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Judit Polgar 
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Judit Polgar
Number of games in database: 1,772
Years covered: 1984 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2676 (2646 rapid, 2736 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2735
Overall record: +476 -290 =494 (57.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      512 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (329) 
    B90 B33 B93 B30 B32
 Ruy Lopez (197) 
    C67 C78 C65 C89 C92
 French Defense (112) 
    C11 C18 C10 C12 C15
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (93) 
    C89 C92 C95 C90 C86
 Caro-Kann (87) 
    B14 B17 B18 B12 B13
 Sicilian Najdorf (83) 
    B90 B93 B92 B94 B99
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (328) 
    B90 B47 B40 B22 B32
 King's Indian (171) 
    E97 E62 E81 E92 E73
 Sicilian Taimanov (70) 
    B47 B48 B46 B45 B49
 Queen's Indian (60) 
    E15 E12 E17 E16 E14
 Sicilian Najdorf (50) 
    B90 B92 B98 B93 B97
 Nimzo Indian (47) 
    E32 E21 E49 E53 E48
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Judit Polgar vs F Berkes, 2003 1-0
   Judit Polgar vs Anand, 1999 1-0
   Judit Polgar vs Kasparov, 2002 1-0
   Judit Polgar vs Mamedyarov, 2002 1-0
   Judit Polgar vs P Angelova, 1988 1-0
   Shirov vs Judit Polgar, 1994 0-1
   Judit Polgar vs Kasimdzhanov, 2005 1-0
   Judit Polgar vs Karpov, 2003 1-0
   Judit Polgar vs Shirov, 1995 1-0
   Judit Polgar vs Svidler, 2005 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Superstars Hotel Bali (2002)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   Ajedrez UNAM Quadrangular (2010)
   Hunguest Hotels Super Chess Tournament (2003)
   Villa de Canada de Calatrava (2007)
   Amsterdam (1995)
   Las Palmas (1994)
   World Cup (2011)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   World Chess Team Championship (2011)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   European Individual Championships (2014)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Zsuzsa Polgar, Zsofia Polgar, Judit Polgar by wanabe2000
   The Princess of Chess - Judit Polgar by Resignation Trap
   Exchange sacs - 4 by obrit
   Judit the Chess Queen by Minor Piece Activity
   Melody Amber 1993 by amadeus
   Melody Amber 1995 by amadeus
   Melody Amber 1994 by amadeus
   The Polgar sisters. by lostemperor
   Judit! by larrewl
   99_Lev Polugajevky Tourn. Buenos Aires 1994 by whiteshark
   Hastings 1992/93 by suenteus po 147
   Munich 1991 by suenteus po 147

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(born Jul-23-1976, 38 years old) Hungary
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Judit Polgár is universally considered the strongest woman chess player ever. She was #1 woman player in the world for an unbroken period of over 25 years starting from the age of 12 in 1989 when she burst into the world's top 100 until her retirement from competitive chess in 2014, aged 38.

She was born in Hungary in 1976. Her childhood included an extensive chess education from her father, László, and her sisters. Beginning international competition as early as 1984, Polgár first defeated an International Master in Adelaide in 1986, when she beat Dolfi Drimer, and a year later the then 11 year old girl defeated her first grandmaster, Lev Gutman. In 1988 she won the U12 Boys World Championship, and in 1990, the U14 Boys World Championship. In 1991 she became an International Grandmaster by winning the "men's" Hungarian championship and at the age of fifteen years and five months, she was the youngest grandmaster in history, breaking a record that Robert James Fischer had held for over 30 years. She has been the highest-rated woman ever since FIDE's January 1990 list, and in 2003 she entered the overall top ten. In 2005, she became the first woman to take part in the final of an open world championship cycle when she participated in the FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005). Although she finished last, her participation in this event seeded her into the 2007 Candidates playoff for the World Championship Tournament in Mexico City, but she bowed out in the Candidates Match: Polgar - Bareev (2007) by 3.5-2.5.

Polgár's career-best tournament performances include four victories at Essent (twice shared), first in London 1988, first in Varna 1988, equal first with Bareev in Hastings 1992/93, clear first at Madrid 1994, first at the Isle of Lewis 1995 (1), equal first in the 1998 US Open, first at the VAM Tournament in Hoogeveen in 1998, first at the category 16 Japfa Classic in Bali in 2000, first at the the Sigeman & Company International Tournament in Malmo, equal first at the Najdorf Chess Festival 2000, fourth in the 2001 European Championship which fielded 143 GMs in a 13-round Swiss-system tournament, first at Superstars Hotel Bali (2002), clear second at Corus at Wijk aan Zee (2003) and equal first at the 12th European Individual Championship (2011), the first time a woman has stood on the podium in this immensely competitive tournament that on this occasion attracted 167 grandmasters; her result also qualified her for participation in the World Cup (2011), where she defeated Cuban GM Fidel Corrales Jimenez, Armenian GM Sergei Movsesian, and Russian GM Sergey Karjakin and Cuban GM, Leinier Dominguez Perez in the first four rounds, but lost her quarter final match against the eventual winner, Russian GM Peter Svidler, to exit the contest. She was one of the President's nominees to play in the World Cup (2013), where she faced Cuban #4 player, GM Isan Reynaldo Ortiz Suarez in the first round, losing the first game and drawing the second.

Polgár represented Hungary at the (open) Olympiads in 1994, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014. During that time she won two team silver medals, and an individual bronze medal, both occurring at the 2002 Olympiad and the second team silver in 2014. During the Chess Olympiad (2012) held in Istanbul, she played on board 3 scoring 7.5/10 which yielded a TPR of 2744, her best result since the Istanbul Olympiad of 2000. Her overall game results from her participation in Olympiads now amounts to 85 games (+35 =35 -15) with a winning percentage of 61.8%. She represented Hungary twice in the European Team Championships, once in 1989 and then again in 1999, on the latter occasion helping her team to its best result, a silver medal, and also winning an individual silver medal for her result on board 2.

In rapids, Polgár's best results include equal first with Viswanathan Anand in the Wydra rapid in Israel in 1998, defeating David Navara 6-2 in a rapid match in the Czech Republic in 2010, and defeating Vassily Ivanchuk 2.5-1.5 and Veselin Topalov 3.5-0.5 to win the rapid Ajedrez UNAM Quadrangular (2010). She won an invitational rapid tournament, Festa da Uva (Grape Celebration), in Caxias do Sul in Brazil in early 2012, ahead of Henrique Mecking, Gilberto Milos and Andres Rodriguez Vila; the contest was a round robin featuring 2 game mini-matches between each player, with one rapid and one blitz game in each match. (2) She played in the European Individual Championships (2014) but only scored 6.5/11, losing a couple of games in the last few rounds of the tournament and failing to qualify for the World Cup 2015.

Polgár first entered the top 100 in January 1989 at the age of 12 when her rating skyrocketed to 2555 and number 55 in the world, and she has remained in the top 100 since then. She remains the youngest player by far to enter the top 100. Her standard rating as of 1 August 2014 is 2676 making her the world's top rated woman, Hungary's #4 player, and world #65; her peak rating was 2735 in 2005, when she was ranked #8 in the world. She is rated 2646 in rapid and 2736 (world #24 & women's world #1) in blitz.

She lives in Budapest with her husband, veterinarian Gusztáv Font, and their two children, Olivér and Hanna who were born in 2004 and 2006 respectively. In late 2012, she released her autobiography "How I Beat Fischer's Record". (3) In August 2014, she announced her retirement from competitive chess after 25 years as the top rated woman in chess. (4)


- (1); (2) chessbase article:; (3); (4)

- Article in the Independent dated 24 November 2012:;

- Personal website:;

- Psychology Today article titled The Grandmaster Experiment:;

- John Miller's (User: wanabe2000) collection of games and tournaments of the Polgár sisters: Game Collection: Zsuzsa Polgar, Zsofia Polgar, Judit Polgar;

- Live rating:;

- Polgár's Twitter:!/GMJuditPolgar;

- Q & A between Polgár and fans:;

- Audio-visual collage of Polgar Chessday 2009: (link in print underneath photo array);

- Wikipedia article: Judit Polg%C3%A1r;

 page 1 of 71; games 1-25 of 1,772  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Judit Polgar vs H Grooten 1-022 1984 BudapestB83 Sicilian
2. Judit Polgar vs Szendrei 1-021 1984 BudapestB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. I Balogh vs Judit Polgar 0-128 1984 BudapestB30 Sicilian
4. Judit Polgar vs N Bojkovic  1-071 1986 Wch U16 GirlsB30 Sicilian
5. Judit Polgar vs T Hutters 1-041 1986 CopenhagenB32 Sicilian
6. Judit Polgar vs Z Simic  1-042 1986 New York opC10 French
7. Judit Polgar vs S Nagabhusanam  1-049 1986 Wch U16 GirlsB53 Sicilian
8. T Hay vs Judit Polgar 1-031 1986 It (open)B83 Sicilian
9. Judit Polgar vs K Hornung 1-054 1986 Adelaide open 10C31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
10. A Hernandez vs Judit Polgar 0-136 1986 Wch U16 GirlsA36 English
11. Judit Polgar vs O Capo 0-159 1986 Wch U16 GirlsB83 Sicilian
12. Judit Polgar vs D Drimer 1-062 1986 AdelaideB40 Sicilian
13. Judit Polgar vs S Djuric 0-145 1986 AdelaideC30 King's Gambit Declined
14. V Alvarez vs Judit Polgar  0-137 1986 Wch U16 GirlsB20 Sicilian
15. I Majul vs Judit Polgar 0-164 1986 Wch U16 GirlsA37 English, Symmetrical
16. Judit Polgar vs Mednis 0-144 1986 AdelaideC15 French, Winawer
17. Judit Polgar vs S Villegas  1-045 1986 Wch U16 GirlsC30 King's Gambit Declined
18. Judit Polgar vs I Kientzler-Guerlain 1-034 1986 RioB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
19. Mey Riofrio vs Judit Polgar  0-123 1986 Wch U16 GirlsA46 Queen's Pawn Game
20. G Kool vs Judit Polgar 0-137 1987 SWIFT tournamentA37 English, Symmetrical
21. I Nemet vs Judit Polgar 1-034 1987 San BernardinoA57 Benko Gambit
22. Judit Polgar vs Chandler 1-057 1987 Biel (Switzerland)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
23. D Pergericht vs Judit Polgar 1-026 1987 SWIFT tournamentA04 Reti Opening
24. Judit Polgar vs J Costa 1-032 1987 Biel-AC33 King's Gambit Accepted
25. Judit Polgar vs A Huss  0-152 1987 Biel-AC15 French, Winawer
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  ketchuplover: I thought Hou beat Judit in their only encounter
Aug-14-14  Rookiepawn: <Sally Simpson

. . . . . What would have happened in a four player mini-tournament between Fischer, Karpov, Polgar and Hou Yifan?>

Oh no, you are a controversy devil aren't you? ;)

We have enough speculation with the two potential matches separately, to think about all of them mixed up is mind-boggling.

That said... I think Hou is a little bit behind. Polgar would be able to face the two monster gentlemen with chances imho.

(Darn, I couldn't help it...)

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  Sally Simpson: I think Hou Yifan would win by default.

Bobby would refuse to show up blaming the lighting.

Gary would set off to form yet another Chess Federation.

With no men to beat Judit would decline the invitation. need to discuss.

Aug-15-14  Mr Bigz: Judit, Congratulations on your stunning chess career! You set an example for people across the world.
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  zanzibar: <It was an amazing 25 years! Huge thanks to my trainers, friends, fans, team-members, opponents, supporters and of course my wonderful family for supporting this long journey.>

And from the past:

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  HeMateMe: The storyline and videos posted today on chessbase are terrific. I had forgotten she beat Karpov 5-3 in a rapids match. And, she beat Kasparov on a huge stage, Russia v. the world, 2002.
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  lostemperor: Thank you Judit Polgar for 25 years of chess. Breaking almost all male records.
Aug-15-14  Ladolcevita: Indeed,best wishes to you,Judit!The many lauding comments above are exactly what I would like to say,and I'm sure the chess public as I will always remember how marvellous and splendid your chess career has been and how wonderful and outstanding a figure you have also made among the otherwise quite male dominated chess world!Wish you all the best!
Aug-15-14  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to the best female chess player ever, Judit Polgar!

< ...until her retirement aged 38 in 2014. >

Maybe a little too early if you asked me, but regardless, she has removed any doubts that women can't compete with men in chess.

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  Sneaky: Gosh, this makes me feel like an old man. I remember seeing all three sisters on the cover of Chess Life, when Judit was around 15 or 16.

Gender aside, it was remarkable that she was playing at such a high level just for her age.

Well done Judit, we wish you all the best in the next chapter of your life.

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  playground player: I can't believe the stupid chess establishment never gave JP a crack at the world championship. They would've made a fortune on that match, and the whole world would have been talking chess.
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  HeMateMe: Who would she have played? She is something like 0-11 against Kramnik 1-11 against Kasparov, and 4-15 against Anand. No viable title match ever existed.
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  plang: Being in the top 10 was a great accomplishment but she was never a World Championship contender. The same can be said for Morozovich, Adams and Svidler who were also in the top 10 at that point in time.
Aug-15-14  dumbgai: <1-11 against Kasparov>

That one win was in a rapid game. A classical match between the two would have been a slaughter.

Even FIDE KO Khalifman and Pono had plus-scores against Judit (although she leads 2-1 against Kasim).

Didn't Judit participate in San Luis 2005?

Aug-15-14  dumbgai: <I can't believe the stupid chess establishment never gave JP a crack at the world championship.>

That's silly. You don't just hand someone a world championship match, they have to qualify (well, I guess the case of Kramnik was debatable).

Aug-15-14  tbentley: Read the second paragraph in her bio for her performance in World Championship cycles.
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  eternaloptimist: It's sad that she will be retiring soon but what an amazing career she has had. As <rogl> mentioned, it's nice that she will finish her chess career on a high note...winning a silver medal in the Olympiad! A while back she said that she will play in the Mind Games event in China in December. I guess she still plans to play in it.
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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> All right, I stand corrected. But they still would've made a fortune on the match.
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  Check It Out: Happy retirement! Greatest female player of all time but you always played on equal footing with the boys; pure spirit!
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  Wild Bill: Best wishes, Milady.
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  twinlark: <HeHateMe>

<Yifan has not yet been able to do this, and probably will not attain that high a performance level.>

She's shown she is capable of it. She had a wonderful run of wins against 2700+ players at Gibraltar and Reykjavik a couple of years ago.

Now that she can concentrate on chess, having finished her studies, she has shown us a new lease of life on the chessboard, absolutely smashing the last Women's Grand Prix event and finishing midfield at Biel (being the lowest rated player invited), beating Giri and Motylev in the process.

Hou may never be a contender, but it would not be at all surprising to see becoming established in the 2700s for a long time.

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  HeMateMe: I think Hou breaking into the top 50 is possible, and a reasonable goal. The ratings don't matter so much--Polgar's 2700 rating is worth more than a 2700 in 2014, because of ratings inflation.

Consistency against a certain talent level, irrespective of historical ratings, is what counts. Judit demonstrated that she would almost always defeat or draw people in the low to mid 2600s. Yifan has had only flashes of that kind of talent. The low 2700s today is probably the strength of the 2650 people that Polgar was beating regularly 20 years ago.

Still, Hou is only in her early 20s.

Aug-17-14  Rookiepawn: <Sally Simpson need to discuss>

Never thought of that outcome, but true.

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  rogl: <dumbgai: That one win was in a rapid game.> The players had 1 hour each in Judit's win over Kasparov, so not quite classical but I wouldn't call it rapid either.
Aug-17-14  nok: And he took back a move in another.
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