Chess player Gergana Peycheva, who recorded the victory that brought Bulgaria the European title in Budva last night, is already flying to the United States, where she is a student.
Her father Svetoslav told BNR what were the first words of the 20-year-old Gergana after the success of the 83rd move in the party against the Georgian Lela Yavakishvili.
“It didn’t start well, but when you go to such a championship you have to fight to the end and I succeeded,” said the new European champion about the victory over her very experienced rival.
“Without Antoinette Stefanova, the newly formed federation headed by Milen Vasilev and Georgi Gradev, who supported them in Budva, this could hardly have happened,” comments Svetoslav Peychev.
“Everyone had a contribution to this title. Gergana started excellently and recorded 3 victories, then the other Bulgarian women also played, in the end the successes of Antoineta, Beloslava Krasteva and Nurgyul Salimova were important. I am very happy that my daughter thanked everyone after the victory and me and her mom, she appreciates everything they do for her,” he added.
Gergana Peycheva has not received anything from the federations over the years, she participated everywhere and prepared with personal funds and thanks to sponsors.
“Chess is an expensive sport – traveling to tournaments, accommodation, paying coaches. Our young chess players owe everything to their parents. We have spent an amount of 150-200 thousand BGN for Gergana in the last 12 years. I will give an example that one a tournament in neighboring Serbia costs at least BGN 1,000. And when the competitors are underage, a parent travels with them, so the amount is doubled,” Svetoslav Peychev explained.
There is no rest for his daughter. She flew to Dallas, where she is a sophomore majoring in business management at UT Dallas in Richardson, a suburb of Dallas. She is invited there with a scholarship because of her chess successes. Before that, she graduated from the 91st German Language High School in Sofia.
Already tomorrow, Gergana leaves for a tournament with the university team, for which he plays on the first board.