Mary Ann Gomes bags maiden national title

Last Updated: Nov 09, 2011, 17:40 PM IST

Chennai: Woman Grandmaster Mary Ann Gomes clinched her maiden national title after she drew her final-round game against WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty in the Velammal 38th National Women Premier Chess Championship.

Mary Ann Gomes` superior tie-break gave her the maiden title and along with a winner`s purse of Rs 75000, after she drew her final round game, taking her tally to 8 points.

Mary Ann Gomes was tied with International Master Eesha Karavade of Maharashtra on 8 points when the latter scored a last-gasp victory over Woman Grandmaster Padmini Rout of Orissa.

"I feel amazing winning my first National Women Premier Championship. It is a completely different experience. I guess, when I think of it, I feel great joy. I dedicate this title to my mother Freda Gomes," said Mary.

International Master Eesha Karavade scored a surprisingly quick final round victory over Woman Grandmaster Padmini Rout.

The Grunfeld game saw white wresting the advantage early, and a rook for minor piece sacrifice by Padmini did not improve her position.

Further intrusions into black`s kingside by Eesha`s queen and double rooks decided the issue in 32 moves. The win takes Eesha on top of the table with 8 points. This third seed from Pune, came up with a remarkable show in the second half, taking the runner-up spot ahead of top seed Tania Sachdev.

With the fight for the top two spots decided, experienced Tania Sachdev secured the third spot with an energetic victory over Woman International Master Sai Meera.

A miracle draw yesterday against Divyasree and a facile win today, takes Tania to the third place finish in the final standings.

PTI