Antoaneta Stefanova scores second win

6/5/2004 – After the sensational first-round victory with black in the Women's World Chess Championship in Elista Bulgarian WGM Stefanova today scored again to take the score to 2-0 against her Russian opponent Ekaterina Kovalevskaya. This means she has excellent chances to win title in this six-game final. We bring you the game and pictures.

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Women's World Chess Championship

Elista, 21st May – 8th June 2004

Friday, June 4th, 2004 – After her sensational first-round victory with the black pieces Bulgarian WGM Antoaneta won the second game as well, grinding down her opponent Russian WGM Ekaterina Kovalevskaya in 67 moves of a Queen's Gambit Declined.

With this second win Stefanova has taken a 2-0 lead in this six-game final to the Women's World Chess Championship. Tomorrow Kovalevskaya badly needs to win her second white game to remain in contention.

All six games will be played on consecutive days without interruption. You can watch them live on the FIDE web site or on the Playchess.com server.

In a press conference after the game Stefanova looked quite exhausted, explaining this to the journalists, with three weeks of continuous play. Asked about the fact that she was wearing the same outfit as in game one the Bulgarian player said, "I am not superstitious. It is important for me to feel comfortable, that’s all." And in reply to a question whether she had ever imagined coming so close to the world championship title she said, "I think all the participants were dreaming about this at the start of the tournament. I always intend to win and this explains everything."

Full coverage of the event, including reports, games and videos, is to be found on the special FIDE web site, including annotations of the second game by GM Yuri Yakovich. The pictures on this page are brought to you by courtesy of FIDE.

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