GM Judit Polgar to visit Botswana!!
While it may be questioned that China's GM Xie Jun is the Queen to the throne of women's chess, GM Judit Polgar has proven to be the strongest woman's player of all time. Since her early teens, GM Polgar has consistently terrorized the male dominion of chess by placing in the world's strongest tournaments. With an 2679 FIDE rating, Judit is among the world's top 25 players and the youngest of the famous chess playing sisters (GM Zsuzsu and IM Sophia). The legend of Judit's teddy bear is famous, but now the little girl has grown up and has earned the respect of all in the international chess body.
From August 1-9, she will visit the southern African nation of Botswana to give a number of chess exhibitions and tour the country. Patrick Wanda, Botswana Chess Federation's Secretary General, has planned a knock-out tournament for the privilege to play the Hungarian Grandmaster. The 30-board simuls are only for Botswana players and the BCF plans to make first-rate arrangements and hopes to receive support from the private sector. Mr. Wanda states, "This opportunity is also to be used to raise funds for the development of chess in Botswana. . . particularly, the African team championships which take place later this year."
Judit Polgar: The Greatest Female Chess Player Ever
Editor's note: While there are many of Judit's games I like, check out one of my favorites!
Shirov-J. Polgar, 0-1.
Posted by The Chess Drum: 22 June 2001