Judit Polgar is a Hungarian chess player who is widely considered to be one of the greatest female chess players of all time. Born on July 23, 1976 in Budapest, Hungary, Polgar began playing chess at the age of four, and quickly rose through the ranks to become one of the top female chess players in the world.
Hungarian Women’s Chess Champion
Polgar’s chess career began to take off in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when she won the Hungarian Women’s Chess Championship in 1991 and 1992. In 1991, she became the youngest ever female player to achieve the title of Grandmaster at the age of 15 years and 4 months, breaking the previous record held by Susan Polgar, her older sister.
Judit’s impressive record has earned her a number of accolades and rankings. In 2005, she was ranked as the top female player in the world by the World Chess Federation (FIDE). She has also been ranked as the top female player in the world by the Women’s Chess Association (WCA) and the International Chess Federation (ICF).
Judit Polgar versus Garry Kasparov
One of Judit Polgar’s most famous games was her match against Garry Kasparov, considered as one of the greatest chess players of all time, in Linares, Spain in 1994. Polgar was able to defeat Kasparov in this match, becoming the first woman to ever beat him in a tournament game. This match was notable not only for Polgar’s impressive play, but also for the way in which she outmaneuvered her opponent, showing her strategic and tactical abilities.
Another one of Polgar’s most famous games was her match against Vladimir Kramnik in the 1996 Candidates Tournament in Elista, Russia. In this match, Polgar played a strong and aggressive game, using her knowledge of Kramnik’s playing style to her advantage and ultimately winning the match.
Judit Polgar’s impressive record and skill on the chess board has earned her a number of accolades and recognition. In 1991, she was named the “Best Female Chess Player in the World” by the World Chess Federation (FIDE). In 2005, she was named the “Best Female Chess Player of the Year” by the Women’s Chess Association (WCA).