Judit Polgar: Early years of the greatest Woman Chessplayer ever.
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Ranked as high as #8 in the world as recently as October 2005 , with a FIDE rating as high as 2735, Judit (Judith) Polgár is also the first woman ever to play for the World Chess Championship title, in 2005.

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... the worst part is that she exploits every tiny mistake you make." - GM Schwartzman

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            Judit Polgar on the web:

Special topics:
   • Kasparov touch-move controversy | Washington Post | Campbell Report
   • Rebel 6 computer created to play in Judit Polgar's style
   • Sweet Judit to the Rescue - Judit Polgar sings, salvages peace talks. ;-)

Biography, fan and related sites: (news, games, pictures, bio, etc)
   • Judit Polgar, Chess Goddess: tournaments, photos and more (thanks JanXena!)
   • Leonid's Judit Polgar Page
   • Judit Polgar Discussion Group at Egroups
   • Biography: La Mecca Chess Encyclopedia: Polgar, Judit
   • An icon of Women's Chess - 1,135 word biography by The Hindu
   • Judit Polgar at PolgarChess (last updated April, 1999)

Interviews, feature articles and special topics:
   • 14 Dec 00 "Behind the Greatest Ever Woman Player" (Kasparov Chess)
   • 18 Sep 00 "A Player Equal to Any" Españole • English
   • 3 May 00 "Judit unsure of pro career after marriage" (SUARA MERDEKA)
   • 29 Aug 99 "A globe-trotter's life" (FIDE, scroll down the page to read)
   • 4 May 99 "Chess and Love are Perfectly Compatible" Españole • English
   • 13 Aug 96 Tournament Interview with Judit (Martin Raubal)
   • 2 Feb 94 "The Girl Who Would Be King" (C. Chabris - ACJ/Games Magazine)
   • 1992 The Polgar Sisters: Training or Genius? Extensive book review Order the book

Games of Judit Polgar and related sites:
   • 1,114 of Judit's Games in PGN format (zip file)
   • 100 Most Fantastic Moves Ever Played: #16 - Kamsky '94 & #58 - Greenfield '89
   • Chess problems from selected games of Judit
   • Awesome Moves of the '90's - #1 - Polgar,J - Sinkovics,P / Hungary, 1990
   • Polgar-Mathe - an early (1990) best game award for Judit
   • Judit plays chess variant against GM Sherzer (Omega Chess)

Archived NY Times Polgar Articles/Robert Byrne: (Articles: 2001, '00, '99, '98, '97)
  • What's the Best Defense? Start Slow and Hit Hard       Dec 31 , 2000   New!
  • Polgar's Foe Misses a Move, And That's All She Needs       July 2, 2000
  • Polgar Tops an Elite Field With a Last-Round Victory      June 11, 2000
  • Wijk-aan-Zee Results Show The Elite Earn Their Keep       February 20, 2000
  • Polgar, Just One of the Boys, Hems In a Russian's Queen      January 16, 2000
  • One Way to Meet a Gambit Is to Offer Another Gambit        November 28, 1999
  • Judit Polgar Is First Woman To Make It to the Semifinals        September 5, 1999
  • Exploiting a Computer's Strategic Myopia       May 23, 1999
  • Judit Polgar Finishes First in U.S. Open       August 25, 1998
  • Faster and More Accurate, Polgar Outplays Karpov      July 7, 1998
  • Daring Judit Polgar to Attack Is an Invitation to Disaster     December 9, 1997
  • 1996 Junior Champion Wins a Dutch Event     December 2, 1997
  • Who's the best female player ever? A hint: she's 21, she's Hungarian and she's beating up the elite      August 26, 1997

Sam Sloan's extensive coverage:
   • Judit's Sensational Olympiad win against Smirin   New!
   • Victory by the Polgar Sisters in the 1988 World Chess Olympiad
   • Polgar Sisters Defeat Soviets in World Chess Olympiad
   • Judit Polgar, at long, long last, finally has a boyfriend
   • Traveling with the Polgars
   • Complete listing of articles on the the Polgars by Sam Sloan

Non-english websites (English translations by FreeTranslation.com)
   • Judit Polgar Super Page Españole  • English
     (English translation by FreeTranslation.com
   • Judit, one of the best 3 players of the 20th century(Netherlands)

More about women in chess:

   • Chess Goddesses: women's chess events and player info from around the world
   • Terrific survey and article on women in chess by ChessChick
   • "Queen of the Kings Game" Susan Polgar autobiography Order the book
   • Polgarchess - Susan (Zsuzsa) Polgar's site

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            Judit Polgar's Early Highlights:

In 1986 at the age of 9 Judit won the unrated section of the New York Open, winning 7 games and drawing one game. At age 11 she was rated 2350 and earned an International Master title - younger than Fischer or Kasparov. At age 13 she was the World Under 14 Champion for boys and FIDE's highest rated woman.

Japfa Classic 2000 (category 16): 1st place - Strongest chess tournament victory (clear first) ever achieved by a woman! Play over two of her wins from the tournament in the Java Chessplayer.
Merida '00 (category 17): 2nd Place - 1/2 point behind winner. Play over her win against Hernandez in the Java Chessplayer.
Sigeman & Co International '00: Winner -
European Teams Champ '00: Gold medal, board 2 - score of 6½-2½.
Hoogeveen VAM '99 (category 15): Winner - tie with Jan Timman. Games and results.
FIDE world championship '99
: Quarterfinalist - loss to Khalifman /tournament winner
1st 1998 Hoogeveen
1st 1998 Kona - US Open
1st 1998 Halifa
1st 1996 Sao Polo
1st 1996 [Category 17] Leon
1st 1995 Aruba
1st 1995 Stornoway
1st 1995 Prague
1st 1994 Monaco
1st 1994 [Category 16] Madrid
1st 1993 Budapest
1st 1992/93 Hastings
1st 1992 Shanghai
1st 1992 Brno
1st 1991 Magyarorszag
1st 1991 Hungarian Super-Championship
1st 1990 Amsterdam
1st 1990 the Under-14 World Championship
1st 1988 Egilsstadhir

Misc Highlights:

1996 played first board for Hungarian Olympiad team.
1994 played first board for Hungarian Olympiad team.
1993 won match with former world champion Boris Spassky
1990 Member of champion Hungarian women's team in Novi Sad Olympiad
1990 won the world U-14 Boys championship
with 12.5/13 points
1988 Member of champion Hungarian women's team in Thessaloniki Olymiad
1988 first girl to win the World U-12 Boys

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The Kasparov touch-move controversy

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Note that Judit was 17 at the time of this game. A London Times headlines was "Kasparov cheated, Opponent claims." Kasparov said "I have the feeling I did not take my hand off the piece. My conscience is clear." But playback of the film showed he did remove his hand.

Judit has said "I was playing the world champion and didn't want to cause unpleasantness during my first invitation to such an important event.... I was also afraid that if my complaint was overruled I would be penalized on the clock when we were in time pressure"

Transcript of incident from video analysis (7:50-11:39) of the Polgar-Kasparov game during the time pressure incident:

"But what actually happens here is Kasparov touched his knight, and made a move with his knight to c5. And then he saw if he moves there there would be Bc6 skewing the queen and rook, which result would most likely be a loss for Kasparov. So he changed his move ... he moved his knight to f8.

"But the problem was when he moved, he let go of the piece. Judit Polgar saw this, and she was stunned. She looked at the arbiter and there was no response from him. She made a mistake and didn't disupte this, didn't claim that Kasparov had let go of the piece. That move should have been final, and the most probable result would most likely been a Kasparov loss.

"Afraid her claim would have lost, and she would have been penalized time on the clock, and they were in time pressure. She should have established a claim and won that game. The actual event was recorded on camera, and saw that Kasparov let go of the Knight on c5, for less than a second.

"After that, she never shook hands with Kasparov for a few years, whenever they met."

What Judit says:

"Kasparov touched a knight in our 1994 Linares game and didn't move with this piece afterwards. Unfortunately there were no witnesses and also the arbiter was not there. There was a video tape which they didn't show me. We didn't talk for a long time after that."

- From an August, 1996 interview with Martin Raubal (Scroll down to bottom of interview)

The Washington Post/Kavalek:

"In 1994 in Linares, Spain, Kasparov played a knight move against Judit Polgar and removed his fingers from that piece. But after he saw that he might lose material, he took the knight back and made a different move. His act was caught on camera by a Spanish television crew."
- Excerpted from Washington Post Chess (Kavalek) July 3, 2000; Page C13 (removed from Archive.org)

The Campbell Report:

"An interesting example of taking back moves at the highest level of OTB chess occurred recently at the elite 1994 Linares super tournament (see p. 20 of the April 4, 1994 issue of Inside Chess for a fuller report). It's claimed that there is video tape showing that PCA World Champion Garry Kasparov, while playing Judit Polgar, moved a knight to a square which would have cost him the exchange.

"Apparently, even though he had released the piece, he picked it up again and moved it to another square and went on to win the game. So even players at the top can be tempted.

"My favorite quote picked up by Yasser Seirawan was by FIDE President Florencio Campomanes who is reported to have said, "What do you expect from an unrated player?" For those who missed it, FIDE removed both Kasparov and Nigel Short from their rating list when they played their world championship match under the PCA instead of FIDE."
- Excerpted from The Campbell Report - May/June 1994 (scroll down to bottom of report)

Chess author and NM Macon Shibut:

"For the sake of argument, let's stipulate that Kasparov cheated, plain and simple. It was something that happened in the blink of an eye under pressure of the competitive situation. That does not excuse what he did in any way, but in light of the circumstances it's possible that he has convinced himself that the infraction didn't occur. Still, in his heart of hearts, I think he knows.

"But the real scandal is not Kasparov's disgrace, any more than we consider it an outrage if a football player throws an illegal block when the referee is not looking. The real scandal is the action of the tournament controller, who apparently had videotape evidence and did not forfeit Kasparov."
- Kasparov-Polgar Linares `94 touch move controversy discussed at All Experts.com

The Hindu/Arvind Aaron:

"(Judit) was close to beating (Kasparov) in Linares 1994 (when) Kasparov blundered, (then) took back the move at lightning speed and swiftly made another to win."
- Excerpted from The Hindu "An icon of women's chess "- June 3, 2000

From Commentary on the 2006 Women's World Chess Championship:

"At Harvard in 1990, some remember Kasparov saying something such as "A computer will beat me before a woman will." (Ed Note: Max Euwe was the first world champion to lose to a woman.)

"Well, he was proven correct -- but not, I think, in quite the way he wanted. He eventually did lose a match to a computer, and it's one of the last things he may be remembered for. And he avoided losing a game to woman Judit Polgar only by cheating on camera.

"Kasparov is a genius among geniuses in chess. Did he cheat against Polgar? Yes, he cheated."

Losing Move?

Some say it was determined later that Kasparove could draw with the original Knight manoeuver, and so it was not a "losing" move he took back.

Full (print) report on the incident:

April 4, 1994 print issue of Inside Chess, page 20.


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