The Polgar sisters

According to Cathy Forbes, the former British Women's Champion, one of the reasons women are on a roll is the startling success of the Hungarian Polgar sisters. These young women, raised lo be masters of the game by their dedicated and ambitious father I ,aszlo, have all turned out to be extraordinarily successful. "Their achievement has inspired a generation oi women and girls," says Forbes, who has written a book, The Polgar Sisters, about the family. "The growth in the last seven years has been amazing. There used to be just a handful of good women chess players. Now they're all very good."

To Forbes, the Polgar experiment shows exactly what she herself has long believed —that excellence in chess can be taught. Girls are not born mentally less well equipped than boys; it is nurture, not nature, that makes the difference.

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