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Susan Polgar
S Polgar 
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Number of games in database: 975
Years covered: 1976 to 2006
Last FIDE rating: 2577

Overall record: +312 -166 =405 (58.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 92 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (85) 
    A46 A41 D05 A40 D02
 King's Indian (67) 
    E62 E67 E60 E71 E97
 Queen's Indian (42) 
    E15 E14 E16 E12 E17
 Queen's Gambit Declined (35) 
    D37 D30 D31 D38 D35
 Grunfeld (30) 
    D85 D87 D86 D76 D94
 Semi-Slav (27) 
    D47 D43 D45 D46
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (114) 
    B32 B22 B33 B30 B25
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (56) 
    D20 D21 D24 D26 D22
 King's Indian (53) 
    E92 E80 E66 E62 E81
 Ruy Lopez (33) 
    C67 C60 C99 C97 C80
 English, 1 c4 e5 (26) 
    A25 A20 A27 A21 A28
 French Defense (18) 
    C07 C05 C19 C00 C02
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S Polgar vs P Hardicsay, 1985 1-0
   J Horvath vs S Polgar, 1981 0-1
   S Polgar vs Chiburdanidze, 2004 1-0
   I De Los Santos vs S Polgar, 1990 0-1
   S Polgar vs J Costa, 1987 1-0
   I Hausner vs S Polgar, 1983 0-1
   S Polgar vs Z Kiss, 1980 1-0
   S Polgar vs V Dimitrov, 1984 1-0
   S Polgar vs Yudasin, 1991 1-0
   S Polgar vs Thi Thanh Huong Mai, 1990 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Novi Sad Olympiad (Women) (1990)
   Calvia Olympiad (Women) (2004)
   Portoroz/Nova Gorica (1991)
   San Sebastian Open (1991)
   Moscow Olympiad (Women) (1994)
   Candidates (Women) (1994)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (Women) (1988)
   Women-Veterans (1993)
   Plaza (1988)
   Women-Veterans (1992)
   Hoogovens-B (1990)
   New York Open (1985)
   Budapest Zonal Group-B (1993)
   Reykjavik Open (1988)
   EUR-chT (Men) 9th (1989)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Polgars Powers Originally Compiled by wanabe2000 by fredthebear
   Polgar Power Originally Compiled by wanabe2000 by rpn4
   Polgar Power Originally Compiled by wanabe2000 by Patca63
   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
   vaskolon's favorite games by vaskolon
   Women WCC Index [1996: S. Polgar - Xie Jun] by chessmoron
   1992 (women's) candidates tournament by gauer
   1986-87 Adsteam-Lidums International by optimal play

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(born Apr-19-1969, 54 years old) Hungary
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GM (and WIM) Zsuzsa (Susan) Polgár was born in Budapest, Hungary, and along with her two younger sisters, Judit Polgar and Sofia 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 Jun Xie, 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 D 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 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. She is the mother of National Master Tom Polgar-Shutzman.


Wikipedia article: Susan Polgar

Last updated: 2023-01-17 21:09:36

 page 1 of 39; games 1-25 of 971  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. NN vs S Polgar  0-191976BudapestC20 King's Pawn Game
2. S Polgar vs Endrody 1-0251977BudapestB08 Pirc, Classical
3. S Polgar vs Sirko 1-0281977BudapestB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
4. J Gruz vs S Polgar 0-1311977BudapestC02 French, Advance
5. I Pataky vs S Polgar 0-1191978corrA02 Bird's Opening
6. G Mathe vs S Polgar 0-1231979HUNA58 Benko Gambit
7. S Polgar vs Koronghi  1-0421980HUNA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
8. S Polgar vs Z Kiss 1-0361980BudapestE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
9. S Polgar vs J Kelemen 1-0761980BudapestE15 Queen's Indian
10. L Meyer vs S Polgar 0-1191981ENGC07 French, Tarrasch
11. S Polgar vs E Ivanov 1-0151981VarnaA57 Benko Gambit
12. P Needham vs S Polgar 0-1231981WestergateB33 Sicilian
13. S Polgar vs S Horvath  1-0401981BudapestA87 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation
14. S Polgar vs Cirakov 1-0211981TargovisteA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
15. Smirnov vs S Polgar 0-1351981TetevenA27 English, Three Knights System
16. J Horvath vs S Polgar 0-1221981HUNC00 French Defense
17. B Vujic vs S Polgar 0-1361981PanonijaC00 French Defense
18. Le Clercq vs S Polgar 0-1131982LondonB22 Sicilian, Alapin
19. L Liptay vs S Polgar  0-1481982BalatonberenyE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
20. S Polgar vs Ftacnik 0-14119826th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
21. S Polgar vs L Smart  0-12519826th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA65 Benoni, 6.e4
22. J Leclerc vs S Polgar  0-11319826th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
23. S Polgar vs S Kovacevic 1-0391983BudapestA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
24. F Schrammel vs S Polgar 0-1301983FonyodA69 Benoni, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
25. I Hausner vs S Polgar 0-1291983HUN-ch opE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
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Dec-21-17  Chess Is More: I think the design was great. Nothing wrong about being a little provocative, is it? It's only a logo. An intriguing combination of chess and kama sutra-inspired physical intimacy.

Fresh and exciting, if you ask me.

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  HeMateMe: <offramp: I live in London, there are 10,000,000 people living here but I don't think I could get more than 50.>

Really? If you walk through Trafalgar Square or Hyde Park on the weekend couldn't you find 50 chessplayers? Aren't there stone chess tables and people setting up roll out latex boards on any surface, in the larger London Parks, as it is in NYC?

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  offramp: <HeMateMe: <offramp: I live in London, there are 10,000,000 people living here but I don't think I could get more than 50.> Really? If you walk through Trafalgar Square or Hyde Park on the weekend couldn't you find 50 chessplayers? Aren't there stone chess tables and people setting up roll out latex boards on any surface, in the larger London Parks, as it is in NYC?>

The only time I've seen people playing chess outdoors in London was at the old club on Clapham Common. I used to play there with Andrew Horton-Kitchlew but it shut many years ago. I have never seen anyone playing chess in Trafalgar Square or any of the large parks in London, although it may be happening somewhere.

The reason I mentioned that, was that the burghers of Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, had corralled 326 chess players to take on Ms Polgar in a simultaneous display. I was wondering how good these players were.

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  Joshka: <Chess Is More> <provocative> Why is it needed?? Guess todays players are so boring and lack any marketing skills that they decided to mix chess with porn?? The logo is disgusting and they should be ashamed for putting it out there. Suppose they had extra funds to hire some artist to draw up that horrible image seeing that they never put any substantial money into the prize fund!!
Dec-28-17  PhilFeeley: <HeMateMe: <offramp: I live in London, there are 10,000,000 people living here but I don't think I could get more than 50.>

Really? If you walk through Trafalgar Square or Hyde Park on the weekend couldn't you find 50 chessplayers? Aren't there stone chess tables and people setting up roll out latex boards on any surface, in the larger London Parks, as it is in NYC?>

There's also a great bookshop devoted to everything chess. It's out near the place they celebrate as the residence of Sherlock Holmes. I went there once and they have a great selection of books, DVDs and chess sets. Online presence, too, I think. Surely there's more than 50 people who shop there.

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  HeMateMe: 221 Baker Street has a chess shoppe? I bet you can find 'elementary' mates there...
Dec-29-17  PhilFeeley: No. The chess shop is a few blocks away.

It's 221b, and curiously, it's incorrect according to the addresses around it.

Feb-16-18  tgyuid: totally serious
Feb-17-18  colinb8: <HeMateMe> Its address is 44 Baker Street, and it's a chess & bridge shop!
Mar-10-18  tgyuid: so there i was face to face with japan; give me one good reason why i shouldnt kill you, he said
Mar-10-18  tgyuid: hes an admiral now
Mar-10-18  tgyuid: anyway the gossip is my new mothership has a flash input output system....
Mar-10-18  tgyuid: thats going to make upgrades a complete laugh....
Mar-10-18  tgyuid: well, for many people prog-rok is peter gabriel's fault
Apr-19-18  Marmot PFL: Happy birthday, u don't look a day over 30.
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  tpstar: <Susan Polgar> Your friend <Joerg> has announced his departure, so maybe someday you will return. Best wishes.

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  Penguincw: Polgar is inspiring more girls to go into chess.

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  ketchuplover: Shame on the U.S. Chess HOF for Miss Polgar's upcoming induction.
Apr-19-19  spingo: She is 50 today, I believe.

Happy birthday, if you're watching!

Oct-20-19  waustad: I saw in the transfers that she has gone back to the Hungarian federation.
Apr-19-20  Sally Simpson: ***

Happy Birthday to you and Antoaneta Stefanova


Jan-25-21  oolalimk1: I bought a copy of Queen of the Kings Game in a second hand bookshop in London about fifteen years ago. It has an inscription inside signed Laszlo Munster den 27.06.2001. her father ??
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  offramp: < oolalimk1: inscription inside signed Laszlo Munster den 27.06.2001.>

If the signature can be proved to be by the real Laszlo Munster then the book could be worth about 108 million stotinki.

Jan-30-21  oolalimk1: I thought his name would be Laszlo Polgar. I thought Munster was an area. Of course I dont know what a stotinki is either !
May-03-21  cro777: Susan Polgar will retain the title of emeritus director of the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE) which will remain at Webster University. Her role as chess coach will be filled by Webster alumnus GM Liem Quang Le. Her last day at Webster will be May 31.

Polgar: "I am so touched today! About 40 past and current SPICE students, their spouses, children, and guests (some from as far as NY, Arizona, Texas, etc.) came to my retirement party."

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