In the late 1960s, Laszlo Polgar decided to test his theory that anyone could, with proper training, become a genius. He announced before the birth of his children that he would attempt this, and he homeschooled his three daughters. Among those things in which they were trained was the game of chess. From a very early age, the three daughters, Zsuzsa, Zsófia, and Judit, studied chess for an average of eight to ten hours every day-perhaps a total of some 20,000 hours from age eight to eighteen.
The results were as Laszlo had predicted. At the age of 21, Zsuzsa became the first woman to become a grandmaster through qualifying tournaments, and was Women’s Chess Champion from 1996 to 1999. Zsófia also became a world-class player. Her most spectacular play was in 1989, during the “Sack of Rome,” where she achieved a rating of 2735 at the age of 14, possibly the best play by a woman in the history of the game. Judit, at age 15, became the youngest grandmaster in history and is often considered the strongest female chess player in history.
With this example before their eyes, let no one doubt that anyone can be made into something great with proper training.