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Antoaneta Stefanova
A Stefanova 
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Number of games in database: 2,276
Years covered: 1989 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 2462 (2461 rapid, 2485 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2557
Overall record: +627 -355 =632 (58.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 662 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (415) 
    A45 D02 A46 D00 D05
 Reti System (128) 
    A04 A06 A05
 Slav (62) 
    D10 D11 D12 D15 D14
 King's Indian Attack (52) 
    A07 A08
 Queen's Gambit Declined (42) 
    D30 D38 D31 D37 D36
 Catalan (38) 
    E06 E04 E01 E09 E07
With the Black pieces:
 Slav (274) 
    D15 D10 D11 D12 D13
 Ruy Lopez (191) 
    C78 C65 C60 C69 C70
 Caro-Kann (68) 
    B12 B15 B13 B10 B18
 Queen's Pawn Game (60) 
    D02 D00 A40 A41 D04
 English (57) 
    A11 A10 A13 A12 A15
 Semi-Slav (56) 
    D45 D43 D47 D44
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Stefanova vs M Gurevich, 2008 1-0
   A Stefanova vs A Galliamova, 2007 1-0
   A Stefanova vs T Vasilevich, 2004 1-0
   A Stefanova vs M Sebag, 2010 1-0
   A Stefanova vs R Tozer, 1997 1-0
   A Stefanova vs Zhonghan Ma, 2015 1-0
   A Stefanova vs E Paehtz, 2006 1-0
   T L Petrosian vs A Stefanova, 2008 0-1
   A Stefanova vs A Skripchenko, 2000 1/2-1/2
   A Stefanova vs K Abdulla, 2015 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Championship (Women) (2002)
   World Cup (Women) (2002)
   European Championship (Women) (2007)
   European Championship (Women) (2011)
   Yerevan Olympiad (Women) (1996)
   European Championship (Women) (2004)
   Tromso Olympiad (Women) (2014)
   FIDE Online Steinitz Memorial (Women) (2020)
   Gibraltar Masters (2009)
   European Championship (Women) (2008)
   Turin Olympiad (Women) (2006)
   Chinese Chess League (2017)
   Gibraltar Masters (2010)
   FIDE Online Olympiad (2020)
   Dresden Olympiad (Women) (2008)

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

   🏆 23rd European Women Chess Championship
   A Stefanova vs M Calzetta (Mar-28-23) 1-0
   A Zherebtsova vs A Stefanova (Mar-27-23) 1/2-1/2
   A Stefanova vs R Golsta (Mar-26-23) 1-0
   S Gaboyan vs A Stefanova (Mar-25-23) 1-0
   A Stefanova vs J Paasikangas (Mar-23-23) 1-0

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(born Apr-19-1979, 44 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 92; games 1-25 of 2,276  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Stefanova vs S Savova  1-0321989BUL-ch 38th (Women)D78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
2. E Georgieva vs A Stefanova  ½-½341991BUL-ch (Women)D03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
3. A Stefanova vs M Velcheva  0-1351991BUL-ch (Women)D03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
4. A Stefanova vs S Savova  ½-½301991BUL-ch (Women)A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
5. A Stefanova vs C Peptan  ½-½231992EU-ch U14 GirlsA48 King's Indian
6. A Stefanova vs H Ilieva  ½-½491992BUL-chT (Women)D73 Neo-Grunfeld, 5.Nf3
7. A Stefanova vs E Georgieva  1-0391992BUL-chT (Women)D79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
8. N Kruljac vs A Stefanova  0-1251992EU-ch U14 GirlsA07 King's Indian Attack
9. N Gukova vs A Stefanova  0-1361992EU-ch U14 GirlsE10 Queen's Pawn Game
10. A Stefanova vs N Mereacre 1-0531992EU-ch U14 GirlsB12 Caro-Kann Defense
11. Stela Milanova vs A Stefanova  0-1111992BUL-ch (Women)B01 Scandinavian
12. A Stefanova vs S Tkeshelashvili  ½-½321992EU-ch U14 GirlsD02 Queen's Pawn Game
13. A Stefanova vs E Zlatanova  ½-½331992BUL-ch (Women)D79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
14. M Socko vs A Stefanova  ½-½471992EU-ch U14 GirlsA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
15. M Luks vs A Stefanova 0-1171992EU-ch U14 GirlsB01 Scandinavian
16. A Stefanova vs E Hagesaether  1-0281992EU-ch U14 GirlsA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
17. A Stefanova vs M Vasiltseva 1-0231992EU-ch U14 GirlsD02 Queen's Pawn Game
18. M Koen vs A Stefanova  1-0381992BUL-ch (Women)D36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
19. A Stefanova vs N Karakashian  1-0501992Manila Olympiad (Women)A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
20. S de Vries vs A Stefanova  ½-½251992Manila Olympiad (Women)D15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. M Ranniku vs A Stefanova ½-½721992Manila Olympiad (Women)D03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
22. A Stefanova vs S Sabirova  0-1181992Manila Olympiad (Women)E06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
23. A Stefanova vs I Zak  1-0361992Manila Olympiad (Women)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
24. A Stefanova vs M Sulistya  0-1411992Manila Olympiad (Women)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
25. A Stefanova vs T Papadopoulou  1-038199223rd Balkaniad (girls)A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
 page 1 of 92; games 1-25 of 2,276  PGN Download
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Apr-19-16  Fluffy: I hope you have a great birthday, Antoaneta!
Aug-29-16  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:

Aug-29-16  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.

Apr-19-17  thegoodanarchist: <epistle: She has Bette Davis's eyes.>

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

Apr-19-17  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.

Nov-05-18  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:

May-20-21  tibone: does Stefanova have an internet homepage for fans?
May-20-21  macer75: <tibone: does Stefanova have an internet homepage for fans?>

"internet homepage" ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

May-22-21  login:

No such site known, instead there is

Limbo site

Power site

Local yellow press 'reporting' on a mysterious gambling addiction and close ties with Vasil Bozhkov a billionaire on the run in Dubai

Seems Bulgarian politics is almost as 'entertaining' as our US friends endless navel-gazing ...

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) ▄︻̷̿┻̿═━一

Jul-13-21  tibone: <This is a message to macer75:> Could you show me your collection of games? That would be funny.
Jul-13-21  tibone: <This is a message to the user named "login":> Could you show me your collection of games? That would be nice?
May-29-22  Albertan: Stefanova. wins 2022 FIDE WSCC,Qualifier 2:

May-29-22  Albertan: WSCC 2022:Agrawal and Stefanova qualify for main event:

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