Interview with GM Judit Polgár

By Rádio Xadrez

Rádio Xadrez – A lot of our readers were young when you came to Brazil in 1996, played (and won) a match against GM Gilberto Milos. Was it your first and only visit to our country?

Judit Polgár It was my first visit to Brazil, yes, and I, my sister Sófia, and my parents Klara and Laszlo had a good stay in your country thanks to the organizers!

Will we be able to see Judit Polgár playing here again?

I would love to return to Brazil and I believe I will, some day soon! 🙂

In your official website, there are many pictures of you with animals: dolphins, monkeys, etc. We know that your husband is a veterinary physician and it scares us a bit to see Oliver and Hanna, your children, next to a little lion cub. At home, do you have pets? How is your relation with nature and animals?

Since childhood I loved animals a lot and I was lucky to have the opportunity, during my vacations, to meet all kinds of wild animals as well! One of the nicest memories and experiences I had with nature was when I visited Botswana, in Africa, and went to the Okavango Delta. There I really saw the life of wild animals! Also when I was swimming with the dolphin it was an incredible experience which I can recommend to all! It is really fantastic!

The famous Brazilian composer Chico Buarque, who is also an author, wrote a book entitled Budapest (published in 2003). The plot passes in the capital of Hungary and, despite never having been there, Chico Buarque writes about the gothic architecture of the Parliament building, the Buda Castle, illuminated bridges over the Danube, the cultural richness, the city’s mustard tone… Have you read this book?

I am happy that Chico Buarque was able to describe the way my home city is, such that you have the feeling that it is a nice place. Actually, I have not read that book, but Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities in the world! 🙂 You have to check it out by yourself if you do not believe! 🙂

Do you enjoy literature or any other hobby, besides chess?

Somehow my days are very busy and I do not find time for serious literature, I read usually when I travel, but mainly magazines and, naturally, chess books and articles.

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