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Bulgaria won the title of the European team chess championship, and Nurgyul Salimova left Budva with a gold medal in the individual rankings as well.
She topped the charts for best performance on a second board, finishing the championship undefeated. In the nine games she played, Salimova achieved 4 wins and 5 draws, which brought her 6.5 points out of 9 possible and the highest performance coefficient – 2530. In second place in the tournament on this board is Natalia Buksa with 6 points from 8 games , and third is the Chinese Yao Lan playing for England with 5.5.
“The team medal has weight. We are glad that with this young and talented team, led by a world champion (note editor – Antoineta Stefanova), we succeeded. My phone has not stopped ringing. We are everywhere and I think everyone are happy for us,” Nurgyul Salimova told BBC
The female chess players triumphed with the title of the European championship
Three more Bulgarian chess players entered the individual rankings. Antoineta Stefanova is fourth on the first board with a performance factor of 2518 after 3 wins, 4 draws and 1 loss. The top three here are Teodora Injac (Serbia) with 2596, Gunai Mamadzada (Azerbaijan) with 2540 and Stavroula Tsolakidou (Greece) with 2531.
On the fourth board, Gergana Peycheva, whose success in the last round against Georgia brought the title to the Bulgarian team, is also 4th in the final ranking with a coefficient of 2385 after 4 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses. The gold went to Pauline Guichard (France) with 2636.
Beloslava Krasteva is 9th in the reserves ranking with 2182 after 2 wins and 3 losses.
Only Victoria Radeva did not enter the final individual rankings. She was competing on the third board, but due to illness she played only five games, and six are needed to qualify for the ranking.