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Judit Polgar 
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Judit Polgar
Number of games in database: 1,766
Years covered: 1984 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2676 (2646 rapid, 2736 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2735
Overall record: +472 -289 =493 (57.3%)*
   * 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 (328) 
    B90 B33 B93 B30 B32
 Ruy Lopez (195) 
    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 (327) 
    B90 B47 B40 B22 B32
 King's Indian (171) 
    E97 E62 E81 E92 E73
 Sicilian Taimanov (69) 
    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)
   Essent Tournament (2006)
   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)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   World Cup (2011)
   World Chess Team Championship (2011)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   European Individual Championships (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
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1998 by suenteus po 147

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(born Jul-23-1976) Hungary
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Judit Polgár 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 and 2012. During that time she won a team silver medal, and an individual bronze medal, both occurring at the 2002 Olympiad. During the most recent of these events, 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 79 games (+31 =34 -14) with a winning percentage of 60.75%. 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 it's 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 May 2014 is 2685 making her the world's top rated woman, Hungary's #4 player, and world #60; her peak rating was 2735 in 2005, when she was ranked #8 in the world. Currently she is rated 2656 in rapid and 2673 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)


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

- 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 1,766  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. I Balogh vs Judit Polgar 0-128 1984 BudapestB30 Sicilian
2. Judit Polgar vs H Grooten 1-022 1984 BudapestB83 Sicilian
3. Judit Polgar vs Szendrei 1-021 1984 BudapestB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. I Majul vs Judit Polgar 0-164 1986 Wch U16 GirlsA37 English, Symmetrical
5. Judit Polgar vs Mednis 0-144 1986 AdelaideC15 French, Winawer
6. Judit Polgar vs S Djuric 0-145 1986 AdelaideC30 King's Gambit Declined
7. Judit Polgar vs S Villegas  1-045 1986 Wch U16 GirlsC30 King's Gambit Declined
8. Judit Polgar vs I Kientzler-Guerlain 1-034 1986 RioB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. Mey Riofrio vs Judit Polgar  0-123 1986 Wch U16 GirlsA46 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Judit Polgar vs N Bojkovic  1-071 1986 Wch U16 GirlsB30 Sicilian
11. Judit Polgar vs T Hutters 1-041 1986 CopenhagenB32 Sicilian
12. Judit Polgar vs Z Simic  1-042 1986 New York opC10 French
13. Judit Polgar vs S Nagabhusanam  1-049 1986 Wch U16 GirlsB53 Sicilian
14. T Hay vs Judit Polgar 1-031 1986 It (open)B83 Sicilian
15. A Hernandez vs Judit Polgar 0-136 1986 Wch U16 GirlsA36 English
16. Judit Polgar vs O Capo 0-159 1986 Wch U16 GirlsB83 Sicilian
17. Judit Polgar vs D Drimer 1-062 1986 AdelaideB40 Sicilian
18. Judit Polgar vs K Hornung 1-054 1986 Adelaide open 10C31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
19. V Alvarez vs Judit Polgar  0-137 1986 Wch U16 GirlsB20 Sicilian
20. Hort vs Judit Polgar 1-025 1987 San BernardinoA58 Benko Gambit
21. B Leverett vs Judit Polgar 0-130 1987 New York OpenA57 Benko Gambit
22. Judit Polgar vs Fedorowicz  ½-½34 1987 Brussels (Belgium)B44 Sicilian
23. Judit Polgar vs L Gutman 1-037 1987 SWIFT tournamentB83 Sicilian
24. H Nowotny vs Judit Polgar 0-140 1987 San BernardinoA45 Queen's Pawn Game
25. G Kool vs Judit Polgar 0-137 1987 SWIFT tournamentA37 English, Symmetrical
 page 1 of 71; games 1-25 of 1,766  PGN Download
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May-16-14  RookFile: That's the bottom line, isn't it. Does Polgar want to play for the women's world championship. The simple answer is no. Obviously, it's not out of fear of her competition.
May-16-14  Rookiepawn: Beautiful photo. I like the blue background's contrast and the colours on her. Staggering smile plus sharp neurones make a superb combo.

I also like her attitude of ignoring women championships. I personally don't see any point in that more than I see it in red-haired, less than 1.75 m tall, or cat owners chess competitions.

For other sports, maybe. But for chess you only need a brain, and a woman's one is as good as a man's, she proves it clearly.

May-16-14  Rookiepawn: ...and don't tell me you never had the masochistic fantasy of being totally crushed by her. On the board. Er... with pieces of course. In a game I mean. A chess game!
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  perfidious: <Rookiepawn> Can't say I ever have--taking a hiding from her big sister was enough, thank you very much.
May-16-14  Rookiepawn: <perfidious> OK, but you're a master, I'm a patzer. My comment is more for patzers you see, the ones with nothing to lose.

When something more than just the game is at stake then I imagine losing is less funny, even to such a smile.

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  perfidious: <Rookiepawn> See the first kibitz at Alex Cherniack for a humorous tale of the very young Judit.
May-19-14  Rookiepawn: <perfidious> lol, given her sharp brain the teddy bear must have been a clever psychological ploy.
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  TheFocus: Do any of you remember when grown men began bringing teddy bears to tournaments after Judit did?

The silliest thing I ever saw at a tournament.

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  WannaBe: Yeah, but my teddy have Deep Fritz-Shredder IX, running 8-core 5GHz and 128g RAM!!
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  perfidious: <WannaBe> Yer teddy's nuthin', pal--Ah'll show yew how ta play some!
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  TheFocus: My teddy has a hook-up to a Master in a Southern state, so I expect a GM title in the near future.

Did I mention that I would be playing in the World Senior Championship, so a real GM title would be won.

Of course I will say such things as "I trained very diligently for the past few years. Now, I can retire to the U.S.'s Gulf region

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  HeMateMe: age 13, already a star:


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  perfidious: <Rookiepawn> wrote thus on his page:

<.....Most of my kibitzing is probably worthless so I'm thankful to CG and all its users for all the info available here.>

This user respectfully disagrees with <rookiepawn>'s self-assessment of his kibitzing and has enjoyed reading his posts.

Glad to have you aboard, amigo! Don't be a stranger!

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  waustad: I wonder if Rocco here is a relative:

One additional yuk here is that I sang that at the biker bar I frequent today. It was a little before the official start of open stage but people seemed to do reasonably well with it. The guy on the guitar tried to play along. Now they know that I'm a musician too, just not the same as what they do.

Jun-30-14  BobbieM: We are getting ever closer to the ELO crossover of Yifan Hou and Judit Polgar as number one rated female. Could happen in the next couple of months.
Jul-06-14  Rookiepawn: I saw today's puzzle and Ms Polgar never stops amazing me. Of course I failed, but guessed a good number of moves before messing it up. Intelligence plus beauty is a wonderful cocktail.

Thanks to <perfidious> for his comment. At least the last part of my sentence is true, I learn a lot here.

Jul-14-14  ex0duz: Hou Yifan is only like 24 points(2653 in live rating after beating Giri) behind Judit..

How come Judit has dropped so far below 2700? Is it because she had the baby and doesn't fully devote herself to professional chess anymore? When did she drop below 2700 and how long has she been around 2675~ for now?

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  perfidious: Even if Hou surpasses Judit's all-time peak, a better measure of her strength is whether she makes top ten, as Judit did.

To paraphrase Rasheed Wallace: career don't lie.

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  HeMateMe: Judit is in the upcoming MindGames tournament in China.


It is one of the few events where she is playing against other women. Yifan is also entered, along with all of the other top female players. The USA has Irina Krush and Anna Z. Should be interesting.

Jul-21-14  Kain3: <Even if Hou surpasses Judit's all-time peak, a better measure of her strength is whether she makes top ten, as Judit did.

To paraphrase Rasheed Wallace: career don't lie.>

I agree. Also, even if Hou beats Judit in games (which will happen soon in my opinion) she's still has a lot to go to reach Polgar's achievements, and Judit is also in bit of a decline, far from her peak.

Jul-23-14  joeyj: Happy Birthday GM Judit Polgar !!!
Jul-23-14  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to the best female player ever, Judit Polgar.
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  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday wishes to the living legend Judit Polgar! She is 1 of the best combinations of beauty & brains that I've ever seen. Her chess games are also a thing of beauty. She's 38 & still looking great!
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  HeMateMe: great photo:


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  dangerhump: MindGames is a blitz and rapid event...not as intriguing as Judit playing in a regulation tournament against other women (I'll still watch though)
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