Shelves: chess This book, the "bible of tactics," is the best bang for your training bucks. The publisher description is good but let me elaborate a bit on a few things. So, while This book, the "bible of tactics," is the best bang for your training bucks. Because there are no explanations, one cannot get a deep understanding of why some of the tactics work as they do, or why certain moves in the miniatures occurred. The closest thing to an explanation in the games is the occasional Informant-style annotation variation of a few moves.

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He believed that he could raise a genius himself. When he tried to present his intentions, the local government asked him to see a psychiatrist. But Laszlo remained undeterred, stood by his opinion and made it his lifetime goal to confirm his theory. To start, he needed a wife. In , he started approaching women, explaining his intent. A Ukranian lady named Klara found his concept intriguing and agreed to be a part of the experiment.

Soon after, in , Klara Polgar gave birth to a child whom the couple named Susan Polgar. The first daughter, Susan Polgar The experiment began in where Laszlo Polgar decided to homeschool Susan and teach her chess. The reason for choosing Chess was because it had a clear objective and ranking. In other fields like writing or acting, people can debate if a person is truly world-class or not.

However, the chess ranking system determines if a person is the best player in the world or not. Laszlo himself was a mediocre chess player at best, but he left no stone unturned to help his daughter develop expertise in the game.

Susan was hooked by the game and practiced intensively every day. By the age of 5 years, she had amassed tons of practice already.

Her father decided to have Susan participate in a local chess competition where most of the participants were more than twice her age. At age 5, Susan decimated all her opponents by winning the tournament with a score. In another tournament, where the participants were adults, people joked about Susan participating by saying she could barely reach the table.

Susan beat several adult participants in the event making the naysayers take their words back. As the years went by, Susan turned into an expert chess player. By , she had become the top-ranked female chess player in the world at a tender age of She went on to achieve the coveted title of a grandmaster in She became the first woman in history to win the Chess triple crown.

The second daughter, Sofia Polgar Now, you might assume that Susan was born as a genius due to some stroke of luck. But it was not only the first daughter of Laszlo and Klara Polgar who dominated chess. Their second daughter, Sofia and the third, Judit Polgar achieved extraordinary success too.

All 3 Polgar sisters achieved world-class results in Chess. Sofia Polgar, went on to become the sixth top female chess player in the world. She won several tournaments and medals like her elder sister, Susan. During a tournament in Rome held in , she won the event with a score of 8. Sofia was only 14 at that time. Her chess skills would have put any normal chess player to shame, but unfortunately, the other two sisters overshadowed her achievements.

The third daughter, Judit Polgar, the best female chess player in history Finally came Judit Polgar, born in , who achieved the highest results among the three Polgar sisters. Born after two sisters already proficient in chess, Judit naturally found herself in the atmosphere of the game. Judit is considered the strongest female chess player of all time.

Judit was the fastest to achieve the title of a grandmaster, men and women included, at the age of 15 years and 4 months, a record earlier held by the well known Bobby Fischer. She was the youngest player to break into the top players at the age of only It all comes down to the imperfections of the feminine psyche. No woman can sustain a prolonged battle. The incident made him change his opinion about the effect of gender on chess. Until then, many male players believed that gender-based limitations exist in chess and some continue to believe that today.

Judit has also defeated various other world champions such as Vladimir Kramnik, Vishwanathan Anand, Anatoly Karpov and many more.

Some of her records remain intact till date today. She is the only woman to win against a reigning world number 1. No other woman except Judit has qualified for a World Championship event. She is the only woman to have crossed a score of Elo points. His effort is called as one of the most amazing experiments in the history of human education. He believes that when a child is born healthy, it is a potential genius. Whether that happens or not depends on the upbringing and the effort put in.

Therefore, in no case could they have passed on some grandmaster chess genes to their daughters. Judit even beat her father in chess at the age of 5. Judit is considered to have the least talent among the three Polgar sisters but the one who put in the most effort. Susan has called Judit a slow started but extremely hard working.

Sofia is known to have put in the least effort among the three which she herself admits The sisters admit that their world ranking is in line with the effort each of them put in. Judit ranked the world number one, Susan stood second and Sofia reached sixth place. The Polgar sisters documentary called The Polgar Variant was released in Here is the IMDB link to the movie. Practice beats talent in the long run Laszlo Polgar proved his theory he made over 50 years ago that great performers are made, not born.

If only one of his daughters became successful, you could argue that she was born a prodigy. But when all three Polgar sisters reached a world-class status, all factors such as luck and coincidence are out of the window. The chances that all of the Polgar sisters were born with a high IQ also seems unlikely.

The IQ of the Polgar sisters is estimated to be in the range of which does not fall under the bracket of a genius. In comparison, Bobby Fischer had an IQ of over If you spend enough time and effort to achieve mastery, you can reach the peak.

All three daughters had amassed over 10, hours of practice by the age of You may not have similar practice by the time you hit your teens, but that does not mean you should not practice at whatever age you are. Deliberate practice at an early age can shorten the time taken to develop mastery, but starting at your current age is better than not trying at all.

Better late than never. My father believes that innate talent is nothing, and success is 99 percent hard work. I agree with him. Susan Polgar 2. The world sees the results, not the effort The media and the internet have a habit of labeling success with talent alone. No one looks at the effort which went behind the results. Those who hear the success Judit achieved, consider her a born chess whiz. The challenge her father took up remains unknown to the world.

Similarly, the painstaking effort put in by other successful people often gets swept under the rug. Warren Buffet made his first investment at the age of Bill Gates wrote his first software program at the age of 13 when computers were in their most nascent stage.

Elon Musk taught himself programming at the age of 10 and sold a video game before he turned However, articles written on these men attribute their success to their IQ or innate talent. In reality, the results these people achieved are only the tip of the iceberg. The years of effort put in remains invisible to sight. You might assume such mastery is open only to others and not to yourself. The truth is, you can be the best in the world if you put in enough effort, time and the right practice.

Mastery requires effort and interest If you try to become a Laszlo Polgar and attempt to make your kid a grandmaster in chess, you will succeed only if your child shows interest. Laszlo managed to make all three of his daughters hooked to chess.

Without such conviction, the daughters would not have put in enough energy into gaining expertise. They wasted no time on unnecessary activities. But, the subject has to pique your interest and make you spring out of bed each morning. If not, you will not put in the required number of hours into practice and learning.

Effort and passion together make mastery possible. It takes sacrifice to achieve high levels of success Laszlo Polgar did not send his children to school. He taught them at home by training them primarily on chess and other important subjects such as language and math.

He skipped many of the subjects that schools teach students. This is because Laszlo believed that to achieve mastery, kids must start specializing in one area early in life without having their attention fragmented into different subjects. As a father, Laszlo Polgar battled authorities so that he could home school his children, because such a practice seemed like a crime during those periods. The daughters had to give up formal education to develop their skills in chess.

You might have the desire to become the best in the world in a specific area. To get there, you will need to sacrifice other comforts, benefits or privileges.

The sacrifice could come in the name of time, luxury, relationships or any other area which is dear to you.


Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations and Games

He believed that he could raise a genius himself. When he tried to present his intentions, the local government asked him to see a psychiatrist. But Laszlo remained undeterred, stood by his opinion and made it his lifetime goal to confirm his theory. To start, he needed a wife. In , he started approaching women, explaining his intent.


Reform-Chess (book information)

Tat The latest one is a much more manageable roughly 6x10x4. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Most of the problems contained in this book are endgame-oriented, like oplgar in one, two or three moves. Second, many of the positions are composed rather than coming from actual games.


László Polgár

He later recalled that "when I looked at the life stories of geniuses" during his student years, "I found the same thing They all started at a very young age and studied intensively. He concluded that if he took the right approach to child-rearing, he could turn "any healthy newborn" into "a genius. When a child is born healthy, it is a potential genius. In reading those biographies, he had "identified a common theme—early and intensive specialization in a particular subject. Chess is very objective and easy to measure. I liked the chessmen; they were toys for me.

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