Antoaneta Stefanova

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Antoaneta Stefanova
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Full name Antoaneta Stefanova (Антоанета Стефанова)
Country Bulgaria
Born (1979-04-19) April 19, 1979 (age 36)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Title Grandmaster
Women's World Champion 2004-2006
FIDE rating 2512 (May 2015)
(No. 19 woman in the November 2012 FIDE World Rankings)
Peak rating 2560 (January 2003, May 2010, July 2010)

Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgarian: Антоанета Стефанова; born April 19, 1979) is a Bulgarian chess grandmaster and a former Women's World Chess Champion. She became the tenth holder of the title in 2004 in a 64-player knockout tournament held in Elista, Kalmykia, under the auspices of FIDE.

Stefanova was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. When she was four years old, she received chess lessons from her father, Andon Stefanov, a designing artist.

In 1989, Stefanova won the under 10s Girls section at the World Youth Chess Championships in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. In 1992, at the age of 13, Stefanova played in her first Chess Olympiad in Manila, Philippines. From 1992 to 2010, she represented Bulgaria in ten Chess Olympiads. In 1997, Stefanova's FIDE rating broke into the top ten of women worldwide. Stefanova earned the title of Grandmaster in June 2003. In 2000, she played for the Bulgarian Open team at the Istanbul Olympiad.

In 2012, Stefanova became the first[citation needed] Women's World Rapid Chess Champion.[1] She was the runner-up in the Women's World Chess Championship 2012, losing to Anna Ushenina in the final on the tie-break.

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  1. ^ "Antoaneta Stefanova is Women World Rapid Champion". Chessdom. 3 June 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
Preceded by
Zhu Chen
Women's World Chess Champion
2004–2006
Succeeded by
Xu Yuhua