My Answer on Quora to: “What is it like to meet Susan Polgar?”

(Link to Original Quora Answer)

Meeting Susan Polgar would be an awesome experience for any chess enthusiast. Susan was the first woman to be awarded a non-gender biased grandmaster title from FIDE, the first World Chess Champion to win Chess’ Triple Crown, has become a worldwide symbol of women’s achievement in intellectual competition and was just named the “World’s Top Chess Trainer by FIDE.”

The first time I met Susan at a large scholastic chess tournament, she was incredibly gracious and Susan’s demeanor toward her fans was a testament to the classy games she is an ambassador for. Everyone who meets her describes her as being “down to earth.” The obvious paradox is that she also has a super-nova like celebrity air about her that outshines that of many Hollywood stars I’ve met. After our first meeting, I couldn’t help but ponder what shame it is that children, especially girls, idolize celebrities with questionable talent rather than role models such as Susan Polgar. This is precisely why I have made arrangements for Susan to visit the Fremont Summer Chess Camp( in July and spend time with my own daughters.

Published by chessmusings

Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in both Bakersfield and the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Currently, Chris Torres has the ranking of candidate master and serves as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

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