Hungarian Susan Polgar is the world’s first female chess grandmaster . But she wasn’t born with her brilliant brain – it was created by the unique experiment that dominated her childhood. From the age of four her father trained her for up to six hours a day at chess alone.



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Growing up in the early 1970s, no woman had ever held the title of chess grandmaster. It was widely believed that female brains weren’t wired with adequate spatial awareness for the game. Nowadays, memory and pattern recognition are recognised as they key areas used by experts in all fields – everyone from waiters to fire-fighters.

Neither of these however, has the trained memory of a chess grandmaster. Able to recreate a chess game glimpsed only on the side of a passing van, Susan’s true genius is revealed when she plays an entire chess match over a mobile phone. Her opponent can see the board but she can’t, instead using her memory to imagine the game.



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Susan Polgar is :: President and Founder of the Susan Polgar Foundation
Director of SPICE (Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence) at Webster University
FIDE Senior Chess Trainer
Winner of 4 Women’s World Chess Championships
The only World Champion in history to win the Triple - Crown (Blitz, Rapid and Classical)
10 Olympic Medals (5 Gold, 4 Silver, 1 Bronze)
2006 Women’s World Chess Cup Champion
3-time US Open Blitz Champion (2003, 2005, 2006)
Ranked #1 in the world at age 15 and in the top 3 for more than 24 consecutive years
Currently the highest rated female player in the United States
1st woman in history to qualify for the Men’s World Championship cycle
1st woman in history to earn the Grandmaster title through to urnament play
1st woman in history to coach a Men's Division I team to back to back National Championships
1st woman in history to coach a #1 ranked Men's Division I team in the nation

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