Updated: Jun 25
If you're not sure who Judit Polgar is, here are five reasons to get excited:
1. She's beaten seven different world champions!
2. She was World junior champion in 1988 and 1990.
3. When she became a grandmaster in 1991, she was the youngest grandmaster ever! The record she broke had lasted 30 years.
4. Judit has basically been the highest rated woman in the world since 1989.
5. That same year she became the youngest ever player to break the top 100 players in the world, ranking 55th as a twelve year old! As a reference point, the youngest player currently on that list is 17.
She's also the author of my favorite chess book, about how she became a grandmaster. We've done a number of lessons on her games drawn from it, and it also has wonderful photographs and stories around the games. During the period it covers, Judit was young enough to win a few games wearing a sweater, decide it was lucky, and proceed to wear it over and over until her mother took it while she slept to wash it. The book not only has this story, it also has a photo of the sweater, and the games she won wearing it!
She's going to be guest teaching a lesson for Silver Knights students on 6/30, and then answering questions from our students. Participation is included with any of the plans on chess.skenrichment.com.