This post was most recently updated on February 2nd, 2023
People consider men to be the best in every game, be in indoor or outdoor. Everyone knows Viswanathan Anand or Magnus Carlsen as one of the best Chess players in the world or Charles Vinci and Zhou Lulu as one of the best weight lifters.
Today we are going to talk about those women who have turned down the barriers of the society and have become the best in chess and weight lifiting.
Judit Polgar – Best Female Chess player
Judit Polgár, a grandmaster in chess from Hungary who was born on July 23, 1976, is widely regarded as the greatest female chess player in history.
At 15 years and 4 months old, Polgár became the youngest person to ever receive the title of Grandmaster in 1991, shattering the previous record held by former World Champion Bobby Fischer.
At the age of twelve, she was the youngest player ever to enter the FIDE top 100 players rating list, coming in at No. 55 on the January 1989 rating list.
Since 2005, when she competed in the World Chess Championship, only one other woman has been a serious contender. Prior to that, she had taken part in several knockout events for the world championship that included more than 100 players.
She is the first female to have achieved an Elo rating higher than 2700, peaking at 2735 in 2005 and No. 8 in the world in 2004. She debuted in the top 10 of all chess players in 1996 and is the only female to hold that position.
From January 1989 until her retirement on August 13, 2014, she ranked as the top-rated woman in the world.
She declared her retirement from professional chess on August 13, 2014. Polgár was chosen as the next team captain and head coach of the men’s national team of Hungary in June 2015.
She was awarded Hungary’s highest honour, the Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Stephen of Hungary, on August 20, 2015. Polgár was admitted to the World Chess Hall of Fame in 2021 for more information you can find here aftersportz.com
Chen Yanquin – Best Female Weight Lifter
Chinese weightlifter Chen Yanqing, born on May 4, 1979, took part in both the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics. She became the first woman to win weightlifting gold medals in two consecutive Olympics when she won the 58 kg division in both events.
Chen was born in Jiangsu’s Suzhou. She earned two gold medals, one in 1998 at a global championship and one in 1995 at the Junior Asian Women’s Weightlifting Championship.
She was scheduled to compete at the 2000 Summer Olympics but was removed from the Chinese Olympic roster just before the competition started for tactical considerations.
She also won the National Games and the East Asia Games, and in the snatch and lift in 2006, she broke the world record for her weight class.
Where does Chen come from?
The journey of Chen to become the best female weightlifter was never easy. Two hours west of Shanghai, on an island near Suzhou, in a little agricultural community named Xishan, Chen was born to a low-income rural family.
Her parents both work as fruit farmers. After coach and former weightlifter Cao Xinmin saw her at a sporting event in Suzhou in 1989, her parents decided to enrol her in a state athletic institution.
Although her weightlifting profession has caused her parents to feel conflicted, her earnings have raised her family’s level of life.