Far Eastern University, La Salle shine

November 01, 2018
Jan Daniel Geronimo

FAR Eastern University ended National University's three-year dynasty in the men's division, while La Salle hoisted the women's trophy for the second straight year in the UAAP chess tournament over the weekend at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion.

It was the Tamaraws' 14th men’s crown overall, while the Lady Woodpushers from Taft snared their ninth tiara in the distaff side.

Finishing with 40 points, FEU actually secured the men's championship in the 13th round following a 2-2 standoff with La Salle Saturday.

The Morayta-based chessers then put an icing on the cake with 2.5-1.5 win over eventual third placers Adamson in the final round Sunday.

Rookie of the Year winner Jeth Morado led the Tamaraws by winning the Board 2 gold, while Romy Fagon was the team's other gold medalist in Board 4.

The Bulldogs' saw  their reign end after a 2-2 draw with University of the East Saturday.

As a consolation for NU, International Master Paulo Bersamina, who topped Board 1, was named the season MVP for the fourth year in a row.  Arnel Ilagan was the other gold medalist for NU in Board 6.

The Lady Woodpushers were simply dominant with 43 points.

La Salle blanked FEU, 4-0, to seal the title in the 13th round Saturday before ending the season with a 3.5-0.5 win over University of the Philippines Sunday.

WCM Mira Mirano was named the tournament MVP and Board 1 gold medalist, while her teammate Samantha Revita bagged the Rookie of the Year honors, as well as the Board 4 gold. Ella Moulic was the Lady Woodpushers' other gold medalist in Board 3.

The Lady Maroons and the Lady Falcons finished second and third respectively.