Judit Polgar inducted into World Chess Hall of Fame
“It is a great honour to be recognised for my decade-long contributions which include my achievements as a chess player, as well as my work promoting chess as an educational tool, and encouraging women’s orientation towards chess,” Polgar said at the ceremony.
Polgar is the only woman to have ever reached the candidates stage of the world championship cycle, to have been ranked in the top ten players in the world, and to have been rated over 2,700, reaching a peak of 2,735 in 2005. During her career she defeated 11 current or former world championships in rapid or classical chess. She was a member of the 2014 silver medal winning Hungarian Olympiad team and won seven other medals in Olympiads.
Inductees of the World Chess Hall of Fame are nominated by the International Chess Federation (FIDE) for their impact on the sport.