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Zsuzsa Polgar 
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Zsuzsa Polgar
Number of games in database: 986
Years covered: 1977 to 2006
Last FIDE rating: 2577
Overall record: +320 -165 =411 (58.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      90 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (90) 
    A46 A41 A40 D05 E10
 King's Indian (66) 
    E62 E60 E67 E71 E97
 Queen's Indian (41) 
    E15 E14 E16 E12 E17
 Grunfeld (31) 
    D85 D86 D76 D94 D80
 Queen's Gambit Declined (30) 
    D37 D30 D31 D38 D35
 Semi-Slav (25) 
    D47 D45 D46 D43
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (120) 
    B32 B22 B33 B30 B27
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (54) 
    D20 D21 D24 D26 D27
 King's Indian (53) 
    E92 E80 E66 E62 E81
 Ruy Lopez (32) 
    C67 C60 C99 C76 C89
 English, 1 c4 e5 (24) 
    A25 A20 A27 A21 A28
 French Defense (18) 
    C07 C19 C05 C00 C02
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Zsuzsa Polgar vs P Hardicsay, 1985 1-0
   Zsuzsa Polgar vs Chiburdanidze, 2004 1-0
   Zsuzsa Polgar vs V Dimitrov, 1984 1-0
   Zsuzsa Polgar vs Z Kiss, 1980 1-0
   I Hausner vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1983 0-1
   Zsuzsa Polgar vs J Costa, 1987 1-0
   Le Clercq vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1982 0-1
   Portisch vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1991 0-1
   Zsuzsa Polgar vs Karpov, 1992 1-0
   Zsuzsa Polgar vs Geller, 1992 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Plaza (1988)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Zsuzsa (Susan), Zsofia, and Judit Polgar by wanabe2000
   Zsuzsa! by larrewl
   Melody Amber 1993 by amadeus
   Zsuzsa Polgar by Carlos Javier
   Women WCC Index [1996: S. Polgar - Xie Jun] by chessmoron
   1986-87 Adsteam-Lidums International Chess Tourn by optimal play
   The Dragon Lady by Fluffy
   Plaza International Chess Tt 1988 by Benzol
   1991 Hungarian Nat'l Championship - Incomplete by IoftheHungarianTiger
   The Polgar sisters. by lostemperor

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(born Apr-19-1969, 46 years old) Hungary (citizen of United States of America)
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GM (and WIM) Zsuzsa (Susan) Polgár was born in Budapest, Hungary, and along with her two younger sisters, Judit Polgar and Zsofia Polgar, she was taught chess by her father, Laszlo Polgár. By 1984 she became the top-rated woman chess player in the world. Later that year, FIDE, in a controversial decision, granted 100 rating points to every female player except Zsuzsa.

In 1991, Susan achieved the men's grandmaster title, and later that year, her sister Judit Polgar earned the title as well. She is a FIDE Senior Trainer. In 1996, Susan won the Women's World Championship, but refused to defend her title in 1999 against Xie Jun, because she believed the conditions were unfair. In 2004 she competed in the 36th Chess Olympiad, winning gold medals for points and for the highest performance rating. In total, she has won ten Olympiad medals during her career, and has never lost a single game in any Olympiad. Her highest-ever FIDE rating (2577) was achieved on the January 2005 list. This list also returned her to her position as the number one active female player in the world. In 2005, she broke Andrew David Martin 's 2004 world record by playing 326 opponents in a simultaneous exhibition, with a 309 wins, 14 draws and 3 losses for a 96.93% result.* This record stood for 5 years before being broken by Kiril D Georgiev.

Susan lived for many years in New York City, where she ran the Polgár Chess Center ( She also resided in Lubbock, Texas, where she served as coach to the Texas Tech University chess team - but has since moved to the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri. She is one of the best-selling chess authors worldwide, and she speaks seven languages fluently. She posts at Chessgames as User: Susan Polgar.


Wikipedia article: Susan Polgar

 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 986  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J Gruz vs Zsuzsa Polgar 0-131 1977 BudapestC02 French, Advance
2. Zsuzsa Polgar vs Sirko 1-028 1977 BudapestB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
3. Zsuzsa Polgar vs Endrody 1-025 1977 BudapestB08 Pirc, Classical
4. I Pataky vs Zsuzsa Polgar 0-119 1978 Correspondence GameA02 Bird's Opening
5. G Mathe vs Zsuzsa Polgar 0-123 1979 HUNA58 Benko Gambit
6. Zsuzsa Polgar vs Z Kiss 1-036 1980 BudapestE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
7. Zsuzsa Polgar vs J Kelemen 1-076 1980 BudapestE15 Queen's Indian
8. Zsuzsa Polgar vs Koronghi  1-042 1980 HUNA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
9. P Needham vs Zsuzsa Polgar 0-123 1981 WestergateB33 Sicilian
10. J Horvath vs Zsuzsa Polgar 0-122 1981 HUNC00 French Defense
11. Zsuzsa Polgar vs E Ivanov 1-015 1981 VarnaA57 Benko Gambit
12. L Meyer vs Zsuzsa Polgar 0-119 1981 ENGC07 French, Tarrasch
13. Smirnov vs Zsuzsa Polgar 0-135 1981 TetevenA27 English, Three Knights System
14. Zsuzsa Polgar vs S Horvath  1-040 1981 BudapestA87 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation
15. Zsuzsa Polgar vs Cirakov  1-021 1981 TargovisteA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
16. B Vujic vs Zsuzsa Polgar 0-136 1981 PanonijaC00 French Defense
17. Le Clercq vs Zsuzsa Polgar 0-113 1982 LondonB22 Sicilian, Alapin
18. L Liptay vs Zsuzsa Polgar  0-148 1982 BalatonberenyE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
19. Zsuzsa Polgar vs Ftacnik 0-141 1982 LondonA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
20. F Schrammel vs Zsuzsa Polgar 0-130 1983 FonyodA69 Benoni, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
21. Zsuzsa Polgar vs M Bajovic  1-036 1983 KecskemetD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
22. G Tokaji-Nagy vs Zsuzsa Polgar  ½-½72 1983 BudapestA48 King's Indian
23. J Orso vs Zsuzsa Polgar  0-131 1983 KecskemetE92 King's Indian
24. Zsuzsa Polgar vs G Marosi  1-040 1983 Elekes mem-AA65 Benoni, 6.e4
25. Zsuzsa Polgar vs S Kovacevic 1-039 1983 BudapestE10 Queen's Pawn Game
 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 986  PGN Download
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Apr-22-15  Mr. Bojangles: Damn, HMM, u are still alive??
Apr-22-15  HeMateMe: Your meaning...?
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  Karposian: Not a very objective article, that's for sure. It seems the author has a personal grudge against Susan Polgar and Paul Truong.

<"Her husband and business manager, the twice bankrupt Paul Truong – who claims to have won the Vietnamese Junior (under 21) Championship at the age of 5, and to have been kidnapped by pirates on several occasions while narrowly escaping death by circling sharks – continues to run her successful, relentless, self-publicity machine. He has not, as yet, been abducted by aliens, but it is surely only a matter of time.">

This is just distasteful and untruthful journalism. Polgar has already explained that story about Truong winning that championship back in South Vietnam. She wrote this on Truong's player page one year ago:

<Susan Polgar: It was the Annual National Open Championship of all ages. All players were adults. I interviewed the coach (an American Chess Master who lived in Saigon at that time) of the National Club in South Vietnam at that time. He confirmed it 2 years ago during the College Chess Final Four in the DC area. The coach came to visit him. The coach also confirmed it in an in depth interview with the USCF back in 1986.>

The snipe at Polgar and Truong about running a "self-publicity machine" is also ridiculous and doesn't make sense. Susan Polgar, one of the best female chess players in history, has made a living out of her passion for chess, so what? Is that a bad thing? Hell no, I think it's great!

Susan Polgar and Paul Truong contribute a lot to the chess scene in the United States. It is thanks to people like them that chess get at least some attention from the public, through the media and such. Their efforts, through their highly successful SPICE program help promoting chess here in the United States.

Apr-22-15  Jim Bartle: Seems the chess world has a lot of respect for Susan but sees Truong as a hangeron and hustler who has greatly exaggerated events in his past.
Apr-22-15  Jim Bartle: That Korchnoi blitz video is with Sofia, nit Zsuzsa.
Apr-22-15  Bureaucrat: <Karposian: This is just distasteful and untruthful journalism.>

It seems to me you missed that the author is Nigel Short. The quote was from his New In Chess article, which was reproduced in full on Chessbase.

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  perfidious: <Jim: That Korchnoi blitz video is with Sofia, nit Zsuzsa.>

That's a helluva way to talk about her.....(wink)

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  Karposian: <Bureaucrat: It seems to me you missed that the author is Nigel Short. The quote was from his New In Chess article, which was reproduced in full on Chessbase.>

Oh, I see. Thanks for the correction. My mistake.

Well, then I would say, even more appalling that Short speaks such nonsense about a distinguished chess personality like Susan Polgar.

But given his denigrating comments about female chess players in general, it's perhaps not very surprising.

Apr-23-15  James Demery: lnteresting comments about Susan Polgar from Nigel Short. Does anyone know why he would say such things about Susan Polgar? His comments about her on Chessbase were rather rude.
Apr-23-15  James Demery: l didnt see the posts above before l went to work this morning. Didnt mean to be redundant.
Apr-23-15  James Demery: l do remember the controversy concerning her record setting simul. l remember people questioning whether someone could play that many games that quickly. l was wondering if something happened between them personally that made him speak with such vitriol.
Apr-23-15  HeMateMe: If Short's numbers are right, it is physically impossible for someone to play that many games against any serious opposition. as a grandmaster doesn't he have a right to call into question a chess related claim of another GM that is so obvious untrue?

I would file Shorts comments under "brutally honest," but not "slanderous."

Apr-23-15  James Demery: ln the article, if memory serves, he said something about there being a lot of Scholar's Mates. l dont remember seeing any of the actual games and their moves.
Apr-23-15  HeMateMe: I remember one story about the event. There were a bunch of small children playing, and they would lose quickly and then just set up the board and play again. She played some individuals more than once. That really shouldn't be counted. Not that this is an important topic, anyway.
Apr-23-15  devere: <James Demery: lnteresting comments about Susan Polgar from Nigel Short. Does anyone know why he would say such things about Susan Polgar? His comments about her on Chessbase were rather rude.>

It may be that Nigel Short is still hurting from the losses Susan Polgar's little sister inflicted on him.

"Classical games: Judit Polgar beat Nigel Short 8 to 3, with 5 draws."

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  keypusher: <devere: It may be that Nigel Short is still hurting from the losses Susan Polgar's little sister inflicted on him. "Classical games: Judit Polgar beat Nigel Short 8 to 3, with 5 draws.">

Cutting stuff, devere. I'll bet no one noticed <that> before.

So, Judit Polgar has a plus score against Nigel, therefore...what, exactly? Short's argument is refuted? Suppose Kramnik (+14-0=11) had said it instead?

It would be exactly as true, or as false, as it is now.

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  Bobby Fiske: My guess: Nigel soured on Susan after last FIDE president election. Team Polgar declared neutrality prior to the election, but never the less helped Kirsan secure some extra vote(s).


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  offramp: <keypusher> very well said. I like Susan, but people are going over the top!

Here is a major question:

How many chessplayers have YOU [not you keypusher], yes YOU, any reader of these words, known in your entire life?

Imagine someone said, "Alan, get me 1,000 people who can play chess in ten days time."

I live in London, there are 10,000,000 people living here but I don't think I could get more than 50.

Apr-23-15  Petrosianic: <keypusher>: <So, Judit Polgar has a plus score against Nigel, therefore...what, exactly? Short's argument is refuted?>

No, that would be a Fallacy of Composition (or Division or both, depending how it's stated).

But on the other hand, does Short HAVE an argument to refute? He's got a fact (the gender ratings gap), and a kind of claim (that the reason for the gap is in some way biological). But does he have an argument to support that claim?

Apr-24-15  Zonszein: Chess is a very rude game.
Jesus! It's just a game!
The best game ever but that's all
Apr-24-15  Sally Simpson: Hi. K.P.

"So, Judit Polgar has a plus score against Nigel, therefore...what, exactly? Short's argument is refuted?"

What argument?

Nigel knows he has a minus score v Judit so why write an article claiming women cannot play chess.

He didn't.

In a nutshell it reads that women are not attracted to chess like men because he thinks our brains are wired up differently.

And on average (Judit is far above an average female chess player and should not really be included) men are better at chess than women.

There is something about the game that attracts more men to it than women. That 'something' that bites into the man and the game becomes an obsession.

That 'something' is for others to discuss and find. Nigel, not being a woman will not have the answer. We need a female non-player to tells us why.

My wife is a genuine non-player. She does not even know how the pieces move.

She thinks the game is stupid and comes out with comments like "look what it has done to you." ,all my chess friends are certifiable and after the one tournament she attended stated it's full of old men who have not grown up.

(I'll get her to write the next NIC article.)

But what ever it is it won't be because women are any less intelligent than men.

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  offramp: <Zonszein: Chess is a very rude game. Jesus! It's just a game!
The best game ever but that's all>

90% of chess is garbage.

Apr-25-15  MagnusVerMagnus: You and I and everyone else is > 90% garbage, what is your point?
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  offramp: <MagnusVerMagnus: You and I and everyone else is > 90% garbage, what is your point?>

90% of everything, except me, is garbage.

Apr-25-15  Everyone: 99% of everything, except me, is rubbish.
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