8 years after her controversial defeat by Kasparov, Judit had another opportunity for a face-off with the legendary Grandmaster.
In the 2002 Russia vs. The Rest of the World match in Moscow, Judit faced-off against Kasparov.
The tournament was played under rapid rules with 25 minutes per game and a 10-second bonus per move.
Polgár was able to attack with her rooks on Kasparov’s king which was still in the centre of the board and when he was two pawns down, Kasparov resigned.
Polgár finally defeated Garry Kasparov in a game.
The game helped the World team win the match 52–48.
Upon resigning, Kasparov immediately left by a passageway barred to journalists and photographers.
Kasparov had once described Polgár as a “circus puppet” and asserted that women chess players should stick to having children.
Polgár called the game “one of the most remarkable moments of [her] career”.
The game was historic as it was the first time in chess history that a female player beat the world’s No. 1 player in competitive play.
Following his defeat, Kasparov revised his earlier assessment of Judit’s ability and the idea that of women competing against men at the highest level of the game.
“It was a long time ago, and I was always speaking my mind so that’s why,” said the famously belligerent Kasparov.
“I don’t believe that now,” he said.
The Polgar girls show that there are no inherent limitations to their aptitude. An idea that many male players refuse to accept until they had unceremoniously been crushed by a 12 year old with a pony tail.
Genius does not discriminate between gender, colour or creed.
With proper training, nurturing and mentorship, anyone can be a genius.
Geniuses are made.