Mary Ann Gomes took the sole lead with 7.5 points at the end of the ninth round of the International Woman Grandmaster tournament here on Tuesday.

The results (ninth round): Nino Batsiashvili (Geo) 7 drew with Swati Ghate 7; Sopiko Guramishvili (Geo) 6 lost to Mary Ann Gomes 7.5; Keti Tsatsalashvili 7 bt Maka Pursteladze (Geo) 6; S. Vijayalakshmi 6.5 bt Nafisa Muminova (Uzb) 6; Soumya Swaminathan 6 drew with Kiran Monisha Mohanty 6; Inna Ivakhinova (Rus) 6.5 bt Ljilja Drljevic (Srb) 5.5; Bhakti Kulkarni 6.5 bt Prathyusha Bodda 5.5; G.K. Monisha 5.5 lost to Nisha Mohota 6.5; Maria Gevorgyan (Arm) 5.5 lost to S. Meenakshi 6.5. — Principal Correspondent

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