Nurgyul Salimova led Bulgaria to a new success at the European Chess Championship in Budva (Montenegro)! Our women’s national team defeated one of the favorites – Azerbaijan, in the sixth round of the tournament.
The Bulgarians won 2.5:1.5 against the No. 2-seeded Azeris and climbed to second place with 10 match points, just 1 behind leaders France.
Key to today’s success was Salimova’s victory with the black pieces against Ulvia Fataliyeva on the second board. It came after a battle in 84 moves. Nurgul had the advantage throughout the second half of the game, but Fataliyeva didn’t give up until she was three pawns down in the endgame.
On the remaining three boards, the Bulgarian chess players made draws. First with the white pieces, the former world champion Antoineta Stefanova shared the points with the strongest Azeri chess player Gunay Mamadzada.
On the third board, also with white, Victoria Radeva drew with Hanim Balazhaieva. On the fourth board with black, Gergana Peycheva also split the point with Gulnar Mamadova.
Bulgaria will play France tomorrow. The European Championship takes place in 9 rounds and will end on Monday.