Judit Polgar interview: Dad’s crazy gambit made me a match for any grandmaster


Judit Polgar doesn’t look like the product of a radical psychological experiment conceived behind the Iron Curtain by a man whose parenting style once earned him a comparison to Dr Frankenstein. “I’m pretty normal!” she says via Zoom from her plush home in Budapest.

With her fluent English, white-walled room and leather jacket, Judit, 44, seems more like an unremarkable European tech boss than a former Eastern Bloc chess prodigy. Yet the achievements against all odds of her and her siblings, which afford Judit A-list status in Hungary, arguably rank with those of America’s Williams sisters in tennis.

Judit is not only by some distance the best female chess player in history, but one of the greatest players full-stop. In a career that began before

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