Second seed Mary Ann Gomes inched closer to regaining the National women's chess title after beating S. Meenakshi in the 10th and penultimate round here on Sunday.

Previous round report: Mary, Mahalakshmi share lead

Mary (8.5) moved into sole lead ahead of her final-round clash against P. V. Nandhidhaa (7.5) after M. Mahalakshmi, the other overnight leader stayed at 7.5 points following her defeat to J. Saranya on the second board.

Mary’s nearest rival is Bhakti Kulkarni (8) who faces Saranya in the
final round.