UAAP 82: FEU on the verge of 15th UAAP Men’s Chess title
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 21, 2019 05:04 PM
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Far Eastern University is smelling the championships with still three rounds to go.
This after the Tams obliterated the De La Salle Archers, 4-0, to add more points to an already massive lead after 11 rounds in the Men’s Division of the UAAP Season 82 Chess Tournament at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion Saturday.
And the Tams did it by resting their top two players—Jeth Romy Morado and RK Sevillano.
The decision to rest Morado, the reigning national juniors champion, for the second straight round, as well Sevillano was made in the last minute.
It didn’t affect FEU a bit as JM Jacutina, Darry Bernardo, John Jasper Laxamana and Israelito Rilloraza still delivered the much-needed points that hiked their total to 35.5 points, or an almost insurmountable 6.5 points ahead of closest pursuer University of Santo Tomas.
The Tigers managed just a 2.5-1.5 triumph over a gritty Ateneo side on victories by Julius Gonzales and Brylle Gever Vinluan on first and third boards while AJ Almodal split the point with Alexander Santos on fourth board.
The Eagles’ lone win came from Tristan Jared Cervero, who brought down Samson Lim III on the second board.
And it is starting to look like there is not stopping FEU from claiming their 15th championship that would underscore its dominance of UAAP men’s chess.
“I must admit we’re getting closer but we still have to keep on working hard and not become too complacent,” said UAAP coach Jayson Gonzales.
FEU tackles Ateneo, University of the East and UST in their last games.
In other pairings, UE edged NU, 2.5-1.5, and Adamson and UP fought to a 2-2 standoff.
Women's Chess: FEU still on top of UAAP Women’s Chess
Far Eastern University bashed National University, 3-1, to continue to hold on to the lead and fend off defending champion La Salle’s desperate attempt to catch up after 11 rounds in the Women’s Division of the UAAP Season 82 Chess Tournament at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion Saturday.
Shania Mae Mendoza, an Olympiad veteran, and Bea Mendoza each provided the clinching victories on the top two boards as Marife dela Torre and Viona Nepascua halved the point with Charmaine Lilan Manga and China Espanola on the lower boards.
After 11 grueling rounds, the Lady Tams have kept a foothold of the top spot with 32.5 points while putting a 2.5-point separation between them and the Lady Archers, who have 30 points.
La Salle went for a shutout win but managed just a 3-1 triumph over Adamson, no thanks to Abigail Tamundong’s snappy win over Ella Grace Moulic on second board.
Marie Antoinette San Diego, an Olympiad standout and Woman International Master, delivered a victory on board one along with ASEAN Age Group champion Samantha Glo Revita and Franchell Eds Javier on boards three and four, respectively.
FEU hopes to continue to hold sway and clinch the title with favorable wins in their last three matches against University of the Philippines, Adamson and University of Santo Tomas.
La Salle, meanwhile, battle University of the East, National University and Ateneo.
In other results, Ateneo dumped UE, 3-1, and UST bamboozled UP, 3.5-.5.
Boys' Chess: Palma, UE still on a roll
There is just no stopping Lee Roi Palma of University of the East.
Palma stretched his amazing run to nine after he disposed of Cymone Charles Calpito and powered UE to a 3.5-.5 demolition of Ateneo that kept them the solo lead after 11 rounds in the Boys’ Division of the UAAP Season 82 Chess Tournament at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion Saturday.
It was the ninth straight victory for Palma as he is in line to claim the top board gold medal as well as the MVP award in the division.
More importantly, he could accomplish the feat by staying perfect and with a championship to boot.
Also delivering the victories were John Kenneth Gelua and Norsh Daniel Francois Lopez on boards three and four, respectively, while Francis Roi Parro split the point with Liam Uriel Batnag on second board to cap the win.
UE now has 28 points, a point ahead of National University, which crushed La Salle-Zobel, 3.5-.5, on wins by Chester Neil Reyes, Mark Gerald Reyes, and Dennis Gutierrez, Jr. on boards one, two and four and a draw by Joseph Lawrence Rivera with Jefferson Danillo Villarin on third board, with 27.
Interestingly, UE and NU will face off in the 12th round Sunday in a showdown that could determine the champion in the division.
Adamson, meanwhile, shocked defending champion Far Eastern University, 2.5-1.5.
In the girls’ section, FEU turned back University of Santo Tomas, 2.5-1.5, to remain at the helm with 25.5 points, or just 1.5 points atop reigning titlist NU, which blanked La Salle-Zobel, 4-0, to hike its total to 24 points.
Adamson clobbered Ateneo, 4-0, in the only other match.