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Judit Polgar: Featured on Chess.com and ChessKid.com!

  • SonofPearl
  • on 3/17/13, 7:58 PM.


GM Judit Polgar will be featured multiple times on Chess.com and ChessKid.com during the month of March! Her contributions are being made in a partnership with Chess.com and its scholastic extension site in an effort to help Judit further her efforts for chess and education. 

The strongest female player of all time will become the newest addition to Chess.com's team of contributors this month! Judit first burst onto the chess scene at the 28th Chess Olympiad in 1988, held in Thessaloniki, Greece, when she scored 12½ out of 13, earning the Gold Medal for Board 2 and leading the Hungarian Women's Team over the Soviet Union (a major upset at the time as the Soviets had won 10 of the previous 11 Olympiads). This result catapulted her to #1 on the next FIDE Ratings List, and she has held this spot ever since.

Judit earned her GM title at the age of 15, breaking Bobby Fischer's record for being the youngest GM of all time. After that, it wasn't long before Judit joined the world's elite with wins over such players as Kasparov, Karpov, and Anand, and her sharp attacking style naturally earned her the label as one of the most dangerous attacking players in the world.


To this day, Judit remains the only female to cross the 2700 FIDE benchmark, and is nearing a record 25 straight years as the highest rated female player in the world. Recently Judit has become an accomplished author, her most recent work titled "How I beat Fischer's Record". Judit has also released her own iPhone App, "Judit Polgar's Chess Playground", designed to introduce more children to the game, and she is working hard in her efforts to organize yet another Polgar Chess Festival for the Fall of 2013 (exact dates not yet know, but here is a link to information regarding the 2012 Festival).

To come this month, Judit will be recording a series of videos for Chesskid.com, aimed at inspiring kids, parents, and coaches - with highlights from her New App! Secondly, IM Danny Rensch will be releasing full reviews of her App and book, on Chess.com (The Book) and ChessKid.com (App), to be released the week of March 25th. You can also look for more information regarding Judit's recent works in an upcoming Chess.com newsletter. 

The most exciting news of all? Everything will lead up to a live 1 hour Q & A session with IM Danny Rensch and Judit Polgar on March 31st, at 11 AM Pacific, right here on Chess.com/TV! And here's the kicker: EVERYONE can comment on *THIS* news post with questions for Judit! Please keep questions relevant to Judit's career, her training, her new book and app, and her plans for the future. Not all questions will be asked, but many from this thread will be selected by Danny to ask Judit. 

We hope you're as excited for Judit as we are, and make sure to tune in to Chess TV on March 31st!

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  • 18 months ago


    Ms. Polgar,

    What led you to become such a hard working ambassador for chess toward children and educators?


    Congratulations on all your work in this area ... seeing Hungary adopt chess into their national school curriculum was very exciting!

  • 18 months ago


    Question: how do you manage time pressure? Thx, E.

  • 18 months ago


    Another top talent added to chess.com's top-heavy staff!  Cool!

  • 18 months ago


    Would you like to teach me?

  • 18 months ago


    What did you do to make yourself turn from a 2000 rated player to a master level player? Thank you Polgar.

  • 18 months ago


    When did you start finding a love for the game, and how have you been able to keep this love going for so long?

  • 18 months ago


    Isn't judit still the number 1 women's player?

  • 18 months ago


    Question: Do you play as a tactics chess player or as a positional chess player while playing tournaments?

  • 18 months ago

    NM Petrosianic

    What was your training plan/schedule at the age of 4?  At 8?  At 12?  [I recall reading Judit having a 2565 FIDE after her first FIDE tournament at 12.]

    How did/do you make chess training fun, for beginners/kids, for the average tournament player [ELO 14-1800], and for the advanced player [ELO 2000+]?  Please give specific exercises or methods or resources.  Thanks :-). 

    How did/do you master theory: openings, middlegame strategies and endgame techniques?  What does this process entail, specifically what resources and study techniques were used?

    How do you prepare for a major open tournament?

  • 18 months ago


    Quesion: How much value have you found in your life regarding chess, by getting to learn chess at an early age. I found this weekend my little daughter of 4 teaching what the pieces are, and how they move, and she loved it!. Then I though of Judit Polgar, where you were trained very young by your father. How much has this training given you the baggage of your further career? Was chess always big fun for you, or, did your father push you from time to time? (To Grandmaster level?). Köszönöm.

  • 18 months ago


    yifan carlsen end game. terrible on both sides. even i could see that live. (peak 1428) were they flirting?

  • 18 months ago


    A question:

    A lot is made in psychology about nature vs. nuture, and you are often cited as a great example that nuture/hard work/proper training is the main contributer to "genius" (rather than innate talent).  Do you think it's fair for people to say this about your life, and what do you think of the debate in general?

  • 18 months ago


    Hi, epic achievements !

    Was wondering will you release any material for adults.

    Would be intriguing to learn your insights and ideas.

    Best of luck!

  • 18 months ago


    I have a question that I have always wondered: If either Judit or one of her sisters had been born a boy, does Judit think she/they would have become the world chess champion? Smile  Would it have made any difference and why?

  • 18 months ago


    Question: What, specifically, are your goals for the future concerning chess. I'm curious both about your personal goals, and the goals you have for bringing chess to kids.  

  • 18 months ago


    Please help us introduce chess at Brazil schools! Maybe in 48237103 years we can realize that dream!!

  • 18 months ago

    IM pfren

    I don't think Judit thought of something specific at the Thessaloniki Olympiad. She played all rounds (no free days at all) and conceded just one draw (to former WC Nona Gaprindashvili), achieving a performance of 2694 at the age of 12. In short... "nothing remarkable"...One of her victims was my WIM wife.

    She just loved to play, and win, that's all.

  • 18 months ago


    Judit- Simply the best.

  • 18 months ago


    What went on in your mind when you went into the last round of the Thessaloniki event?

  • 18 months ago

    NM papapizza

    How many hours each week did she spend on chess when she was a kid or before she became a GM?

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