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Team India lost 1-3 to Uzbekistan in the semi-finals of the 2022 World Team Chess Championship on Thursday despite a heroic performance by GM SL Narayanan. They will now face Spain in the third-place play-off for the bronze medal.

In the first round of the match, India drew with the Uzbeks 2:2, but in the second round they lost 2.5-1.5 and lost in the semi-final match. They have already reached the semi-finals after defeating France in a blitz tie-break.

In the first round of the semi-finals, Vidit Gujrati had to play his game to draw against low-ranked Nodirbek Yakubboev on the first board, while youngster Nihal Sarin also followed suit against Javohir Sindarov.

SL Narayanan led India to victory on the third board, but a loss to SP Sethuraman in the fourth game meant the first round ended in a 2-2 draw.

While Narayanan shone again in the second round with a win over Shamsiddin Vohidov, the loss of Vidit Gujrati and Nihal Sarin in the top two boards forced India to compete for the bronze medal. Sethuraman’s replacement Krishnan Sasikiran, who came in the second round, was held for the draw.

India will now play Spain for the bronze medal on Friday, with a chance to match their best performance in the World Team Chess Championship. They had already won the bronze medal in 2009, Sasikiran was part of the team.

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