Judit Polgár

Highest rated woman chess player of all times

Judit Polgár is considered to be the strongest female chess player of all time, beating 11 former and current world champions over the course of her professional career. She was the youngest ever player to break into the FIDE top 100 players rating list, ranking No. 55 in the January 1989 rating list, at the age of 12. While having a strong understanding of positional play, Polgár excels in tactics and is known for an aggressive playing style, striving to maximize the initiative and actively pursuing complications. The former World Champion Garry Kasparov wrote that, based upon her games, "if to 'play like a girl' meant anything in chess, it would mean relentless aggression." After her retirement from chess in 2014, she split her time between coaching the Hungarian national men's team and working on the Judit Polgar Chess Foundation, a nonprofit aiming to develop critical cognitive thinking skills through the lens of chess. A firm believer and advocate for the equal representation of women in all aspects of life, her achievements in face of adversity are a beacon of inspiration, inspiring many current and future stars to reach their highest potential.