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🏆 World Rapid Championship (Women) (2012) Chess Event Description
The first Women's World Rapid Championship was an 11-round Swiss held at the Sheraton Hotel in Batumi, Georgia, 31 May - 3 June 2012, with the participation of 50 players. Time control: 25 minutes per player for all moves, with 10 seconds added per move from move 1. Rounds started at 3 pm, 5 pm and 7 pm local time. Prize fund: $59,000, with $12,000 to the winner. Organizers: ACP (Association of Chess Professionals) and the Georgian Chess Federation. Tournament director: ... [more]

Player: Antoaneta Stefanova

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Stefanova vs S Melia  1-0322012World Rapid Championship (Women)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
2. L Mkrtchian vs A Stefanova  ½-½652012World Rapid Championship (Women)A09 Reti Opening
3. A Stefanova vs S Gvetadze  1-0572012World Rapid Championship (Women)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. A Stefanova vs Kosteniuk 1-0412012World Rapid Championship (Women)A07 King's Indian Attack
5. P Cramling vs A Stefanova ½-½232012World Rapid Championship (Women)D15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. Zhao Xue vs A Stefanova 0-1402012World Rapid Championship (Women)D15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. A Stefanova vs Koneru ½-½522012World Rapid Championship (Women)D05 Queen's Pawn Game
8. A Stefanova vs Khurtsidze 1-0232012World Rapid Championship (Women)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Lagno vs A Stefanova 0-1372012World Rapid Championship (Women)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. A Stefanova vs A Muzychuk  ½-½392012World Rapid Championship (Women)A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
11. D Harika vs A Stefanova ½-½322012World Rapid Championship (Women)A11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
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  notyetagm: First!
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  notyetagm: Women's World Rapid Championship (2012)/Antoaneta Stefanova

Wow did Stefanova get lucky in winning this tournament.

Zhao Xue vs A Stefanova, 2012 40 Qd2-c1?? Re6-e2! 0-1

Lahno vs A Stefanova, 2012 37 Bg3xNe5?? Qc6xg2#

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  notyetagm: Lahno vs A Stefanova, 2012

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37 ♗g3x♘e5????????

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  notyetagm: Zhao Xue vs A Stefanova, 2012

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40 ♕d2-c1???????

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Jun-04-12  Thanh Phan: A nice article found at twitter thanks to @chessqueen <Alexandra Kosteniuk> A short article about the World Rapid Chess Championship (won by Stefanova, @Kosteniuk Silver, Koneru Bronze)
Jun-04-12  waustad: It looks like the blitz championship is starting too. I can see why it isn't on chessbomb like the rapids were. Blitz games very often mess up with the DGT boards.
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  HeMateMe: Nice to see Stefanova win a big tournament. I think her results were a bit pedestrian, over the last few years. Kosteniuk had a good event, too.
Jun-04-12  Open Defence: not a bad score from Humpy, nice to see Harika with a good score too
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  Honza Cervenka: <Wow did Stefanova get lucky in winning this tournament.>

So did I betting some chessbucks on her. On the other hand, I bet more of them on Lahno, and so I could have won even much more here.

Jun-04-12  MarkFinan: <Honza Cervenka> I was wandering who had their chess bucks on stefanova, well done, you got some good odds there!

And Natalia Pogonina faired really poor, I expected a higher finish..

I had some chessbooks on Krush!!

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  Honza Cervenka: I bet only 10 on her, and I was the first who did it with odds fourty something to one. The final odds was a bit worse in comparison to that but still I won nearly 300.:-)
Jun-05-12  waustad: <MarkFinan>Pogonina was rated 24th out of 50 and scored 5.5/11. How is this a surprize? We all find her commentary delightful, but she's a 2450ish player who is also a new mom, which tends to pull women's ratings down for a while. As she mentioned once during the WCC match, she's spending a lot time on block towers now.
Jun-05-12  waustad: <nice to see Harika with a good score too> I'd agree except that they knocked Cramling out of contention. After a great first day, she just couldn't maintain that level. Of course in a Swiss, success just keeps making the competition tougher. Against Indian players she was 0/2 but against the rest of the field she was +4.
Premium Chessgames Member We have all of the games in place now; thanks for your patience. We'll be putting up the blitz event shortly.
Jun-05-12  MarkFinan: <Wausted> I never said It was a surprise, I just said I expected her to do better! And maybe If she has all that going on In her life then she shouldn't be entering these competetions... Or maybe It's her charming manager's Influence??

The same guy who once Insulted <JFQ> for daring to have an opinion and wasn't rated 2500+ like NP !!

And I didn't find her recent commentary too "Delightful" either, I found It a bit patronising, aloof, with an "I know far more than you guys so listen to me" attitude! I found Shahade a lot more warm and friendly, and down to earth....

But thats just my opinion.

And so what If she was rated 24th out of 50, remind me again what Miss Stepanova's rating was out of 50 before the tourney began?

Not that much better, going by bookies odds, and I don't just mean at CG's chessbookie's.. Even though they get their odds from the official sites!

Jun-08-12  waustad: Since you ask, Stefanova was rated 8th at the beginning of the tournament.
Premium Chessgames Member It turns out that the blitz games are apparently not available, at least not yet. We'll create a page if we can get at least some of the games, but in any case congratulations to Valentina Gunina for going a perfect 13-0.
Nov-21-12  Eric Farley: It's interesting to note that Stefanova -- a d4 player - defeated Humpy, Kosteniuk, Lahno, and Muzyshuk -- all e4 players. This pattern emerges constantly in other tournaments. Do we have a message here?
Nov-21-12  Bengambit: Help!! I need to know how much time is on the clocks during a rapid chess game,and how much time is allowed to make each move. I am currently playing rapid games at 15 minutes until the time expires. I want to speed up my play a bit more,and improve my position,pace of play,and learn to strike more quicker from the first 3 minutes. And we play for that dollar bill too.
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  notyetagm: D Harika vs A Stefanova, 2012

25 ?

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25 f4-f5?

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25 ♖f1-d1! Δ ♖d1-d6

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<"None of the experts doubted that the position of the leader Antoaneta Stefanova against Harika Dronavalli was close to lost ... <<<The Indian only had to make the standard transfer of the f rook to d6, but she hurried with 25.f5?>>> and soon was happy herself to finish the game peacefully">

White's 25 f4-f5? is a very poor move showing a lack of understanding of the position, mainly the giant <WEAK SQUARE/HOLE> on d6. As the commentary on the Russian website points out, the transfer of a White rook to the d6-sq is nearly decisive.

After the huge positional mistake 25 f4-f5?, it is Black(!) who is much better in the final position, with Houdini 2.0 giving an eval of <-0.93 >.

32 ... ♖f8-d8 1/2-1/2

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But since Stefanova playing Black needed only a draw to assure herself at least a share of 1st, she took the draw here.

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  Tabanus: The one missing game:

[Event "World Rapid Championship (Women)"]
[Site "Batumi GEO"]
[Date "2012.06.03"]
[Round "11"]
[White "Inga Charkhalashvili"]
[Black "Svetlana Bezgodova"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Source "365Chess"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 c6 3. e3 d6 4. b3 Nbd7 5. Bb2 Qc7 6. Be2 g6 7. c4 Bg7 8. Nbd2 O-O 9. O-O Re8 10. h3 e5 11. Qc2 e4 12. Ng5 d5 13. cxd5 Nxd5 14. Ngxe4 f5 15. Ng5 N7f6 16. a3 h6 17. Ngf3 Be6 18. Bd3 Rad8 19. Ne5 Kh7 20. Rfe1 Nd7 21. Ndf3 Nxe5 22. Nxe5 Bxe5 23. dxe5 Qf7 24. Bd4 a6 25. b4 f4 26. Be4 Rf8 27. Bc5 Rg8 28. Rad1 fxe3 29. fxe3 Qg7 30. Bd4 Rd7 31. Rf1 Rgd8 32. Rd2 Nc7 33. Rf6 Bf7 34. Rdf2 Ne6 35. Rxf7 Rxf7 36. Bxg6+ Qxg6 37. Rxf7+ Ng7 38. Qxg6+ Kxg6 39. Rxb7 h5 40. Rb6 h4 41. Rxc6+ Kh5 42. e6 Nf5 43. Rxa6 Rc8 44. Ra5 Kg6 45. Rc5 Rf8 46. Rc1 Ng3 47. e7 Re8 48. Rc7 Kf7 49. Be5 Ra8 50. Rc4 Rxa3 51. Rxh4 Ne2+ 52. Kf2 Ra2 53. Rh7+ Ke8 54. Bf6 Kd7 55. Rh8 Nd4+ 56. Kg1 1-0

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