The top-seeded Indian women’s team on Friday stormed into the semifinals of the Asian Nations (Regions) Online Cup 2020 Championship, while their male counterparts eked out a fighting win over Mongolia to secure the last four berth.

The Indian women made short work of Kyrgyzstan in the last-eight round, winning the two match-ups easily — 4-0 and 3.5-0.5 — after having topped the preliminary Swiss system phase.

The Indian women will face Mongolia in the semifinal on Saturday.

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The Indian men, on the other hand, were given a tough fight by Mongolia. Both the matches ended with a similar 2.5-1.5 scoreline in favour of India.

The Indian men will take on Iran in Saturday’s semifinal.

Young woman Grandmaster R Vaishali continued her good run, winning both her matches. She beat Alexandra Samaganova…

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