STORY ABOUT THE POLGAR FAMILY
THE CHESS IS ABOVE ALL A GAME OF VISUALISATION WHICH HAPPEN AT THE MENTAL LEVEL AND CAN BE WELL TRAINED.
When playing chess long time, one comes into a stage of „looking at the images“, when single moves do not count, but one looks at the blocks of possible events on the chessboard.
TOP CHESS PLAYERS DO NOT THINK,
Conceptual approach in a sense „I play this and he will play that“ disappears at the master level. Thoughts are the greatest enemy that prevents top players in seeing real situation on the board. The capability of achieving the state of clear mind is absolutely essential to act as a master player. There are uncontrollable processes that are critical to us, for example the creativity.
At the beginning of the 70-ties a pedagogue from Budapest, Laszlo Polgar, decided to submit his kids to a scientific experiment aimed to prove that talent and ingenuity do not exist, that it is all about hard work. He had announced his experiment before his kids were even born, claiming they would become future master chess players. Three daughters were born: Zsuzsa, Sofia and Judith.
His methods of bringing up his own daughters were very controversial, to the point that a government commission was asked to establish if his kids lived under normal conditions for their development. Later on, and in talent denial, he wanted to prove gender equality in chess. He quit the job and fully committed himself to train his kids playing chess. He hired private tutors to take care of their general education.
The oldest Zsuzsa, already at the age of 5, in 1973, won 10 points out of 10 matches in the cadet tournament and announced future sensational results in the family Polgar. She was considered a first female chess player that knocked down the gender barrier in chess and became equal to male fellow players. Sofia was not as brilliant as Zsuzsa, but Judith excelled (above) all expectations. She became a star in 1988 in Solun, when she, as 12 years old, won 12,5 points out of 13 matches. She became a grandmaster aged 14 and 4 months and broke the Fisher’s record who was 2 months older when he became a grandmaster. As one of the best chess players, she was winning against the best players in men competition, Kasparov and Karpov. As a 12 years old Judith became a first female player ranked among top 10 chess player in the world.
Is there a difference between female and male chess? Yes there is.
IN GENERAL, WOMEN TEND TO AVOID RISK,
OR WHAT THEY THINK THE RISK IS.
They traditionally strive to the safety that seems to be a natural instinct coming from the motherhood. “If mother is safe, so is her child.”
In chess, the most successful female players are those who are ready to engage into the most complicated positions, as Judith Polgar. This means that we do not talk about the female’s capability here, but about their choice.
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