After a slow start, Jeth Romy Morado is starting to reintroduce himself as the country’s national junior chess champion.
Morado wielded the Slav Defense like a magic wand in dumping Robin Ignacio in 41 moves and powering Far Eastern University to a 3.5-.5 demolition of National University that kept them comfortably perched at the helm in the men’s division after the eighth round of the UAAP Season 82 Chess Tournament at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion Sunday.
Saddled with a pair of early draws in the first round, the 20-year-old Morado finally hit his stride and has piled up victory after victory to hike his impressive total to seven points out of the possible nine.
And with him rides an inspired FEU squad that has already amassed 25 points, or a whopping 4.5 points ahead of the pack that is headed by University of Santo Tomas, overwhelmed University of the Philippines, 3.5-.5, with 20.5 points.
RK Sevillano and Darry Bernardo provided the other victories for the Tams on boards two and four, respectively, while JM Jacutina halved the point with Jayson Danday on board three to complete the one-sided result.
Overall, FEU is gunning for a league-record 15 men’s title.
And it looks like only the end of the world could stop the rampaging Tams from achieving such feat.
Women's Chess: FEU falls to La Salle, still remains on top in UAAP Women’s Chess
Defending champion La Salle stopped Far Eastern University on its track with a 2.5-1.5 victory in a showdown between the league’s big guns to slice the latter’s huge lead in the women’s section of the UAAP Season 82 Chess Tournament at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion Sunday.
Franchell Eds Javier ambushed Jemina Valdez’s Caro-Kann Defense in 52 moves on board four that proved the decisive point as the Lady Woodpushers improved to 20 points.
But it hardly shook the Lady Tams from the top where they are still unflappable with 23 points.
FEU’s Shania Mae Mendoza and La Salle’s Antoinette Marie San Diego drew for the second time in 36 moves of a Sicilian in a showdown between World Chess Olympiad veterans on top board.
Also drawing their matches were FEU’s Bea Mendoza and Marife dela Toree and La Salle’s Samantha Revita on second and third boards.
Mendoza had a chance to salvage a 2-2 draw for FEU but she couldn’t get anything from a piece sacrifice for three unconnected passed pawns and settled for 74-move deadlock.
In other results, University of the Philippines blasted University of the East, 3.5-.5, and Ateneo downed University of Santo Tomas, 3-1.
Boys Chess: NU crushes Ateneo, overtakes UE in UAAP Boys' Chess