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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 (89) 
    A46 A41 D05 A40 E10
 King's Indian (70) 
    E62 E67 E60 E90 E97
 Queen's Indian (41) 
    E15 E14 E16 E12 E17
 Grunfeld (31) 
    D85 D86 D76 D87 D94
 Queen's Gambit Declined (30) 
    D37 D30 D35 D31 D38
 Semi-Slav (25) 
    D47 D45 D43 D46
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 E76 E66 E62 E81
 Ruy Lopez (32) 
    C67 C60 C99 C97 C65
 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
   Portisch vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1991 0-1
   Le Clercq vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1982 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 Polgar, Zsofia Polgar, 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
   The Dragon Lady by Fluffy
   1986-87 Adsteam-Lidums International Chess Tourn by optimal play
   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, 45 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.


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 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 986  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Zsuzsa Polgar vs Sirko 1-028 1977 BudapestB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
2. Zsuzsa Polgar vs Endrody 1-025 1977 BudapestB08 Pirc, Classical
3. J Gruz vs Zsuzsa Polgar 0-131 1977 BudapestC02 French, Advance
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 Koronghi  1-042 1980 HUNA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
7. Zsuzsa Polgar vs Z Kiss 1-036 1980 BudapestE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
8. Zsuzsa Polgar vs J Kelemen 1-076 1980 BudapestE15 Queen's Indian
9. L Meyer vs Zsuzsa Polgar 0-119 1981 ENGC07 French, Tarrasch
10. Smirnov vs Zsuzsa Polgar 0-135 1981 TetevenA27 English, Three Knights System
11. Zsuzsa Polgar vs S Horvath  1-040 1981 BudapestA87 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation
12. Zsuzsa Polgar vs Cirakov  1-021 1981 TargovisteA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
13. B Vujic vs Zsuzsa Polgar  0-136 1981 PanonijaC00 French Defense
14. P Needham vs Zsuzsa Polgar 0-123 1981 WestergateB33 Sicilian
15. J Horvath vs Zsuzsa Polgar 0-122 1981 HUNC00 French Defense
16. Zsuzsa Polgar vs E Ivanov 1-015 1981 VarnaA57 Benko Gambit
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. Zsuzsa Polgar vs G Marosi  1-040 1983 Elekes mem-AA65 Benoni, 6.e4
21. Zsuzsa Polgar vs S Kovacevic 1-039 1983 BudapestE10 Queen's Pawn Game
22. I Hausner vs Zsuzsa Polgar 0-129 1983 KecskemetE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
23. Zsuzsa Polgar vs Z Fusthy  1-027 1983 Elekes mem-AA30 English, Symmetrical
24. I Varasdy vs Zsuzsa Polgar 0-133 1983 KecskemetE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
25. I Varasdy vs Zsuzsa Polgar 0-136 1983 FonyodE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
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  Richard Taylor: <kramputz: < Richard Taylor:> you are a filthy biggot, not of your business.<Why was she, who is Jewish herself (and her family), associating with a rabid anti-Semitic madman> The Arabs are also Semitic, Fisher never hated them. Wiseguy, learn the meaning of words. Keep your sick mind out of this forum>

When I say anti-Semitic it means anti-Jewish (that is the well known usage of it). It is common knowledge that Fischer (whose father and mother were both Jewish) hated Jews and many others who didn't "measure up" to what he wanted, so to speak. Seirawan was able to speak with him only by being very diplomatic and those who stuck around him in his later years, were, or could be imputed to be, not to put to fine a point on it, crawlers seaking some fame by association - they were "groupies".

I am not Jewish but I would say that Fischer upset a lot of people (not all of them Jews - Korchnoi wasn't a big fan of him) as say Ezra Pound did when he raved on against the US and Jews and in favour of Hitler and Benito...

Fischer used to rave on Philipine radio. He also was very happy when 9/11 happened which might upset some people. He thus had begun to hate not only Jews, but the United States - which doesn't worry me, I'm not into nationalism.

But it is a worry when chessplayers kind of "worship" Fischer ignoring his bigotry.

This doesn't mean that I "hate Fischer" I have deeply ambiguous feelings about Fischer. I think I understand how he came to be the way he was, but we shouldn't forget this aspect of him.

In the years around 1972 he was clearly the best chess player in the world. Whether he was the greatest is problematic.

In his early years he kind of represented "Western individualism" etc and he was certainly a dynamic and courageous young man, as well as a great chess player. I think it was a problem that his "enculturation" wasn't wide enough: he saw himself as being victimized.

I am not sure my mind is sick. It may be, but your statement to that effect sounds like a quote from a poem by Robert Lowell ("My mind's not right.") in 'Skunk Hour' which I had been reading coincidentally just before I was privileged to read the lovely note by <kramputz>

I wonder who is sick, those who ask questions or those who want to shut The Questioners down?

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  Richard Taylor: <PhilFeeley: < Richard Taylor:> I believe Judit said similar things about him. Didn't like his visit at all.>

Interesting. Thanks. Clearly she had some reservations so to speak.

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  Richard Taylor: BTW I had a draw in a 2 minute game once with Susan Polgar. She used to be on the WCN "Challenge" and would play players in a list (there were others such as Christiansen etc who also did this).

I have to say the next time I played I was beaten though!

I suppose 2 minutes is really not "real" chess. Still, it's all fun and games.

Apr-20-14  Granny O Doul: I played that supposed Fischer guest once on ICC. Ironically, he thought I was Nigel Short.
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  Richard Taylor: Interesting. I was on ICC some years back. I played a couple of well known GMs in casual games. I lost of course.

I did beat one GM once, but again it wasn't a very remarkable game. I played a nice sac but my opponent missed something, was probably tired. Still, bragging rights!

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  Caissanist: Susan and her husband Paul Truong seem to have prospered financially as chess coaches the last few years:
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  Caissanist: He says his job is "Director of Marketing and PR for SPICE" in a posting he made on in response to the Post story and another on Fox Sports: .
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  offramp: ...The greatest organization in the Universe is SPICE.

SPICE extends life.

SPICE expands consciousness.

SPICE is vital to space travel.

SPICE's directors use SPICE to give them the ability to fold chess boards. Also to travel to any part of a chess board without moving.

SPICE exists on only one planet in the entire Universe: Earth!!

Jun-06-14  Nonnus: Why is Le Quang Liem not on the list when So can't beat him?
Jun-11-14  HeMateMe: Well, that's certainly interesting. Oni is head coach of a final four team. I think Ms. Polgar said on another page here that Texas Tech had ended all of the chess scholarships, and implied that her own salary was reduced. That's why she left. Oni seems happy there, with whatever arrangements he has made with the school.
Jun-11-14  Donkey Cult: <<kramputz>The Arabs are also Semitic, Fisher never hated them. Wiseguy, learn the meaning of words. Keep your sick mind out of this forum>

Learn the meaning of words, indeed! Check any dictionary and you'll find 'anti-semitism' mean hatred of Jews.

In a movie I once saw a German rationalize his hatred of Jews by using the argument that Arabs are also Semites, therefore he was not anti-semitic. Do yourself a favor and take a look at this link

Jun-11-14  Petrosianic: <kramputz>: <The Arabs are also Semitic, Fisher never hated them. Wiseguy, learn the meaning of words.>

While we're on the subject of correct usage, learning how to spell Fischer's name might help you defend him a little better.

The dictionary definition of anti-semitic is

<an·ti-Sem·ite (nt-smt, nt-)
n. One who discriminates against or who is hostile toward or prejudiced against Jews.>

... so you're 0 for 2 here.

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  Benzol: Wasn't Abraham suppose to be the father of the Jews and the Arabs?
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  WannaBe: <Benzol> Yes, it's a family feud. Different mothers.
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  Rookiepawn: Though common usage and dictionaries in many languages define anti-semitism as hatred towards Jews, truth is not all semitic are Jews. The term is rather misleading.

But of course any kind of racism is feeble minded. It's curious to realize that intelligence has many dimensions: a brain can be brilliant in some areas, and retarded in other. Fischer is a good example.

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  Benzol: <WannaBe> Perhaps Semitism comes through your mother's RNA?


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  WannaBe: <Benzol> funny story, I have a lot of Jewish friends and know the culture and religious practices fairly well.

I often considered myself as 'quarter Jew'. =))

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  Travis Bickle: <WannaBe: <Benzol> Yes, it's a family feud. Different mothers.> Hey Bugs wasn't that the Hatfields & McCoys?
Jun-12-14  gokusano: <WannaBe: <Benzol> funny story, I have a lot of Jewish friends and know the culture and religious practices fairly well. I often considered myself as 'quarter Jew'. =))> And three-fourth what? :0)
Jun-12-14  HeMateMe: Borat (or someone else) deleted the chess link, just before my above entry, regarding Onischuk leading Texas Tech to the final four of chess. I'm not sure what they are paying him, or who his chess players are, but he must be happy enough with a top level team. The Texas Tech team coached by S. Polgar was extremely deep, with 3 of the world's top 100 on the first three boards. So deep, that their B team was good enough to make the final round of the college chess championships? Or, perhaps Oni did some fancy recruiting and got some transfer students? Maybe TT is giving partial scholarships? These kids are probably all engineering geniuses, and not future chess professionals.

Oh, here they are, found it:

<Texas Tech team members, in board order, include Grandmaster Yaroslav Zherebukh, a sophomore; Grandmaster Elshan Moradiabadi, a graduate student; International Master Andrey Gorovets, a graduate student; and International Master-Elect Luis Torres, a freshman. International Master-Elect Faik Aleskerov, a graduate student, will travel as an alternate.

Onischuk, a Grandmaster, was one of 12 invited to the U.S. Chess Championship in St. Louis in May. He is a former U.S. Champion and has been one of the world’s 100 top-rated players for the past 17 years.>

Of course, Webster, with that monster team coached by Polgar, won the 2014 national championship.

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Jun-20-14  SimonWebbsTiger: congrats Susan on being awarded the 2013 Symeon Furman Award by FIDE for coaching.
Jun-20-14  HeMateMe: Wasn't he Karpov's second, for many years?
Jun-20-14  SimonWebbsTiger: @<HMM> Yes, indeed. Furman, I. Zaitsev and Geller were (some of) the Karpov team
Dec-17-14  john barleycorn: Any news on Wesley So?
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