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Zsuzsa Polgar
Zsuzsa Polgar 
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Number of games in database: 977
Years covered: 1977 to 2006
Last FIDE rating: 2577

Overall record: +318 -163 =406 (58.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 90 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (86) 
    A46 A41 D05 A40 D02
 King's Indian (66) 
    E62 E60 E67 E71 E97
 Queen's Indian (42) 
    E15 E14 E16 E12 E17
 Grunfeld (31) 
    D85 D76 D86 D94 D80
 Queen's Gambit Declined (30) 
    D37 D30 D31 D38 D35
 Semi-Slav (25) 
    D47 D45 D46 D43
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (119) 
    B32 B22 B33 B30 B27
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (54) 
    D20 D21 D24 D26 D27
 King's Indian (53) 
    E92 E80 E66 E81 E62
 Ruy Lopez (32) 
    C67 C60 C99 C84 C97
 English, 1 c4 e5 (24) 
    A25 A20 A27 A21 A28
 French Defense (18) 
    C07 C00 C05 C19 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
   I De Los Santos vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1990 0-1
   J Horvath vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1981 0-1
   Zsuzsa Polgar vs Z Kiss, 1980 1-0
   Zsuzsa Polgar vs V I Dimitrov, 1984 1-0
   Zsuzsa Polgar vs J Costa, 1987 1-0
   I Hausner vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1983 0-1
   Zsuzsa Polgar vs Yudasin, 1991 1-0
   Zsuzsa Polgar vs K Dimitrov, 1984 1-0

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

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Polgar Power Originally Compiled by wanabe2000 by fredthebear
   Zsuzsa (Susan), Zsofia, and Judit Polgar by wanabe2000
   Zsuzsa! by larrewl
   Melody Amber 1993 by amadeus
   Zsuzsa Polgar by Carlos Javier
   1994 (women's) candidates tournament by gauer
   1989 World Junior chess championship by gauer
   Women WCC Index [1996: S. Polgar - Xie Jun] by chessmoron
   1992 (women's) candidates tournament by gauer
   1990 Wijk Aan Zee (group B) by gauer
   1986-87 Adsteam-Lidums International Chess Tourn by optimal play
   The Dragon Lady by Fluffy
   Plaza International Chess Tt 1988 by Benzol

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(born Apr-19-1969, 49 years old) Hungary (federation/nationality 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 977  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Zsuzsa Polgar vs Sirko 1-0281977BudapestB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
2. Zsuzsa Polgar vs Endrody 1-0251977BudapestB08 Pirc, Classical
3. J Gruz vs Zsuzsa Polgar 0-1311977BudapestC02 French, Advance
4. I Pataky vs Zsuzsa Polgar 0-1191978Correspondence GameA02 Bird's Opening
5. G Mathe vs Zsuzsa Polgar 0-1231979HUNA58 Benko Gambit
6. Zsuzsa Polgar vs J Kelemen 1-0761980BudapestE15 Queen's Indian
7. Zsuzsa Polgar vs Koronghi  1-0421980HUNA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
8. Zsuzsa Polgar vs Z Kiss 1-0361980BudapestE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
9. J Horvath vs Zsuzsa Polgar 0-1221981HUNC00 French Defense
10. P Needham vs Zsuzsa Polgar 0-1231981WestergateB33 Sicilian
11. L Meyer vs Zsuzsa Polgar 0-1191981ENGC07 French, Tarrasch
12. Zsuzsa Polgar vs E Ivanov 1-0151981VarnaA57 Benko Gambit
13. Zsuzsa Polgar vs S Horvath  1-0401981BudapestA87 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation
14. Smirnov vs Zsuzsa Polgar 0-1351981TetevenA27 English, Three Knights System
15. Zsuzsa Polgar vs Cirakov 1-0211981TargovisteA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
16. B Vujic vs Zsuzsa Polgar 0-1361981PanonijaC00 French Defense
17. Le Clercq vs Zsuzsa Polgar 0-1131982LondonB22 Sicilian, Alapin
18. L Liptay vs Zsuzsa Polgar  0-1481982BalatonberenyE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
19. Zsuzsa Polgar vs Ftacnik 0-14119826th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
20. I Varasdy vs Zsuzsa Polgar 0-1361983FonyodE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
21. I Varasdy vs Zsuzsa Polgar 0-1331983KecskemetE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
22. F Schrammel vs Zsuzsa Polgar 0-1301983FonyodA69 Benoni, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
23. Uhlmann vs Zsuzsa Polgar  ½-½531983KecskemetE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
24. G Tokaji-Nagy vs Zsuzsa Polgar  ½-½721983BudapestA48 King's Indian
25. Zsuzsa Polgar vs G Marosi  1-0401983Elekes Memorial-A 8thE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 977  PGN Download
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Dec-25-11  Llawdogg: Merry Christmas, Susan!
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  hansj: Merry Christmas and all the best in 2012 Susan and Paul and Tommy and Liam!
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  joeyj: Happy New Year Coach GM Susan & Everyone here !
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  joeyj: Congratulations too for ...

Texas Tech Knight Raiders qualifying the College Chess Final Four 2012 !!!

Kudos too for ... Texas Tech becoming the 1st school in the history of college chess to qualify for the College Chess Final Four every year after joining Division I competition. The Knight Raiders joined Division I in 2010.


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  kamalakanta: Happy New Year to Susan Polgar. Keep up the good work!
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  Susan Polgar: Happy New Year to all!
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  tpstar: <Susan Polgar> Greetings!

We are holding our annual vote of 2011's best games. If you would like to nominate ten of the best games from last year, please visit the tpstar chessforum and list your choices there.

Best wishes for 2012.

Jan-04-12  voratco: Thanks Madam Susan Polgar.
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  joeyj: Susan Polgar in South Africa

14.01.2012 – The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elisabeth hosted the 2011 South African Junior Chess Championship, in which an impressive 1800+ youths participated. Efforts such as this have led to South Africa's first WGM, Melissa Greeff. To help promote chess there, Susan Polgar was invited to provide a simul as well as give a seminar on "Women in Chess". A pictorial report.

read more (and see pics):

Kudos GM Susan !!! What's your score in the simul ?

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  Check It Out: Hello GM Susan Polgar, I was recently reading your profile and in it you said, <The only World Chess Champion in history (male or female) to win the triple-crown (Blitz, Rapid and Classical World Championships)>

But hasn't Vishy Anand done the same? In his Wiki profile it says, <Anand is the only player to have won the world chess championships in many formats including Tournament, Match, Rapid, Blitz, and Knockout chess.>

Thank you in advance for clarification.

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  Susan Polgar: Vishy won the classical world championship in different formats (match, knockout, and tournament). I won 3 different world championships (classical, blitz, and rapid). Both are hard to accomplish.

Winning the classical, blitz, and rapid is like winning the marathon, 100 meter dash, and 5K run. Very difficult.

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  Check It Out: Thank you. It turns out Vishy won the rapid world championships (2003)but never won the blitz world championship. Wikipedia's entry is wrong, go figure. Maybe our resident wiki editors <FSR> or <TheFocus> can fix it.

Aronian is closest on your heels having won both the rapid world championships (2009)and blitz world championships (2010).

Your record is safe for now!

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  Susan Polgar: It is now official: Webster University acquired SPICE and Champion US College Chess Team

The following students have been accepted / committed to Webster University for the Fall 2012 (August) - order based on current FIDE ratings

Grandmaster Georg Meier - Germany - Sophomore
Grandmaster Wesley So - Philippines - Freshman
Grandmaster Ray Robson - USA - Freshman
Grandmaster Manuel Leon Hoyos - Mexico - Freshman
Grandmaster Elshan Moradiabadi - Iran - Graduate student Grandmaster Anatoly Bykhovsky - Israel - Junior Grandmaster Andre Diamant - Brazil - Junior
Grandmaster Denes Boros - Hungary - Junior
International Master Vitaly Neimer - Israel - Sophomore International Master Faik Aleskerov - Azerbaijan - Graduate student

Feb-03-12  geniokov: Thanks for everything Susan,not only for that information but your effort to encourage Wesley to be near your supervision.Wesley is a "Shy boy" as i can describe it but a grown up Gentleman with discipline.We,the fan of Wesley were so happy to meet his needs for his future,as i can say,"Dream came true".I would like to extent our sincerely gratitude for accepting Wesley as part of your Team.Susan,Please take care of Wesley as he enter into his new dimension in life.I knew that in your hands,Wesley will improve his Chess as well as his plans for his future...All i can say is "Mabuhay" and Thank you so much Susan.
Feb-03-12  geniokov: All we can share is prayers for Wesley´s success in future.
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  Susan Polgar: I will look out for Wesley and all my students just as I do with my own children. We at SPICE are a family, one big family.
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  Bobby Fiske: Wow, SPICE castling long; From Lubbock, Texas to St. Louis, Missouri!

Nice to see you embrace so many young players from all over the world. Hopefully you can help Wes So, Ray Robson and the others breaking through the 2700 ceiling.

Now, St. Louis is turning into the Hogwarts of US chess. Of course there will be some special lectures by Hikaru Nakamura as Professor Sirius Black teaching the youngsters some super-GM magic moves.

All the best!

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  joeyj: Much thanks for the update Coach GM Susan !

Kudos for the NOVELTY MOVE ... ttu webster!

Meier, So, Robson + 7others indeed is a championship team !

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  joeyj: Happy Valentine's Day
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  andrewjsacks: Happy Valentine's Day, and thank you for the wonderful site and all your hard work on it each day.
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  joeyj: Congratulations Coach Susan for spearheading the Texas Tech Knight Raiders, the SPICE team, for winning the championship title at the 2012 Southwest Collegiate Championship in Dallas.


Mar-14-12  waustad: I'd like to mention that I enjoy your blog, but would like to mention one problem. I think I posted this there too, but this time I know it will get through. It would be a big help if more context were added to your posts. Very often I read something and have no clue where you are talking about. A recent one mentioned two places that start with "oak". I drink at the "Oak Room" and my dermatologist works for "Oak View ..." but I have no clue about the places you mentioned. A country, state or city reference might help.
Mar-14-12  waustad: By the way, how did Texas become a big chess hotbed? Do I remember correctly that Ken Smith and maybe the IM Larry Evans were from there? This is from a long time ago and details are decidely lacking. A few years ago I started hearing about Texas Tech and then noticed UTD when Alejandro Ramirez went there. I noticed since I spend a lot of time in Costa Rica. Will Lexington be another hotbed with Gregory Kaidanov? In many ways the world changed when the wall came down.
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  joeyj: Congratulations Coach Susan & The SPICE Knight Raiders for winning The Final Four for the 2nd consecutive year !!!

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  cro777: Congratulations to Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE) team Knight Raiders for winning the 2012 President’s Cup, the premier college chess event.

This is the second consecutive title of best America's collegiate team.

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