Grandmaster Susan Polgar, the first woman in history to break the gender barrier by qualifying for the 1986 “Men’s” World Championship and earning the Grandmaster title in 1991. She became the #1 ranked woman player in the world at the age of 15 and remained in the top 3 for nearly 25 straight years. Polgar went on to win ten Olympic medals (5 Gold, 4 Silver and 1 Bronze) and four Women’s World Championships.
Her most recent Olympic spotlight moment took place in October 2004, when she and the U.S. women’s national team brought home the first ever medal (silver) for the United States at the 36th Chess Olympiad. In that Olympic, she further distinguished herself by bringing home 2 additional gold medals (one for best overall performance and one for the most points scored in the entire Women’s Olympiad). She also got another silver medal for racking up the second-best percentage on the top board.
Below is her accomplishment over her 30 year career:
- Winner of 4 Women’s World Championships
- The only World Champion in history (male or female) to win the Triple-Crown(Rapid, Blitz and Classical World Championships)
- 5-time Olympic Champion with 10 overall medals – Never been defeated in Olympiad competition (5 Gold, 4 Silver and 1 Bronze)
- Currently hold a record 56 consecutive Olympiad game scoring streak without a loss
- Broke four world records for a simultaneous chess exhibition in 2005:
- Most simultaneous games played: 326 players with 309 wins, 14 draws and 3 losses in 16 hours and 30 minutes (the previous record was 321 games, with 294 wins, 26 draws, 1 loss = 95.64%, by IM Andrew Martin, England)
- Most simultaneous games won: 309 (Andrew Martin: 294)
- Highest winning percentage: 96.93% (Andrew Martin: 95.64%)
- Most consecutive games played: 1,131 games against 551 opponents with 1,112 wins, 16 draws and 3 losses = 99.03% (previous record: 1102 games by WGM Anna-Maria Botsari, Greece)
FIRST WOMAN EVER IN HISTORY TO
- Break the gender barrier to qualify for the Men’s World Championship Cycle (1986)
- Earn the Men’s Grandmaster title (1991)
- Win the U.S. Open Blitz Championship (2003)
- Receive the Grandmaster of the Year Award (2003)
- Coach the #1 ranked men’s division I team to 6 consecutive Final Four Championships (2011-2016)
OTHER NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
- Won the Budapest Championship for Girls under 11 at age of 4 with the perfect score of 10-0!
- #1 ranked woman chess player in the world at the age of 15 (remain in the top 3 in the world for 23 straight years)
- Currently ranked #1 in the United States
- 3-time US Open Blitz Champion (2003, 2005, 2006)
- Award-winning and best-selling chess author in numerous languages
- Winner of the prestigious Cramer Award for “Best Chess Column of the Year” (2003)
- 3-time winner of the Chess Journalists of America Award for Best Magazine Column and Best Endgame Analysis
- First ever recipient of the “Chess Educator of the Year” award (2003)
- First ever recipient of the “US Scholastic Chess Ambassador” award (2006)
- A pioneer in women’s chess, an ambassador to the game and a true role model to millions of young people worldwide
- Founder of the Susan Polgar Foundation, a nonprofit 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
- Sponsor and organizer of the prestigious annual Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls Championship, Susan Polgar World Open for Girls and Boys, Susan Polgar National Open for Girls and Boys
- Head Coach of the Texas Tech #1 ranked and National Championship teams (6/2007-6/2012)
- Head Coach of the Webster University #1 ranked team in the nation (starting 6/2012)
- Director of SPICE (Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence) at Texas Tech University (2007-2012), and at Webster University (starting June 2012)
LINKS TO STORIES ABOUT SUSAN
- In the World Chess Cup, Susan Polgar triumphed for the USA!
- The Susan Polgar World Championship for Girls in Las Vegas from June 16–18, 2006
- Susan Polgar at reception supporting the Christopher Reeve Foundation
- Lindsborg plays host to former world champions Susan Polgar and Anatoly Karpov
- Susan Polgar gives her assessment of San Luis
- The making of a World Record : Susan sets the mark!