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Judit Polgar 
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Judit Polgar
Number of games in database: 1,772
Years covered: 1984 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2675 (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
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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 Angelova, 1988 1-0
   Judit Polgar vs Kasparov, 2002 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 Knockout Tournament (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Superstars Hotel Bali (2002)
   Essent Tournament (2006)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   Ajedrez UNAM Quadrangular (2010)
   Villa de Canada de Calatrava (2007)
   Amsterdam (1995)
   Linares (1997)
   Las Palmas (1994)
   World Cup (2011)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   European Individual Championships (2014)
   Chess Olympiad (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 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
   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 November 2014 is 2675 making her the world's top rated woman, Hungary's #4 player, and world #69; her peak rating was 2735 in 2005, when she was ranked #8 in the world. She is rated 2646 in rapid and 2736 (world #22 & 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

Latest update 6 Nov 2014


 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. Judit Polgar vs I Kientzler-Guerlain 1-034 1986 RioB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. Judit Polgar vs S Nagabhusanam  1-049 1986 Wch U16 GirlsB53 Sicilian
6. A Hernandez vs Judit Polgar 0-136 1986 Wch U16 GirlsA36 English
7. Judit Polgar vs T Hutters 1-041 1986 CopenhagenB32 Sicilian
8. Judit Polgar vs O Capo Iturrieta 0-159 1986 Wch U16 GirlsB83 Sicilian
9. V Alvarez vs Judit Polgar  0-137 1986 Wch U16 GirlsB20 Sicilian
10. T Hay vs Judit Polgar 1-031 1986 It (open)B83 Sicilian
11. I Majul vs Judit Polgar 0-164 1986 Wch U16 GirlsA37 English, Symmetrical
12. Judit Polgar vs K Hornung 1-054 1986 Adelaide open 10C31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
13. Judit Polgar vs S Villegas  1-045 1986 Wch U16 GirlsC30 King's Gambit Declined
14. Judit Polgar vs D Drimer 1-062 1986 AdelaideB40 Sicilian
15. Mey Riofrio vs Judit Polgar  0-123 1986 Wch U16 GirlsA46 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Judit Polgar vs S Djuric 0-145 1986 AdelaideC30 King's Gambit Declined
17. Judit Polgar vs N Bojkovic  1-071 1986 Wch U16 GirlsB30 Sicilian
18. Judit Polgar vs Mednis 0-144 1986 AdelaideC15 French, Winawer
19. Judit Polgar vs Z Simic  1-042 1986 New York opC10 French
20. H Nowotny vs Judit Polgar 0-140 1987 San BernardinoA45 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Hort vs Judit Polgar 1-025 1987 San BernardinoA58 Benko Gambit
22. Judit Polgar vs M Sharif 1-043 1987 Brussels OHRA 02C30 King's Gambit Declined
23. G Kool vs Judit Polgar 0-137 1987 SWIFT tournamentA37 English, Symmetrical
24. I Nemet vs Judit Polgar 1-034 1987 San BernardinoA57 Benko Gambit
25. Judit Polgar vs Chandler 1-057 1987 Biel (Switzerland)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
 page 1 of 71; games 1-25 of 1,772  PGN Download
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Apr-04-11  goldenbear: <kardopov> I think a 10-game match between Yifan and Judit would end somewhere in the 7-3 or 8-2 range. I don't think it would be at all exciting. Judit is a freak of nature, a chess genius, and a great fighter. She wouldn't be afraid to, or feel bad about, winning every game.
Apr-04-11  goldenbear: <kardopov> To continue the thought, I think a fischerrandom match between them might end as a 10-0 white-wash. That's how different I feel they are in class.
Apr-04-11
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  twinlark: <goldenbear> <Judit is a freak of nature>

This is exactly what her parents set out to prove was <not> the case when they hot-housed and home-schooled their daughters to be chess geniuses (as well as intelligent and balanced multi-lingual talents).

Their thesis: that genius is made, not born. And considering that Judit and Zsuzsa concede that Zsofia was the most talented of the three, they make a pretty good case.

Apr-04-11
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  HeMateMe: tens of thousands of kids are home schooled in the USA. Many are pushed into one discipline by parent(s), for better or worse. Become a doctor. Become a scientist. Be a great ballet dancer. Very few become No. 1 in the world in their chosen area of concentration.

I would think that the three Polgar sisters got an amazing genetic gift which had to be pushed to come to fruition. They probably would not have become as successful as they became in chess, without the constant chess honing as children. But, as I mentioned above, other parents/guardians have tried the Lazlo Polgar method, most have failed.

I'd say the genetic side of this is the most important factor.

Perhaps a good laboratory to study this is the old USSR and eastern europe sports teams. Representatives of the state would tour schools and make phone calls, looking for kids with a certain physical body type, and a high degree of hand/eye coordination. They found Katarina Witt, two time olympic skating champion, East Germany. They found Nadia Comenechi in Romania. They found Olga Korbut, and so on. Then they put these kids in a sort of college level sports academy, while they are still pre-teen. The training they get is very important, similar to what Lazlo Polgar did. A mimimum of six hours a day training for one particular sport. But, without taking the right genetic material to begin with, you will not have a success.

Families with a line of genes like the Polgars are rare, but they do exist. The DiMaggio family had three boys make the pros in baseball, Joe being the most famous. The great composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has a brother who is an accomplished cellist.

Apr-04-11
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  twinlark: <HeHateMe> <Families with a line of genes like the Polgars are rare, but they do exist>

Do you actually <know for a fact> anything about the Polgars' genes or are you inferring this from their chess outcomes? If the latter, then you're engaging in circular reasoning.

Apr-05-11  andrewjsacks: HeMateMe speaks with reason. The Polgar Experiment will not work without impressive raw talent to develop. One cannot make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. That is a cliche for a reason.
Apr-05-11  rilkefan: <The great composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has a brother who is an accomplished cellist.>

Does he have another brother named Andrew Lloyd Schlockmeister Webber?

Apr-05-11
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  HeMateMe: <rilkefan:> Oh, my....are you implying that the rock operas/musicals created by Webber aren't 'serious' music? Many of us think that creating something as interesting and listenable as "Jesus Christ Superstar" is every bit as good as something by Mozart or Beethoven.

If I'm reading your comment correctly, then one could infer that Lennon and McCartney were just jingles writers, because they didn't write for an orchestra? I think it is more difficult to write a four minute song, that people love, which may even have a serious message, than it is to write something fifty minutes long. A whole lot of people in the classical world wish they could write musicals like Andrew Lloyd Webber, or do things like Cole Porter and Gershwin. Thats why you often see full orchestra's performing the works of these peoples.

Apr-11-11  Lambda: <HeMateMe> The test would be whether people are still lauding "Jesus Christ Superstar" in a couple of centuries time.
Apr-11-11
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  Octavia: <other parents/guardians have tried the Lazlo Polgar method, most have failed. > how many have tried & failed? I only know one who tried & the son is one of the top players.

The book is only available in Hungarian, because Lazlo wanted too much money fro a translation to my knowledge.

Anyone who believes in genes or talent is a lazy teacher - those teachers invented 'talent' to hide their inability to teach.

Apr-12-11  Bdellovibrio: <because they didn't write for an orchestra?> It has nothing to do with the musical medium, but everything to do with the level of complexity, internal diversity, and patterned interplay of the harmonic and rhythmic structures within music that causes some people, like (possibly) <rilkefan>, to prefer so called "intellectual music," usually produced by highly entrenched and educated composers, and so called "popular song," which represents the expressive use of musical substance by the usually self-taught specialist. This dichotomy, while constantly being challenged and blurred, corresponds both to demonstrable and systematic differences in the structure of the product itself and empirically verified differences in perception and cognition on the part of the listener.

"Intellectual music" more greatly utilizes the human ability to process music like spoken language and mathematics, but unlike language, the musical capacity requires an environment that is rare in order to develop.

The Beatles, by the way, seem to have blurred the dichotomy outlined above to an extent well above the vast majority of popular musicians, due probably to their sheer knack for complex and sometimes ambiguous harmony that permeates their corpus. As a matter of fact, I think that their music is usually more complex internally than that of Lloyd Weber, despite the misleading suggestions of the latter's preferred instrumentation.

Apr-12-11  Bdellovibrio: <I think it is more difficult to write a four minute song, that people love, which may even have a serious message, than it is to write something fifty minutes long.>

First of all, anything even marginally resembling a "serious message" is by definition non-musical, especially if it is delivered via lyrics in the case of a pop song or a libretto for opera. Crafting those messages is purely a poetic issue, and draws upon the writer's linguistic competence. Stravinsky: "Music, by its nature, can't express anything," (my paraphrasing).

Secondly, popularity in music speaks is not a metric of quality or effort. Music becomes popular when people are easily able to relate to it, and that judgement also is more of a poetic and psychological consideration and is therefore extrinsic to musical production when one adopts any limited definition of the latter. The compositional process of Beethoven and the songwriting process of John Lennon both demand a great deal of effort, but Lennon's effort is distributed over social, political, and musical considerations, whereas Beethoven's energy is more restrictively devoted to music (excepting his selection of texts for use in Fidelio et. al.) But that restricted investment allows for a greater deal of abstraction and complexity within the music itself, as can be demonstrated by the fact that his work is a complete product without politico-poetic dimensions, whereas Lennon's corpus would seem absurd with those dimensions removed.

Apr-12-11  Bdellovibrio: I'm not attempting to make any quantitative value assessments in my analysis, by the way. My main point is that the interaction between objective ("quasi-linguistic, "logical") and subjective ("emotional," "emblematic") elements within the audio-instrumental communicative mode has produced a broad spectrum of qualitatively different paradigms, all labeled in the lexicon as "music," but which may or may not utilize activity in non-musical interface levels to underscore their impressions. Thus, partisanship within this unstable (and possibly non-real) dichotomy is merely a incommensurable value statement that cannot assume any persuasive form, given the deeply ingrained nature of each individual's unique musical interpretive system.
Apr-12-11  Bdellovibrio: Polgar liverating: 2699.4: http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...
Apr-12-11
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  Travis Bickle: Here is a recent post at Chess.com by Natalia Pogonina which features a Judit Polgar game, (scroll to bottom of page).

http://www.chess.com/article/view/e...

Apr-12-11  Marmot PFL: <Oh, my....are you implying that the rock operas/musicals created by Webber aren't 'serious' music? Many of us think that creating something as interesting and listenable as "Jesus Christ Superstar" is every bit as good as something by Mozart or Beethoven.>

Maybe at the time JCS came out that was true - today I doubt it. In 100 years I am fairly certain they will still listen to Mozart and Beethoven (in one format or another) but I doubt that will be true for 98% of today's pop music. Some artists will probably be listened to but I wouldn't try to guess which.

Apr-12-11
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  HeMateMe: < The test would be whether people are still lauding "Jesus Christ Superstar" in a couple of centuries time.>

No, it would not be. One can't say that "if it isn't as long lasting as Mozart, it is 'Shlock'".

I think contemporary music can be of as high a quality as that of Mozart, without it lasting 300 years. Music by Gershwin, Cole Porter, Louis Armstrong and the Beatles may not be played with the same frequency in one hundred years as that of Mozart, but that does not prove the quality is any lesser than that of Mozart's music.

BTW, a lot of old, 4 minute long songs ARE played 300 years later. The Led Zeppelin hit song "Gallows Pole" is a reworking of a song several hundred years old.

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUOx...;

wiki:

"<The Maid Freed from the Gallows>" is one of many titles of a centuries-old folk song about a condemned maiden pleading for someone to buy her freedom from the executioner. In the collection of ballads compiled by Francis James Child, it is indexed as Child Ballad number 95; eleven variants, some fragmentary, are indexed as 95A to 95K.[1] The ballad existed in a number of folkloric variants from many different countries, and has been remade in a variety of formats. It was recorded in 1939 as "The Gallis Pole" by folk singer Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter, but the most famous version was the 1970 arrangement of the Fred Gerlach version by English rock band Led Zeppelin, which was entitled "Gallows Pole" on the album Led Zeppelin III."

How do you know that popularity is not the most important criteria? 300 people might go to a "mostly Mozart" night. 30,000 will go to see Paul McCartney. This is really a matter of personal taste.

I like a lot of classical music, but some of it I find very dry and dull. It matters not how 'complex' the music is, how big an orchestra is needed to play it. The proof is in how well it is appreciated.

Apr-12-11  Bdellovibrio: <I think contemporary music can be of as high a quality as that of Mozart, without it lasting 300 years. Music by Gershwin, Cole Porter, Louis Armstrong and the Beatles may not be played with the same frequency in one hundred years as that of Mozart, but that does not prove the quality is any lesser than that of Mozart's music.>

High quality indeed. Different (incommensurable) quality even more so. BTW the artists you mention are many, many, notches above the "average pop artist" that Marmot was likely referring to. Gershwin hardly fits into the false "classical/pop" dichotomy at all, the chameleon that he is. He wrote a beautiful piano concerto in addition to jazz the ballads that made him famous.

Apr-12-11  Jim Bartle: As a child I played Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" and others on the piano, and thought he was simply a "classical" composer. I learned he also wrote popular songs much later.
Apr-12-11  polarmis: I translated a Russian interview with Judit Polgar after the European Championship. She's also asked what it was like to beat Karpov and Kasparov and if she'll start playing in women's events: http://www.chessintranslation.com/2...
Apr-12-11
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  TheFocus: A lovely interview with a lovely lady.

I still have a crush on Judit.

Apr-12-11  Marmot PFL: Another who won't disappear anytime soon is J.S. Bach (1685-1750). I can type the dates without looking them up as that was the first thing my piano teacher made me learn. Bach was like God to him and I never forgot those dates even if I have forgotten how to play every single piece I ever practiced.
Apr-12-11
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  HeMateMe: I remember "Switched on Bach" from the early 70s, the beginning of the Moog synthesizer. Is that the same Bach you are referring to?
Apr-24-11  Antonina: I'm not as talented as her, but I'm hardworking and I hope one day I'll be as good as she is. She's great!
Jul-03-11
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  HeMateMe: FIDE published some new ratings. As always Judit is top of the women's list. I think she is 35. So, she has led the women's ratings list for about 20 years. Amazing.

Q: Who was the highest rated female player before Judit?

Q: How long has one male had an uninterupted stay at the top? I'm guessing its Kasparov. Ten years?

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