UAAP: UST wins men’s chess title, NU wins women’s crown

UST won the men's chess tournament in season 84.

UST won the men’s chess tournament in season 84. –UAAP Media

MANILA, Philippines – The University of Santo Thomas has regained the UAAP men’s chess title after 10 years where the National U won the women’s chess crown for the first time at the end of the season 84 chess tournament on Wednesday.

The Tiger Woodpushers won their eighth championship with 28 points, a 2.5-1.5 win over De La Salle University in the final round.

Meanwhile, the Lady Bulldogs, who had virtually won the title before the day’s match, lost 1.5-2.5 de la Sal to end the tournament with 26.5 points on the final day. La Salle finished second with 21 points, while Adamson finished third with a 2-2 draw with Atenio.

UST coach Ronald DeBello said: “I can say that our players have really high potential. “It’s a big reason that most of our players are experienced from high school. They have won MVP and gold medals. “

In the men’s competition, the University of the Philippines finished second with 26 points and the Far Eastern completed the podium with 25 points.

FEU senior Jeth Romi Morado defeated UP rookie Jan Daryl Batula in a tiebreaker match at Armageddon to win the Men’s Most Valuable Player award and Board 1 gold. Although Batula received the best rookie award of the year.

Rules for women's chess competition in NU season 84.  -UAAP Media

Rules for women’s chess competition in NU season 84. -UAAP Media

In the women’s side, NU rookie WFM Alani Drew has won her board 2 gold by winning the best rookie of the year and MVP award from unbeaten in all her six matches.

“It simply came to our notice then. We were really thirsty for the trophy, “said Drew.

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