Congratulations and happy birthday, Judit!

7/24/2006 – Goodness, how time flies! Seems like yesterday we were playing table-tennis with the pre-teen Judit Polgar, and now she has turned thirty and given birth to her second child Hanna, who entered the world at 3.5 kilos two weeks ago. Judit remains by far the strongest female player in the history of the game. Portrait and pictures.

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Judit Polgar, born on July 23, 1976, is certainly the the strongest female chessplayer of all time. She has always insisted on playing in men's (actually: unrestricted) events, with the clear goal of going for the World Championship title, and never tried for the Women's world title (her sister Zsuzsa won that). Judit achieved the GM title in 1991 at the age of 15 years and 5 months, beating the previous record for youngest Grandmaster, set by Bobby Fischer in 1958.


Pictures of Judit taken from the ChessBase Players Encyclopedia.
They are dated 1988, 1989, 1993, 1996, 1996 (the famous hat picture) and 2002.

All the world's leading players have suffered losses to Judit Polgar, including former world champion Garry Kasparov. In 2003 she came clear second in the Category 19 Corus chess tournament in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands, undefeated and just a half-point behind Viswanathan Anand, and a full point ahead of classical chess world champion Vladimir Kramnik.

On the current FIDE rating list Judit is ranked 17th in the world, with a rating of 2710. Her highest rating was achieved in the July and October FIDE lists, with 2735. In both lists she appeared on place eight of all chess players in the world.


The above graphic shows Judit Polgar's current and her highest rating (light area on top),
compared to the top female players in the world today.

On August 10th, 2004, Judit give birth to her son Olivér. She returned to chess at the Wijk aan Zee chess tournament in January 15 2005, where she scored 7/13 for a shared 4th place. In May 2005 she shared 4th at the category 20 Mtel Masters. In September 2005 Judit became the first female player in history to play for for the World Chess Championship title. Her performance was disappointing performance, and she came last out of the eight competitors.

On July 6th, 2006, Judit's second child was born: baby Hanna entered the world at 3.5 kilos.


Judit in her study in Budapest


Giving son Oliver a first (modestly successful) lesson in chess


With Oliver and husband Gusztav ("Guszti") Font


A family outing in the park


Judit, Oliver and Guszti when they were still just three


Sister Susan (Zsuzsa), father Lászlo, mother Clara, Judit and Oliver


All of the above pictures were provided to us by Tímea Jaksa, 32, who studied Human Resource Management but has turned semi-professionally to photography. The picture of Tímea herself (right) was taken by her eight-year-old son Áron. Tímea Jaksa can be contacted under the email address jaksa01 (at) axelero.hu.

Many more pictures of Judit and her family are available at Tímea's web site. See also: Happy Birthday Judit! – a personal portrait of the world's strongest female player, written by Frederic Friedel on her 27th birthday in 2003.


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