UAAP 82: FEU on the cusp of UAAP chess greatness; UE captures high school title

ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 28, 2019 02:11 PM
UAAP 82: FEU on the cusp of UAAP chess greatness
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If there is any doubt about its status as the most dominant men’s team in UAAP chess, Far Eastern University has quashed it by now.

FEU savaged University of the East, 3.5-.5, in the 13th and penultimate round Saturday and will officially clinch the UAAP Men's Chess Tournament title Sunday that will establish its claim as the most titled chess team in the league with 15 championships.

It will take a very long time to catch up with FEU as the league’s second most titled squads are University of Santo Tomas and La Salle, each with seven.

Or you can call the Tamaraws the greatest.

“It was all hardwork,” said FEU coach Grandmaster Jayson Gonzales.

And the Morayta-based chessers have been doing it minus top board player Jeth Romy Morado, the reigning national juniors champion who was already rested as early as five rounds ago.

RK Sevillano, John Jasper Laxamana and Israelito Riloraza accounted for the wins for the Tams on boards one, three and four, respectively, while JM Jacutina had to fend off Eliseo Budoso’s upset try by splitting the point on board two.

The win hiked FEU’s total 41.5 points, or a whopping 8.5 points ahead of second-running University of Santo Tomas with 33.

So dominating was the Tams that they may also end up raking in the board awards headed by Morado, who was slowed down with two draws in the earlier round but recovered from there and was unflappable since then.

UST succumbed to Adamson, 1.5-2.5, but will still end up second even if it loses to FEU in the last round.

La Salle and National University battled to a 2-2 standoff while University of the Philippines downed Ateneo, 3-1.

 

Women's Chess: FEU, La Salle head to final UAAP Women's Chess day with title in balance

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Far Eastern University edged Adamson, 2.5-1.5, and defending champion La Salle blasted National University, 3.5-.5, to continue to fight for the title after the 13th and penultimate round in the women’s section of the UAAP Season 82 Chess Tournament at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion Saturday.

The Lady Tams kept the lead with 37.5 points but their once-mighty lead was cut to just 1.5 points following the Lady Woodpushers’ huge win as the latter now has 36 points.

The 14th and final round will make or break their campaign with FEU clashing with University of Santo Tonas, currently at Np. 3 with 34 points, and La Salle tangling with Ateneo, which was at No. 4 with 32 points.

Interestingly, La Salle will be facing an Ateneo team that dealt it a shock 1.5-2.5 beating in the opening round a couple of months back.

The Lady Woodpushers, however, were a different team back then as they have bounced back from that loss by leapfrogging back to No. 2.

Ella Grace Moulic, Samantha Glo Revita, and Franchell Edds Javier delivered the victories on the second to fourth boards while Daphne Mae Dy, who took over top board duties after Antoinette Marie San Diego was rested, halved the point with Rizza Mae Tandog.

For FEU, it was the duo of Shania Mae Mendoza and Marife dela Torre who secured the wins on the first and third boards, respectively, while Bea Mendoza clinched the win by drawing with Jellie Ann Magro on second board.

Anne Krischa Tagayuna gave the Lady Falcons their only win after outlasting Rizalyn Jasmine Tejada on board four.

In other results, UST blanked University of the East, 4-0, and Ateneo split the point with University of the Philippines, 2-2.

 

High School Chess: Palma seals MVP trophy as UE seals UAAP Boys Chess title

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Lee Roi Palma claimed another snappy win on top board, virtually claiming the Most Valuable Player trophy as well as powering University of the East to its first title in 13 years in the 13th and penultimate round of the UAAP Season 82 Boys’ Chess tournament at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion Saturday.

Palma unleashed the Sicilian in besting Emmanuel Paler in 42 moves and carrying the Junior Warriors to a 2.5-1.5 win over the University of Santo Tomas while securing the former’s first title since clinching pulling off a five-peat feat in 2007.

With a round to go, UE has 34 points, or a whopping 4.5 points ahead of No. 2 National University with 29.5 points, that reduced its 14th and final round assignment versus La Salle-Zobel as its coronation round.

Palma, who owns an impressive score of 10.5 points out of the possible 11, had already secured the MVP trophy while UE its sixth crown even if they ended up being blanked by La Salle-Zobel Sunday.

John Kenneth Gelua delivered the other win for the Junior Warriors on fourth board while Francis Roi Parro split the point with Emcel Jules Gadut on third board.

The only UE defeat came on board two where Noel Geronimo lost his way in the middle game and suffered a setback to Jester Sistoza.

In other results, dethroned champion Far Eastern University drew with NU, 2-2, while Adamson smashed Ateneo, 4-0.

In girls’ action, NU kept its title-retention bid alive after it downed leader FEU, 2.5-1.5, on wins by Allaney Jia Doroy and Jesca Docena on the top boards and a draw by Vic Glysen Derotas with Divine Grace Luna on third board.

The triumph sliced the Baby Lady Tams’ lead to just half a point as the Lady Bullpups have hiked their total to 26.5 points as against the 27 by the former.

The title will be decided in the last round with FEU tackling third-running Adamson (25.5 points) and NU facing off with Ateneo (5).

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