My commentary of the week

Many people asked me about my training regiment for a big event. Well, one of the most important parts of training for me is physical fitness. I cannot stress this enough. I worked very hard on my physical condition before World Championships, Olympiads, Women’s World Chess Cup and big events like the NYC Mayor’s Cup.

Being physically fit is my secret to be able to play every game at every Olympiad without a break. Being fit also played a major role in me breaking 4 world records for playing 326 players simultaneously and 1,131 games consecutively in nearly 17 hours. I gave the same advice to my American teammates at the 2004 Olympiad.

To be a good chess player, you must be physically, mentally and emotionally fit. Good luck!

Fighting for chess and for our children

Many people also asked me why “waste” so much time fighting against the chess status quo. The answer is very simple. Chess is one of the greatest games in the world. I love this game. I love what this game can do for our children. I see with my own eyes what chess can do for my own children and countless children that I teach.

If all of us just sit back and say nothing, do nothing and just allow the same chess politicians to ruin this game year after year, where will that lead us? If I did not stand up and fought for women’s rights, women may still not be allowed to compete in the World Championships.

Just 20 short years ago when I was the first woman to qualify for the “Men’s” World Chess Championship, I was not allowed to compete because I “am” a woman. Many things have changed.

But it is not enough. Many things still must improve and I cannot do it alone. I need your help. Organized chess still lack sponsorships, directions and strong leaderships. Millions of young children play chess across America and around the world. They need positive role models and we as parents, coaches and teachers must do our jobs to guide them, nurture them and help them.

We cannot compromise our ethics, principles, integrity and honesty. The best interest of our children must come first. You can do your parts with your children or students at your local clubs or schools. Together, we can make a difference.

The latest USCF election really opened up my eyes. I always knew that chess politics is bad. But I had no idea how low it has sunk. To see that some chess politicians are willing to harm tens and thousands of young children who are members of the USCF for the sake of revenge and personal vendetta clearly crossed the line for me.

I would like to personally thank all of you for countless positive and encouraging emails and messages about some of these serious issues. It is time to unite and fight for our children and the future of our wonderful game! Thank you for your support!

Best wishes,
Susan Polgar
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