Top seed Eesha Karvade bounced back to defeat overnight leader Nisha Mohota with black in the 10th round of the National women’s premier chess championship at Jalgaon on Friday.

Going into the final round, Eesha has seven points, the same as Bhakti Kulkarni, the other overnight leader, who drew with Padmini Rout, and Soumya Swaminathan. Half-a-point behind the three leaders are third seed Nisha, fourth seed Padmini and second seed Mary Ann Gomes.

The results: 10th round: Nisha Mohota (6.5) lost to Eesha Karvade (7); Bhakti Kulkarni (7) drew with Padmini Rout (6.5); Soumya Swaminathan (7) bt Swati Ghate (5.5); Nimmy A. George (5.5) lost to Mary Ann Gomes (6.5); S. Meenakshi (5.5) lost to Kiran Monisha Mohanty (6); Prathyusha Bodda (6) bt Aarthie Ramaswamy (5); Swati Mohota (6) bt Michelle Catherina (5); C. Divyasree (5.5) drew with M. Mahalakshmi (5); Rucha Pujara (5.5) bt G. Lasya (4.5); Amruta Mokal (4.5) lost to P. Priya (5.5); S. Harini (5.5) bt Shweta Gole (4); K. Sai Nirupama (5) bt Kruttika Nadig (4); N. Raghavi (3.5) lost to Ivana Maria Furtado (4.5); R. Salini (3) drew with Bhagyashree Thipsay (4); J. Rajasurya (2.5) lost to J. Saranya (4); C. Sahajasree (4.5): bye.

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