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Talk of the Universe: Ganguly in conversation with Judit Polgar

by Shahid Ahmed - 29/08/2020

Judit Polgar is a legend and she has inspired countless chess players all over the globe. In this just over an hour long episode, we get to know the journey of 'The Lioness'. How she prepared in her early days, playing blitz games daily with her sister, her mindset, winning against various world champions throughout her career and much more. Surya Sekhar Ganguly continues to enamor us by unraveling a different side of the chess legends from the entire universe. Judit also discusses some of her best games, her biographical trilogy books, how she is spreading chess through Judit Polgar Chess Foundation and Global Chess Festival. It goes without saying that Judit's thoughts are something that you cannot afford to miss. Photo: Surya's youtube channel.

The Greatest Female chess player of all time - Judit Polgar

It is a well established fact that Judit Polgar is the strongest female chess player in the history of chess. She holds the Guiness World Record on longest duration a female chess player holding World no.1 rank which is 25 years and one month. She has numerous records to her name, from being the then youngest grandmaster in the world at the age of 15 years and four months to beating eleven world champions in her career. She is also the only woman chess player in history to qualify for world championship tournament. In this 70-minute long interview with GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly, she talks about her journey in chess from the very beginning to her present days.

The strongest female chess player of all time - Judit Polgar | Photo: Judit's official site

"My father before he actually met my mom, he had an idea that he is not happy with the educational system. He wanted his kids to be specialized on one special field whether it's music, medicine, chess or anything else, it doesn't make a difference for him. He believed that this is the best way you can give happiness and success, the best you can do for your child."

The Polgar family - Judit with her parents and sisters | Photo: Judit Polgar Teaches Chess

Judit also added, "I ended up growing up in a family where the kids were at the center of attention, their parents decided to make so-called 'an experiment'. I would like to say more that they designed and discovered a completely unusual lifestyle for us. They also believed that as girls we can achieve the same results as any other male competitor. I think this mindset gave me the opportunity to reach the heights which I did."

Polgar sisters - Susan and Judit used to solve positions on mini demo boards | Photo: Judit Polgar Teaches Chess

Can you identify the eleven World Champions whom Judit has defeated? | Photo: Surya's stream

Judit Polgar with Bobby Fischer

Judit loves wild animals since her childhood

Did you know that there is an entire chapter dedicated to Polgar sisters in Matthew Syed's Bounce? | Photo: Amazon IN

Judit's biography trilogy is definitely a must read | Photo: Amazon IN and US

Judit always emphasized on fitness

Judit's family - husband Gusztav, son Oliver and daughter Hanna

Judit talked about Judit Polgar Chess Foundation and Global Chess Festival | Photos: Ashwin Subramanian

Judit's games

Here are the positions which were discussed in Episode 19

Judit - Hansen, Vejstrup 1989

White to play

Judit - Yilmaz, Yerevan 2014

White to play

Shirov - Judit, Buenos Aires 1994

Black to play

"This is a special memory for me as well. This was the only tournament I have ever played which was a theme tournament. It was a Sicilian themed tournament, so I was very happy." - Judit on the above position.

Judit - Fressinet, Istanbul Olympiad 2000

White to play

"This Olympiad was one of the most memorable one for me." - Judit on Istanbul Olympiad 2000.

Karpov - Judit, Buenos Aires 2000

Black to play

Ganguly - Judit, Ningbo 2011

White to play

Replay the games

Episode 19

In Conversation with - Episode 19: Judit Polgar - 'The Lioness' | Video: Surya Sekhar Ganguly

Judit's books on ChessBase India shop


Judit Polgar: site, instagram, facebook and twitter

Judit Polgar Chess Foundation

Global Chess Festival

Surya Sekhar Ganguly's youtube channel