The 9th edition of the annual Open Women’s Bulgarian Chess Championship “Thracian Princess” took place on 21-25th July 2014 at the County Youth House in Vratsa, a city in northwestern Bulgaria, at the foothills of the Balkan Mountains.

The event was organized by Chess Club “Vratsa” and Bulgarian Chess Federation under the auspices of the Municipality of Vratsa in a 7-round Swiss format with a time control 90′ + 30″.

WGM Adriana Nikolova, member of the Bulgarian Women’s Team for the Tromso Olympiad 2014, emerged a clear winner with 5,5/7 points, leaving the runner-up half a point behind.

This is the second “Thracian princess” title for Nikolova, who was supreme in the 2006-edition of the tournament.

WGM Suzana Maksimovic (Serbia) remained second with 5 points.

Third place was shared in a four-way tie by WFM Victoria Bukhteeva (Russia), WGM Irina Ionescu (Romania), Stefana Milutinovic (Serbia) and WIM Angela Dragomirescu (Romania) on 4,5 points each, but Bukhteeva prevailed on a better tie-break score and took the bronze.

Official website

Final standings (top finishers):

1 WGM Nikolova Adriana F 2303 5½
2 WGM Maksimovic Suzana F 2227 5
3 WFM Bukhteeva Viktoria F 2165 4½
4 WGM Ionescu Irina F 2253 4½
5 Milutinovic Stefana F 2055 4½
6 WIM Dragomirescu Angela F 2251 4½

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