Judit in her red sweater
( Lana Turner eat your heart out! :) )
(Last Page update: December 8, 2005)
Because many people have asked, I have to regretfully say that I do not know Judit Polgar personally or have any contact info for her. Therefore, I am unable to forward any mail (electronic or snail) to her. I apologize to all those who have E-mailed me asking how they can contact her. The only lead I can offer is to E-mail her sister Zsuzsa. She or someone on her staff may be able to forward mail to Judit (Please let me know if any of you have any success.)
Anyone who knows me knows that I get a big kick out of seeing women succeed in a man’s world! One of the last "men's clubs" (besides Congress and the Oval Office) has been the chess world, but now even here women are proving that they can excel. Leading the new generation women players are the Polgar sisters of Hungary -- Judit, Zsuzsa, and Sofia, the “Three Adepts at Chess” I like to call them (in an allusion to the Three Adepts at Sorcery from the Oz Books).
Of the three great prodigies, my favorite is Judit. She is not only a very strong player with a growing record of victories against the most formidable of male grandmasters, but she exhibits a demureness and modesty that is a refreshing relief from the self-serving arrogance of chessmasters like Bobby Fischer. On her prospects for perhaps becoming the first-ever female World Champion someday she once said, “Of course, it must be a fantastic feeling [to be World Champion], but I'm also happy to play a nice game.” Although many nay-sayers (mostly men) dismiss out of hand the possibility of Judit eventually becoming World Champion, I like to point out that Judit is only 23 years old, and yet has already left her mark on the chess world. She first became a grandmaster at the tender age of 15 years and 4 months, beating Bobby's Fischer record. Since then she has rapidly ascended the totem pole of chess fame, jumping from 30th to 10th in the World Chess Federation list of the top ranked players in only a few years; and she has already won against some of the greatest names in chess, including Anatoly Karpov, Boris Spassky, Viswanathan Anand, and Nigel Short. So I do not in the least doubt tha she will one day win the World Championship! (Once upon a time we all "knew" that the idea of an African-American named Hank Aaron breaking Babe Ruth's World Record in home runs was absurd.)
I'm also very much a fan of Judit's two sisters. Zsuzsa is currently Woman's World Chess Champion, runs a chess school in New York, "The Polgar Chess Authority", and with her husband co-wrote a book about herself and her sisters called Queen of the King's Game. Unfortunately I don't presently know very much about Sofia, except that she is a very strong tournament player as well.
This Judit Polgar page is still under construction, but I hope to have much more info. about her soon, including an archive of her greatest games. Any info. you care to offer, please E-mail me.
Click here to look at my favorite pictures of Judit, or here for some of her greatest games.
Judit Polgar greatest
woman chessplayer ever (Vital statistics on Judit)
Polgarchess Web Page (Zsuzsa Polgar's official page There's some about Judit as well)
WGM Alexandra Kosteniuk
(Beauty + Brains = Ooh Lah Lah!) :)
WGM Jennifer Shahade (One of the greats here in the US!)
(I highly recommend this site!)
Smart Chess Superstore
Sam Sloan's Chess Page (Includes some articles about the Polgars)
The Thrill of Victory!
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