Wednesday, February 18, 2009

GM Judit Polgar

JUDIT POLGAR(born Jul-23-1976) Hungary

Judit Polgar was born in Hungary in 1976. Her childhood included an extensive chess education from her father, László, and her sisters.
Beginning international competition as early as 1984, she won the U12 Boys World Championship in 1988 and the U14 Boys World Championship in 1990. In 1991 she became an International Grandmaster by winning the "men's" Hungarian championship.
At fifteen years and five months of age, she was the youngest grandmaster in history, breaking a record that Robert James Fischer had held for over 30 years. She has been the highest-rated woman ever since FIDE's January 1990 list, and in 2003 she entered the overall top ten.
In 2005, she became the first woman to take part in the final of FIDE's FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005). However, she finished last out of the eight players and fell to 14th in the world rankings after the event.
Polgar's career-best tournament performances include four victories at Essent (twice shared), clear first at Madrid 1994, and clear second at Corus 2003. She currently lives in Budapest with her husband and their two children.

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