World Chess Championship: India finishes second in Pool A

India defeated France 3-1 in the fifth and final round here on Wednesday, riding on wins from Bhakti Kulkarni and Mary Ann Gomes, to finish second in Pool A and qualify for the quarter-finals of the FIDE World Women’s Team Chess Championship.
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India will take on Kazakhstan in the last-eight stage. Bhakti got the better of Natacha Benmesbah in a 51-move encounter while Mary beat Silvia Alexieva, also in 51 moves. 
D Harika, the top Indian player in the event, shared the honours with Marie Sebag in a 45-move game while Tania Sachdev drew with Andreea Navrotescu in 34 moves. In the fourth round, India lost by a scoreline of 1-3 to the top-seeded Russia late on Tuesday. India finished the league phase with three wins, a draw and a loss.

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