Antoaneta Stefanova

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Antoaneta Stefanova
Антоанета Стефанова
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Country Bulgaria
Born (1979-04-19) April 19, 1979 (age 36)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Title Grandmaster (2002)
Women's World Champion 2004-2006
FIDE rating 2499 (September 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-10 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.[1] From 1992 to 2014, she represented Bulgaria in twelve Chess Olympiads. In 2000, she played for the Bulgarian open team at the Istanbul Olympiad.[2]

In January 1998, Stefanova's FIDE rating broke into the top ten of women worldwide.[3] Stefanova earned the title of Grandmaster in 2002.

In 2012, Stefanova won the Women's World Rapid Chess Championship.[4] 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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Preceded by
Zhu Chen
Women's World Chess Champion
Succeeded by
Xu Yuhua