The Polgar Variant

posts by randi@thejcc

Date(s) - 02/19/2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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The extraordinary story of three Hungarian-Jewish sisters who were raised to be chess masters in Communist Budapest of the 1970s. The Polgar sisters did not choose to become the heroines of this story. It was their father, who, driven by his educational vision, determined their destiny before they were even born. László Polgár believed that “Geniuses are made, not born,” and he set out to prove it. The canvas he chose was his three daughters; The medium — chess. The girls were home schooled and devoted their time to studying and practicing chess – with surprising and remarkable results.
Dir. Yossi Aviram (Israel/Hungary, 2014, 68 min)
Followed by post-screening discussion with Susan Polgar.
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