General Jan 26, 2021 | 7:30 AMby chess24 staff

Judit Polgar joins Play Magnus as Educational Ambassador

Judit Polgar, the strongest female chess player of all time, has joined the Play Magnus Group to advance the shared mission of making chess a powerful tool in education. Judit will continue to commentate on top events on chess24 while also producing educational content on Chessable

Judit Polgar - the closest chess has come to a real-life Beth Harmon | photo: juditpolgar.com

Judit’s extraordinary career saw her beat Bobby Fischer's long-standing record to become the youngest grandmaster in history at the age of 15 years and 5 months. She went on to become a Top 10 player and single-handedly disproved the notion that women are incapable of competing with men in chess, with her fierce attacking style capable of striking fear into the heart of any opponent. Her victims included World Champions Garry Kasparov, Anatoly Karpov, Boris Spassky, Vasily Smyslov, Veselin Topalov, Viswanathan Anand, Alexander Khalifman, Ruslan Ponomariov and Rustam Kasimdzhanov.

Judit’s similarly impressive achievements off the board include building a chess in schools network in Hungary and founding the annual Global Chess Festival in Budapest. Judit is also a leading advocate for gender equality as a United Nations Planet 50/50 Champion and a frequent speaker at the European Union for advancing the role of chess in education.

Judit will be the educational ambassador of the Play Magnus Group and in addition continue to commentate on top tournaments on chess24, just as she did during last year's Legends of Chess and Altibox Norway Chess. 

Judit will also now use the Chessable platform to produce educational content. 

Judit, who retired from competitive chess in 2014 and currently serves as Honorary Vice President of FIDE, said: 

It has always been my mission to show chess is not just a game, but a powerful tool in education. I have a vision for how to spread the benefits of chess in education and I believe the Play Magnus Group is the organization to make this a reality.

One of Judit’s first key initiatives as educational ambassador of the Play Magnus Group will be helping to launch the Julius Bär Challengers Chess Tour 2021, which will feature some of the world's most talented young male and female players. We'll have more information on that soon.

Play Magnus Group CEO Andreas Thome said: 

Judit is a true legend of the game and role model for young chess players around the world. She is a champion of equality of opportunity, which is a core value for our Group. Having Judit join the team is inspiring to all of us at the Play Magnus Group. We are delighted to have her on board to further the role chess plays in education and help us on our mission of making chess more popular for all.

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