Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Chess - Judit Polgar tops women's world rankings for 30th time

Budapest, January 2 (MTI) - Hungarian grandmaster Judit Polgar continues to lead the women's world rankings, finishing at the top of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) list for the 30th time.

With 2707 Elo points, Polgar is placed 22nd in the men's global rankings. She is the first woman to surpass the 2,700-point mark, the lower limit for the category of men's super grandmasters.

Polgar has been the world's top female chess player since 1988.

Born in 1976, Judit is the youngest of the three chess-playing sisters, the Polgar sisters.

At the age of 13 she became the youngest ever international grandmaster in the world, breaking Bobby Fischer's record.

Along with her sisters Zsuzsa and Zsofia, and Ildiko Madl, she was a member of the Hungarian team that triumphed in the chess Olympics in Thessalonika in 1988, the first non-Soviet team to win the title. Hungary repeated that feat two years later in Novi Sad.