Joining Fischer, Benko and Ben Franklin!


Susan Polgar (Polgár Zsuzsa) was inducted into U.S. Chess Hall of Fame
April 2, 2019 1:23 pm·

On March 18 Susan Polgar was inducted into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame in a special event in St. Louis. She gave an inspiring speech to chess players and supporters of the chess community. Polgar is the youngest woman ever to be inducted into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame.

She joins Bobby Fischer, Edward Lasker and founding father Benjamin Franklin, yes, Ben Franklin! Another Hungarian, Pál Benkő, was inducted in 1993.

Zsuzsanna Polgár was born in Budapest in 1969. She and her sisters Judit and Zsófia were child chess prodigies. At age 15 Zsuzsanna was ranked the strongest woman player in the world. During her long career she proved to be one of the strongest female players ever; she was a grandmaster, Olympic Champion and head coach.

In her speech she spoke of being Hungarian and Jewish and her determination to break the glass ceiling of the male-dominated world of chess.

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