Chess grandmaster offers demonstration

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2006

Chess grandmaster Susan Polgar, the No. 1 ranked female player in the United States, will lead a free chess demonstration and discussion from 5-6:30 p.m. today at the downtown Juneau Public Library.

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Polgar, the guest of the Juneau Chess Club, is passing through town as part of the Chess Moves 2 cruise - an instructional excursion on the Oosterdam.

"This is her first time in Alaska, and she's excited about coming to Alaska and being a tourist," said Juneau resident Suzanne Forsling, one of the organizers of Polgar's visit. "But she's such a promoter of chess, especially for young people, that she was willing to stop by for an hour and a half."

Forsling helped arrange the demonstration after her son, Brendan, a 16-year-old chess player, spotted an advertisement for the Chess Moves 2 cruise in the back of the international magazine Chess Life.

The cruise also includes international grandmasters Alex Onischuk, Larry Christiansen and Alex Stripunsky.

Chess demonstration

What: Discussion by chess grandmaster Susan Polgar

When: 5 to 6:30 p.m. today

Where: Downtown Juneau Public Library

Admission: Free


Polgar will lead a question and answer session. The conference room at the library is reserved until 9 p.m. for chess playing.

Born in Hungary in 1969, Polgar was the top-rated female chess player in the world by age 15 and has stayed in the top three since. In 1991, she was the first woman to earn the men's title of grandmaster. She's won four women's world chess championships and 10 Chess Olympiad medals.

Polgar now lives in Queens, N.Y., and runs the Polgar Chess Center for kids. She's a best-selling author and a well-known chess journalist.

Her sister, Judit, is considered the best female chess player of all time. Another sister, Sofia, is an international master.

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The Juneau Chess Club meets 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays at the downtown library.

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