Susan Polgár, premiere chess master of a family of chess master players. Polgár was born on July 23, 1976, in Budapest. Polgár and her two older sisters, Grandmaster Susan and International Master Sofia, were educated at home by László and his wife, Klára, to prove that children could be exceptional if trained in a specialist subject from a very early age. "Geniuses are made, not born", was László's thesis.
Alexandra Kosteniuk (born April 23, 1984) Born in Perm, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, she is Women’s World Chess Champion in 2008-2010. At a tender age of 17, she already made it to the final of the Women’s World Chess Championship. When she was 20, she became the tenth woman to receive the highest title of FIDE, International Grandmaster. More interestingly, she has been the ambassador of chess while being a fashion model.
How did one family produce three of the most successful female chess champions ever? Why, have a genius for a father whose doctorate is in philosophy and whose dissertation was on chess pedagogy. His name is Dr. Laszlo Polgar. His works? Zsusza, Zsophia, and Judit, his daughters.
Zsuzsa Polgar (now Susan Polgar from a Hungarian jewish family) at the age of 4: Beating up some seasoned players at the Budapest Chess Club. She learned the game six months before this event in 1973. When she turned 16, she became the first female grandmaster of chess. Currently, in 2013 her world ranking is 8. She beat about every chess master, including Bobby Fisher and Gary Kasparov.
Chess Secrets: The Giants of Strategy: Learn from Kramnik, Karpov, Petrosian, Capablanca and Nimzowitsch by Neil McDonald. $18.91. Publisher: Everyman Chess (January 10, 2012). 192 pages. Author: Neil McDonald