WGM Mary Ann Gomes of Airports Authority of India defeated International Master Nisha Mohota of PSPB to move into sole lead after the ninth round of the Women's National Premier Chess Championship in Chennai 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 Sachdeva's defeat in the top board pushed her to the fourth spot with 6.0 points.
Mahati wins gold
Promising shooter Mahati Srinivasan of TopGun Shooting Academy won individual gold in the women's rifle prone event in the Northern India Shooting Championship at the Karni Singh Ranges.
The 21-year-old, whose pet event id the 10 metre air rifle, will now participate in the National Championships in Pune.