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Istvan Polgar
Number of games in database: 113
Years covered: 1963 to 1988
Last FIDE rating: 2425

Overall record: +36 -37 =40 (49.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (16) 
    B87 B56 B47 B32 B57
 Ruy Lopez (10) 
    C84 C64 C90 C68 C69
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (7) 
    C84 C90 C98 C93 C91
 French Defense (5) 
    C11 C18 C00 C12
 King's Indian (4) 
    E63 E75 E73 E60
 French (4) 
    C11 C00 C12
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (8) 
    B27 B43 B42 B32 B45
 Ruy Lopez (6) 
    C93 C77 C91
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (4) 
    C93 C91
 King's Indian (4) 
    E70 E61 E64 E62
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kholmov vs I Polgar, 1979 0-1
   I Polgar vs B Toth, 1970 1-0
   I Polgar vs Bronstein, 1988 1-0
   I Polgar vs Adorjan, 1966 1/2-1/2
   I Polgar vs N Minev, 1971 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hungarian Championship (1970)
   Hungarian Championship (1971)
   Hungarian Championship (1969)
   Hungarian Championship 1968/69 (1968)

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(born Nov-26-1944, 78 years old) Hungary

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 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 143  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Polgar vs J Trapl 0-1331963BudvaD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
2. Tseshkovsky vs I Polgar 1-0301964RSFSR-HUNC00 French Defense
3. I Polgar vs Tseshkovsky  0-1571964RSFSR-HUNE14 Queen's Indian
4. Tseshkovsky vs I Polgar 1-0351964RSFSR-HUNB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
5. I Polgar vs Tseshkovsky  1-0391964RSFSR-HUNE14 Queen's Indian
6. I Polgar vs Smejkal  ½-½521964WchT U26 11th fin-AB56 Sicilian
7. I Polgar vs Lengyel  0-1301965HUN-ch 21thD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
8. I Polgar vs G Kluger  1-0411965HUN-ch 20thA61 Benoni
9. I Polgar vs B Enklaar  0-1411965WchT U26 12th fin-AE70 King's Indian
10. I Farago vs I Polgar  0-1381965HUN-ch 20thE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
11. I Polgar vs I Farago  1-0251965HUN-ch 21thC00 French Defense
12. G Kluger vs I Polgar  0-1371965HUN-ch 21stD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. Portisch vs I Polgar  1-0331965HUN-ch 21stD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. Csom vs I Polgar  0-1201966HUNC44 King's Pawn Game
15. I Polgar vs P M Jamieson  1-0331966Orebro Stud olm prelim6E73 King's Indian
16. I Polgar vs Gheorghiu  0-1401966Orebro Stud olm prelim6D25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
17. I Polgar vs C Zuidema  ½-½301966Orebro Stud olm fAC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
18. S Kagan vs I Polgar 0-1571966Orebro Stud olm fAB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
19. I Polgar vs B Kurajica  ½-½411966Orebro Stud olm fAE17 Queen's Indian
20. J Sloth vs I Polgar  0-1341966Orebro Stud olm fAA12 English with b3
21. I Polgar vs N Spiridonov  0-1381966Orebro Stud olm fAA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
22. Gheorghiu vs I Polgar  1-0311966Orebro Stud olm fAC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. I Polgar vs Hort  0-1401966Orebro Stud olm fAB02 Alekhine's Defense
24. I Polgar vs Westerinen 1-0471966Orebro Stud olm fAE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
25. I Polgar vs A Hennings  0-1341966Orebro Stud olm fAD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-18-04  fasting: isn't this guy the Polgar sisters farther?
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  Benzol: <fasting> Laszlo Polgar is the father of Zsuzsa, Sofia and Judit Polgar.
Nov-22-04  fasting: so just Polgar stranger from hungary, right?
Nov-22-04  Dillinger: Probably; "Istvan Polgar" in hungary is only a shade away from NN or Meyer. Although a better, really stereotypical hungarian name might be something like Janos Nagy.
Nov-22-04  sneaky pete: <Dillinger> Don't underestimate Kovacs Lajos.
Apr-03-05  EmperorAtahualpa: He did beat Adorjan once though, so he can't be that bad.
Sep-19-07  Infohunter: <Dillinger: Probably; "Istvan Polgar" in hungary is only a shade away from NN or Meyer. Although a better, really stereotypical hungarian name might be something like Janos Nagy.>

Right--"Nagy" is quite common in Hungarian. It's their version of the German surname "Gross". Somehow the English cognate to "Gross" ("Great") never caught on as a name. Neither did its synonym "Big". (The name "Biggs" is of Welsh, not English, origin.) "Polgár", on the other hand, is adapted from the German name/word "Bürger" (meaning "citizen" in both languages).

Just as stereotypically Hungarian as "Jánós Nagy" is the name of GM Laszlo Szabó. "Szabó" means "tailor", hence it is equivalent to the name "Taylor".

<sneaky pete: <Dillinger> Don't underestimate Kovacs Lajos.> Yes, "Kóvács" is Hungarian for "Smith".
Note from this latest example that Hungarians give their surnames first, then their given names--just as they appear in the telephone book.

Sep-19-07  znprdx: <EmperorAtahualpa: He did beat Adorjan once though,..> I only see a 20 move obviously agreed to draw - in this listing
Sep-19-07  Crowaholic: <znprdx: I only see a 20 move obviously agreed to draw - in this listing>

Notice the little arrows to the right? :-)


"Overall record: Andras Adorjan beat Istvan Polgar 4 to 1, with 1 draw."

Hmmm, that's still a minus score, though.

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