Judit Polgar Top 11 Amazing Chess Sacrifices! The Strongest Woman Chess Player of all time!

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Who is Judit Polgar ?

Judit Polgár (born 23 July 1976) is a Hungarian chess grandmaster. She is generally considered the strongest female chess player of all time.[1] Since September 2015, she has been inactive. In 1991, Polgár achieved the title of Grandmaster at the age of 15 years and 4 months, at the time the youngest to have done so, breaking the record previously held by former World Champion Bobby Fischer. She was the youngest ever player to break into the FIDE Top 100 players rating list, ranking No. 55 in the January 1989 rating list, at the age of 12.[2] She is the only woman to qualify for a World Championship tournament, having done so in 2005. She is the first, and to date only, woman to have surpassed 2700 Elo, reaching a career peak rating of 2735 and peak world ranking of No. 8, both achieved in 2005. She was the No. 1 rated woman in the world from January 1989 until the March 2015 rating list, when she was overtaken by Chinese player Hou Yifan; she was the No. 1 again in the August 2015 women’s rating list, in her last appearance in the FIDE World Rankings.

She has won or shared first in the chess tournaments of Hastings 1993, Madrid 1994, León 1996, U.S. Open 1998, Hoogeveen 1999, Sigeman & Co 2000, Japfa 2000, and the Najdorf Memorial 2000.[3]

Polgár is the only woman to have won a game against a reigning world number one player, and has defeated eleven current or former world champions in either rapid or classical chess: Magnus Carlsen, Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik, Boris Spassky, Vasily Smyslov, Veselin Topalov, Viswanathan Anand, Ruslan Ponomariov, Alexander Khalifman, and Rustam Kasimdzhanov.[4]

On 13 August 2014, she announced her retirement from competitive chess.[5][6][7] In June 2015, Polgár was elected as the new captain and head coach of the Hungarian national men’s team.[8] On 20 August 2015, she received Hungary’s highest decoration, the Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Stephen of Hungary.[9]

Career
Polgár has rarely played in women’s-specific tournaments or divisions and has never competed for the Women’s World Championship: “I always say that women should have the self-confidence that they are as good as male players, but only if they are willing to work and take it seriously as much as male players.”[16] While László Polgár has been credited with being an excellent chess coach,[17] the Polgárs had also employed professional chessplayers to train their daughters, including Hungarian champion IM Tibor Florian, GM Pal Benko, and Russian GM Alexander Chernin.[18][19][20] Susan Polgár, the eldest of the sisters, 5½ years older than Sophia and 7 years older than Judit, was the first of the sisters to achieve prominence in chess by winning tournaments, and by 1986, she was the world’s top-rated female chess player.[21][22][23] Initially, being the youngest, Judit was separated from her sisters while they were in training. However, this only served to increase Judit’s curiosity. After learning the rules, they discovered Judit was able to find solutions to the problems they were studying, and she began to be invited into the group.[24] One evening, Susan was studying an endgame with their trainer, a strong International Master. Unable to find the solution, they woke Judit, who was asleep in bed and carried her into the training room. Still half asleep, Judit showed them how to solve the problem, after which they put her back to bed.[11] László Polgár’s experiment would produce a family of one international master and two grandmasters and would strengthen the argument for nurture over nature, as well as prove women could be chess grandmasters.[25]

Child prodigy
Trained in her early years by her sister Susan, who ultimately became Women’s World Champion, Judit Polgár was a prodigy from an early age. At age 5, she defeated a family friend without looking at the board. After the game, the friend joked: “You are good at chess, but I’m a good cook.” Judit replied: “Do you cook without looking at the stove?”[26] However, according to Susan, Judit was not the sister with the most talent, explaining: “Judit was a slow starter, but very hard-working.”[27] Polgár described herself at that age as “obsessive” about chess.[28] She first defeated an International Master, Dolfi Drimer, at age 10,[29] and a grandmaster, Lev Gutman, at age 11.[30]
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14 Comments

  1. hallo. Judit is not thje best chess player ever. i can argu with that. Nona Gafrindashvili was the first woman, who achieved GM title ever. also she was 5 times world champion and the only matche she had with Judit H2H, she won in a great stile with black peaces. you must apologize for your words

  2. #Judit #Polgar Top 11 #Chess Sacrifices! The Strongest Woman Chess Player of all time! All likes, comments, questions etc appreciated. Cheers, K 

  3. please make more videos please

  4. Some amazing combinations, the complexity of which is shown by how many times my chess engine changes it's mind and underestimates the strength of the position. It's a shame she's retiring so young. A great loss to the chess world.

  5. Great stuff! Strength, elegance, simplicity. She always seemed very chilled, but what a competitor!

  6. Great video! Thank you for taking my request :)

  7. I remember Vlastimil Hort commenting on Judit after one of her crushing victories :"Does she cook as well as she plays chess?

  8. The Strongest Woman Chess Player of all time! thank you tryfon

  9. an exception disproves the rule Sherlock Holmes re: the amount of sexist nonsense here

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