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– Winner of 4 Women’s World Championships (Under 16, Blitz, Rapid, and Classical)

– First World Chess Champion in history (male or female) to win the triple-crown (Blitz, Rapid and Classical World Championships)

– 5-time Olympiad Champion with 10 overall medals (5 Gold, 4 Silver, 1 Bronze)

– Head Coach of 7 consecutive Division I Collegiate Final Four Championship teams (2011-2017)

– Previously held 5 world chess records (* still unbroken):

– * 56 consecutive Olympiad game Scoring Streak (A record of 31 wins, 25 draws, 0 loss [77.7%] over 4 Chess Olympiads from 1988 – 2004, all on board 1)

– Most Simultaneous Games Played (326 players: 309 wins, 14 draws and 3 losses = 96.93% in 16 hours and 30 minutes)

– Most Games Won Simultaneously (309)

– Highest Simultaneous Winning Percentage (96.93%, beating the old record of 95.64%)

* Most Consecutive Games Played (1,131 games against 551 opponents: 1,112 wins, 16 draws and 3 losses = 99.03% – Previous record: 1,102 games)


– Break the gender barrier to qualify for the Men’s World Chess Championship Cycle (1986)

– Earn the “Men’s” Grandmaster title (1991) through traditional FIDE requirements

– Receive the Grandmaster of the Year Award (2003)

– Win the U.S. Open (Men) Blitz Championship (2003, 2005, and 2006)

– Coach a Collegiate Men’s Division I team to win the National Championship (2011)

– Coach a Collegiate Men’s and Women’s Division I National Championships in the same year (2015)

– Be named National College Chess Coach of the Year (2013)

– Be named Chess Trainer of the Year (2014) by FIDE (World Chess Federation)


– Coach a Collegiate Men’s Division I team to win 6 straight PanAm InterCollegiate Chess Championships (2012-2017)

– Coach a Collegiate Men’s Division I team to win 7 straight Final Four National Championships (2011-2017)

– Coach a College Men’s Division I team to win the Final Four National Championships with 2 different universities (Texas Tech 2011-2012, Webster University 2013-2017)


– Won the Girls’ Budapest Championship under 11 at the age of 4 with a perfect 10-0 score!

– #1 ranked woman chess player in the world at the age of 15 (remained in the top 3 in the world for 25 years)

– Still currently rated as the #1 female in the United States

– Award-winning and best-selling chess author in numerous languages

– Winner of the prestigious Cramer Award for “Best Chess Column of the Year”

– 3-time winner of the Chess Journalists of America Award

– First ever recipient of the “Chess Educator of the Year” award

– First ever recipient of the “US Scholastic Chess Ambassador” award

– Ambassador and final torch bearer for the 2008 Chess Olympiad in Dresden, Germany

– Chess for Peace Ambassador with former World Champion Anatoly Karpov and former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev

– A pioneer in women’s chess and a true role model to millions of young people worldwide

– Founder of the Susan Polgar Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization to promote chess, with all its educational, social and competitive benefits throughout the U.S., for young people of all ages, especially girls. The foundation has awarded over $5 million in chess prizes/scholarships to young chess players on behalf of various supporters/sponsors

– Founder and Managing Director of, the world’s most popular personal chess website

– Subject of multiple chess documentaries, including International Acclaimed National Geographic “My Brilliant Brain”

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