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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 E67 E60 E71 E97
 Queen's Indian (42) 
    E15 E14 E16 E12 E17
 Grunfeld (31) 
    D85 D86 D76 D80 D87
 Queen's Gambit Declined (30) 
    D37 D30 D35 D38 D31
 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 D27 D26
 King's Indian (53) 
    E92 E80 E66 E81 E62
 Ruy Lopez (32) 
    C67 C60 C99 C97 C89
 English, 1 c4 e5 (24) 
    A25 A20 A21 A27 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
   J Horvath vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1981 0-1
   Zsuzsa Polgar vs J Costa, 1987 1-0
   Zsuzsa Polgar vs Z Kiss, 1980 1-0
   Zsuzsa Polgar vs V I Dimitrov, 1984 1-0
   I Hausner vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1983 0-1
   I De Los Santos vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1990 0-1
   Zsuzsa Polgar vs Yudasin, 1991 1-0
   Zsuzsa Polgar vs Karpov, 1992 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
   1986-87 Adsteam-Lidums International Chess Tourn by optimal play
   The Dragon Lady by Fluffy
   1990 Wijk Aan Zee (group B) by gauer

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(born Apr-19-1969, 48 years old) Hungary (federation/nationality United States of America)
[what is this?]
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 Koronghi  1-0421980HUNA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
7. Zsuzsa Polgar vs Z Kiss 1-0361980BudapestE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
8. Zsuzsa Polgar vs J Kelemen 1-0761980BudapestE15 Queen's Indian
9. L Meyer vs Zsuzsa Polgar 0-1191981ENGC07 French, Tarrasch
10. Zsuzsa Polgar vs E Ivanov 1-0151981VarnaA57 Benko Gambit
11. Zsuzsa Polgar vs S Horvath  1-0401981BudapestA87 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation
12. Smirnov vs Zsuzsa Polgar 0-1351981TetevenA27 English, Three Knights System
13. Zsuzsa Polgar vs Cirakov  1-0211981TargovisteA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
14. B Vujic vs Zsuzsa Polgar 0-1361981PanonijaC00 French Defense
15. J Horvath vs Zsuzsa Polgar 0-1221981HUNC00 French Defense
16. P Needham vs Zsuzsa Polgar 0-1231981WestergateB33 Sicilian
17. Zsuzsa Polgar vs Ftacnik 0-1411982LondonA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
18. Le Clercq vs Zsuzsa Polgar 0-1131982LondonB22 Sicilian, Alapin
19. L Liptay vs Zsuzsa Polgar  0-1481982BalatonberenyE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
20. F Schrammel vs Zsuzsa Polgar 0-1301983FonyodA69 Benoni, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
21. Uhlmann vs Zsuzsa Polgar  ½-½531983KecskemetE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
22. Zsuzsa Polgar vs G Marosi  1-0401983Elekes Memorial-A 8thA65 Benoni, 6.e4
23. G Tokaji-Nagy vs Zsuzsa Polgar  ½-½721983BudapestA48 King's Indian
24. Zsuzsa Polgar vs M Bajovic  1-0361983KecskemetD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
25. Zsuzsa Polgar vs Z Fusthy  1-0271983Elekes Memorial-A 8thA30 English, Symmetrical
 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 977  PGN Download
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  James Demery: l didnt see the posts above before l went to work this morning. Didnt mean to be redundant.
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  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.
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  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."

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  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.
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  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.

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  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.
Jun-26-15  Olavi: In the bio, <Later that year, FIDE, in a controversial decision, granted 100 rating points to every female player except Zsuzsa.> is not correct.

There were others, Cramling, Fischdick (I think) and a third one. They received 25-75 points, if memory serves me right. Besides, it's controversial whether the decision was controversial.

Aug-12-15  WTHarvey: Here's a pamphlet of a couple dozen of Susan Polgar's brilliancies:
Aug-22-15  nilanjanasm: a game by polgar.

W - Susan Polgar
B - Bent Larsen
Monte Carlo 1994

d4 c6
c4 d6
Nc3 e5
Nf3 Nd7
e4 Ngf6
Be2 Be7
0-0 0-0
Be3 a6
d5 cxd5
cxd5 Ng4
Bd2 Nb6?!
h3 Nf6
Be3 Ne8
a4 Nd7
a5 g6
Nd2 Bg5
Bxg5 Qxg5
Nc4 Rb8
Qc1! Qf4
b4 h5
Ra2 b5
axb6 Nxb6
Na5! Kg7
Nc6 Ra8
Qxf4 exf4
Rc1 Nf6
Rca1! Re8
f3 Nfd7
Bxa6 Bxa6
Rxa6 Rac8
Nb5 Nc4
Nca7 Rb8
Nxd6 Nxd6
Rxd6 Ne5
b5 Rb7
Rda6 h4
Rc1 Nd7
Nc8! Rb8
Nd6 Rf8
Rc7 Ne5
b6 Ra8


One best game

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  cro777: Susan Polgar's coaching philosophy:

"Unlike some 'celebrity coaches' who go through the motion for the media or simply by lending their names, I actually spend a lot of time to dissect the strengths and weaknesses of each of my students. Then we work together to fix each weakness and enhancing their natural strengths."

Apr-19-16  Fluffy: Happy Birthday to you, Zsuzsa. We have nearly the same birthdays although the same cannot be said for our chess playing abilities Heh
Aug-28-16  Virgil A: Hopefully GM Susan Polgar will lend her interviews/commentaries at the Baku Olympiad.
Feb-19-17  bengalcat47: Zsuzsu is very pretty!
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  Dionysius1: I wouldn't say so, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all that. Without doubt though she has been one heck of a chess player.
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  Dionysius1: A girl called Susan Polgar is the love interest in Newhart episode 95. Coincidence?
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