Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Interview with Judit Polgar

Sometimes it seems like yesterday.  It was 1999 and I was just learning that the three most famous female chessplayers in the world were the Polgar sisters.  Half the male chessplaying population seemed to be in love with Judit Polgar, the youngest of the sisters and one of the top 10 players in the world.  Not one of the top 10 women players in the world - one of the top 10 of all chessplayers in the world!  I believe her peak rating was like 2722 or 2724.

Then, Judit got married.  She had a baby, and then a second baby.  We hardly saw her compete in serious chess events, but occasionally she put in appearances at fluff events and simuls.  Still, people were thrilled to see her, no matter what!

She has mounted something of a "come back" since her two children grew past the toddler stage.  This interview presents a well-rounded, well-grounded 35 year old woman:

At Chessbase:
CHESS Magazine: Judit Polgar on life as a Super-GM mom
12.08.2011– When Lars Grahn asked Judit Polgar eleven years ago, as she was about to get married to her boyfriend Gustav, if she thought it was possible to combine family life with a chess career at top level, and she told him she would let me know when she had some experience of it. Eleven years and two children later Judit replied provided the answer in an in-depth interview in CHESS Magazine.

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