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|Full name||Antoaneta Stefanova (Антоанета Стефанова)|
April 19, 1979 |
|Women's World Champion||2004-2006|
|FIDE rating||2486 (December 2013)
(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 that title in 2004 in a 64-player knockout tournament held in Elista, Kalmykia under the auspices of FIDE.
- At the age of seven, Stefanova became a Sofia champion.
- In 1989, Stefanova swept the world chess crown for kids (under 10) in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico and later the same year triumphed in the under-14 Czech championship.
- Since 1994, Stefanova has successively competed in grandmaster championships, taking even seventh among male nationals in 1993.
- In 1997 Stefanova's FIDE rating broke into the top ten of women worldwide. Also she earned the title of Grandmaster in June 2003, a title then held by only ten other women.
- She has played for Bulgaria in ten Chess Olympiads so far, all from 1992-2010, starting in Manila, the Philippines in 1992 when she was just 13.
- In 2000, her coach promoted her to the Bulgarian men's team for the Istanbul Olympiad.
- In 2012, Stefanova became the first Women's World Rapid Chess Champion in the first event of this type held for women.
- 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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