Mardin (Turkey): The Indian eves could not keep the momentum and lost to Georgia 1-3 in the eighth and penultimate round of World Women Team Chess Championship here.
On what turned out to be a bad day, none of the Indians could really make a mark and the losses by Tania Sachdev and Soumya Swaminathan paved the way for an easy Georgian victory in the end.
Ukraine caused the biggest surprise of the championship with a sensational 2.5-1.5 victory over leaders China. Though this did not turn out to be any great setback for the leading team, the Ukrainian eves certainly came into reckoning after a rather subdued performance in the first half. In fact, despite the loss, China is already assured of the Gold medal.
Russia scored an expected 4-0 victory over South Africa while Greece tamed Turkey 3.5-0.5. In the other match of the day, Armenian eves got the better of their Vietnamese counterpart 2.5-1.5.
With just one game to go in the premier team event, China still remains ahead on 14 points, two points clear of second placed Russia, while the Indian girls are now in third spot with 11 points.
Georgia and Ukraine are another point adrift of the Indians and the remaining two medals should come out of these teams.
Indians have a tall task on hand as they need to at least draw with China in the final round, while Georgia and Ukraine have relatively easier opposition to tackle in the final round.