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Play Like Judit Polgar

Play Like Judit Polgar

Former Woman's World Champion Judit Polgar is the strongest female chess player of all time. She was the first woman to contend for the overall World Championship and broke the record for youngest Grandmaster in history, held by Bobby Fischer. Polgar is known for her amazing attacking play. See if you can find her moves in five of her greatest games.

  • Play Like Judit Polgar: Polgar vs Berkes

    One of Judit Polgar's greatest attacking games was against Hungarian Grandmaster Ferenc Berkes. She sacrificed repeatedly and found an amazing way to pry open a file to Black's king. See if you can figure out her attacking plan for yourself!

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  • Play Like Judit Polgar: Polgar vs Mamedyarov

    Grandmaster Shakhriyar Mamedyarov is another one of the sharpest players in the world. He's reached as high as the 2nd spot on the rating lists, but in this game Judit Polgar took him down with a direct attack. See if you can join her in taking down one of the best players in the world.

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  • Play Like Judit Polgar: Shirov vs Polgar

    Alexey Shirov has long been one of the best attacking players in the world. His collection of best games is appropriately titled "Fire on the Board." However, Shirov often brought out the best in Polgar and she scored well against him. In this game Polgar sacrificed two pawns to take over the initiative in a sharp Sicilian and use a combination to win decisive material. See if you can keep up with her!

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  • Play Like Judit Polgar: Polgar vs Shirov

    Last game we examined Polgar's play with the Black pieces against GM Alexey Shirov. Now we'll see how she handled the White pieces against him. Shirov plays a Modern Defense and Polgar finds an unusual and aggressive system to attack. Try to keep up and see if you can defeat a Grandmaster like Shirov in just 21 moves.

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  • Play Like Judit Polgar: Polgar vs Karpov

    Former World Champion, Anatoly Karpov is one of the greatest living legends of chess. He was on top of the world for a long time, but GM Polgar defeated him three times in classical games, including this attacking gem. Try to find Polgar's moves as she builds up her position and then breaks through with a powerful sacrifice.

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