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Istvan Polgar
Number of games in database: 53
Years covered: 1963 to 1981
Last FIDE rating: 2425

Overall record: +14 -22 =17 (42.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C90 C91 C84 C68 C93
 Sicilian (5) 
    B93 B75 B56 B32 B47
 King's Indian (4) 
    E73 E60 E75 E63
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (4) 
    C93 C84 C91 C90
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C77 C93 C91
 Sicilian (4) 
    B43 B32 B45
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kholmov vs I Polgar, 1979 0-1
   I Polgar vs Adorjan, 1966 1/2-1/2

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(born Nov-26-1944, 74 years old) Hungary

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 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 53  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Polgar vs J Trapl 0-1331963BudvaD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
2. I Polgar vs Tseshkovsky  0-1571964RSFSR-HUNE14 Queen's Indian
3. I Polgar vs Tseshkovsky  1-0391964RSFSR-HUNE14 Queen's Indian
4. Tseshkovsky vs I Polgar  1-0351964RSFSR-HUNB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
5. Tseshkovsky vs I Polgar 1-0301964RSFSR-HUNC00 French Defense
6. I Polgar vs Smejkal  ½-½521964WchT U26 11th fin-AB56 Sicilian
7. I Polgar vs G Kluger  1-0411965HUN-ch 20thA61 Benoni
8. Portisch vs I Polgar  1-0331965HUN-ch 21stD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. G Kluger vs I Polgar  0-1371965HUN-ch 21stD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. I Polgar vs P Jamieson  1-0331966Orebro Stud olm prelim6E73 King's Indian
11. I Polgar vs Gheorghiu  0-1401966Orebro Stud olm prelim6D25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
12. I Polgar vs C Zuidema  ½-½301966Orebro Stud olm fAC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
13. S Kagan vs I Polgar 0-1571966Orebro Stud olm fAB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
14. I Polgar vs Kurajica  ½-½411966Orebro Stud olm fAE17 Queen's Indian
15. J Sloth vs I Polgar  0-1341966Orebro Stud olm fAA12 English with b3
16. I Polgar vs N Spiridonov  0-1381966Orebro Stud olm fAA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
17. Gheorghiu vs I Polgar  1-0311966Orebro Stud olm fAC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
18. I Polgar vs Hort  0-1401966Orebro Stud olm fAB02 Alekhine's Defense
19. I Polgar vs H Westerinen 1-0471966Orebro Stud olm fAE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
20. I Polgar vs A Hennings  0-1341966Orebro Stud olm fAD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. G Kuzmin vs I Polgar  ½-½411966Orebro Stud olm fAB32 Sicilian
22. I Polgar vs Adorjan  ½-½541966HUN-chA38 English, Symmetrical
23. G Kluger vs I Polgar  0-1361966HUN-chD24 Queen's Gambit Accepted
24. Csom vs I Polgar  0-1201966HUN-chC44 King's Pawn Game
25. I Polgar vs Portisch  ½-½401968HUN-ch 24thB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 53  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-18-04  fasting: isn't this guy the Polgar sisters farther?
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  Benzol: <fasting> Laszlo Polgar is the father of Zsuzsa, Sofia and Judit Polgar.
Nov-22-04  fasting: so just Polgar stranger from hungary, right?
Nov-22-04  Dillinger: Probably; "Istvan Polgar" in hungary is only a shade away from NN or Meyer. Although a better, really stereotypical hungarian name might be something like Janos Nagy.
Nov-22-04  sneaky pete: <Dillinger> Don't underestimate Kovacs Lajos.
Apr-03-05  EmperorAtahualpa: He did beat Adorjan once though, so he can't be that bad.
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  Infohunter: <Dillinger: Probably; "Istvan Polgar" in hungary is only a shade away from NN or Meyer. Although a better, really stereotypical hungarian name might be something like Janos Nagy.>

Right--"Nagy" is quite common in Hungarian. It's their version of the German surname "Gross". Somehow the English cognate to "Gross" ("Great") never caught on as a name. Neither did its synonym "Big". (The name "Biggs" is of Welsh, not English, origin.) "Polgár", on the other hand, is adapted from the German name/word "Bürger" (meaning "citizen" in both languages).

Just as stereotypically Hungarian as "Jánós Nagy" is the name of GM Laszlo Szabó. "Szabó" means "tailor", hence it is equivalent to the name "Taylor".

<sneaky pete: <Dillinger> Don't underestimate Kovacs Lajos.> Yes, "Kóvács" is Hungarian for "Smith".
Note from this latest example that Hungarians give their surnames first, then their given names--just as they appear in the telephone book.

Sep-19-07  znprdx: <EmperorAtahualpa: He did beat Adorjan once though,..> I only see a 20 move obviously agreed to draw - in this listing
Sep-19-07  Crowaholic: <znprdx: I only see a 20 move obviously agreed to draw - in this listing>

Notice the little arrows to the right? :-)


"Overall record: Andras Adorjan beat Istvan Polgar 4 to 1, with 1 draw."

Hmmm, that's still a minus score, though.

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