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Indian eves go down to China in World chess c'ship

September 04, 2009 21:12 IST

The Indian women's team had a dismal day out in the third round of the World Women's team chess championship in Ningbo, China, on Friday.

D Harika and Eesha Karavade offered some resistance but could not save India from a 1-3 defeat against title favourites China One.

International Master Tania Sachdev failed to find her rhythm and lost her third game on the trot against Zhao Xue on the second board.

Mary Ann Gomes was the other Indian who went down on the fourth board, falling prey to a skillful display by Huang Qian.

International Master Harika held her own on the top board and forced top Chinese player Yifan Hao into a draw, while Karavade signed peace on the third board against Ju Wenjun giving the hosts a 3-1 victory.

With this defeat, the Indian eves slipped to joint fourth spot with three points.

The Polish women continued their dominance and defeated the second Chinese team 2.5-1.5 to lead the tables with a tally of six points.

Following closely and with just a point's difference is Georgia who scored an impressive 3-1 victory over Ukraine.

China One jumped to sole third spot on four points while India, US and Ukraine have three points each for the shared fourth spot.

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