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Chess: Indian eves crush Vietnam

September 07, 2009 21:16 IST

Tania Sachdev recaptured her rhythm as the Indian team bounced back into contention after beating Vietnam 3-1 in the sixth round of World Women's Team Chess Championship in Ningbo, China, on Monday.

The victory ended India's three-match losing streak, but the team stays in eighth place, jointly with the United States.

Sachdev outplayed Pham Le Thao Nguyen after 54 moves on the second board, while compatriot Mary Ann Gomes also recovered well to beat Pham Bich Ngoc on the fourth board to ensure the team's victory.

On the remaining two boards, D Harika played out a draw with in-form Hoang Thi Bao Tram while Eesha Karavade achieved he same result against Y Hoang Thi Nhu.

Sachdev had to wait for six agonising days to register her first victory. The Delhi-based lass was completely off-colour in the previous four games that she played before the sixth round and the victory might help her regain confidence.

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