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Antoaneta Stefanova
A Stefanova 
Photo courtesy of Eric Schiller.  
Number of games in database: 1,656
Years covered: 1989 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2500 (2497 rapid, 2517 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2557

Overall record: +492 -283 =504 (58.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 377 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (285) 
    A45 A46 D02 D00 A40
 Reti System (91) 
    A04 A06 A05
 Slav (48) 
    D10 D11 D12 D14 D15
 King's Indian Attack (38) 
 Catalan (32) 
    E04 E06 E01 E09 E07
 Queen's Gambit Declined (31) 
    D30 D38 D31 D37 D36
With the Black pieces:
 Slav (212) 
    D15 D11 D10 D12 D13
 Ruy Lopez (139) 
    C78 C60 C69 C65 C95
 Semi-Slav (47) 
    D45 D43 D47
 Queen's Pawn Game (43) 
    D02 A40 A41 D00 D04
 Caro-Kann (39) 
    B12 B18 B14 B13 B10
 English (35) 
    A11 A10 A12 A13 A14
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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 A Galliamova, 2007 1-0
   A Stefanova vs T Vasilevich, 2004 1-0
   A Stefanova vs Zhonghan Ma, 2015 1-0
   A Stefanova vs E Paehtz, 2006 1-0
   A Stefanova vs M Sebag, 2010 1-0
   A Stefanova vs N Gurieli, 1995 1-0
   A Stefanova vs A Skripchenko, 2000 1/2-1/2
   A Stefanova vs K Abdulla, 2015 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Individual Championships (Women) (2007)
   FIDE Women Grand Prix (2010)
   European Individual Championship (Women) (2016)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2012)
   Gibtelecom (2009)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2013)
   European Individual Championship (Women) (2008)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2014)
   EU-ch 4th, Women (2003)
   37th Chess Olympiad: Women (2006)
   Chinese Chess League (2017)
   European Individual Championships (Women) (2010)
   Gibraltar (2010)
   Women's Olympiad (2008)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2016)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Stefanova! by larrewl
   Women's Chess Games (2008) by wanabe2000
   2002 Corus (group B) by gauer

   🏆 Tradewise Gibraltar
   J Kvisla vs A Stefanova (Jan-30-18) 0-1
   A Stefanova vs Alejandro Perez Garcia (Jan-29-18) 0-1
   Marta Garcia Martin vs A Stefanova (Jan-28-18) 1/2-1/2
   G Antova vs A Stefanova (Jan-27-18) 1/2-1/2
   A Stefanova vs Navara (Jan-26-18) 0-1

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(born Apr-19-1979, 38 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 67; games 1-25 of 1,656  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Stefanova vs S Savova  1-0321989Bulgaria chD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
2. E Georgieva vs A Stefanova  ½-½341991Bankia ch-BULD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
3. A Stefanova vs M Velcheva  0-1351991Bankia ch-BG-WD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
4. A Stefanova vs S Savova  ½-½301991Bankia ch-BG wmnA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
5. A Stefanova vs T Papadopoulou  1-0381992ItA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
6. A Stefanova vs N Mereacre 1-0531992cadetsB12 Caro-Kann Defense
7. A Stefanova vs A Avinal 1-0321992xA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
8. C Peptan vs A Stefanova  1-0411992ItB01 Scandinavian
9. N Gukova vs A Stefanova  0-1361992cadetsE10 Queen's Pawn Game
10. A Stefanova vs C Peptan  ½-½231992European Youth Chess ChA48 King's Indian
11. A Stefanova vs M Vasilzeva 1-0231992European Youth ChessD02 Queen's Pawn Game
12. N Dokmanovic vs A Stefanova  0-1251992cadetsB24 Sicilian, Closed
13. A Stefanova vs E Hagesaether  1-0281992European Youth Chess ChA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
14. A Stefanova vs S Tkeshelashvili  ½-½321992European Youth ChessD02 Queen's Pawn Game
15. A Stefanova vs H Ilieva  ½-½491992Bankia Tch UBULOD73 Neo-Grunfeld, 5.Nf3
16. A Stefanova vs E Zlatanova  ½-½331992Pernik UBULOD79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
17. M Luks vs A Stefanova 0-1171992European Youth ChessB01 Scandinavian
18. M Koen vs A Stefanova  1-0381992BUL-ch (Women)D36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
19. A Stefanova vs E Georgieva  1-0391992Bankia Tch UBULOD79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
20. M Socko vs A Stefanova  ½-½471992European Youth ChessD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
21. A Stefanova vs N Karakashian  1-0501992Chess OlympiadA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
22. S de Vries vs A Stefanova  ½-½251992Chess Olympiad (Women)D15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. M Ranniku vs A Stefanova ½-½721992Chess Olympiad (Women)D03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
24. A Stefanova vs S Sabirova  0-1181992Chess Olympiad (Women)E06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
25. A Stefanova vs I Zak  1-0361992Chess Olympiad (Women)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
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Jul-04-14  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 :)
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  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:

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  HeMateMe: A strong resemblance to French actress Jeanne Moreau?


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  iking: nice game last night ....
Dec-21-15  epistle: She has Bette Davis's eyes.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Antoaneta Stefanova.
Apr-19-16  Fluffy: I hope you have a great birthday, Antoaneta!
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  diagonal: Women's World Chess Champion 2004-2006, number 2 ranked woman in January, April, July 2003 behind Judit Polgar (then quarterly published ELO lists). In 1992 Stafanova played at the age of 13 in her first Chess Olympiad in Manila, The Philippines.

Majestic picture posted by <HeMateMe> in larger version:

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  diagonal: Handshake GM Stefanova and GM Carlsen (scroll down):

Highlight for Stefanova, an entry in an elite closed round robin tournament, at Drammen, Norway (SmartFish Masters), year-end 2004/2005: SmartFish Chess Masters (2004)

She scored 3/9, sharing places with young Carlsen. Peter Heine Nielsen and Alexei Shirov (top-seeded and top ten player) won at 6/9.

Carlsen beat Shirov, Shirov beat Korchnoi, Korchnoi beat Carlsen.

An international invitation tournament not only based on ELO and category average with almost always the same top ten players, but also on the Narrative: ages, gender, different styles (don't mention Khalifman), and promising players from the hosting nation. Chess careers can again have a narrative and all sports need this.

Apr-12-17  waustad: She is listed as playing for the European Chess Union instead of for Bulgaria at the European Women's Championship. Did she have a falling out with Danielov?
Apr-12-17  waustad: Danailov that should have been.
Apr-12-17  waustad: Her FIDE player card still lists Bulgaria.
Apr-12-17  Nerwal: <She is listed as playing for the European Chess Union instead of for Bulgaria at the European Women's Championship. Did she have a falling out with Danielov?>

The Bulgarian Chess Federation has been in huge trouble with both FIDE and ECU since last year. Apparently BCF is still expelled from ECU which is one of the organizers of this event.

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  thegoodanarchist: <epistle: She has Bette Davis's eyes.>

In a jar of formaldehyde, on a work bench in the garage.

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  thegoodanarchist: the medical center was wondering where those disappeared to.
Apr-19-17  waustad: Her performance so far at the European Women's Championship has not been at all celebratory. Some tournaments don't do as well as others.
Jul-07-17  sonia91: She is giving a simul in Plovdiv:
Dec-12-17  sonia91: She just won the women's Rapid event at the IMSA Elite Mind Games in Huai'an, China:
Dec-13-17  sonia91: <She just won the women's Rapid event at the IMSA Elite Mind Games> Stefanova also wins the women's blitz event:

IMSA Elite Mind Games (Blitz, Women) (2017)

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