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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 I Kientzler-Guerlain 1-0341986RioB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. Judit Polgar vs O Capo Iturrieta 0-1591986Wch U16 GirlsB83 Sicilian
6. A Hernandez Bonilla vs Judit Polgar 0-1361986Wch U16 GirlsA36 English
7. Judit Polgar vs T Hutters 1-0411986CopenhagenB32 Sicilian
8. I Majul vs Judit Polgar 0-1641986Wch U16 GirlsA37 English, Symmetrical
9. Judit Polgar vs K Hornung 1-0541986Adelaide open 10C31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
10. V Alvarez vs Judit Polgar  0-1371986Wch U16 GirlsB20 Sicilian
11. M Riofrio Palma vs Judit Polgar  0-1231986Wch U16 GirlsA46 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Judit Polgar vs Stefan Djuric 0-1451986AdelaideC30 King's Gambit Declined
13. Judit Polgar vs S Villegas  1-0451986Wch U16 GirlsC30 King's Gambit Declined
14. Judit Polgar vs D Drimer 1-0621986AdelaideB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
15. Judit Polgar vs Z Simic  1-0421986New York opC10 French
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. Judit Polgar vs M Sharif 1-0431987Brussels OHRA 02C30 King's Gambit Declined
20. Judit Polgar vs Vlad Kovacevic 1-0441987San BernardinoC15 French, Winawer
21. Judit Polgar vs L Gutman 1-0371987SWIFT tournamentB83 Sicilian
22. Judit Polgar vs J Costa 1-0321987Biel-AC33 King's Gambit Accepted
23. Judit Polgar vs A Papa 1-0191987San BernardinoB06 Robatsch
24. Hort vs Judit Polgar 1-0251987San BernardinoA58 Benko Gambit
25. G Kool vs Judit Polgar 0-1371987SWIFT tournamentA37 English, Symmetrical
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Nov-01-07  pacelli: By 2 pts at least.
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  strifeknot: No, how much do you want to bet? I'd like to get in on you offer, too. Easy money.
Nov-01-07  Koni: <pacelli: I bet ya'll if Judit were to play a set match with the World Women Champion she'd lose.>

She's in a different class to Xu Yuhua - would be like Anand defending his title v Peng Xiaomin

Nov-02-07  pacelli: No I don't agree. She's much better than any living woman chessplayer on the planet but she'd lose. Psychologically she's not prepared to defeat a woman now. She'd feel awkward and less agressive than she'd be if playing a man. Most male chessplayers also tend to go easy on women (apart from when they play Polgar of course), even in serious tourneys. Since Polgar's accustomed to facing men,she'd be in a similar male role agst a woman, so she'd feel compelled to go easy too. Even in a title match. <strifeknot> <rookfile> I bet ya both a thousand each if Polgar wins.
Nov-02-07  unsound: <pacelli> Poppycock.
Nov-02-07  Riverbeast: pacelli I think a lot of people would take you up on this bet.

I don't think Judit would 'take it easy' on women because certain men do...Other men go all out against women, because they hate to lose to them...Kasparov allegedly went so far as to 'jadoube' a piece that he accidentally touched in one of the games against her.

Frankly, I think just the opposite - Judit would put some serious heat on those women, to prove that she is the undisputed 'queen'.

Nov-03-07  pacelli: Well we don't have to agree, mates! Just an opinion.
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  lostemperor: <Karpova><This is quite strange - what kind of Worldchampionship title did Judit ever earn?> well I think the organisation meant that she is the best woman. And since she has been the best for over 15 years now we shouldn't be nitpicking about paper titles ;-), But for the record, I checked Susan Polgar book "Breaking Through" Judit has won three World titles though. The world youth Under-12 and Under-14 Championship, what was for both genders! In 1995 she won the world's first (if not only) lightning (2 minutes) championship together with Karpov, whom she beat in the play-offs.

What is even more impressive is her match win over Karpov in a rapid match in 1998, when Karpov was still the official FIDE world champion I believe. It is said Zhu Chen was the first woman to beat a reigning world champion (Ruslan Ponomariov in 2002). I think we must set that record straight and say that Judit was earlier. This event was even more impressive if you take into account that Karpov beat Kasparov in a rapid match in 2002.

Nov-05-07  Troller: <What is even more impressive is her match win over Karpov in a rapid match in 1998> This is impressive indeed; Karpov was (is?) a formidable rapid player, in the 90's maybe second only to Anand.

As for the ongoing tournament, it will be interesting to see if she can - once again - take down Topalov in one or two games.

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  lostemperor: I noticed I missed that Judit Polgar also won the Under-16 rapid World Championship in 1988 when she was only 12. The adult section was won by Karpov.
Nov-07-07  nikolajewitsch: As much as I think we should focus on female players' play instead of their looks - this is indeed a charming pic of her:

Ok, back to topic.

Nov-07-07  Marvol: <Troller: As for the ongoing tournament, it will be interesting to see if she can - once again - take down Topalov in one or two games.>

You asked for it!
Topalov vs Judit Polgar, 2007
Nice premonition you had there.

To be included in the upcoming Everyman Chess's 'Winning with the Petroff'.

Nov-08-07  nikolajewitsch: She has done very well with Black so far, two wins vs. 1 loss with white. If she can continue this (mini) streak and beat Pono tomorrow with black, I think she has a fair chance of winning the tournament.
Nov-09-07  blazerdoodle: What a knockout. that pic on her sisters site from her win over Topalov.
Nov-11-07  Karpova: Interview with her:

<How would you define your game style?>

I am known to be a very aggressive player, an attacker. It’s more difficult to be one when playing black, but I try to develop that aspect with them too.

<Do you identify yourself with any particular chess piece?>

The knight is my favourite.

<Are glances in chess really as important as they say?>

To me, chess is a psycological game and glances are a part of this personal game. But I don’t think they have the importance everybody keeps trying to give them.

<You have fullfilled many of your goals from getting into the world’s top ten to defeating players like Kasparov. What are your aims now?>

From a personal point of view, my goal is to raise my children so that they can be happy, successful and take care of themselves in the future. To support them all the way. Whatever they do, their mother will always be there for them. From a professional point of view, now that I have a family I choose the tournaments I play in, why and against who a lot more. I want to play chess while I’m still fascinated by it. The moment I stop having fun, I will quit this.

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  ahmadov: I always believed that there is a link between chess and life... Judit helped me to understand better: <Yes, I think that playing chess can be a good way of training your mind to face everyday life. 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.>
Nov-11-07  fictionist: More like agreeing to what Fischer said years ago... "Chess is life!"
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  ahmadov: <fictionist> Nice to see you following me everywhere :)
Nov-12-07  fictionist: <ahmadov> hahahahaha
Nov-12-07  fictionist: <ahmadov> Well, I also like the players that you consider your favorites. :)
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  ahmadov: <fictionist: <ahmadov> Well, I also like the players that you consider your favorites. :)> I thought you liked my posts... LOL
Jan-17-08  kramrich: judit's in top form over gelfand with black, drew with topalov and leko (a pawn up) with white, drew qwith ivanchuk and van wely with black...hope she stays in good form and challenge for a spot in the top 5...
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  HeMateMe: <( nikolajewitsch: As much as I think we should focus on female players' play instead of their looks - this is indeed a charming pic of her:

Ok, back to topic.>

Great photo--you don't always catch her with a nice smile!

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  Sularus: wow! judit has beaten the who's who of chess! kasparov, karpov, anand, topalov, etc!

all except kramnik. i can't wait for her to collect kramnik's scalp for her collection.

Jan-26-08  Octavia: I've just been studying k&p endgames & enjoyed her zugzwang win over Adams.
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