Polgár sisters

I have only recently found out of the story behind the Polgár sisters' chess success, and I find it absolutely fascinating. This article describes how their father, László Polgár, used their upbringing as an experiment to show that genius can be created, being primarily a product of nurture, not nature.

I am especially fascinated by the youngest and strongest player of the sisters, Judit Polgár. I love that she chooses not play in women's-specific events or divisions. She is my newly adopted chess hero, and I plan to begin studying her games as much as I can.


  • 5 years ago


    I just read about Judit Polgar myself on Wikipedia - and that experiment is very cool - i plan to try something similiar with my own daughter once she is born :D

  • 6 years ago


    The Polgars can play !  Cool

  • 6 years ago


    Amazing, what a story!

  • 6 years ago


    I saw a tv program about her once. She was playing a few simultaneous games on her phone, but couldn't see any of the chess boards (i.e. she was doing it all by memory) and she won them all.  Amazing!

  • 6 years ago


    This one makes a good start:


    [Event "Thessaloniki"]
    [Site "Thessaloniki"]
    [Date "1988.??.??"]
    [EventDate "?"]
    [Round "?"]
    [Result "1-0"]
    [White "Judit Polgar"]
    [Black "P Angelova"]
    [ECO "B31"]
    [WhiteElo "?"]
    [BlackElo "?"]
    [PlyCount "33"]
    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.O-O Bg7 5.c3 e5 6.d4 exd4 7.cxd4
    Nxd4 8.Nxd4 cxd4 9.e5 Ne7 10.Bg5 O-O 11.Qxd4 Nc6 12.Qh4 Qb6
    13.Nc3 Bxe5 14.Rae1 Bxc3 15.bxc3 Qxb5 16.Qh6 Qf5 17.Qxf8+ 1-0
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