GM Susan Polgar

Full name
Susan Polgar
Apr 19, 1969 (age 50)
Place of birth
Budapest, Hungary
United States

As the firstborn of the Polgar sisters, Susan was the first one to gain worldwide attention for her very strong chess abilities while playing in a male-dominated sport. For a period of 23 years she was one of the top 3 women players in the world, but usually she was always a bit behind her younger sister, Judit. Despite quitting competitive play at the height of her playing career, she has continued to be a mainstay in the chess scene, being one of the foremost educators and promoters of chess in the world, especially to girls and women.

Susan Polgar learned to play chess at a young age from her father. Along with her two other sisters, Judit and Sofia, these three girls shocked the chess world with their incredibly strong play and ability to shine in a male-dominated sport. Being the oldest of the three girls, Susan became the best player among the girls first. She became a Women’s International Master in 1982 and an International Master in 1984. It was around this time that she ascended to become the highest rated woman chess player in the world, only being 15 years old. She continued to be ranked among the top 3 women in the world for the next 23 years. Despite her family being against the idea of “Women’s tournaments”, Susan played in them and won the majority. In 1991 she was awarded the men’s Grandmaster title and in 1996 she became the Women’s World Champion, a title she held until 1999. In 2005, she achieved her highest rating ever, 2577, putting her as the second-best woman in the world behind her sister, Judit. Shortly after this, she quit playing in chess tournaments, instead putting all of her focus on chess education. She established the Susan Polgar Foundation in order to “promote chess throughout the United States”. Currently she acts as a coach for the Texas Tech University chess team.

Best Game

Most Played Openings

White Pieces
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (4) : D78 D73
Queen's Pawn Opening (31) : A40 D02 A41 E00 D00
Indian Game (45) : A46 E10 A49 A50
King's Indian Attack (5) : A07 A08
Semi-Slav Defense (25) : D47 D43 D45 D46
French Defense (3) : C12 C14
Alekhine Defense (1) : B03
Queen's Indian Defense (42) : E14 E16 E12 E17 E15
Pirc Defense (4) : B07 B09 B08
Colle System (9) : D04 D05
Modern Defense (8) : A42 A41 B06 A40
Hungarian Opening (1) : A00
Bogo-Indian Defense (14) : E11
Scotch Game (4) : C45
Dutch Defense (15) : A80 A81 A90 A87 A85
Four Knights Game (1) : C47
Catalan Opening (2) : E01
Queen's Gambit Accepted (14) : D27 D26 D22 D25 D20 D21
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense with 3...d5 (1) : D70
Tarrasch Defense (6) : D34 D32
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (2) : A40
Old Benoni Defense (1) : A44
Caro-Kann Defense (1) : B13
Ruy Lopez Opening (2) : C92 C60
Old Indian Defense (5) : A53
Budapest Defense (2) : A52
Reti Opening (10) : A05 A04
Torre Attack (3) : A46
King's Gambit Declined (1) : C30
Blumenfeld Countergambit (1) : E10
King's Gambit Accepted (1) : C33
Benko Gambit Half-Accepted (1) : A57
Black Pieces
Scandinavian Defense (1) : B01
Bird's Opening (1) : A03
Ponziani Opening (1) : C44
Alekhine Defense (1) : B05
Petrov's Defense (8) : C42 C43
Benoni Defense (1) : A56
Benko Gambit Half-Accepted (5) : A57
Semi-Slav Defense (12) : D45 D43
Catalan Opening (4) : E01 E00
Four Knights Game (2) : C48 C47
Giuoco Piano Game (6) : C53 C50
King's Indian Attack (7) : A07 A08
Queen's Pawn Opening (10) : D02 D00 D03
Reti Opening (11) : A06 A04 A05
Indian Game (5) : A49 E10 A45
Old Benoni Defense (3) : A44 A43
Scotch Game (1) : C45
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (1) : A01
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (3) : A59 A58
Hungarian Opening (1) : A00
Caro-Kann Defense (1) : B19
Bishop's Opening (1) : C26
Bogo-Indian Defense (6) : E11
Vienna Game (3) : C29 C26
Trompowsky Attack (2) : A45
King's Gambit Declined (1) : C31
Philidor Defense (1) : C41
London System (3) : A48
Torre Attack (3) : A46 A48
Mieses Opening (1) : A00