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Judit Polgar
J Polgar 
Photo copyright © 2009 Jaksa Timea.  
Number of games in database: 1,765
Years covered: 1984 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2675 (2646 rapid, 2736 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2735

Overall record: +458 -261 =486 (58.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 560 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (328) 
    B90 B93 B33 B30 B32
 Ruy Lopez (199) 
    C67 C78 C89 C65 C92
 French Defense (112) 
    C11 C18 C10 C12 C15
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (95) 
    C89 C92 C95 C90 C84
 Sicilian Najdorf (89) 
    B90 B93 B92 B95 B94
 Caro-Kann (71) 
    B14 B17 B18 B13 B12
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (318) 
    B47 B90 B22 B32 B40
 King's Indian (168) 
    E97 E62 E81 E92 E60
 Sicilian Taimanov (72) 
    B47 B48 B46 B45 B49
 Queen's Indian (60) 
    E15 E12 E17 E16 E14
 Nimzo Indian (47) 
    E32 E21 E48 E49 E53
 Sicilian Najdorf (44) 
    B90 B92 B98 B93 B97
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Polgar vs F Berkes, 2003 1-0
   Shirov vs J Polgar, 1994 0-1
   J Polgar vs Anand, 1999 1-0
   J Polgar vs Mamedyarov, 2002 1-0
   J Polgar vs P Chilingirova, 1988 1-0
   J Polgar vs Karpov, 2003 1-0
   J Polgar vs Kasparov, 2002 1-0
   J Polgar vs Shirov, 1995 1-0
   J Polgar vs Kasimdzhanov, 2005 1-0
   Ljubojevic vs J Polgar, 1994 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02 (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (Women) (1988)
   Superstars Hotel Bali (2002)
   Ajedrez UNAM Quadrangular (2010)
   Veterans-Women (1994)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2000)
   Villa de Canada de Calatrava (2007)
   Amsterdam OHRA-B (1989)
   Novi Sad Olympiad (Women) (1990)
   Amsterdam (1995)
   European Championship (2011)
   European Championship (2001)
   FIDE Moscow Grand Prix (2002)
   World Cup (2011)
   Gibraltar Masters (2012)
   PCA Qualifiers (1993)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Polgar Power Originally Compiled by wanabe2000 by fredthebear
   Polgar Power Originally Compiled by wanabe2000 by Patca63
   Zsuzsa (Susan), Zsofia, and 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
   Kassandre 77's jeux préférés by Kassandre 77
   Melody Amber 1995 by amadeus
   Melody Amber 1993 by amadeus
   Melody Amber 1994 by amadeus
   The Polgar sisters. by lostemperor
   Judit! by larrewl

   🏆 Tromso Olympiad
   Shankland vs J Polgar (Aug-10-14) 1-0
   J Polgar vs V Akopian (Aug-09-14) 1/2-1/2
   J Polgar vs Nguyen Huynh Minh Huy (Aug-08-14) 1-0
   J Polgar vs H Santos (Aug-05-14) 1-0
   A Guerrero vs J Polgar (Aug-03-14) 0-1

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(born Jul-23-1976, 45 years old) Hungary
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Judit Polgar is universally considered the strongest woman chess player ever. She was #1 woman player in the world for an unbroken period of over 26 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 August 2014, aged 38, and into 2015 while her rating was still active.

She was born in Hungary in 1976. Her childhood included an extensive chess education from her father, Laszlo, and her sisters. Beginning international competition as early as 1984, Polgar 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.

Polgar'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 Corus Group A (2003) and equal first at the European 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.

Polgar 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 Istanbul 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, Polgar'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 Championship (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.

Polgar 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 February 2015 is 2675 making her the world's top rated woman, Hungary's #4 player, and world #66; her peak rating was 2735 in 2005, when she was ranked #8 in the world. She is rated 2646 in rapid (world #100 and Women's world #1) and 2736 (world #30 & women's world #1) in blitz.

She lives in Budapest with her husband, veterinarian Gusztav Font, and their two children, Oliver 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) 365chess:
(2) Chessbase "Grape Celebration with Judit Polgar"
(3) Chessbase "Judit Polgar: How I beat Fischer's record"
(4) Chessbase "Judit Polgar to retire from competitive chess"

- 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 Polgar sisters: Game Collection: Zsuzsa (Susan), Zsofia, and Judit Polgar
- Live rating:
- Polgar's Twitter:!/GMJuditPolgar
- Q & A between Polgar and fans:
- (2017 podcast interview with Ben Johnson of Perpetual Chess)
- Audio-visual collage of Polgar Chessday 2009: (link in print underneath photo array)
- Wikipedia article: Judit Polgar

Last updated: 2021-07-23 08:34:41

 page 1 of 71; games 1-25 of 1,765  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Polgar vs Szendrei 1-0211984BudapestB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. I Balogh vs J Polgar 0-1281984BudapestB30 Sicilian
3. J Polgar vs H Grooten 1-0221984Blindfold gameB83 Sicilian
4. J Polgar vs T Halasz 1-0261985Training gameB01 Scandinavian
5. J Polgar vs T Hutters 1-0411986CopenhagenB32 Sicilian
6. J Polgar vs Z Simic  1-0421986New York opC10 French
7. J Polgar vs K Hornung 1-0541986Australian Open 1986/87C31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
8. J Polgar vs S Djuric 0-1451986Australian Open 1986/87C30 King's Gambit Declined
9. J Polgar vs S Nagabhusanam  1-0491986Wch U16 GirlsB53 Sicilian
10. J Polgar vs O Capo Iturrieta 0-1591986Wch U16 GirlsB83 Sicilian
11. I Majul vs J Polgar 0-1641986Wch U16 GirlsA37 English, Symmetrical
12. J Polgar vs N Bojkovic  1-0711986Wch U16 GirlsB30 Sicilian
13. J Polgar vs S Villegas  1-0451986Wch U16 GirlsC30 King's Gambit Declined
14. V Alvarez vs J Polgar  0-1371986Wch U16 GirlsB20 Sicilian
15. A Hernandez Bonilla vs J Polgar 0-1361986Wch U16 GirlsA36 English
16. J Polgar vs I Kientzler-Guerlain 1-0341986Wch U16 GirlsB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. M Riofrio Palma vs J Polgar  0-1231986Wch U16 GirlsA46 Queen's Pawn Game
18. G Kool vs J Polgar 0-1371987SWIFT tournamentA37 English, Symmetrical
19. J Polgar vs A Huss  0-1521987Biel schevC15 French, Winawer
20. J Polgar vs P Kerkhof 1-0311987SWIFT tournamentB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
21. B Zueger vs J Polgar  ½-½411987Biel schevA57 Benko Gambit
22. Flear vs J Polgar 1-0531987SWIFT tournamentA44 Old Benoni Defense
23. J Polgar vs L Gutman 1-0371987SWIFT tournamentB83 Sicilian
24. J Polgar vs J Costa 1-0321987Biel schevC33 King's Gambit Accepted
25. J Polgar vs M Sharif 1-0431987Brussels OHRA 02C30 King's Gambit Declined
 page 1 of 71; games 1-25 of 1,765  PGN Download
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  perfidious: <nok: <did not do anything special in her career> Tuff crowd. But we know the average strength on cg is 2900.>

On a bad day.

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  Ironmanth: Wishing you the most wonderful birthday ever, Judit! Thanks for so many years of fantastic attacking chess. All the best, GM!
Nov-22-18  Violin sonata: Well, She had an IQ over of Stephen Hawking or maybe Einstein, and it's surprised me.

Nov-27-18  PhilFeeley: I'd like to know what she thinks about this nonsense:

Dec-10-18  sonia91: <GM Judit Polgar appointed as Honorary FIDE Vice-President>

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  Ron: ChessKid To Attempt Chess World Record With GM Judit Polgar

Palo Alto, Calif., Aug. 28, 2019—The world's largest chess website for children will team with the greatest female chess player ever in an attempt to set an official Guinness world record for world's largest chess tournament, the site announced today.

GM Judit Polgar, the strongest woman to ever play the game of chess, joins ChessKid in the record attempt, which will run from Sept. 1 to Oct. 5. Polgar will lead the ChessKid club that will organize the tournament.

Nov-30-19  mckmac: "I might never have become a chess grandmaster if I’d stuck to women-only tournaments"

-Judit Polgár

<I always knew that in order to become the strongest player I could, I had to play against the strongest possible opposition. Playing only among women would not have helped my development, as since I was 13 I was the clear number one among them. I needed to compete with the other leading (male) grandmasters of my time: the likes of Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik and Viswanathan Anand, all of whom I would go on to beat.>

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  HeMateMe: well, she victory apiece against Kaspy and Vlad but a handful of losses against those two? Polgar briefly cracked the world top ten but I don't think she was a 'Super GM' in the class of the Russian 'K's.
Jan-22-20  Helios727: So why did Judit never become Women's World Champion?
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  alexmagnus: <"I might never have become a chess grandmaster if I’d stuck to women-only tournaments">

I wonder how her career would go if she played in women-only tournaments until getting women's WC title, then switched to men's tournaments, except for defending her women's title.

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  fabelhaft: Not a bad ranking of the ten greatest women chess players ever, but some surprises. Xu Yuhua was never anywhere close to the top even if she did win one knockout World Championship. When defending that title she was #20 and eliminated very early and quit chess soon after that.

I’d maybe rather pick Ju Wenjun, who won two title matches (apart from a knockout World Championship), Pia Cramling who was #1 on a couple of rating lists and won against Korchnoi when he was the latest challenger, or Vera Menchik.

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  fabelhaft: Menchik won all the nine women’s World Championships before World War II with a big margin, and played three tournament games against Euwe in the 1930s, winning two and accepting a draw offer in a winning position in the third. OK, she also played in all 18 games against Capa, Lasker and Alekhine without getting a single draw but should be high on the list.
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  Nosnibor: Judit won the best game prize for her win over Glenn Flear at the Hastings Challengers 1988/89 but it is not shown here. This was a King`s Bishop Gambit. Also note that games 45 and 51 versus Lima are duplicated.
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  Nosnibor: I have belatedly discovered that the game is shown under the Glenn Flear section. Maybe one of the Lima games was meant to replace this.
Jun-28-21  Albertan: Checkmate:chess and politics:
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  FSR: In her chessable course <Master Your Chess With Judit Polgar - Part 1>, Judit gives a training game that she played as White against Tamas Halasz, date unspecified: 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 c6 6. Bc4 Bg4 7. h3 Bh5 8. g4 Bg6 9. Bd2 e6 10. Nd5 Qd8 11. Nxf6+ Qxf6!?N (11...gxf6 12.Qe2 (12.Bg5? Bxc2!) Bxc2? 13.Rc1 Qg6 14.Bf4 Bb4+ 15.Kf1 Bb1 16.Rxb1! Qxb1+ 17.Kg2 Qg6 18.Bd3 f5 19.Bxf5 Qf6 20.Bg5 Qf7 21.Bxe6 Qc7 22.Bb3+ Kf8 23.Ne5 Nd7 24.Qf3+ Nf6 25.Bxf6 gxf6 26.Qxf6+ 1-0 You can play over the game at

Here is the beginning of a PGN for the game:

[Event "Training game"]
[Site "Hungary"]
[Date "19??"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Judit Polgar"]
[Black "Tamas Halasz"]
[ECO "B01"]
[Source "Chessable, Master Your Chess With Judit Polgar - Part 1"]

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 c6 6. Bc4 Bg4 7. h3 Bh5 8. g4 Bg6 9. Bd2 e6 10. Nd5 Qd8 11. Nxf6+ Qxf6 12.Qe2 Bxc2 13.Rc1 Qg6 14.Bf4 Bb4+ 15.Kf1 Bb1 16.Rxb1 Qxb1+ 17.Kg2 Qg6 18.Bd3 f5 19.Bxf5 Qf6 20.Bg5 Qf7 21.Bxe6 Qc7 22.Bb3+ Kf8 23.Ne5 Nd7 24.Qf3+ Nf6 25.Bxf6 gxf6 26.Qxf6+ 1-0

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  andrewjsacks: A very happy birthday to the greatest woman player of all time.
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  perfidious: <andy>, see the first kibitz at Alex Cherniack for an early glimpse of this great.

Many years on, the memory makes me laugh, though Alex was a strong, solid player who remains woefully underrepresented here.

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  RookFile: Her style is admirable for anybody to copy - the right amount of controlled aggression, with strong opening prep and excellent endgame knowledge.
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You wrote:
<Nosnibor: Judit won the best game prize for her win over Glenn Flear at the Hastings Challengers 1988/89 but it is not shown here. This was a King`s Bishop Gambit. Also note that games 45 and 51 versus Lima are duplicated.>

The Polgar-Flear game you speak of is listed in both Polgar's player page and Flear's player page.


I just checked and found it in both locations.

I did find it a little confusing that the <1988-1989> date did not appear in the listings. I did not know that in these cases the latest date only is used, looking like this in the game listing: <1989 Hastings Open 1988/89>

So it took me awhile to find the game in question lol

J Polgar vs Flear, 1989

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  Ironmanth: Happy birthday, beautiful and brilliant Grandmaster!! Thanks and blessings for all you've given to chess over these many years, Judit!
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  0ZeR0: Happy birthday, Judit! Many thanks to everything you've done for chess over the years.
Aug-27-21  Albertan: Did Judith Polgar just discover a new chess prodigy?:

Oct-02-21  Albertan: Judith Polgar’s Global Chess Festival brings pioneers of Education to the table:

Oct-13-21  Albertan: Global Chess Festival:Judit Polgar Method earns International Recognition:

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