Wednesday, October 12, 2011

About Susan Polgar

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* Winner of 4 Women’s World Championships (Under 16, Blitz, Rapid, and Classical)

* The only World Chess Champion in history (male or female) to win the triple-crown (Blitz, Rapid and Classical World Championships)

* 5-time Olympic Champion with 10 overall medals (5 Gold, 4 Silver, 1 Bronze)

* 2006 Women’s Chess Cup Champion

* Previously held 5 world chess records (* still unbroken):

o 56 consecutive Olympiad game Scoring Streak * (A record of 31 wins, 25 draws, 0 loss [77.7%] over 4 Chess Olympiads from 1988 - 2004, all on board 1)

o Most Simultaneous Games Played (326 players: 309 wins, 14 draws and 3 losses = 96.93% in 16 hours and 30 minutes)

o Most Games Won Simultaneously (309)

o Highest Simultaneous Winning Percentage (96.93%, beating the old record of 95.64%)

o Most Consecutive Games Played * (1,131 games against 551 opponents: 1,112 wins, 16 draws and 3 losses = 99.03% - Previous record: 1,102 games)


o Break the gender barrier to qualify for the Men’s World Championship Cycle (1986)

o Earn the Men’s Grandmaster title (1991) through traditional FIDE requirements

o Receive the Grandmaster of the Year Award (2003)

o Win the U.S. Open (Men) Blitz Championship (2003, 2005, 2006)

o Coach a Men’s College Division I team to win the National Championship (2011)


o Won the Budapest Championship for Girls under 11 at age of 4 with the perfect score of 10-0!

o #1 ranked woman chess player in the world at the age of 15 (remained in the top 3 in the world for approximately 25 straight years)

o Still currently rated as the #1 female in the United States

o Award-winning and best-selling chess author in numerous languages

o Winner of the prestigious Cramer Award for "Best Chess Column of the Year" (2003)

o 3-time winner of the Chess Journalists of America Award for Best Magazine Column and Best Endgame Analysis

o First ever recipient of the “Chess Educator of the Year” award (2003)

o First ever recipient of the “US Scholastic Chess Ambassador” award (2006)

o Ambassador and torch bearer for the Chess Olympiad in Dresden, Germany in 2008

o Chess for Peace Ambassador with former World Champion Anatoly Karpov and former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev

o A pioneer in women’s chess and a true role model to millions of young people worldwide

o Founder of the Susan Polgar Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization to promote chess, with all its educational, social and competitive benefits throughout the U.S., for young people of all ages, especially girls. The foundation has awarded over $2 million in chess prizes and scholarships to young chess players on behalf of various supporters and sponsors

o Sponsor and organizer of the prestigious annual SPICE Cup, SPICE Spring Invitational, NY City Mayor’s Cup, Susan Polgar Girls’ Invitational Championship, Susan Polgar World Open and Susan Polgar National Open for Girls and Boys, etc.

o Founder and Managing Director of, the world’s most popular chess blog

o Head Coach of the Texas Tech Knight Raiders National Chess Championship Teams

o Director of SPICE (Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence) at Texas Tech University

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