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Antoaneta Stefanova vs Mikhail Gurevich
"Supernova" (game of the day Jul-27-2013)
Gibraltar Chess Festival (2008), Gibraltar ENG, rd 2, Jan-23
Dutch Defense: Fianchetto Attack (A81)  ·  1-0


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  luzhin: Nice attacking game, with two rook sacrifices: Bravo, Antoaneta!
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  Ron: Bravo indeed. Allowing her rook to be taken by 23. gxf5 seems to be sound. After the game continuation 23. ... exd4 24. Bxe4 an alternative defense by Black, 24. ... Qc7, seems to fail; if 24. Qc7 play could then go 25. Bg3 Qe7 26. Bxd5+ Kh8 27. Rh5 28. Bxd5 28. Qxd5 Rae8 29. Qxd4+ Qf6 with winnable position for White.

It seems that Stefanova is doing very well so far, it is not Rybka in lip balm but that perhaps women players are getting stronger.

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  GrahamClayton: According to Andrew Greet, 21...♗d4 was the major error by Black. The exchange of the dark-squared bishop weakens his kingside too much.

Source: Andrew Greet "GibTelecom Chess Festival", "CHESS", April 2008.

I was also interested by White's handling of the opening, especially 3.♘h3 & 4. ♘f4. Is the placement of the Knight on f4 to help with a h4-h5 pawn push?

Apr-19-09  victory1: what comes after kxr
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  tpstar: 31 ... Kxg8 32. Qg3+ forces 32 ... Qg6 (32 ... Kf7/Kh8 33. Qg7#), then 33. hxg6 and Black cannot prevent 34. gxh7+ mating (33 ... Kh8 34. g7+).

Black's Kingside is drafty right out of the opening.

May-03-09  returnoftheking: This game is also annotated here:

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  wordfunph: according to GM Stefanova in NIC, this was her best game ever played.
Apr-19-12  theodor: congratulations, Antoaneta! how many could have a win in 31 moves against Gurevich?!!
Nov-19-12  fisayo123: Great game!!
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  al wazir: What was the point of 26...b5 ? 26...Rg8 looks more useful.

After 28. Qd6 Qf7 the ♗ on c6 is undefended (not that it mattered).

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Amazing; we're out of the database after only four moves. How often does that happen these days? After 10 moves, the position is so strange it seems like they aren't playing chess, they're co-writing a comedy. Nonetheless, Stefanova whips up a great attack. Anywhere Black could have improved after the first sacrifice?
Jul-27-13  morfishine: A wicked series of moves starting with 23.gxf5 allowing 23...exd4

But now 24.Bxe4 and the Bishop is immune due to 24...dxe4 25.Qg3+ Kh8 26.Qe5+ Kg8 27.Rg1+


Jul-27-13  rogl: <An Englishman: Anywhere Black could have improved after he first sacrifice?> Mr Houdini says that black is probably lost after 23.gxf5!. A sample variation after 23...exd4 24.♗xe4 goes as

24... ♕c7 25. ♗g3 ♕e7 26. ♗xd5+ ♔h8 27. ♖h5
♗xd5 28. ♕xd5 ♖ae8 29. ♕xd4+ ♕f6 30. ♕xf6+ ♖xf6 31. f3

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White's central pawns are simply too strong.

Jul-27-13  Ratt Boy: <luzhin>: I believe that should be "Brava."
Jul-27-13  RandomVisitor: Black can try 22...a4 and see if white finds the correct path in the complications, ultimately emerging a pawn ahead:

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Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[+0.82] d=23 22...a4 23.Qa3 Rae8> 24.gxf5 Qxf5 25.Bxe4 dxe4 26.Rg1+ Kh8 27.Rg7 Qa5+ 28.Qc3 Qxc3+ 29.bxc3 Rg8 30.Bxe7 Rxg7 31.Bf6 Kg8 32.Bxg7 e3 33.f3 Kf7 34.c4 Re6 35.Kd1 Ke7 36.Rh4

[+1.31] d=22 22...Qg6 23.Rg1 Qxh6 24.gxf5 Kh8 25.Bxe7 Qh2 26.Kf1 Qe5 27.Bxf8 Qxd4 28.Bxe4 Rxf8 29.Bd3 Rg8 30.Qa3 a4 31.Rg3 Qe5 32.Qb4 Rxg3 33.fxg3 Kg7 34.Qg4+ Kf8

Jul-27-13  RandomVisitor: Black missed the temporary pawn sacrifice 17...N6c5! that appears to put black in the better position:

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Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[-0.43] d=17 18.Qxd5+ Qxd5 19.Nxd5 e6> 20.Nf4 Bxb2 21.Rb1 Bc3+ 22.Kf1 Rac8 23.Kg1 b5 24.Ng5 Nd2 25.Rd1 b4 26.Nf3 Nde4 27.Ng5 Ba4 28.Rc1 Nxg5 29.Bxg5 Rf7

[-0.70] d=16 18.Qa3 Nxf2 19.Ng5 Nfe4 20.Rd1 e6 21.Bxe4 fxe4 22.b4 Na6 23.0-0 Nxb4 24.Kg2 Rac8 25.Ngxe6 Bxe6 26.Nxe6 Rxf1 27.Rxf1 a5 28.Nf4 Qc5 29.Qb3

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  kevin86: A nice finish,mate will follow.
Jul-27-13  Calar: Unusual and very creative play by Stefanova. Position after e.g. move 8 looks like it was taken from the game of coffeehouse players, and not from GM game. Still, in all this mess, Stefanova finds and executes coherent attacking plan.

This game definitely deserves to be GOTD. And the pun is nice, too.

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  thegoodanarchist: I love these kinds of games - forget all the stuff you read in those "how to play chess" books and just wade right into a tactical melee!
Jul-27-13  quinlan: Of course not: 24...dxe4, because 25.Qg3+ and then Qe5+, winning at once. Very nice, indeed!
Oct-13-14  ajile: An interesting alternative for Black is 4..e6 as in this game:

Bosboom-Lanchava vs A Muzychuk, 2004

Black's play is slower and for some reason White didn't followup with h5.

Oct-13-14  ajile: The other point of this game is that Muzychuk didn't castle too early into an attack.
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  wtpy: Glad I stumbled on to this game: a real work of art.
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