Nisha Mohota and Bhakti Kulkarni, seeded third and ninth, maintained their lead at the end of the ninth round of the National women’s premier chess championship at Jalgaon (Maharashtra) on Thursday. In the ninth round they drew their game and have 6.5 points apiece.

The results (ninth round):

Nisha Mohota 6.5 drew with Bhakti Kulkarni 6.5; Eesha Karvade 6 bt S. Meenakshi 5.5; Swati Ghate 5.5 lost to Padmini Rout 6; Michelle Catherina 5 lost to Soumya Swaminathan 6; Mary Ann Gomes 5.5 drew with C. Divyasree 5; Nimmy A. George 5.5 bt Rucha Pujara 4.5; Aarthie Ramaswamy 5 drew with Swati Mohota 5; P. Priya 4.5 drew with Kiran Monisha Mohanty 5.

Kruttika Nadig 4 lost to Pratyusha Bodda 5; M. Mahalakshmi 4.5 drew with S. Harini 4.5; G. Lasya 4.5 bt C. Sahajasree 3.5; J. Saranya 3 lost to Amruta Mokal 4.5; Ivana Maria Furtado 3.5 drew with Bhagyashree Thipsay 3.5; J. Rajasurya 2.5 lost to K. Sai Nirupama 4; Shweta Gole 4 bt R. Salini 2.5; N. Raghavi 3.5 bye.

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