If you’ve seen Netflix’s miniseries called Queen’s Gambit, you are sure to be interested in the video now. The fabulous Anya Taylor-Joy talked to the Hungarian Chess player, Judit Polgár in a video.
The Queen’s Gambit series is also fascinating and instructive for those unfamiliar with the mysteries of chess. However, Judit Polgár also experienced in reality how it feels to win the first adult tournament of her life at the age of six. During the conversation, the chess player also recalled that, at first, many people were sceptic about her talent. It was challenging to be recognised against man as well.
Anya Taylor-Joy got to live out her The Queen’s Gambit fantasy and talk all things chess with Judit Polgár, a world-renowned champion who is generally considered the strongest female chess player of all time 👑 pic.twitter.com/0FXXc9RcY2— Netflix (@netflix) December 21, 2020
A few years ago, glamour.hu conducted an interview with Judit Polgár about women’s equal opportunities and how she managed to prevail in this masculine field.
“Ever since I was born, it was all about chess. The apartment was not full of games. When I started playing chess, my sister, Zsuzsa, was twelve or thirteen years old and had accumulated success. Zsófi, my other sister also competed well, she is only a year and a half older than me. It was natural for me to join, I didn’t have much toy doll,”
– said Judit Polgár. Her mom took care of the household. Her father was their manager. The parents were educators, parents and coaches at the same time. The family was together all day; they travelled a lot. There were some conflicts because of race starts, but there is nothing to complain about. Judit became the best among the women’s world rankings at the age of 12 and then led for 26 years. She and her sisters won the women’s chess Olympics. She was among the top 10 players among men’s world rankings as well. It was hard because many thought that women could not play chess at that time. Bobby Fischer, when he was at the top, said he could give any woman a knight advantage, he would still win.
According to the Hungarian chess player, “a woman thinks differently, according to a different logic, but they can still achieve the same results. It’s just not the same way. From the beginning, we played with men in most tournaments. I played just a few times against women in the thirty years of my career.” The framework of chess is difficult to change. For most players, everything is as good as it is.
“They reacted to my sister and me in many ways. They said at the beginning: What does this little girl want here?
They could not take them seriously because it was unusual to have to play against a little girl. Many are influenced by habit and tradition. In fact, if we look at the Top 100 World rankings, there are hardly any women in it.”
In 2016, Judit Polgár became one of the faces of the UN program promoting gender equality.
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