Unfortunately, the full story is only accessible to subscribers, but the gist is clear from the tease: Judit Polgar is retiring from chess, at least from tournament competition. (HT: David McCarthy.) She hasn't been a full-time player for some years now, although she has been more active the last several years than when she was a new mother. Whether she feels that she can't perform at her best level because of her commitment to parenthood, or prefers to be a sort of goodwill ambassador for the game, or has some other reason is something I don't know but might be revealed in the article, so those of you who are subscribers should please let us know in the comments!
It is a pity that she is dropping out now, though, when Hou Yifan is getting very close to surpassing her. Polgar was the strongest woman in chess history - by far - and she maintained that status for an incredible quarter of a century. Her best chess was inspiring to all chess lovers, and her example was certainly an inspiration to many girls and women playing the game. It's easy to see why she would want to retire while she's still on top, but it might make for an even better story if she played on until she was at very long last passed by another female player. The first scenario makes her the story, while the second makes her a large part of an even bigger story. Or still another option: she goes out with a match against Hou Yifan, when the result will determine which tale is told.