NEW DELHI: India crashed to its fourth defeat after facing Ukraine in the eighth and penultimate round of the second Women World team chess championship at Ningbo, China, on Thursday.

The 1.5-2.5 defeat pushed India to the seventh place in the 10-team competition. India faces USA in the final round.

China defeated overnight leader Poland and snatched the top spot while Russia, Georgia and Armenia jumped to the tied second spot.

Playing black, D. Harika and Eesha Karavade drew their games on boards one and three, respectively, in 18 moves each. On the second board Tania Sachdev held Natalia Zhukova in their 47-move battle.

In the only decisive game of the match, Mary Ann Gomes could not make the most of playing with white pieces and surrendered to Natalia Zdebska in 47 moves.

The results:

Eighth round: Ukraine bt India 2.5-1.5 (Anna Ushenina drew with D. Harika; Nataliya Zhukova drew with Tania Sachdev; Inna Gaponenko drew with Eesha Karavade; Natalia Zdebska bt Mary Ann Gomes); Poland lost to China One 1.5-2.5; USA lost to Georgia 1-3; China Two lost to Armenia 1.5-2.5; Vietnam lost to Russia 1-3.

Standings (after eight rounds): 1. China One (11 match points), 2-5. Ukraine, Russia, Armenia, Poland (10 each), 6. Georgia (9), 7. India (7), 8-9. USA, China Two (6 each), 10. Vietnam (1).

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