NU wins UAAP men's chess title, DLSU prevails in women's division

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 22, 2016 05:25 PM
NU wins UAAP men's chess title, DLSU tops women's division
Paulo Bersamina powered National University in ending a long title drought in the men's division which spanned for three decades, while De La Salle University won a second straight women's crown at the end of the UAAP Season 78 chess tournament over the weekend.
Final standings after 14 rounds:

Men - NU 42.5, UST 36, DLSU 29.5, FEU 28, UE 26, AdU 25, Ateneo 21.5, UP 15.5
Women - DLSU 42.5, FEU 38.5, UP 34, NU 29, UST 27.5, UE 22.5, AdU 21, Ateneo 8.

IM Paulo Bersamina powered National University in ending a long title drought in the men's division which spanned for three decades, while De La Salle University won the women's crown at the end of the UAAP Season 78 chess tournament over the weekend.

The Bulldogs pooled 42.5 points to defeat University of Santo Tomas, which placed second with 36 points, and last year's champions, the Green Archers, who tallied 29 points in third at the end of the 14th round at the Henry Sy Sr. Hall inside the De La Salle campus.

NU won its third men's chess title overall but the first since 1986, thanks to the brilliant efforts of Bersamina, the Cavite native who took home the Rookie-MVP honors.

Far Eastern University crashed out of the podium as it settled for fourth with 28 points.

De La Salle, meanwhile, pooled 42.5 points to bag its sixth overall title, the most in the league.

The Lady Archers were led by WIM Bernadette Galas, who took home the season MVP honors, and  WFM Marie Antonette San Diego, who captured the Rookie of the Year honors, as they overcame the Lady Tamaraws with 38 points.

University of the Philippines wound up third with 34 points.

Aside from Bersamina, who ruled Board 1, the other Bulldogs board gold medalists were Vince Medina in Board 4 and Jefferson Mansanero in Board 5.

Galang led De La Salle's board gold medal winners in the distaff side which includes Joy Acedo in Board 3 and WFM Cherry Ann Mejia in Board 4.

Completing the men's board gold winners are FEU's Rhenzi Sevillano in Board 2, UST's Timothy So Kua in Board 3 and Ateneo's Anfernee Bonifacio in Board 6.

Also bagging golds in the women's side were Lady Maroon WNM Christy Bernales in Board 2, Tigresses Michaela Concio in Board 5 and Lady Tamaraw Marife dela Torre in Board 6.

FEU-Diliman, meanwhile, bested UST and NU to annex the juniors crown, with John Marvin Miciano winning the MVP honors.

Adamson University's Stephen Pangilinan went home with the top rookie award.

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