About me

The best female player in chess history. In 1989, at the age of 12, she took the lead in the adult women’s world ranking, which began with her name for the next 26 years. At the age of 14, she was already a two-time Women's Chess Olympic Champion (1988, 1990), later, as member of the Hungarian men's team she won two silver medals (in 2002 and in 2014). At the age of 15 years and 4 months, she became a male international grandmaster, breaking Bobby Fischer's age record. At the world championship in Las Vegas, in 1999, she reached the quarter-finals and, in 2005, in San Louis, she played for the title of men’s world champion. In October 2005, she ranked 8th in the absolute world ranking, as the first and, to date, the only female top 10 chess player. In 2011, she won a bronze medal at the Men’s European Championship. She defeated eleven world champions in classical, rapid or blitz games. With the involvement of experts and educators, she has developed the Judit Polgar Method for kids aged 4 to 10. It has been present in Hungarian schools and preschools since 2013, and was introduced in China as well.


  • Hungarian Chess Player of the Year (in 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1998–2003, 2005–2012, and 2014)
  • 8-time "Chess Oscar" winner
  • for annual performance: in 1988, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, and 2002
  • the female chess player of the century: 2001
  • FIDE Caissa Award (the newly established "Chess Oscar"): 2012
  • the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (Budapest, 2003)
  • the Middle Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit with the Star (Budapest, 2013)
  • Prima Primissima (Budapest, 2014)
  • Member of the Association of Immortal Hungarian Athletes (Budapest, 2014)
  • the Hungarian Order of St. Stephen (Budapest, 2015)
  • Best European Learning Materials Award – for the Chess Palace Program (Frankfurt, 2015)
  • Honorary Citizen of Budapest (Budapest, 2016)
  • James Joyce Award from the UCD Literary & Historical Society (Dublin 2017)
  • ECU European Golden Pawn, "European Chess Legend" (Monte Carlo, 2019)
  • Honorary Doctor of the University of Physical Education (Budapest, 2020)
  • Member of the World Chess Hall of Fame (Saint Louis, 2021)