Jerusalem: In the FIDE World Team Chess Championship semifinal in Jerusalem on Friday, India lost to Uzbekistan 1-3.
S.L. Narayanan's outstanding victory with the black pieces over Shamsiddin Vokhidov was countered by S.P.
Sethuraman's defeat to Jakhongir Vokhidov, giving the two teams a 2-2 tie for first place.
On the top board, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi and Nordirbek Yakubboev drew, and Nihal Sarin and Javokhir Sindharov also had a draw.
Gujrathi and Sarin were defeated by Yakubboev and Sindharov in the second round.
In 44 moves, Narayanan defeated Vokhidov, but it wasn't enough as K. Sasikiran drew with Sindharov on the fourth board in Sethuraman's place, giving Uzbekistan, the Open champion at the Chess Olympiad earlier this year, a 2.5-1.5 triumph and a spot in the final.
A team receives two points for a victory during a round, and one point for a tie.
China defeated Spain in the other semifinal to get to the summit match. China won the second round 3-1 to secure a matchup with the Uzbeks in the finale after the first round saw victories divided.
Meanwhile, India will meet Spain in the battle for third place later on Friday.