Bulgarian Antoaneta Stefanova – former women’s world chess champion – was up against the wall in a must-win situation against Marie Sebag of France on Wednesday to stay in the Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 in Khanty Mansiysk. Sebag had won the first game of the quarter finals of the championship on Tuesday. Stefanova pulled up her socks and went for the win as Sebag stumbled. The match now goes into tiebreak to be played on Thursday. Play the nice game in the Chess King applet in the extended post and read a report on Chess Blog. White’s position on the left with the unstoppable a-pawn rolling down eventually brought home a victory.

Stefanova, Antoaneta – Sebag, Marie

Result: 1-0
Site: Khanty-Mansiysk
Date: 2012.11.21
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