Chess Grandmaster Susan Polgar brings to Maven


...chess news, tournament updates, puzzles and personal narratives - to the Maven’s elite coalition of digital media channels (ticker symbol MVEN).

Polgar’s strategy with Maven is to expand their already-leading chess community, to help make the game more more accessible to a broader audience.

“I am absolutely delighted to move to the Maven,” said Polgar. “This is an exciting way to enrich the chess community. I am now able to offer chess enthusiasts worldwide an effortless ability to share ideas and real time information. This will definitely increase the distinguishability of, and networks within, the broader global chess community.”

Polgar became the #1 female player in the world at age 15 and remained in the top 3 for nearly 25 consecutive years. She was the first woman to qualify for the Men’s World Chess Championships, the first woman to earn the Men’s Grandmaster title, and the first woman to receive the Grandmaster of the Year Award. In 1996, Polgar became the first person in history, male or female, to win the Chess Triple Crown (World Classical, Rapid and Blitz Championship). Additionally, she won numerous tournaments around the world in both Men’s and Women’s divisions. After retiring from competitive chess to focus on coaching, Polgar once again made history by becoming the first person ever, male or female, to receive the FIDE Trainer of the Year (World Chess Federation) award as well as Coach of the Year (in the United States).

“We’re honored to partner with someone so brilliant; Susan is another perfect example of what is means to be an authentic true Maven. She is the world’s most authentic leader in the space and top evangelist for Chess. Her celebrated will fit perfectly within our growing family of inspiring leaders,” said James Heckman, founder and CEO of Maven, “and we believe our platform is an exceptional fit for her mission, where professional evangelism and journalism converges with social tools.”

Polgar is currently the head coach of Webster University’s chess team in Missouri and director of the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE) program. Her teams have won an unprecedented 7 consecutive Men's Division I Collegiate Final Four Championships (2011-2012 at Texas Tech then 2013-2017 at Webster University) which tied the late John Wooden of UCLA in Men's Basketball. He teams are also ranked #1 in the country for a record 360+ consecutive weeks and counting.

Maven now proudly boasts more than 60 award-winning journalists, best-selling authors, top analysts, important causes and foundations who've joined Maven’s coalition of elite digital media channels. Nearly twenty are live and fully operational today, with several going live each week as the backlog of commitments roll out.

Maven is an elite coalition of digital media channels on a single business and technical platform. By providing broader distribution, greater community engagement and efficient advertising and membership programs, Maven enables partners to focus on the key drivers of their business: creating, informing, sharing, discovering, leading and interacting with the communities and constituencies they serve.

Based in Seattle, Maven is publicly traded under the ticker symbol MVEN. The executive team and operational board members include digital media pioneers James Heckman, Ross Levinsohn and Josh Jacobs and technology innovators Bill Sornsin and Ben Joldersma. For more insight, head to

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