UAAP 82: FEU continue to dominate in Men's and Women's Chess

ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 24, 2019 03:35 PM
UAAP 82: FEU continue to dominate in Men's and Women's Chess
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Powerhouse Far Eastern University is starting to leave a trail of destruction in the 82nd UAAP men’s chess tournament.

Spearheaded by reigning national juniors champion Jeth Romy Morado, the Tams devastated the University of the East Warriors, 3.5-.5, to continue to widen the gap from the rest of the field after four rounds at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion Sunday.

Morado made a clinical display on how to destroy the Sicilian Defense with a quick, merciless 25-move victory over Armand Gabriel Narvaja to lead the way for the Tams, who are seeking a league-high 14 championship.

The swift win on Board One set the tone for FEU as Rhenzi Kyle Sevillano and Darry Bernardo followed suit with triumphs on second and fourth boards, respectively.

John Merill Jacutina stole half a point for FEU after he turned a two-pawn disadvantage into a marathon 82-move draw with Michael Suacillo of a Caro-kann duel on third board, thanks to a brilliant tact of transforming the endgame to a drawish, opposite-colored bishop battle.

FEU thus kept its mighty grip of the top spot with 12 points, way ahead of closest pursuer University of Santo Tomas, which absorbed a heartbreaking 1.5-2.5 defeat at the hands of Ateneo, with 9.5 points.

At third with 8.5 points was Adamson, which drew with National University, 2-2, while University of the Philippines, which turned back La Salle, 2.5-1.5, was at No. 4 with eight points.

Women's Chess: FEU holds sway, La Salle inches closer

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Far Eastern University regained its winning form as it waylaid Ateneo, 3-1, Sunday to hold a resurgent defending champion La Salle in the women’s race of the 82nd UAAP Chess Tournament at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion.

After barely escaping with a 2-2 draw with University of Santo Tomas the day before, the Lady Tams summoned their old, dangerous selves with former national women’s champion Shania Mae Mendoza, Bea Mendoza and Viona Nepascua posting victories on first, second and fourth boards, respectively.

Ateneo’s Manilyn Cabungcag slammed Jennina Valdez on third board to stave off an embarrassing shutout.

FEU thus kept its grip of the lead with 12.5 points but its upper hand was cut to just half a point after La Salle blanked University of the East, 4-0, on wins by Marie Antoinette San Diego, Ella Grace Moulic, Samantha Glo Revita and Franchell Eds Javier to hike its total to 12 points.

It was the third straight victory for the Lady Woodpushers after they were slowed down by a stunning 1.5-2.5 defeat to their archrivals Ateneo Lady Eagles in the opening round last week.

And La Salle has been showing signs it is not about to stop.

At joint third were Ateneo and UST, which clobbered National University, 3-1, with 9.5 points apiece.

In the only other game, Adamson edged University of the Philippines that was wrapped up by Abigail Tamundong’s 59-move win over Jallen Herzchelle Agra of a Caro-kann duel on board three as the rest drew their respective games.


Boys Chess: UE shocks fancied FEU, stays at helm

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Not given a semblance of a chance entering the UAAP chess wars, University of the East is making the detractors eat their words.

With nothing to lose and everything to gain, unheralded Lee Roi Palma and University of the East kept sending shockwaves down the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion as they brought down defending champion Far Eastern University, 3-1, to continue to hold sway in the high school boys’ section of Season 82, Sunday.

Palma shone the brightest in the Braves’ stunning triumph as he brought down on top board a highly-touted FIDE Master Alekhine Nouri when the former punished the latter from his opening misadventures for a 34-move win of a Bishop’s Opening.

John Kenneth Gelva delivered the other victory against Christian Marcelo Olaybal in 33 moves of a Scotch Game on board four while Noel Geronimo and Francis Roi Parro split the point with Jarvey Labanda and Lorenzo Aaron Cantela on second and third boards, respectively, to complete what could turn out as the biggest win of the season.

After four grueling rounds, the sensational win kept UE well-entrenched on top with 13.5 points, a full two points ahead of National University, which battled University of Santo Tomas to a 2-2 standoff, with 11.5 points.

The Baby Tams slipped to a share of third with Adamson, which zoomed back to contention with a 4-0 destruction of Ateneo, with seven points each.

The high school girls’ division took a break Sunday.

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