World Team Chess: India loses to Uzbekistan in semifinal | Chess News


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India went down 1-3 against Uzbekistan in the semi-finals of the FIDE World Team Chess Championship on Friday. The two teams shared the honors in the first round at a 2-2 score, with SL Narayanan’s great black piece victory over Shamsiddin Vokhidov being offset by SP Sethuraman’s loss to Jakhongir Vokhidov. Vidit Santosh Gujrathi drew with Nordirbek Yakubboev on the top board followed by an identical result in the tie between Nihal Sarin and Javokhir Sindharov.

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In the second round, Gujrathi and Sarin lost to Yakubboev and Sindharov respectively.

Narayanan defeated Vokhidov in 44 moves, but that was not enough, as K Sasikiran, playing on the fourth board instead of Sethuraman, drew with Sindharov to win Uzbekistan, winner of the Open title in the Chess Olympiad earlier this year, a 2 win .5-1.5 for a place in the final.

A win in a round earns a team two points, while a draw is worth one point.

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In the other semi-final, China beat Spain to advance to the summit meeting. After sharing honors in the first round, China won the second 3-1 to record a final showdown with the Uzbeks.

Meanwhile, India will meet Spain later on Friday in the battle for third place. PTI SS PDS PDS

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