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|10 Answers by Judit Polgar about Success at Chess|
|Written by Merike Taal|
|Wednesday, 26 February 2014 00:00|
Judit Polgar is legendary; by far the strongest female chess player of all time. At 15 she became the youngest ever grandmaster. In 2002 she defeated Garry Kasparov - it was the first time in chess history that a female player had beaten the World’s No. 1 in competitive play.
U.S. Champion Joel Benjamin likens her to a tiger at the chessboard. "She absolutely has a killer instinct. You make one mistake and she goes right for the throat," he said. In this exclusive interview with Merike Taal, Judit Polgar reveals her secrets to success.
You were the youngest grandmaster ever at the age of 15. Do you remember how it felt? What were your thoughts when you realized that you were one of the best chess players in the world, at such a young age?
How did you deal with social pressure when you started to win against grown-up professional chess players? You've said that "As a little girl you started to beat adults and they weren’t happy to see you around."
Which character traits have helped you to achieve the success you have?
You have mentioned in your previous interviews that success needs to ‘be handled’. Can you give three top tips how to handle success?
The beauty of any game is that sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. What are your secrets in accepting losses?
How important is it to be ‘yourself’ in order to be successful? What does it really mean?
You’ve said that in the course of game there are maybe two critical moments which decide the game. How do you spot these moments and how do you concentrate on these?
A big part of chess is psychology. How do you prepare yourself to win?
You are always ready to win .
What is routine on a tournament day?
Do you have a comment on Magnus Carlsen’s and Bill Gates’ recent quick chess game?
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|Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 09:50|