My last ever FIDE rated game and the reason why I retired from chess


This was my last ever FIDE rated chess game in 2004! With this win, the US Women’s Chess Olympiad Team won the first ever team medal, Silver, and I won multiple medals, including Gold for best overall performance of the Chess Olympiad in spite of not playing a single rated game in nearly 9 years.

This win also helped me extended my record to 56 consecutive Chess Olympiad games on board 1, never sat out of any round, without a loss. My final Chess Olympiad record is 31 wins, 25 draws, 0 loss with 5 Gold, 4 Silver, and 3 Bronze. It also helped me regained the world #1 ranking to keep it the Polgár family when my sister Judit took a maternity leave.

I was ready to represent the US again in 2006 at the Turin Olympiad, only to be told by the top brass at the USCF that I was too old and too weak (in spite of my #1 world and national ranking), and if I wanted to be on the team, I had to “qualify” to prove my strength.

I said thanks for the insult and retired for good.


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