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Antoaneta Stefanova vs Nicholas Speck
"Speck-tacle!" (game of the day Feb-26-2019)
Gibraltar Masters (2006), La Caleta GIB, rd 7, Jan-30
Modern Defense: Standard Defense (B06)  ·  0-1



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  Phony Benoni: <"With a knight on f8, you never get mated.">--Bent Larsen.
Feb-26-19  Ironmanth: Wow! Just endless slugging here; sure to repay deep study. Thanks, chessgames!
Feb-26-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: Usually in the games one is shown, the attack succeeds. This one is a nice change!
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  Diocletian: I must go thru this with the engine. Somewhere, White missed a winning blow, as did I.
Feb-26-19  Captain Hindsight: <Diocletian: Somewhere, White missed a winning blow ...> Indeed.

Better would have been <27.Ne4! Bxe4 28.Qxe4 Rd8 29.Qd5+ Kg7 30.Bc4 +->

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Feb-26-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4

23...Bxd4+ 24.Ne3 Bxa1 25.Bc4 e6 26.Nxf7 Kxf7 27.fxe6+ Kg7 28.Qf1 Bf6 29.Nd5 Bd4+ 30.Be3 Bxe3+ 31.Nxe3 Nxe6 32.Bxe6 Qc3 33.Qf7+ Kh8 34.Qf2 Re8 35.h4 Qa1+ 36.Nf1 Qg7 37.Ba2 Rf8 38.Qb6 Qf6 39.Nd2 Qxh4 40.Qxb7 Qf2+ 41.Kh2 Qf4+ 42.Kh3 Qxd2 43.Bd5 Qh6+ 44.Kg3 Qg5+ 45.Kh2 Qh5+ 46.Kg3 Qe5+ 47.Kh3 Rf1 48.g4 Qe3+ 49.Kh2 Rd1 50.Qf7 Rd2+ 51.Bg2 Qf2 52.Qxf2 Rxf2 53.Kg3 Ra2 54.Bc6 Kg7 - + (-5.15) Depth: 20 dpa

Feb-26-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 D 22 d dpa done

1. + / = (0.42): 14.Qe2 0-0 15.0-0 Rab8 16.Rab1(T) Nb6 17.a5 Na4 18.Bc2 cxd4 19.Bxa4 dxc3 20.Be3 Qxa5 21.Bc2 Bc6 22.Nd4 Bd7 23.Ra1 Qc7 24.f5 Rb2 25.Rxa6 d5 26.Rfa1 dxe4 27.Ra7 Qd6 28.R1a6 Qd5 29.Rc7 Ng4

2. + / = (0.42): 14.0-0 Rb8 15.Qe2 0-0 16.Rab1(T)

Feb-26-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 23 dpa

1. = (0.19): 12...cxd4 13.cxd4 e5 14.fxe5 dxe5 15.Qb3 exd4 16.Bc4 0-0 17.Bxb4 Qb6 18.Bxf8 Qxb3 19.Bxb3 Rxf8 20.Rc1 Nxe4 21.Nxe4 Bxe4 22.Rc7 Bf5 23.Bc2 Re8+ 24.Kd1 d3 25.Bxd3 Bxd3 26.Rxd7 Bf5 27.Rb7 Rc8 28.Re1 Bc2+ 29.Kd2 Bxa4 30.Ree7 Rd8+ 31.Ke1 Bc6 32.Rbc7 Be8 33.Rc2 Bf6 34.Rb7 Kg7 35.Kf2 a5 36.Rb6 Be7 37.Rc7

2. = (0.25): 12...bxc3 13.bxc3 0-0 14.0-0 Rab8 15.Qe2 Ba8 16.c4 Qc7 17.d5 Rb2 18.Rab1 Ra2 19.Rfe1 Ne8 20.Nf1 e6 21.Ne3 e5 22.f5 Nef6 23.Bc2 Rb8 24.a5 Rxb1 25.Rxb1

May-06-21  Stefan Lukke: I was at this tournament and witnessed this game. Stefanova was furious after resigning. I remember Nick in the analysis room (otherwise known as the hotel Caleta bar), asked by me how she was after the game, telling me "God she was awful mate".

At least her compatriot (Kiril Georgiev) won that tournament.

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