UAAP: UST wins men’s chess title, NU wins women’s crown
MANILA, Philippines — The University of Santo Tomas reclaimed the UAAP men’s chess title after 10 years, while National U won its first-ever women’s chess crown at the end of the UAAP Chess Tournaments. season 84 Wednesday.
The Tiger Woodpushers captured their eighth championship with 28 points, beating De La Salle University 2.5-1.5 in the final round.
Meanwhile, the Lady Bulldogs, who virtually won the title before the day’s games, lost to De La Salle, 1.5-2.5, on the final day to end the tournament with 26.5 points. La Salle finished second with 21 points, while Adamson broke the deadlock with Ateneo with the 2-2 draw to take third.
“I can say that our players have a very high caliber,” said UST coach Ronald Dableo. “It’s a big factor that most of our players are veterans since high school. They have won MVPs and gold medals.
On the men’s side, the University of the Philippines finished second with 26 points while Far Eastern completed the podium with 25 points.
FEU senior Jeth Romy Morado edged out UP rookie Jan Daryl Batula in the Armageddon deciding match to win the Men’s Most Valuable Player award and Board 1 gold. Batula , however, received Rookie of the Year honors.
On the women’s side, NU WFM rookie Allanney Doroy went undefeated in her six matches to win Rookie of the Year and MVP awards to go along with her Table 2 gold.
“We are very happy but it was overwhelming because we had been on a break for two years. We were really hungry for the trophy,” Doroy said.
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