László Polgár

Teacher, Author

1946 –

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Who is László Polgár?

László Polgár, is a Hungarian chess teacher and educational psychologist. He is the father of the famous "Polgár sisters": Zsuzsa, Zsófia, and Judit, whom he raised to be chess prodigies, with two of them becoming the best and second best women chess players in the world.

He has written well-known chess books such as Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations, and Games and Reform Chess, a survey of chess variants that has been called “one of the most iconic chess books ever written.” He is also considered a pioneer theorist in child-rearing, who believes "geniuses are made, not born". Before he had any children, he wrote a book entitled Bring Up Genius!, and he later raised his daughters according to the precepts outlined therein. Polgár’s experiment with his daughters has been called “one of the most amazing experiments…in the history of human education.” He has been “portrayed by his detractors as a Dr. Frankenstein” and viewed by his admirers as “a Houdini,” noted Peter Maas in the Washington Post in 1992.

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Born
May 11, 1946
Gyöngyös
Also known as
  • Laszlo Polgar
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Nationality
  • Hungary
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Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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