Sofia Polgar marries Yona Kosashvili

Chess Players around the world have abandoned all hope as International Chess Master Sofia Polgar has wed Grandmaster Yona Kosashvili. The wedding took place on February 7, 1999 in Rishon, Israel.
Shamema Honzagool Sloan plays Sofia Polgar during the 1988 World Chess Olympiad in Thessaloniki, Greece

Sofia Polgar is ranked number six in the world among women and has a FIDE rating of 2505 on the new rating list. Her husband is a grandmaster and is rated 2585 by the World Chess Council. He is not a professional chess player but rather is a practicing medical doctor. He is ranked number 57 in the world on the new World Chess Council rating list.

The couple will live in Israel.

Sofia Polgar shocked the world in 1989 when in Rome at the age of 14 she defeated a string of Soviet Grandmasters and achieved the highest performance rating of any chess player, male or female, in any open tournament in chess history. This result has since become known as "The Sac of Rome". However, Sofia never achieved another result like that and, in spite of her rating of 2505, which is generally sufficient for the male grandmaster title, she is the only one of the three Polgar sisters who is not yet a grandmaster. Sofia holds the International Master title.

Sofia Polgar is regarded as the most beautiful of the three Polgar sisters. There are constant requests for her appearance in chess tournaments around the world.

Sofia Polgar was born in Budapest, Hungary on November 2, 1974 and is now 24. Her husband, Yona Kosashvili, was born on July 3, 1970 in Soviet Georgia and is now 28.

The eldest sister of Sofia Polgar is Zsuzsa Polgar, who now lives in Rego Park, Queens, New York. Zsuzsa is the Woman's World Chess Champion. The youngest sister of Sofia is Judit Polgar who is rated 2677 by the World Chess Federation and is now number 17 in the world. Judit Polgar is by far the strongest female chess player in history. Judit lives in her native Budapest. The three Polgar sisters are the only family in the world in which three members have either the chess grandmaster or the international master title.

Zsuzsa Polgar, 29, the Woman's World Chess Champion, is expecting a baby in March. Judit Polgar, 22, is the only one of the three Polgar sisters who is not yet safely married.

Sam Sloan

Here is a comment I receive from Stewart Reuben , a leading chess organizer and chess official in England:

At 06:13 PM 2/13/99 -0500, Stewart Reuben wrote:
>Dear Sam,
>Did Sophia' s rating really exceed that of Morozevich at the Lloyds Bank Masters in 1994 where he achieved a 2970 rating with 9/10?
> I thought two people have achieved 100% scores in opens of 9 rounds or more. Did not Plaskett and a 2600+ USSR player?
> Anyway I hope you are well.
>Stewart Reuben

Dear Stewart,

Happy to hear from you.

The claim is that Sofia's performance rating in Rome 1989 was higher than that of any player up to that date.

I have no doubt that her record has been exceeded since that time.


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