When I see Garry Kasparov playing this week after a 12 year layoff, it prompted me to look up my own records. I retired from competitive chess in 1996 after I won the Women’s World Championship, completing the 1st ever World Chess Triple Crown (World Rapid, Blitz, Classical Championships).

Women’s Candidates Final 1995
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total
 Maia Chiburdanidze (Georgia) ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0
 Zsuzsa Polgar (HUN) ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1

 

Women’s World Championship Match 1996
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Total
 Zsuzsa Polgar (Hungary) 0 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 0 1
 Xie Jun (China) 1 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1 0

In 2002, the Executive Director of the USCF, Mr. Frank Niro, convinced me to come out of retirement to help lead the US Women’s Olympiad Team in 2004. I agreed. So after 8.5 years of retirement, I played at the 2004 Chess Olympiad in Calvia, Spain where I won the multiple medals (Gold and Silver), including best overall performance and most points scored. I also maintained a world chess record of 56 consecutive game at the Olympiad, all on board 1, without a single loss. That was my last FIDE rated event.

So after a very long layoff, I played at the 2004 Chess Olympiad in Calvia, Spain where I won the multiple medals (Gold and Silver), including best overall performance and most points scored. That was my last FIDE rated event.

Final FIDE rated event, October 2004

Best players according to Rating Performance after 14 rounds

http://chess-results.com/tnr1882.aspx

No. Name Rtg Team Rp Pts. Games % Bo.
1 GM Polgar Zsuzsa 2567 United States 2622 10,5 14 75,0 1
2 GM Xie Jun 2569 China 2597 7,0 10 70,0 1
3 WGM Zhao Xue 2487 China 2596 10,0 12 83,3 3
4 IM Hunt Harriet 2385 England 2558 9,5 13 73,1 1
5 WGM Kosintseva Nadezhda 2446 Russia 2550 10,0 12 83,3 4
6 IM Cmilyte Viktorija 2442 Lithuania 2550 8,5 11 77,3 1
7 IM Vajda Szidonia 2369 Hungary 2541 9,0 12 75,0 2
8 IM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2508 Russia 2539 7,0 11 63,6 1
9 GM Chiburdanidze Maia 2503 Georgia 2531 8,5 13 65,4 1
10 GM Koneru Humpy 2503 India 2521 8,5 14 60,7 1
11 IM Peptan Corina-Isabela 2429 Romania 2520 9,0 12 75,0 2
12 WGM Dzagnidze Nana 2484 Georgia 2500 8,5 12 70,8 2
13 GM Cramling Pia 2477 Sweden 2491 8,5 13 65,4 1
14 WGM Zielinska Marta 2395 Poland 2491 7,5 10 75,0 4
15 IM Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 2471 Russia 2488 6,5 10 65,0 3
16 IM Lahno Kateryna 2435 Ukraine 2479 8,5 12 70,8 3
17 WGM Petrenko Svetlana 2323 Moldova 2477 9,0 13 69,2 1
18 IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2374 Armenia 2477 9,0 13 69,2 2
19 IM Krush Irina 2464 United States 2476 7,5 12 62,5 2
20 IM Radziewicz Iweta 2449 Poland 2476 7,0 13 53,8 1
21 WGM Velcheva Maria 2299 Bulgaria 2471 8,0 10 80,0 4
22 IM Vijayalakshmi Subbaraman 2411 India 2469 8,0 13 61,5 2
23 WGM Collas Silvia 2349 France 2464 7,5 10 75,0 3
24 IM Gaponenko Inna 2445 Ukraine 2460 7,0 11 63,6 2
25 WGM Javakhishvili Lela 2423 Georgia 2456 8,0 12 66,7 3
26 WGM Gara Anita 2390 Hungary 2455 7,5 11 68,2 3
27 IM Maric Alisa 2418 Serbia Montenegro 2454 7,5 12 62,5 1
28 IM Skripchenko Almira 2474 France 2449 6,5 12 54,2 1
29 WGM Jackova Jana 2408 Czech Rep. 2441 8,0 11 72,7 1
30 WGM Zatonskih Anna 2440 United States 2438 9,5 14 67,9 3
31 WGM Paehtz Elisabeth 2398 Germany 2435 7,0 10 70,0 2
32 WIM Muzychuk Anna 2383 Slovenia 2413 7,5 13 57,7 1
33 WGM Borsuk Angela 2306 Israel 2408 7,5 14 53,6 1
34 WGM Xu Yuhua 2487 China 2408 6,5 10 65,0 2
35 WGM Mongontuul Bathuyag 2345 Mongolia 2404 6,5 10 65,0 1
36 IM Madl Ildiko 2369 Hungary 2402 5,0 11 45,5 1
37 WIM Nguyen Thi Thanh An 2345 Vietnam 2396 8,0 13 61,5 1
38 IM Hagarova Zuzana 2351 Slovakia 2395 7,5 12 62,5 3
39 Igla Bella 2196 Israel 2394 9,0 13 69,2 3
40 WGM Houska Jovanka 2298 England 2390 8,0 13 61,5 2
41 WIM Huang Qian 2371 China 2390 7,5 10 75,0 4
42 IM Sebag Marie 2428 France 2389 6,0 11 54,5 2
43 WGM Zhukova Natalia 2481 Ukraine 2386 5,0 12 41,7 1
44 IM Dembo Yelena 2396 Greece 2385 9,0 14 64,3 1
45 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2523 Bulgaria 2385 5,5 11 50,0 1
46 WGM Repkova Eva 2410 Slovakia 2384 6,5 12 54,2 1
47 WIM Paridar Shadi 2242 Iran 2376 8,0 13 61,5 1
48 WGM Hund Barbara 2240 Switzerland 2371 8,0 11 72,7 2
49 WGM Pokorna Regina 2370 Slovakia 2370 7,0 12 58,3 2
50 IM Socko Monika 2439 Poland 2370 5,5 10 55,0 2

I was very rusty in the beginning. I also never played with time control G90 + 30″ increment. After I got used to it, I finished with 5.5 in the final 6 games for the best performance of the Women’s Olympiad, winning personal Gold for top performance and total points scored.

Personal performance

Name Polgar Zsuzsa
Title GM
Rating 2567
Rating international 2567
Performance rating 2622
FIDE rtg +/- 10,0
Points 10,5
Rank 1
Federation USA
Fide-ID 700088
Year of birth 1969

Rd. SNo Name Rtg FED Pts. Res. we w-we K rtg+/-
1 151 WIM Sanchez Castillo Sarai 2141 VEN 6,5 s 1 0,92 0,08 0 0,00
2 272 IM Cmilyte Viktorija 2442 LTU 8,5 w ½ 0,67 -0,17 0 0,00
3 271 WIM Muzychuk Anna 2383 SLO 7,5 w ½ 0,74 -0,24 0 0,00
4 102 IM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2508 RUS 7,0 s ½ 0,58 -0,08 0 0,00
5 248 GM Cramling Pia 2477 SWE 8,5 s ½ 0,62 -0,12 0 0,00
6 195 GM Chiburdanidze Maia 2503 GEO 8,5 w 1 0,59 0,41 0 0,00
7 201 GM Koneru Humpy 2503 IND 8,5 s ½ 0,59 -0,09 0 0,00
8 161 IM Danielian Elina 2437 ARM 7,0 w ½ 0,68 -0,18 0 0,00
9 91 IM Radziewicz Iweta 2449 POL 7,0 w 1 0,66 0,34 0 0,00
10 22 GM Xie Jun 2569 CHN 7,0 s ½ 0,50 0,00 0 0,00
11 106 WGM Repkova Eva 2410 SVK 6,5 s 1 0,71 0,29 0 0,00
12 51 IM Madl Ildiko 2369 HUN 6,0 w 1 0,76 0,24 0 0,00
13 191 IM Skripchenko Almira 2474 FRA 6,5 s 1 0,63 0,37 0 0,00
14 261 WIM Nguyen Thi Thanh An 2345 VIE 8,0 w 1 0,78 0,22 0 0,00

 

With the support from the Mayor’s Office in NY City, and the Sports Commissioner, the NY City Mayor’s Cup took place at the NY Athletic Club in the end of June 2006. The average rating of the field I faced was 2687.2. At that time, this was the strongest round robin tournament in US history, with members of the US Olympiad Teams (with the exception of Alex Stripunsky who took the place of Hikaru Nakamura who was not available).

This was my final USCF rated event, June 2006.

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 Pair | Player Name                     |Total|Round|Round|Round|Round|Round|Round|Round|Round|Round|Round| 
 Num  | USCF ID / Rtg (Pre->Post)       | Pts |  1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6  |  7  |  8  |  9  | 10  | 
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    1 | GATA KAMSKY                     |6.5  |D   6|L   4|W   2|W   5|D   3|W   6|D   4|W   2|D   5|D   3|
   NY | 12528459 / R: 2735   ->2740     |N:S  |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: 2714   ->2715     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
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    2 | SUSAN ZSUZSA POLGAR             |6.0  |D   4|W   5|L   1|D   3|D   6|W   4|W   5|L   1|D   3|W   6|
   MO | 12452240 / R: 2557   ->2597     |N:S  |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: 2611   ->2627     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
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    3 | ALEXANDER ONISCHUK              |5.5  |D   5|D   6|D   4|D   2|D   1|D   5|W   6|D   4|D   2|D   1|
   TX | 12625186 / R: 2717   ->2712     |N:S  |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: 2663   ->2661     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
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    4 | BORIS GULKO                     |5.0  |D   2|W   1|D   3|D   6|W   5|L   2|D   1|D   3|D   6|L   5|
   NJ | 12473035 / R: 2658   ->2660     |N:S  |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: 2694   ->2679     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
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    5 | ILDAR IBRAGIMOV                 |4.0  |D   3|L   2|W   6|L   1|L   4|D   3|L   2|D   6|D   1|W   4|
   CT | 12576446 / R: 2672   ->2657     |N:S  |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: 2551   ->2554     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
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    6 | ALEXANDER STRIPUNSKY            |3.0  |D   1|D   3|L   5|D   4|D   2|L   1|L   3|D   5|D   4|L   2|
   NJ | 12715435 / R: 2654   ->2631     |N:S  |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: 2519   ->2515     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |     |
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