Historic success! Our chess queens are European champions. The Bulgarian national women’s chess team won the European title for the first time in history.
At the championship in Budva (Montenegro), Nurgyul Salimova, Antoineta Stefanova, Beloslava Krasteva, Victoria Radeva and Gergana Peycheva finished with 16 match points after 7 wins, 2 draws and no losses.
Thus, they were one point ahead of the second-placed Azerbaijan.
In the last 9th round, the Bulgarian women achieved a great victory with 2.5:1.5 points against the No. 1 seeded Georgian team and vice-champion from the last Chess Olympiad.
Victories for Bulgaria were achieved by Antoineta Stefanova on the first board and Gergana Peycheva on the third, with Peycheva’s success securing the title and coming from a position in which the Bulgarian was very close to losing.
Second for the World Cup of Chess, Nurgyul Salimova drew on the second board with Georgian Nino Batsiashvili in the European Team Championship.
After her on the first board, former world champion Antoineta Stefanova overcame Bela Hotenashvili.
Gergana Peycheva managed to break Lela Javakhishvili after nearly 6 hours of play and made her surrender on the 83rd move to triumph over Bulgaria.
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