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Monday, November 7, 2011

Indian national women's chess championship R9: WGM Mary Ann Gomes takes sole lead

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WGM Mary Ann Gomes
WGM Mary Ann Gomes defeated International Master Nisha Mohota to move into sole lead after the ninth round of the Velammal 38th Indian Women's National Premier chess championship on Monday.

Mary Ann leads the table with 7.0 points followed by WGMs Padmini Rout (Orissa) and Eesha Karavade (Maharashtra) at 6.5 points each. Top seed Tania Sachdev's defeat on the top board pushed her to the fourth spot with 6.0 points.

Eesha is coming back to form as she recorded her fourth win in succession. Facing Tania in the top board with black pieces, Eesha's bold tactics paid quick dividend.

The Nimzo Indian game saw Eesha achieving equality, and surprise Tania with an early pawn sacrifice. Picking up the extra pawn didn't help Tania as she found herself in further middle game complication.

With just under seven minutes to complete her last twenty moves, Tania erred, helping Eesha gain advantage and the game in 26 moves.

Talented Pratyusha Bodda drew a hard fought exchange down game against veteran Sai Meera and completed her second Woman International Master Norm. Her first WIM Norm also came in the National Women Premier last year.

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