Bhakti maintains joint lead

Goa Carbon’s WGM Bhakti Kulkarni drew with IM  Nisha Mohata of Petroleum Sports Promotion Board to tally 6.5 points after the ninth round and maintain her joint lead in Bhavarlal and Kantabai Jain Foundations 39th Premier National Women Chess Championship 2012 at Jalgaon, Maharashtra, Thursday.

Bhakti will face WGM Padmini Raut (2304) of Airport Authority of India on Friday.

Meanwhile, WIM Ivana Furtado drew with WIM Bhayashri Thipse (2114) of Maharashtra to tally 3.5 points. She will clash with WFM Raghavi of Tamil Nadu on Friday. [H]