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Antoaneta Stefanova vs Almira Skripchenko
World Cup (Women) (2000), Shenyang CHN, rd 1, Sep-01
Queen Pawn Game: Steinitz Countergambit (D00)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  fredthebear: A stylish GM draw that started out looking like a fight. The White queen on the long diagonal looks too aggressive but keeps Black's dark squared king's bishop at home to protect g7. Black then exchanges queens and frees the bishop from guard duty to collect the loose c5-pawn. Had either chose to play on, Black would have the bishop pair in a queenless middlegame.

Something tells me that their biographical photos are not so current anymore. Back in 2000, I'd have settled for the quick draw, too.

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  PawnSac: <fredthebear:>

Yea, Black does have the bishop pair but with symmetrical pawn formation black would have to work in order to press an advantage. Carlsen of course would play on, but lesser mortals would most likely draw.

In July 2000 their respective ratings were 2514 and 2450. White offered the draw and black would gain a couple points for accepting. Probably the prudent choice verses losing for over pressing for a win in a level position. Both players would conserve energy for the rest of the tourney.

Jul-29-22  Atking: Strange opening 8...b6! opens b file and diagonal f8-b4 on the weakened Queen side.

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