MANILA, Philippines – Far Eastern University (FEU) and Adamson University (AdU) got off to a great start in their respective divisions in the second round of the 73rd University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) chess tournament held at the FEU New Tech Mini Auditorium in Manila on Sunday.

The Morayta-based FEU squad, under the tutelage of head coach Grandmaster (GM) Jayson Gonzales and assistant coach NM Alex Milagrosa, opened their bid for a fifth-straight crown on a bright note.

FEU’s Sheider Nabato beat Wilbert Pilarta after 73 moves of Kings Indian defense; Alfred Rapanot downed Marc Christian Nazario after 25 moves of Veresov Opening; and Antonio Chavez Jr. edged Simon del Rosario after 33 moves of Kings Indian defense, on boards 2, 3, and 4, respectively.

Board 1 player Leo Daylo Jr. saved the day for a possible shut-out loss for Adamson, as he settled a draw with Tamaraws’ Lennon Heart Salgados after 35 moves of Queens Indian defense in the men’s senior category.

“So far so good, we are looking forward another banner year for FEU Tamaraw chess team,” said head coach two-time Olympian GM Jayson Gonzales.

UP, AdU pride

In the women’s category, the University of the Philippines (UP), under the supervision of coach Leonardo Carlos, beat Adamson University

Marvie Exconde, Krizza Abasolo, Cheyzer Mendoza and Joana Barbosa led the Fighting Maroons to victory over Nayra Dulce, Eloisa Sat. Rita, Gian Perez, and Eunice Whigan.

In the junior division, the Adamson Baby Falcons, under coach Christopher Rodriguez, blanked the Baby Warriors, 3-1.

Tyrone delos Santos, Timothy So Kua, and Karen Enriquez downed EM Cortez, Bryan Barcelon, and Carl Bernales.

Last Saturday, the 3 schools also delivered well in the tournament:

In the seniors men’s division, FEU defeated UST, 3.5-0.5.

In the women’s category, UP secured a draw with Ateneo de Manila University, 2-2.

In the juniors’ category, 3-peat champion Adamson moved to secure its crown. – Report from Marlon Bernardino