FIDE CHESS PROFILE

Stefanova Antoaneta

Federation
FIDE title
B-Year
FIDE ID
Bulgaria
Grandmaster
1979
2902257
2488
standart
2455
rapid
2452
blitz

World rank

World (all players):
World (active players):
Female (active players):
1140
915
17

National Rank BUL

National (all players):
National (active players):
Female (active players):
13
10
1

Continent Rank Europe

Rank (all players):
Rank (active players):
Female (active players):
822
672
11

FIDE Titles (year)

Grandmaster (GM)
2002
International Master (IM)
1997

Rating Progress Chart

Biography

Antoaneta Stefanova is the tenth Women's World Chess Champion (2004-2006). She was the runner-up in the WWCC-2012. Same year Stefanova won the Women's World Rapid Chess [...]

Individual Calculations

Standard
September 2019
None
August 2019
July 2019
Rapid
September 2019
None
August 2019
None
July 2019
Blitz
September 2019
None
August 2019
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July 2019
Antoaneta Stefanova
Born: April 19, 1979 | Federation: Bulgaria | Rating: 2488

Antoaneta Stefanova is the tenth Women's World Chess Champion (2004-2006). She was the runner-up in the WWCC-2012. Same year Stefanova won the Women's World Rapid Chess Championship. In 2002, she won the 3rd European Individual Women's Championship.

Antoaneta was born in Bulgaria's capital, Sofia. She learned to play chess when she was only 4. Her first trainer was her father, Andon Stefanov, a designer by profession, who believed that chess improves spatial imagination. Antoaneta proved to be a true wunderkind: she won Sofia's women's championship at seven, won the U10 world championship and the U14 European championship. In each case, she demonstrated an incredibly mature level of skill for a girl of her age.

When she was 13, Stefanova debuted in adult chess at 1992 Olympiad in Manila. A few years later, the young Antoaneta became her team's leader and competed with some of the world's strongest female players, like Xie Jun and Chiburdanidze.

In 1994, Antoaneta became a female grandmaster and played in the inter-zonal tournament, where she performed below her usual level. In 1997, she tied the fourth place in the 4th Hawaii International Chess Tournament and reached her first standard for the Grandmaster title. In January 1998, her FIDE rating broke into the top ten of women worldwide.

Stefanova became the European champion in 2002, then she became a grandmaster and finally scored second at 2002 World Cup. She reached her professional peak in Elista, 2004. Stefanova became the newly-crowned tenth world champion by consecutively defeating Tan Zhongyi, Tatiana Vasilevich, Natalia Zhukova, Nana Dzagnidze, Maia Chiburdanidze and Ekaterina Kovalevskaya.

Later on, Stefanova stayed among the world's leading players, winning more than ten super-tournaments and achieving a rating of above 2500. In 2012, she made it to the finals of the world championship once again, but lost to Anna Ushenina. She was successful against men competitors and defeated many players with rating of above 2600.

In 2012 Antoaneta became the first female world champion in rapid chess. In 2017, she won two gold medals at the women's rapid chess blitz chess events, part of IMSA Elite Mind Games in Huai'an, China.

Antoaneta Stefanova is a honorary citizen of Plovdiv, Bulgaria.