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Breaking Through: How the Polgar Sisters Changed the Game of Chess (Everyman Chess)

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In a major event in chess publishing, Susan Polgar provides a candid inside view of the lives of the Polgar sisters, each with their own goals and aspirations. She takes readers through the incredible development of the three sisters as they pursued their dreams: becoming chess prodigies, growing into contenders, winning World titles and Olympiad gold medals, ending the Soviet dominance in women's chess, breaking through the gender and age barriers, and generally revolutionizing the game. Readers will also be privy to the thoughts and feelings the sisters experienced during major triumphs and disappointments, as Susan shares their most joyous moments and biggest heartbreaks.

Another important issue covered is the strict but ultimately successful training techniques used by the Polgar sisters in their chess evolution. Finally the chess public will have a chance to find out how the sisters really feel about these controversial methods of studying the game.

This volume wouldn't be complete without a marvelous compilation of the Polgar sisters' most stunning chess games, providing a move-by-move explanation of their best and most memorable encounters.

Susan Polgar is a genuine chess legend. The eldest of the three celebrated Polgar sisters, she's a 4-time Women's World Champion and a triple Olympic Champion. She created chess history and broke the gender barrier by becoming the first ever woman to earn the highest possible title of Grandmaster.

An accomplished chess teacher and an award-winning writer, Susan runs her own chess center in Queens, New York. She's considered in the chess industry as the 'pioneer in women's chess', an ambassador to the game and a true role model to millions of women and children.

FIDE Master Paul Truong is a former chess prodigy and was champion of Vietnam before fleeing his country in a small boat and eventually reaching America. After many years as a successful businessman, his passion has turned to popularizing chess and helping children in the US to progress in the game. He is captain and business manager of the 2004 US Women's Olympiad Team.

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4-time Women's World Champion Susan Polgar provides a candid inside view of the lives of the Polgar sisters. She takes readers through the incredible development of the three sisters: becoming chess prodigies, growing into contenders, winning World titles and Olympiad gold medals, ending the Soviet dominance in women's chess, breaking through the gender and age barriers, and generally revolutionizing the game.

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Breaking through is the inside story of the lives of the famous Polgar sisters. The three sisters, born in Hungary, have taken the chess world by storm over the past two decades. All three achieved grandmaster results in their teens and followed up their early promise with astonishing achievements. In 1989 Sofia scored an incredible 8 1/2/9 in a powerful tournament in Rome; in January 1991 Susan became the first ever woman to achieve the male grandmaster title and in December 1991 the youngest, Judit, broke Bobby Fishcher's record to become the youngest grandmaster ever. Between them, Susan and Judit have occupied the world number one ranking slot for the past 21 years.

Breaking Through charts the lives of all three sisters and witnesses their development from child prodigies through successes in junior events, Olympiads and finally World Championships. Along the way the sisters revolutionized the public perception of chess and broke gender and age barriers. They not only had to defeat top players in competition, they also had to overcome sexism, hypocrisy and resentment arising from their parent's individualistic educational approach. The training methods used by the Polgars are controversial. These methods are fully discussed and the sisters themselves reveal what they think about them.

About the Author

Susan Polgar is the eldest of the celebrated Polgar sisters, a 4-time Women's World Champion and a triple Olympic Champion. She created chess history and broke the gender barrier by becoming the first ever woman to earn the highest possible title of Grandmaster. She resides in the US.

Paul Truong is a former chess prodigy and was champion of Vietnam before fleeing his country and eventually reaching America. After many years as a successful businessman, his passion has turned to popularizing chess and helping children to progress in the game. He resides in the US.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781857443813
With:
Truong, Paul
Publisher:
Everyman Chess
With:
Truong, Paul
Author:
Polgar, Susan
Author:
Truong, Paul
Subject:
Chess
Subject:
Hungary
Subject:
Chess - General
Subject:
GAMES / Chess
Subject:
General Games
Edition Number:
First edition
Edition Description:
First
Series:
Everyman Chess
Publication Date:
20050831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.25 in

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4-time Women's World Champion Susan Polgar provides a candid inside view of the lives of the Polgar sisters. She takes readers through the incredible development of the three sisters: becoming chess prodigies, growing into contenders, winning World titles and Olympiad gold medals, ending the Soviet dominance in women's chess, breaking through the gender and age barriers, and generally revolutionizing the game.

"Synopsis" by ,
Breaking through is the inside story of the lives of the famous Polgar sisters. The three sisters, born in Hungary, have taken the chess world by storm over the past two decades. All three achieved grandmaster results in their teens and followed up their early promise with astonishing achievements. In 1989 Sofia scored an incredible 8 1/2/9 in a powerful tournament in Rome; in January 1991 Susan became the first ever woman to achieve the male grandmaster title and in December 1991 the youngest, Judit, broke Bobby Fishcher's record to become the youngest grandmaster ever. Between them, Susan and Judit have occupied the world number one ranking slot for the past 21 years.

Breaking Through charts the lives of all three sisters and witnesses their development from child prodigies through successes in junior events, Olympiads and finally World Championships. Along the way the sisters revolutionized the public perception of chess and broke gender and age barriers. They not only had to defeat top players in competition, they also had to overcome sexism, hypocrisy and resentment arising from their parent's individualistic educational approach. The training methods used by the Polgars are controversial. These methods are fully discussed and the sisters themselves reveal what they think about them.

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