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|Jul-29-09|| ||AnalyzeThis: Somebody said that the secret of a winner is to quit when you're ahead. Sofia is that.|
|Jul-29-09|| ||WannaBe: Holy guacamole, that is a very different (profile) picture than the one before!|
|Jul-29-09|| ||Open Defence: the bugs bunny version....... I can see why it got your attention <Wannabe> ... do rabbits actually go "check out the teeth on that one!" ??|
|Jul-31-09|| ||Boomie: <WannaBe: Holy guacamole>|
Is that a carrot in your pocket or...
|Aug-01-09|| ||moroloser: <Boomie> I'm not really sure... First of all, I find extremely in poor taste the "Olimpic champion and artist" claim. Second, her art it's a couple of little steps ahead of cats and clowns. But I like your "I rather like her bold use of color and van Goghish brush strokes. A post impressionist Fauvist kinda thing." Actually it does mantain the illusion that you know something! Said that, I totally agree with you, there are not wrong choices. ;-)|
|Aug-01-09|| ||Travis Bickle: Ah <moroloser> you're still pis#@$ Sofia beat you at blitz! ; P|
|Aug-01-09|| ||moroloser: <Travis Bickle:> Ok, killer, you got me there... She left chess for painting and I will never have the occasion to have my revenge.|
|Nov-13-09|| ||TheFocus: I swear, even if I was drunk, I could not stand looking across my beer stein at that smile. Bugsy Polgar, indeed!!|
|Mar-02-10|| ||alexapple: Sofia is unactive for many years, but she is listed on the newly published FIDE rating list, Why?|
|Mar-02-10|| ||percyblakeney: <Sofia is unactive for many years, but she is listed on the newly published FIDE rating list, Why?>|
Good question, the last time she was rated was in 2003 and since then she has only played two games, none of them recently.
|Mar-02-10|| ||Travis Bickle: <TheFocus> If you seen Sofi's other attributes you wouldnt even notice her
smile! ; P|
|Mar-02-10|| ||chancho: <MaxxLange: the oldest Polgar sister>|
Nope. Zsuzsa was born in 1969.
|Mar-02-10|| ||Caissanist: <interesting that Judit, the youngest, became the strongest player, reaching the top ten rated list in the '90s>|
It turns out that, when two or more siblings play chess well enough to gain international title, it's the youngest that turns out to be the strongest about 80% of the time. We have a running list of chess siblings on the Ton Timman page.
|Mar-08-10|| ||MaxxLange: <chancho> informed! thanks|
|Jul-10-10|| ||Astardis: She's again listed as an active player in the 2010 rating list. Apparently she played 5 rated games in the Israeli National league. She even played (and beat)Mikhail Botvinnik :)|
|Jul-10-10|| ||HeMateMe: great photo, pleasing to look at.|
|Jul-22-10|| ||yusevich: Anyway, it's a pity that Sofia is not playing anymore!|
|Jul-22-10|| ||Jim Bartle: I hear she just didn't like playing under the Sofia rules.|
|Oct-25-10|| ||HeMateMe: Sofia played in the recent massive Simul in Tel Aviv, where an Israeli GM played 523 opponents, breaking the record. She and Natan Sharansky played a separate, smaller simul.|
Nice photo of her over on chessbase; she really resembles Susan Polgar, in that photo.
|Jan-15-11|| ||Caissanist: I don't think that Sofia made the wrong choice when she walked away from competitive chess, and the problems her older sister has been through are the perfect illustration of why. Throughout chess history there have been far more people who wanted to make a living at the game then there have been livings to be made; this leads to incredibly intense struggle and backbiting among the people who are trying to do it. It reminds me of Henry Kissinger's classic comment about academia: "the infighting is so vicious precisely because the stakes are so low". |
Sofia obviously decided about ten years ago that there wasn't any point in trying to get any better at the game, or in keeping up with the latest opening theory; she would still play for fun, but would look for other ways to spend most of her time. She's probably made more money from her art than she would have would have from chess, and certainly has made more friends; her decision to subordinate her interests to those of her husband and children has also given her a more rewarding family life, and more creature comforts than would have been the case otherwise. I'd bet that Susan wonders sometimes if she would have done better marrying a nice dentist in Scarsdale, and only playing chess when it fit in around life's other demands and interests.
Although she doesn't say so publicly, I think her younger sister has basically made the same decision; she still plays chess, but no longer has serious chess "ambitions". Nobody wants to believe that her husband's veterinary practice is more important than Judit's being a world class chess player, but it is.
|Mar-08-11|| ||BLarsen1967: The Gospel according to Saint Zsofia,here's one more game (not in the db)|
[White "Shevelev, Arkady"]
[Black "Polgar, Sofia"]
[Opening "Three Knights"]
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. c3 d3 5. Bxd3 d6 6. O-O g6 7. Nd4 Nxd4 8.
cxd4 Bg7 9. Nc3 Ne7 10. d5 O-O 11. Be3 f5 12. Qd2 fxe4 13. Nxe4 Nf5 14. Bg5
Qd7 15. Ng3 Qf7 16. Rae1 Qxd5 17. Rc1 Kh8 18. Rxc7 Nxg3 19. hxg3 Rf7 20.
Re1 Bh3 21. gxh3 Rxc7 22. Rd1 Qxa2 23. Bb1 Qxb2 24. Qxd6 Qe5 25. Qd2 Qc3
26. Qd6 a5 27. h4 Qc6 28. Qd3 Qc3 29. Qd6 Rf8 30. Be3 a4 31. h5 Rc6 32. Qd5
Qb3 33. h6 Bf6 34. Qd7 Qf7 35. Qd2 a3 36. Ba2 Qe7 37. Qa5 Rc2 38. Bb3 Rc3
39. Qb6 Be5 40. Bd4 Rc6 41. Qxb7 Rc7 42. Qd5 Bf6 43. Kg2 Rcc8 44. Qg5 Qe4+
45. f3 Qxd4 46. Qb5 Qb2+ 47. Kh3 Rb8 48. Qc6 Qxb3 49. Rd7 Qb1 50. Rd5 a2
|Sep-20-11|| ||brankat: <MaxxLange> <the oldest Polgar sister..>|
Actually, Susan Polgar is 5 years older.
|Nov-02-11|| ||Llawdogg: Happy Birthday!|
|Nov-02-11|| ||waustad: OK, that explains it. I was looking for the "sac of Rome" among highest performance ratings with no success, but I seem to have ignored the word "open" in the claim.|
|Feb-02-12|| ||LIFE Master AJ: http://www.sofiapolgar.com/Rome.aspx|
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