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 (October 2015)
Peak rating 2560 (January 2003, May 2010, July 2010)

Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgarian: Антоанета Стефанова; born April 19, 1979) is a Bulgarian chess grandmaster, Women's World Chess Champion from 2004 to 2006 and European Women's Champion of 2002.

She has represented Bulgaria in twelve Chess Olympiads from 1992 to 2014.


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, Stefanova played, at the age of 13, in her first Chess Olympiad in Manila, Philippines.[1]

She finished equal fourth in the 4th Hawaii International Chess Tournament in 1997 scoring 7 points out of 10 games. Thanks to this result Stefanova achieved her first Grandmaster norm.[2] In January 1998, her FIDE rating broke into the top ten of women worldwide.[3] She played for the Bulgarian open team at the 2000 Chess Olympiad.[4] In 2001, Stefanova finished equal first (second on countback) in the 19th Andorra Open.[5]

In June 2002, she won the 3rd European Individual Women's Chess Championship in Varna.[6] Stefanova was awarded the title of Grandmaster at the FIDE Presidential Board meeting in Doha in July 2002.[7] At the end of July 2002, she won the Wismilak International Chess Tournament, a category 8 (average 2446) round-robin tournament in Surabaya, Indonesia, scoring 9.5/11 with a performance rating of 2750.[8][9]

She participated in the 2004 Corus B tournament in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands: she scored 6/13 with a rating performance of 2537, placing ninth out of fourteen participants.[10]

She became the tenth Women's World Chess Champion in June 2004 by winning a 64-player knockout tournament held in Elista, Kalmykia, under the auspices of FIDE.

In 2012, Stefanova won the Women's World Rapid Chess Championship.[11] She was the runner-up in the Women's World Chess Championship 2012, losing to Anna Ushenina in the final on the tie-break.


  1. ^ Antoaneta Stefanova - Women's Chess Olympiads OlimpBase
  2. ^ Crowther, Mark (28 April 1997). "TWIC 129: Fourth Hawaii International Chess Tournament 1997". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  3. ^ January 1998 Women's rating list OlimpBase
  4. ^ 34th Chess Olympiad 2000 Open: Bulgaria team composition Chess-Results
  5. ^ Crowther, Mark (9 July 2001). "TWIC 348: Andorra Open". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  6. ^ 3rd European Individual Women's Chess Championship Varna, Bulgaria Chess-Results
  7. ^ "FIDE News". Chess Siberia. Retrieved 10 September 2015. 
  8. ^ Crowther, Mark (29 July 2002). "TWIC 403: Wismilak International". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "Wismilak International, Surabaya 2002". IndonesiaBase. 1 October 2009. Retrieved 10 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "Standings of grandmaster group B". Tata Steel Chess. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "Antoaneta Stefanova is Women World Rapid Champion". Chessdom. 3 June 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 

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Preceded by
Zhu Chen
Women's World Chess Champion
Succeeded by
Xu Yuhua