Chess Biography - The Polgar Sisters

 

The Polgar sisters from Hungary, are possibly the most amazing chess playing siblings in the world!

 

They were part of an educational experiment carried out by their father, Laszlo Polgar. He wanted to prove that children could make exceptional achievements if trained in a special skill from a very early age. He believed that geniuses were made, and not born. The sisters were homeschooled, with a specific focus on chess – which was criticized and not a popular school choice at the time. Laszlo also believed that his daughters should compete against men, and was against the idea of them competing in female-only events. At the time, the Hungarian Chess Federation’s policy was for girls to only play in female-only tournaments.

 

Judit Polgar

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Considered the strongest female chess player of all time.

Birthday: July 23rd, 1976

Birth Place: Budapest

Title: Grandmaster

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Susan Polgar

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Susan is a chess teacher, writer, sponsor, and head of the Susan Polgar Institute of Chess Excellence at Webster University.

Birthday: April 19th, 1969

Birth Place: Budapest

Title: Hungarian and American Grandmaster

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Sofia Polgar

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Sofia is a former chess prodigy, teacher, and artist.

Birthday: November 2, 1974

Birth Place: Budapest

Title: International Master and Woman Grandmaster

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