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

Updated: 27 December 2011 17:00 IST

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.

Mardin:

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 on Monday, reports Xinhua.

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.

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