Mary Ann Gomes won the International Woman Grandmaster Open chess tournament here on Thursday. The third-seeded Kolkatan drew her final round encounter with Keti Tsatsalashvili of Georgia to take her tally to 8.5 points.
Two others, second-seeded Nino Batsiashvili of Georgia and fourth-seeded S. Vijayalakshmi, also finished with 8.5, but Mary’s superior tie-breaker score gave her the title.
Important results (11th round):
Mary Ann Gomes 8.5 drew with Keti Tsatsalashvili 8; Nino Batsiashvili 8.5 bt S. Meenakshi 7.5; S. Vijayalakshmi 8.5 bt Swati Ghate 7.5; Soumya Swaminathan 8 bt Karina Ambartsumova (Rus) 7; Maria Gevorgyan (Arm) 7.5 bt Nafisa Muminova (Uzb) 7; Sopiko Guramishvili (Geo) 7.5 bt Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova (Uzb) 6.5; Inna Ivakhinova (Rus) 7.5 bt Kiran Monisha Mohanty 6.5; Karina Azimova (Rus) 7 drew with Bhakti Kulkarni 7; S. Harini 6.5 lost to Nisha Mohota 7.5; Maka Purtseladze (Geo) 6.5 drew with R. Vaishali 6.5.
1-3: Mary, Batsiashvili and Viji 8.5; 4-5: Tsatsalashvili and Soumya 8; 6-11: Swati Ghate, Ivakhinova, Meenakshi, Gevorgyan, Guramishivili and Nisha 7.5.