January 25 2020
Mary Ann is National champion
10 November 2011

Needing only a draw for the title, Mary Ann Gomes of Airports Authority of India completed her mission after making the mandatory 30 moves against Kiran Mohanty of Orissa. Later, Eesha Karavade of Pune defeated Padmini Rout of Bhubaneswar to tie for first place on eight points. Mary, with a higher tie-break, was declared the winner of the Velammal Educational Trust National Premier women's chess championship here on Wednesday.

Mary became the 17th player to win this event. She received a trophy and Rs.75,000 from D.V. Sundar, vice-president, FIDE. Cash prizes totalling Rs. 2,50,000 were distributed to the top finishers in an event presided by M.V.M. Vel Mohan, Correspondent, Velammal Educational Trust.

“Her triumph is the best she could give her mother who is battling cancer at a Kolkata hospital,” said her father on phone from Kolkata.

Mary Ann said it was a “completely different experience.” “I dedicate this title to my mother.” The 22-year old has achieved a grand double here — completing the final men's IM norm as well as winning the title.

Eesha Karavade finished second after scoring a crushing win over Padmini Rout. Tania Sachdev sacrificed a rook for bishop to defeat Sai Meera with the white pieces to take third place. Pratyusha won more than 58 Elo points from this competition and earned a berth in the top six. She also completed her second women's International Master norm.

Important results (11th round): Mary drew with Kiran; Eesha bt Padmini; Tania bt Sai Meera; Nisha bt Divyasree; Soumya bt Nimmy; Meenakshi bt Bharathi; Michelle bt Bhakti; Pratyusha bt Harini; Swati Ghate bt Sahajasri.

Final placings (tie-break order): 1-2. Mary Ann Gomes (WB), Eesha Karavade (Mah) 8/11 each; 3 Tania Sachdev (Del) 7.5; 4-5. Nisha Mohota (WB), Padmini Rout (Ori) 7 each; 6-10. B. Pratyusha (AP), S. Meenakshi (TN), Soumya Swaminathan (Mah), Kiran Mohanty (Ori), Michelle Catherina (TN) 6.5 each; 11-13. C. Divyasree (AP), Sai Meera (TN), Swati Ghate (Mah) 6 each.



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