India beat Kazakhstan, to meet Georgia in semifinals

PTI | Stiges | Updated: 01-10-2021 10:08 IST | Created: 01-10-2021 10:02 IST
India beat Kazakhstan, to meet Georgia in semifinals
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D Harika and Mary Ann Gomes played key roles as India beat Kazakhstan 1.5-0.5 in the quarterfinals of the FIDE World Women's Team Chess Championship here.

After the first match had ended in a draw (2-2), India won the second 2.5-1.5 to secure passage into the next round.

India will take on George in the two-match semifinals later on Friday while the formidable Russia meets Ukraine in the other last-four clash.

India's No.1 player Harika scored a crucial win against Zhansaya Abdumalik on the top board in the second match after having drawn in the first match while Gomes was impressive in beating Gulmira Dauletova 2.5-1.5 in the second match late on Thursday night.

Gomes, who had beaten her Kazakh opponent in the first round too, continued her impressive form to post a 57-move win in the second.

Tania Sachdev, who came in for Bhakti Kulkarni in the second match, went down to Meruert Kamalidenova.

R Vaishali, playing on the second board, settled for a draw against Dinara Saduakassova after having shared honors in the first round also.

In the first match, Bhakti Kulkarni's loss to Kamalidenova on the third board was neutralized by Gomes on the fourth, with a fine 85-move win over Dauletova and helping India eke out a 2-2 draw.

In the other quarterfinals, Russia beat FIDE Americas 2-0, Ukraine edged past Armenia 2-1 winning the tie-break and George knocked out Azerbaijan 2-0.

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