender based decisions DO exist!!! Absolutely fabulous. I'm sure Judit has to instictively ignore her female candidate moves and play only those that she thinks a man would play.

In short... I think your statement has to be one of the candidates for 2007's Ignorant Post of the Year.

Jan-02-07  barbababa: Short draws of top male players 2000-2005

Short draws of top female players 2000-2005

Clearly the females have more fightning spirit :) .

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  Caissanist: It was not my intention to compare Judit with any other woman, but to compare her post-2002 and pre-2002 results. My point was simply that before 2002 she was not truly part of the world's elite, but since then she has played at roughly the same level as all the other top players (except Kasparov). Her overall records still look bad, but this is due to the large number of pre-2002 games.

She's only played three games each with Shirov and Leko since 2002, with three draws against Shirov and a loss and two draws against Leko. Here's a breakdown of the others:

Topalov - Polgar before 2002: +8 -5 =4
Topalov - Polgar since 2002: +4 -4 =7
Karpov - Polgar before 2002: +15 -8 =23
Karpov - Polgar since 2002: +2 -4 =2
Anand - Polgar before 2002: +16 -4 =6
Anand - Polgar since 2002: +7 -5 =7
Kramnik - Polgar before 2002: +18 -0 =11
Kramnik - Polgar since 2002: +2 -0 =5

Jan-02-07  barbababa: <Caissanist> Maybe Karpov - Polgar since 2002 is a bit unfair for the same reason, Karpov hasn't been in the top after 2000.
Jan-02-07  slomarko: <another italian tony> you might as well give an award to kramnik who said the same thing as me.
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  another italian tony: Just because Kramnik said it doesn't mean a thing. He might be a great chess player but he can be ridiculous as well. Feel free to pass my post on to him as well if you wish.
Jan-03-07  slomarko: and i guess you know more about chess than kramnik so you can judge her better, right?
Jan-04-07  tino72: Maybe he knows more about women than Kramnik does.
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  another italian tony: It doesn't take a genius to know that chess is an intellectual game and that intellectualisn is not gender based. On the other hand, I do find this discussion quite hillarious so please, continue if you like.
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  another italian tony: And I suppose you know more about chess than Judit does? hahahaha
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  benjinathan: Well Kramnik got it 2/3 right (assuming he reversed himself in the second sentence):

<Also more boys take up chess than girls. Later their career is very often more important than the family.>

I would guess, judging by my kids tournaments, that the boys outnumber the girls by about 40-1.

I think also that because of family issues it will alway be difficult to assess Judit Polgar's full potential. Right now when she should be at her peak, her playing schedule seems quite limited.

Those factors account entirly for the difference between men and women in chess in my view.

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  another italian tony: benjinathan, I would agree with you 100% that women aren't as interested or cannot usually devote as much time to training as men but certainly not that women can not reach the pinnacle of chess because they don't think like men.
Jan-04-07  setebos: stop talking drivel/garbage that is fueled by the inane necessity to be politically correct in your speech. kramnik is right.
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  acirce: Most people are fully able to think for themselves rather than to be guided by whatever is or isn't "politically correct". This "oh, look at me, I'm such a rebel and refuse to be politically correct" rubbish got boring a long time ago.
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  another italian tony: you're right. Mental equality is garbage. If you knew me you'd know I'm far from politically correct, just not mentally incapcacitated. I can spell that for you again phonetically if you need me to. People that blindly follow the inane necessity to believe everything their idols have to say is the joke. Why does everyone take so much offence to the mere possibility that Judit plays like HERSELF rather than a man? I'm done with this. Trolls!!!
Jan-04-07  barbababa: <setebos>Check the links I sent two days ago. <Kramnik "...they have protective instincts rather than fighting spirit."> Top female players make clearly less short draws than top male players (= women have more fighting spirit and less protective instincts?).
Jan-04-07  setebos: If gender is not important to this discussion then who gives a @#$% about Judith`s record against male GMs? You cannot have it both ways :)
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