The Bulgarian women’s national team is European chess champion for the first time in history.
At the Old Continent Championships in Budva, Antoineta Stefanova, Nurgyul Salimova, Victoria Radeva, Gergana Peycheva and Beloslava Krasteva achieved the greatest success in the history of the women’s national team, finishing with 16 match points after seven wins, two draws and no one loss and they were one point ahead of second place Azerbaijan.
In the last, ninth round of the championship, the team with captain Antoaneta Stefanova defeated the Georgian team by 2.5:1.5 points and deserved the gold medals.
On the first board, the former world champion Stefanova won with the white pieces against Bela Hotenashvili on the 31st move.
In the second World Cup runner-up, Nurgyul Salimova made a quick draw with Nino Batsiashvili.
On the fourth board, Beloslava Krasteva lost to Salome Melia.
Gergana Peycheva brought the success after winning on the third board after a very contested match on the 83rd move with white against Lela Yavakashvili.
Bulgaria is first with 8 match points, followed by Azerbaijan with 6.5 and France with 6 points.
The team of coach Vladimir Arnaudov did not lose a single match in the championship.
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