India lose out, China claim world women`s chess title

Mardin (Turkey): India squandered an opportunity to win the women`s world chess team championship losing 1-3 to Georgia while China won the title despite losing to Ukraine 1.5-2.5 in the eighth round.

Among other contenders Russia beat South Africa 4-0 but that could only catapult them to second position with no chance of catching up with China on board-points Monday.

World champions Hou Yifan, Ju Wenjun and Tan Zhongyi drew their matches, while Zhao Xue on the third board suffered a setback.

Chinese coach Yu Shaoteng said: "Our players felt tired and as a result we lost the game. The important thing is we became the champions. Tuesday`s match is not significant for the team but for the players themselves."

In other matches, Armenia defeated Vietnam and Greece defeated hosts Turkey.

IANS

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