J. Saranya, with eight points after the ninth and final round, retained the title in the State FIDE-rated women’s chess championship, organised by Tiruvarur DCA, here on Thursday.
Important results: Ninth round: S.V. Sathya Priya (6 .5) drew with J. Saranya (8); P. Thamaraiselvi (6.5) drew with Srija Seshadri (7); V. Varshini (7) drew with P. Bala Kannamma (6.5); Akshaya Nandakumar (6) drew with J. Janani (5.5); S. Bharkavi (5) lost to M. Sandya (6); C.R. Varsha (6) bt A. Harshini (5); S. Kavya (5) lost to I. Harivardhini (6); R. Nanduja (5) drew with P. Jasper Jothi (5.5); C.R. Aasha (5.5) bt T.R.S. Dakshinya (4.5); N. Hema Priya (5) bt R. Srimathi (4).
Final standings (top five): 1. J. Saranya; 2. Srija Seshadri; 3. V. Varshini; 4. P. Bala Kannamma; 5. S.V. Sathya Priya. — Principal Correspondent