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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 Mednis 0-1441986AdelaideC15 French, Winawer
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. V Alvarez vs Judit Polgar  0-1371986Wch U16 GirlsB20 Sicilian
9. Judit Polgar vs I Kientzler-Guerlain 1-0341986RioB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. M Riofrio Palma vs Judit Polgar  0-1231986Wch U16 GirlsA46 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Judit Polgar vs S Villegas  1-0451986Wch U16 GirlsC30 King's Gambit Declined
12. Judit Polgar vs T Hutters 1-0411986CopenhagenB32 Sicilian
13. Judit Polgar vs Z Simic  1-0421986New York opC10 French
14. Judit Polgar vs K Hornung 1-0541986Adelaide open 10C31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
15. Judit Polgar vs N Bojkovic  1-0711986Wch U16 GirlsB30 Sicilian
16. Judit Polgar vs Stefan Djuric 0-1451986AdelaideC30 King's Gambit Declined
17. Judit Polgar vs S Nagabhusanam  1-0491986Wch U16 GirlsB53 Sicilian
18. Judit Polgar vs D Drimer 1-0621986AdelaideB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
19. J Costa vs Judit Polgar 0-1221987Biel-AA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
20. Judit Polgar vs P Kerkhof 1-0311987SWIFT tournamentB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
21. P Christen vs Judit Polgar 0-1421987San BernardinoA04 Reti Opening
22. B Zueger vs Judit Polgar  ½-½411987Biel-AA57 Benko Gambit
23. Flear vs Judit Polgar 1-0531987SWIFT tournamentA44 Old Benoni Defense
24. Judit Polgar vs Vlad Kovacevic 1-0441987San BernardinoC15 French, Winawer
25. Judit Polgar vs M Sharif 1-0431987Brussels OHRA 02C30 King's Gambit Declined
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Nov-30-11  ChessMan94: @TheFocus There's nothing wrong with that! I say they look better.
Nov-30-11  swissfed: Pretty Polgar
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Dec-07-11  IoftheHungarianTiger: ChessMan94 and swissfed - I agree, although I prefer pictures of Judit where she's not quite so dolled up. I think she's a very attractive woman without all that glamerous make-up and whatnot. Some of my favorite pics of her came from the recent World Cup ... I kind of wish her profile pic came from that tournament rather than the current glamour shot her profile has now (although, of course, I won't deny she looks stunning in it, I just prefer her more natural look). If I could choose her profile pic, I'd vote either one of the following: OR

although my favorite picture of Judit is probably her 1994 Linares pic with her smiley-face signature :)

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  HeMateMe: My fave Judit photos are older ones, when she was thinner, and seemed to smile more. She just looks brooding and unhappy a lot, at these chess tournaments. Of course, I would look brooding too, if Kramnik was trying to take my lunch money...



Also, she wasn't afraid to say that Fischer was a jerk, while he was still alive, which I kind of admire.

Dec-07-11  IoftheHungarianTiger: @HeMateMe - If you're looking at OTB tournament photos, you won't see many smiling pictures period, of Judit or anyone else. When you think about it, very few chessplayers actually smile when at the board. Judit is smiling in a lot of the recent World Cup photos - just not during the actual games.

Regarding Fischer, I think she was pretty magnanimous toward him, myself, when she called him "mentally sick" in an interview. I thought that let him off the hook a little too easy. IMO, he didn't go sick, he just went mean. But, she called a spade a spade, and she did it without being petty or mean. I thought she was pretty classy when it came to discussions about Fischer.

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  HeMateMe: Re: chess photos--the worst has to be the opening ceremonies, when the players all have to stand, shoulder to shoulder, at the front of the stage. They always look miserable. Almost all of these photos look like a promo for "The usual Suspects" film.
Dec-08-11  IoftheHungarianTiger: What would you say Judit Polgar's best success is?

- Being a FIDE Top 10 grandmaster?

- Setting the record for being the youngest grandmaster?

- One of her tournament victories (maybe Madrid, 1994?)?

- Her 1988 Olympiad performance where she scored 12.5/13?

- Being a national champion in 1991?

What are everbody's thoughts on this?

I think I'd give my vote to being a FIDE Top 10 GM, and my second vote would go to her becoming the 1991 Hungarian National Champion. But what does everyone else think? And are there other career highlights you'd suggest that I didn't list?

Dec-08-11  bronkenstein: <IoftheHungarianTiger> , my take on Judit`s greatest achievements:

1) She is (twice!) a mother =)

2) and for second spot I would have hard time choosing between <Setting the record for being the youngest grandmaster> and <Being a FIDE Top 10 grandmaster>.

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  dunkenchess: Long live GM Judit Polgar!
Dec-08-11  Kaspablanca: bronkenstein: I supose he meant her best sucess in her chess career althought he didnt specify.
Dec-08-11  IoftheHungarianTiger: @Kaspablanca - Thank you for the clarification ... that was what I had intended to ask, but you are correct, I did fail to specify that important detail :)

@bronkenstein - Thank you for reminding us that Judit's achievements go beyond her chess career! Taking that into account, I would also have to suggest in addition to motherhood - which you mentioned, that her marriage (which seems quite happy and stable) is another fine success in her life! :)

Dec-08-11  bronkenstein: No need for clarification in any way <Kaspablanca> and <IoftheHungarianTiger> OFC , the question is perfectly clear , just don`t mind my silliness B)

Also , interesting (and also kinda impressive) fact is that she gave birth(s) in 2004 (Olivér) and 2006(Hana) while her rating peaked exactly in between - 2005 , maybe the marriage and kids have the opposite effect on females ? Anyway Judit coped with it excellently it seems.

Dec-08-11  Caissanist: In 2005 she did OK in her first two tournaments back after a year and a half layoff, and gained a few rating points. Then she got massacred in the FIDE world championship at the end of the year--I remember that at the time Susan said she missed her baby badly while she was in San Luis. Whatever the other benefits of having children, it doesn't look like it was good for her chess.
Dec-09-11  IoftheHungarianTiger: <Bronkenstein>: That is an interesting detail I hadn't really considered before. I'm marginally familiar with the theories on marriage/kids effect on ratings, but personally, I suspect the timing of her rating peak to which you pointed speaks positively of her happiness and stability of her home life with her husband and children.
Dec-09-11  bronkenstein: Indeed , she had some tough times there , but the very participation was great success for her (and <female chess> in general although I know Judit fights against separating terms of that kind ). I don`t believe that having or not having baby would change much in that case , the field was simply very strong .

OFC , we can only speculate.

Dec-09-11  bronkenstein: Previous post was OFC reply to <Caissanist> , it was the last one on the page @ the moment I was typing , sorry <IoftheHungarianTiger> for dropping that out . Too much traffic today on this silent page I guess =)
Dec-10-11  IoftheHungarianTiger: Well, whether it helped or hurt her chess, it didn't stop her from etching out her place in chess history. Broke Fischer's long-standing record for being youngest GM, a national championship title, Olympic medalist in chess, FIDE Top 10 - all impressive stuff.

Here's another question for everybody, does anyone here think Polgar will work her way back into the Top 20? I believe she's #35 now, and jumped 14 spots from being #49 on the list before that. To add to that, regardless of rank, what do you think her chances are of topping her peak rating?

Dec-10-11  bronkenstein: She is only 25 Elo below that (on live that is), her chances of reaching it again @ some point in the next few years are reasonable.
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  twinlark: But that was when she was ranked number 8. To reach that rank now she'd have to increase her Elo to 2763. Ratings are less meaningful than rankings, seeing as ratings are relative measures.
Dec-10-11  IoftheHungarianTiger: @twinlark - Yeah, I don't expect a return to the Top 10 for her. That's why I suggested the Top 20 (which I think is possible) and Peak Rating (which I also think is possible) as two different ideas. I think if I were to ask if we think she'll return to #8, most of us would have to agree that it is unlikely.

It's kind of funny that you describe ratings as more relative, because I always sort of thought of it the other way around (I'm not saying you're wrong, I'm just saying it's sort of funny how we look at it differently). I'd agree that Rankings are more important, but conversely have always felt that Rankings were more relative because they depended on outside factors, such as how everyone else was doing (e.g. - you could enter the Top 10 by not playing all, or playing badly, if others did even worse). But, I'm no expert in how the ratings work, so perhaps you are right. I hear a lot about rating inflation and whatnot, but haven't ever studied the math behind it.

Dec-13-11  Caissanist: Basically, any stability the rating system has is artificial, added in by the custodians of the system to try to keep things stable. Over time, a rating system with constant rating points with deflate, since players tend to be much better when they stop playing than when they were started. The statistical people in charge try to fix that through things like "bonus points" for rapidly improving players, "curve points" for players are not distributed according to the statistical norm, and so on. This fiddling around can cause inflation, leading to a perceived increase in playing strength over a period of time. Personally, I'm not buying it, many chess players (notably Nigel Short) have acknowedged that their actual peaks came well before their rating peaks.
Dec-13-11  Caissanist: UI don't think that any of us has a clue about what will happen to Judit's playing strength over the next few years, including Judit herself. There are a lot of profound differences in how men and women age, so you can't really compare her to any man. There has never been any other woman who was a legitimate world championship contender, so you can't compare her to another woman either.

My personal guess is that she will show extremely inconsistent results over the next ten years, but at her best will be as good/better than ever. She could easily return to the top twenty, might make it to the top ten.

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  twinlark: <Caissanist> Interesting comments. I can't see her back in intensive competition until her kids are a few years older, regardless of Gustav's willingess to play Mr Mum. I suspect the comparative lack of match fitness caused by periodic absences from the circuit will contribute more to her notionally likely erratic results than ageing at this stage.

Whether she can effectively re-enter top flight competition on a consistent basis in her 40s will be of great interest.

I hope she can. The chess world needs her.

Dec-22-11  IoftheHungarianTiger: I recently learned that "Chess Kids," a documentary about young chess players is out on DVD after being unavailable for awhile. Has anyone seen this film? I ask because I'm a big Polgar fan, and I understand Judit is featured in the documentary.

I was wondering if others - preferably Judit Polgar fans - had seen the film and had any thoughts on it, specifically in relation to her.

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