Judit Polgar is the greatest ever female player to have played the game of Chess. In 1991, she achieved the title of Grand Master at the age of 15 years and 5 months, being the youngest person in history to achieve that feat. She has been ranked as high as eighth in the FIDE ratings in 2005. She is the only women to be part of the FIDE Top 100 players list. She has the distinction of defeating World Champions such as Garry Kasparov, Anatoly Karpov, Boris Spassky, Vishwanathan Anand and Veselin Topalov.
Judit Polgar was born on July 23, 1976 in Budapest, Hungary. She is the youngest of three daughters born to Laszlo and Klara Polgar. Laszlo Polgar’s children were part of an educational experiment which was to prove his thesis that ‘Geniuses are made, not born’.
Judit and her sisters were home-schooled with special emphasis given on chess. Her sister Susan Polgar went on to achieve Grand Master status whereas her sister Sofia went on to become an International Master. This was the proof that Laszlo’s experiment had succeeded after all.