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Antoaneta Stefanova
A Stefanova 
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Number of games in database: 1,876
Years covered: 1989 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2462 (2461 rapid, 2485 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2557

Overall record: +521 -302 =541 (58.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 512 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (328) 
    A45 A46 D02 D00 D05
 Reti System (103) 
    A04 A06 A05
 Slav (53) 
    D10 D11 D12 D14 D15
 King's Indian Attack (42) 
    A07 A08
 Catalan (34) 
    E06 E04 E01 E09 E07
 Queen's Gambit Declined (34) 
    D30 D38 D31 D37 D36
With the Black pieces:
 Slav (223) 
    D15 D11 D10 D12 D13
 Ruy Lopez (162) 
    C78 C60 C69 C65 C95
 English (50) 
    A11 A10 A13 A12 A15
 Caro-Kann (50) 
    B12 B15 B18 B10 B13
 Queen's Pawn Game (47) 
    D02 A40 A41 D00 D04
 Semi-Slav (47) 
    D45 D43 D47 D44
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Stefanova vs R Tozer, 1997 1-0
   A Stefanova vs A M Galliamova, 2007 1-0
   A Stefanova vs T Vasilevich, 2004 1-0
   A Stefanova vs M Gurevich, 2008 1-0
   A Stefanova vs Zhonghan Ma, 2015 1-0
   A Stefanova vs M Sebag, 2010 1-0
   A Stefanova vs E Paehtz, 2006 1-0
   A Stefanova vs K Abdulla, 2015 1-0
   A Stefanova vs Skripchenko, 2000 1/2-1/2
   L Webb vs A Stefanova, 2001 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   FIDE Women Grand Prix (2010)
   European Individual Championship (Women) (2007)
   European Individual Championship (Women) (2016)
   European Championship (Women) (2019)
   FIDE Online Steinitz Memorial (Women) (2020)
   European Individual Championship (Women) (2008)
   Gibtelecom (2009)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2012)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2014)
   37th Chess Olympiad: Women (2006)
   Chinese Chess League (2017)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2013)
   Gibraltar (2010)
   Dresden Olympiad (Women) (2008)
   European Individual Chess Championship (2018)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Stefanova! by larrewl
   Women's Chess Games (2008) by wanabe2000
   2002 Corus (group B) by gauer
   Corus Group B 2002 by Tabanus
   Agency International (Lonson `997) by Phony Benoni

   🏆 FIDE Online Steinitz Memorial (Women)
   Tan Zhongyi vs A Stefanova (May-17-20) 0-1, blitz
   A Stefanova vs Lagno (May-17-20) 0-1, blitz
   A Stefanova vs M Sebag (May-17-20) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   Kosteniuk vs A Stefanova (May-17-20) 0-1, blitz
   S Khademalsharieh vs A Stefanova (May-17-20) 1-0, blitz

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(born Apr-19-1979, 41 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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Wikipedia article: Antoaneta Stefanova

 page 1 of 76; games 1-25 of 1,876  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Stefanova vs S Savova  1-0321989Bulgaria chD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
2. A Stefanova vs S Savova  ½-½301991Bankia ch-BG wmnA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
3. E Georgieva vs A Stefanova  ½-½341991Bankia ch-BULD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
4. A Stefanova vs M Velcheva  0-1351991Bankia ch-BG-WD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
5. N Dokmanovic vs A Stefanova  0-1251992cadetsA07 King's Indian Attack
6. A Stefanova vs E Hagesaether  1-0281992EU-ch U14 GirlsA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
7. A Stefanova vs S Tkeshelashvili  ½-½321992European Youth ChessD02 Queen's Pawn Game
8. A Stefanova vs H Ilieva  ½-½491992Bankia Tch UBULOD73 Neo-Grunfeld, 5.Nf3
9. A Stefanova vs E Zlatanova  ½-½331992Pernik UBULOD79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
10. M Luks vs A Stefanova 0-1171992European Youth ChessB01 Scandinavian
11. M Koen vs A Stefanova  1-0381992BUL-ch (Women)D36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
12. A Stefanova vs E Georgieva  1-0391992Bankia Tch UBULOD79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
13. M Socko vs A Stefanova  ½-½471992European Youth ChessA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
14. A Stefanova vs T Papadopoulou  1-0381992BalkaniadA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
15. A Stefanova vs N Mereacre 1-0531992cadetsB12 Caro-Kann Defense
16. C Peptan vs A Stefanova  1-0411992BalkaniadB01 Scandinavian
17. N Gukova vs A Stefanova  0-1361992cadetsE10 Queen's Pawn Game
18. A Stefanova vs C Peptan  ½-½231992EU-ch U14 GirlsA48 King's Indian
19. A Stefanova vs M Vasilzeva 1-0231992European Youth ChessD02 Queen's Pawn Game
20. A Stefanova vs N Karakashian  1-0501992Chess OlympiadA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
21. S de Vries vs A Stefanova  ½-½251992Chess Olympiad (Women)D15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. M Ranniku vs A Stefanova ½-½721992Chess Olympiad (Women)D03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
23. A Stefanova vs S Sabirova  0-1181992Chess Olympiad (Women)E06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
24. A Stefanova vs I Zak  1-0361992Chess Olympiad (Women)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
25. A Stefanova vs M Sulistya  0-1411992Chess Olympiad (Women)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
 page 1 of 76; games 1-25 of 1,876  PGN Download
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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.

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

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

Premium Chessgames Member
  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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  Richard Taylor: She is a year younger than my youngest daughter.

Stefanova is a very talented player.

Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <Congratulations on your new member of the family, <Antoaneta Stefanova>>!!

"Former world chess champion Antoaneta Stefanova got a girl at the age of 39. Papa is our very famous grandmaster, the 32-year-old Asenovgrad Ivan Cheparinov, one of our most talented chess players of recent years, and was the second after Veselin Topalov when Vesko became world champion in 2005.

The baby bears the name <Melissandra>. The selection is inspired by the fantasy series "The Game of Thrones" by the American writer George R. Martin, in which the red-haired prophet Melissandra was one of the main characters.

Cheparinov is currently in Batumi, Georgia, where he is fighting for the hosts of the chess Olympiad. Bulgaria has no team because our federation has been revoked. The team included Stefanova, but she was dropped because of the upcoming birth."


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  Penguincw: Stefanova will play at the HDBank International chess Tournament.

Jul-17-19  blade2012: Antoaneta Stefanova is 1st with 7 points in Shaoxing Open; Kosteniuk and Dzagnidze 5.5/9

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  MissScarlett: <Former world chess champion Antoaneta Stefanova got a girl at the age of 39. Papa is our very famous grandmaster, the 32-year-old Asenovgrad Ivan Cheparinov>

I don't think there's any doubt who rules the roost in that house:

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