Polgar – Navara match begins in Prague today

Judit PolgarThe most famous and the world’s best female chessplayer Judit Polgar is coming to Prague at the end of April to play a match with the best Czech chess player David Navara and also to play simul against businessmen, artists and sportsmen.

Judit Polgar has been for over ten years by far the strongest player among females and she is the only woman in the history of chess ever to enter the Top Ten world’s chart (no other female ranks among the first hundred). She is the only female who equally competed with the best male chess players, she even managed to beat one of the best chess players ever, Garry Kasparov.

She will compete against grandmaster Navara from Thursday 22 April to Saturday 24 April 2010 in the eight-game rapid chess match (it will be played at the rate of 25 minutes for a game with an increment of 10 seconds per move). On Sunday 25 April she is going to play a simul against 25 competitors including well-known business, art and sport personalities. Both events are part of the ČEZ CHESS TROPHY 2010 festival.

The 33 year old Hungarian grandmaster Judita Polgar is the youngest and the most successful of three Polgar’s sisters. All three sisters were educated by their parents at home, with the main focus on chess and languages. Sofia Polgar moved to Israel (she stopped actively playing chess) and Susan Polgar moved to USA, where she teaches and popularizes chess. Judit Polgar stayed faithful to both, chess and Budapest, where she lives with her husband a veterinarian Gusztav Font, her five year old son Oliver and three year old daughter Hanna. Judit Polgar is known for an aggressive playing style. Her biggest success is the second place at the Corus 2003 Wijk aan Zee tournament, behind future World Champion Viswanathan Anand, but ahead of then-world champion Vladimir Kramnik. In 2002 in the match Russia vs the Rest of the World she beat Garry Kasparov. Polgar is currently ranked number 47 in the world’s rating list with an ELO rating of 2682. To compare, the second best female player Humpy Koneru is ranked number 172.

Chess festival ČEZ CHESS TROPHY 2010 is held by the civic association Prague Chess Society.

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