After eight rounds played, the women’s national team chess of Bulgaria is the leader in the temporary standings with an asset of 7 points – half a point ahead of the Azerbaijan team. Our girls have an advantage against the Azeri team in the direct clash as well, after defeating them by 2.5:1.5 points.
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The Bulgarian team is attacking the gold, a medal is guaranteed
In the last round of the European Team Championship in Budva, Bulgaria will compete with the Georgian team, which is first in the ranking and is the current world champion. The Bulgarian team has a guaranteed medal since his victory over Polandbut now needs at least a draw against Georgia to claim the European title.
Stefanova, Salimova, Peycheva and Krasteva will play for Bulgaria
Antoineta Stefanova, Nurgyul Salimova, Gergana Peycheva and Beloslava Krasteva will play for the gold, while Victoria Radeva is ill. For Georgia, their best competitor at this championship – Meri Arabidze – will not play.
Bulgaria – Georgia
- First board: Antoineta Stefanova – Bella Hotenashvili
- Second board: Nurgyul Salimova – Nino Batsiashvili
- Third board: Gergana Peycheva – Lela Javakhishfili
- Fourth board: Beloslava Krasteva – Salome Melia
Nurgyul Salimova scored a draw
The first of the four games was the one between Nurgyul Salimova and Nino Batiashvili. The Bulgarian, who finished second at the World Cup earlier in the year, managed to get the job done and hold the fort with the black pieces, recording a draw – 0.5 to 0.5 points in the aggregate. The most important task for Nurgyul was not to lose the match with the Georgian.
Antoineta Stefanova with a key victory
About an hour later, Antoineta Stefanova also finished her game – with a victory against Bella Hotenashvili on the first board! Thus, Bulgaria managed to lead Georgia in the overall result with 1.5:0.5 points, coming within one draw of the European title.
Awaiting the result of the last batch
Unfortunately, Beloslava Krasteva lost to Salome Melia and we are waiting for Geri Peycheva’s last game.
The four boards you can follow HERE
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