R. Vaishali provided the lead and Tania Sachdev finished the job for a 2.5-1.5 victory in the second set as India upstaged former champion and third seed Georgia for a place in the final of the FIDE world women team chess championship at Sitges, Spain, on Friday.
In the other semifinal, top seed Russia - conqueror of India in the league - defeated Ukraine in straight sets.
Amid mounting tension, after India led 1.5-0.5 following Vaishali’s victory on the second board, a previously-undefeated Mary Ann Gomes slipped into an inferior position. Tania held in the Indian hopes and finally got it right to give India a memorable victory over the former champion.
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