Fun and Goofy Q&A With Susan Polgar


Below was my interview with NIC.

Name: Susan Polgar

Date of birth: April 19, 1969

Place of birth: Budapest, Hungary

Place of residence: St. Louis, MO

What is your favourite colour?

Red and Black.

What kind of food makes you happy?


And what drink?

Freshly squeezed fruit juices.

Who is your favourite author?

Ferenc (Franz) Molnar.

What was the best or most interesting book you ever read?

Animal Farm by George Orwell.

What is your all-time favourite movie?

Coming to America and Pretty Woman.

What is your favourite TV series?

How I Met Your Mother.

Do you have a favourite actor?

Richard Gere and Ben Stiller

And a favourite actress?

Cameron Diaz and Sandra Bullock.

What music do you like to listen to?

I like all sorts of music, but Pop or Modern Country would be at the top of my list.

Do you have a favourite painter or artist?

Just to name two: Michelangelo andVasarely.

Who are the three greatest chess players of all time?

There are many who I admire, but if I have to pick just three, Capablanca, Alekhine and Bobby Fischer.

What do you see as your best result ever?

Becoming the first woman to earn the GM title based on traditional requirements.

What was the best game you ever played?

One of my all-time favourites is against Chiburdanidze at the Calvia Olympiad in 2004.

Who is your favourite chess player of all time and why?

Bobby Fischer, because he almost single-handedly revolutionized chess, despite his short comings.

Is there a chess book that had a profound influence on you?

Capablanca’s Best Games (in Hungarian translation).

What was the most exciting chess game you ever saw?

There are many, one is surely Kasparov – Topalov (Wijk aan Zee, 1999).

What is the best chess country in the world?

Holland and Spain.

Do chess players have typical shortcomings?

Don’t like being interviewed.

What is it that you appreciate most in a person?

Honesty, integrity, and trust.

What is it that you dislike in a person?

Dishonesty and envy.

Do you have any superstitions concerning chess?

Not really.

Who or what would you like to be if you weren’t yourself?

Jane living with Tarzan in the jungle

Which three people would you like to invite for dinner?

Bill Gates, Simon Cowell, Hugh Grant, to three separate dinners

Is there something you’d love to learn?

To play the piano. Maybe one day when I will have more time.

What is your greatest fear?

Getting sick.

What would you save from your house if it were on fire?

Other than my family, my computer, with lots of music in it.

If you could change one thing in the chess world, what would it be?

Chess should be more of a mainstream sport. There should be entertaining chess “shows” on TV. That in turn would popularize chess and could greatly improve the lives of many chess players.

What is the stupidest rule in chess?


What will be the nationality of the 2050 chess world champion?

Hard to tell, maybe Chinese!?

Is a knowledge of chess useful in everyday life?

Absolutely. That is why I am so passionate to try to get chess in the schools as an educational tool.

What is the best thing that was ever said about chess?

Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make men happy. – Siegbert Tarrasch**


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