Grandmaster Susan Polgar (born as Zsuzsanna Polgar) is a Hungarian-American chess player, and one of the strongest female players ever, having been Women’s World Chess Champion from 1996 until 1999. She beat the odds back in 1986 when she made history by being the first ever female player to qualify to compete in the Men’s World Chess Championship.
The mission of the Susan Polgar Foundation is to promote chess, with all its educational, social, and competitive benefits throughout the United States, for young people of all ages, especially girls
Polgar dreams of making chess so popular that it competes with other sports, like tennis, baseball and football. “We hope to get many more colleges to start offering scholarships for chess,” she says. “And we are working to promote chess as a grassroots movement in some of the smaller cities”
Chess for Peace
Chess is a game of war but a peaceful war where no human lives are at stake. Susan Polgar is a mild mannered person and she always likes peaceful resolutions when conflicts arise. Therefore, when she was asked by Mikhail Korenman to take part in this Chess for Peace initiative with Anatoly Karpov and former President Mikhail Gorbachev, she jumped at this opportunity. What do the three have in common? Well, the former Soviet president is Anatoly Karpov’s old friend, and he visited the Karpov Chess School in Lindsborg, Kansas, to help launch a worldwide campaign of promoting peace through chess. He also attended a match between Karpov and Susan Polgar.