Reports | September 25, 2012 15:06

And the Judit Polgar book contest winner is... from Costa Rica!

And the winner is... from Costa Rica

We received dozens and dozens of answers to our Judit Polgar book contest from last Saturday, and most of them were correct. However, only one reader gave the detail we were looking for, as part of a lengthy explanation, and so the winner had to be him!

Last Saturday we organized a contest related to Judit Polgar's first book: How I Beat Fischer's Record – Judit Polgar Teaches Chess 1. The winner would receive a signed copy. In case you missed it, here's the video with Polgar, who did a book signing during the Istanbul Olympiad.


At the end of the video, Judit Polgar asks the following trivia question:

I played in 9 Olympiads; this is my 9th Olympiad in Istanbul. In one of the Olympiads I won the best game prize. The question is: which game was it, how many moves and which Olympiad?

Some of the contestants thought Judit was refering to her win against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, in Bled 2002, but most of the contestants gave the correct answer:

Polgar-Angelova,Thessaloniki 1988

However, one of the reasons Judit decided to ask this question is that there's more to it: this game is often referred to as Polgar-Chilingirova in databases! The only contestant who dealt with this (in detail!) had to be the winner: Edwin Urbina Quiroz from Costa Rica. He'll soon receive a copy of Judit Polgar's first book, signed by herself. His answer in full:

Hi. Greetings from Costa Rica.

The game which Judit won the Best Game Prize at the Olympiad is: WFM Polgar, Judit  vs  WIM Angelova, Pavlina 1-0. The game was played in Thessaloniki 1988, Women's Section, second board, 10th round, 17 moves. This according to Olimpbase, Wikipedia and Robert Byrne's article in the New York Times.

Although Judit asks in the video for the "Best Game Prize", the true name of the Prize is "Brilliancy Prize" according to Byrne's article.

The ratings of the players according to Olimpbase was Polgar 2365 and Angelova 2240.

In the MegaDataBase 2010 of Chessbase the name of the black player appears as CHILINGIROVA, Pavlina. And ratings: Polgar 2320 and "CHILINGIROVA" 2195.

The erudite Spanish reporter Leontxo García, in his "Immortal Games" series, calls the the black player Angelova, SOFIA.

On the name of black player appear as Angelova, Pavlina. At this page there are no ratings given. And if you go to the FIDE website the available periods reported are since 2001, so I cannot assure the ratings of the players. It seems to be ambiguous.

The game does not appear in the "My favorites game" section of the official Judit Polgar web page.

The beauty Judit was only 12 years old!

Best regards and thanks  :)

Edwin Urbina Quiroz

PGN string

Thanks all for participating!

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Author: Peter Doggers

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silvakov's picture

This is a common problem in women chess: women players get married/divorced and change their names. One recent example that got me confused for a while was the former Inna Gaponenko, who changed her name to Yanovska.

Zeblakob's picture

Ohhh my sister ...

Fix's picture

So all the other correct answers were not put in a draw for the book? The losers name was Angelova at the time the other information about some confusion in some sources presumably about the black players married name is just pedantry.

Anonymous's picture

"The question is: which game was it, how many moves and which Olympiad?"

All correct answers address this question. If there was more criteria involve, then the participants should have been notified before, not after, the contest.

As it stands, this appears to be an illegal contest according to FB TOS and should be reported as such.

Bert de Bruut's picture

If there was a whining contest, you guys would surely be in the bowl to decide the winner...

BS's picture

So when the answer to a quiz is Kasparov we need to go on about how he used to be called Weinstein and some sources call him Harry instead of Garry etc.
I am going to buy the book and hopefully get it signed at London Chess Classic anyway so no problem.

steve's picture

I guess the assumption was this was going to be a random drawing. Oh well, I ordered the book anyway.

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