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Antoaneta Stefanova vs Ivan Sokolov
Ruy Lopez Festival (2007), Zafra ESP, rd 5, Mar-21
Trompowsky Attack: General (A45)  ·  0-1


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Mar-25-07  notyetagm: Position after 25 ♘d6:

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How Stefanova (White) managed to lose from this position is almost beyond comprehension.

This must have been a devastating loss for her.

Mar-25-07  syracrophy: <notyetagm> Good point.

It's incredible to see that after all, Stefanova managed to lose from a brilliant position after 25.♘d6

As somebody once said: "The toughest game to win, is a won game"

Mar-25-07  ounos: I can't believe she didn't play 24. Bxd5. Am I getting blind, or Black simply drops a piece there?

After 24. b5, Black seems to get some counterplay due to White's problem with Bishop at c6...

Mar-25-07  notyetagm: <syracrophy: <notyetagm> Good point.>

Yes, I saw a reference to this game over at Mig's website, promptly looked up the game, and was shocked by what I saw.

Not only did Stefanova -not- win from that overwhelming position. she somehow managed to -lose(!)- the game from it.


Dec-06-09  notyetagm: A Stefanova vs I Sokolov, 2007

How can losing from this White position be possible?

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Dec-06-09  SufferingBruin: <How can losing from this White position be possible?>

What's the move after 25... Qc7?

White has an exposed king and has two undeveloped pieces in a game that is about to become very open, very fast. Even though white has advancement and space, it's not clear who has the initiative and it's not clear to me how she can take the initiative.

I think the image you provided is the critical moment. I'm going to take a look myself but the list of players on this site with a higher rating than me is long indeed. I'd be interested to see what others come up with.

A strange and wonderful game.

Dec-07-09  Keith Dow: 32. Qc7? is her big mistake.

32. Qd4
32. Ra1
32. Qe3 were all better.

Feb-26-11  rich187113: After d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 c5 Bxf6 is better than d5.
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  fredthebear: White is up two pawns against a strange looking Benoni Indian when the queen veers off-course and the king is punished for not castling. Black gains the upper hand sending the White king for a walk. Or was it a mission?

How about some love for 47...Re7+!! White had set-up a perpetual check draw by her own rook. Instead the Black rook deflects the White king from the protection of the last remaining White rook. The fall is complete.

Jun-22-17  Nerwal: 47... ♗e6+! 48. ♘xe6 48. ♖d7+ ♔e8 49. ♖b7! would be even stronger than 47... ♖e7+. On the other hand 47... h5?? is just a draw after 48. ♖g7+ ♔h6 49. ♘xf5+ gxf5 50. ♖g6+.
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