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A Stefanova 
Photo courtesy of Eric Schiller.  
Antoaneta Stefanova
Number of games in database: 1,409
Years covered: 1989 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2507 (2565 rapid, 2590 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2557
Overall record: +442 -262 =456 (57.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      249 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (249) 
    A45 A46 D00 D02 A40
 Reti System (56) 
    A04 A06 A05
 Slav (45) 
    D10 D11 D12 D14 D13
 Catalan (32) 
    E06 E04 E01 E09 E07
 Queen's Gambit Declined (28) 
    D30 D38 D31 D37 D36
 King's Indian Attack (28) 
With the Black pieces:
 Slav (187) 
    D15 D11 D10 D12 D16
 Ruy Lopez (123) 
    C78 C60 C69 C65 C77
 Semi-Slav (42) 
    D45 D43 D47
 Caro-Kann (38) 
    B12 B18 B14 B10 B15
 English (28) 
    A11 A10 A12 A13 A15
 Scandinavian (27) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Stefanova vs M Gurevich, 2008 1-0
   A Stefanova vs R Tozer, 1997 1-0
   A Stefanova vs T Vasilevich, 2004 1-0
   A Stefanova vs N Gurieli, 1995 1-0
   A Stefanova vs M Sebag, 2010 1-0
   A Stefanova vs A Galliamova, 2007 1-0
   Tan Zhongyi vs A Stefanova, 2004 0-1
   Lahno vs A Stefanova, 2012 0-1
   T L Petrosian vs A Stefanova, 2008 0-1
   A Stefanova vs K Abdulla, 2015 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   FIDE Women Grand Prix (2010)
   European Individual Championships (Women) (2007)
   Gibtelecom (2009)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2012)
   7th European Individual Championship: Women (2006)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2014)
   European Individual Championship (Women) (2008)
   37th Chess Olympiad: Women (2006)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2013)
   Gibtelecom Chess Festival (2006)
   Acropolis Tournament (2006)
   Women's Olympiad (2008)
   Gibraltar (2010)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2013)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2011)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Stefanova! by larrewl
   Women's Chess Games (2008) by wanabe2000
   2002 Corus (group B) by gauer
   Ruy Lopez Exchange Variation (Gligoric) by prime rib

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(born Apr-19-1979, 37 years old) Bulgaria

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Antoaneta Stefanova was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. She learned to play when she was four years old and won her first tournament at the age of 7 in Sofia. In 1989, she became the inaugural U10 World Girls Champion.

Stefanova has played for Bulgaria in five Chess Olympiads, starting in Manila in 1992 when she was 13 years old. In 2000, she was promoted to the Bulgarian men's team for the Istanbul Olympiad. She won the European Women's Championship in 2002, achieved her peak rating of 2560 in January 2003. She was awarded the IM title in 1997 and the Grandmaster title in 2002. In 2012, she won the Women's World Rapid Championship (2012) outright with 8.5/11. She is also a FIDE Senior Trainer (2015).

Stefanova won the FIDE Women's World Championship (2004) in Elista, Kalmykia, and competed in the FIDE Women's World Championship (2006) in Ekaterinburg, Russia, making it through to the second round. She also reached round 4 (quarter finals) of the Women's World Championship (2008) in Nalchik in the Russian oblast of Kabardino-Balkaria. She came very close to taking the title a second time at the FIDE Knock-out Women's World Championship (2012), defeating Russian IM and WGM Marina Romanko Guseva, former Women's World Champion, Chinese GM Zhu Chen, Polish GM Monika (Bobrowska) Socko, French GM Marie Sebag, and Indian GM Dronavalli Harika, before losing in the first set of tiebreakers of the final to Ukrainian IM Anna Ushenina.

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 page 1 of 57; games 1-25 of 1,410  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A Stefanova vs S Savova  1-032 1989 Bulgaria chD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
2. E Georgieva vs A Stefanova  ½-½34 1991 Bankia ch-BULD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
3. A Stefanova vs M Velcheva  0-135 1991 Bankia ch-BG-WD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
4. A Stefanova vs S Savova  ½-½30 1991 Bankia ch-BG wmnA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
5. M Socko vs A Stefanova  ½-½47 1992 European Youth ChessD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
6. A Stefanova vs S Sabirova  0-118 1992 Manila olE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
7. A Stefanova vs E Georgieva  1-039 1992 Bankia Tch D79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
8. C Peptan vs A Stefanova  1-041 1992 ItB01 Scandinavian
9. A Stefanova vs E Hagesaether  1-028 1992 European Youth Chess ChA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
10. A Stefanova vs N Mereacre 1-053 1992 cadetsB12 Caro-Kann Defense
11. A Stefanova vs M Sulistya  0-141 1992 Manila olA46 Queen's Pawn Game
12. A Stefanova vs M Vasilzeva 1-023 1992 European Youth ChessD02 Queen's Pawn Game
13. A Stefanova vs E Zlatanova  ½-½33 1992 Pernik D79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
14. N Gukova vs A Stefanova  0-136 1992 cadetsE10 Queen's Pawn Game
15. A Stefanova vs N Karakashian  1-050 1992 Manila olA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
16. M Koen vs A Stefanova  1-038 1992 BUL-ch (Women)D36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
17. A Stefanova vs S Tkeshelashvili  ½-½32 1992 European Youth ChessD02 Queen's Pawn Game
18. S de Vries vs A Stefanova  ½-½25 1992 Manila olD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. N Dokmanovic vs A Stefanova  0-125 1992 cadetsB24 Sicilian, Closed
20. M Ranniku vs A Stefanova ½-½72 1992 Manila olD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
21. A Stefanova vs A Avinal 1-032 1992 xA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
22. M Luks vs A Stefanova 0-117 1992 European Youth ChessB01 Scandinavian
23. A Stefanova vs I Zak  1-036 1992 Manila olD02 Queen's Pawn Game
24. A Stefanova vs H Ilieva  ½-½49 1992 Bankia Tch D73 Neo-Grunfeld, 5.Nf3
25. A Stefanova vs T Papadopoulou  1-038 1992 ItA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
 page 1 of 57; games 1-25 of 1,410  PGN Download
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  waustad: When men approach a match and have a period of dropping ELO, it is typical to ask if they are hiding preparation. I am not qualified to judge whether she has done something like that, but her rating took a serious dive recently which indicated a very different form than what she has shown in this tournament.
Dec-08-12  theodor: derzay, krasavitse!
Oct-02-13  HeMateMe: Why isn't this girl married? She's a babezilla, interesting career, seems like a nice person.
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  TheFocus: <HeMateMe> < Why isn't this girl married?>

Don't be scared. Just ask her. How could she turn YOU down?

Oct-02-13  HeMateMe: You're right, Focus. The direct approach is always the best.
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  TheFocus: Wear clean underwear. You never know when she will get lucky!
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  perfidious: Quite true.
Oct-02-13  HeMateMe: the clean underwear part is true as well. I've been on both sides of that situation, and it is good to be prepared.

Seriously, she's really cute, and smart--no marriage proposals? Could she be gay, or somehow weird? Kosteniuk knew the score, and married some rich, older dude. Why not this gal?

Maybe Stefanova has some aversion to long term relationships?

Apr-19-14  Mr. President: С днём рождения (Happy Birthday) Antoaneta Stefanova!
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  perfidious: <HMM: Maybe Stefanova has some aversion to long term relationships?>

It is possible, with good reason--take it from someone who has spent time on the road while the family remained at home. It was part of making a living, but that understanding did not make matters any easier.

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  TheFocus: I would ask her out, but then comes marriage. Children. She choose the kids over chess. That would never do.

<Tears up paper with her phone number on it and walks away from the phone.>

Besides, she's too young for me.

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  TheFocus: <HeMateMe> Time for you to step up to the plate. I'd give you her number, but I tore it up.
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  waustad: The European Women's Championship begins Sunday in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Here are links to the official site: and the chess-results page:
Jul-06-14  Fluffy: I'm not seeing the European Women's Championship listed under new games on the Chessgames home page. Am I looking right at it and not seeing it? Seems like it's a big enough competition to warrant its own entry.
Jul-07-14  Fluffy: Once they found out who they were dealing with, they were putty in my hands :)
Aug-13-14  HeMateMe: Great photo of this beauty, 2004:


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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to GM Antoaneta Stefanova!
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  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to the beautiful & brilliant GM Stefanova! <HeMateMe> That is indeed a great pic! Thx for posting it!
Apr-19-15  theodor: you're the best! all the best from sofia.
May-27-15  sonia91: <was awarded the Grandmaster title in June 2003>

Her FIDE rating card says she earned the title of GM in 2002:

May-31-15  HeMateMe: A strong resemblance to French actress Jeanne Moreau?


Dec-21-15  iking: nice game last night ....
Dec-21-15  epistle: She has Bette Davis's eyes.
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Antoaneta Stefanova.
Apr-19-16  Fluffy: I hope you have a great birthday, Antoaneta!
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