THE Far Eastern University (FEU) Men's Seniors Chess team won the school's sixth straight UAAP crown and 13th overall last Sunday (February 26) at the conclusion of
UAAP Season 74 chess tournament at the FEU Mini Theater in Manila.
The Tams suffered a heart-breaking loss to University of the Philippines, 1-3, in the final round but still emerged over-all champion after University of Sto. Tomas settled a 2.5-1.5, victory over De La Salle University.
Most Valuable Player (MVP) IM Richelieu Salcedo III and Antonio Chavez settled for a fighting draw against Leo Daylo and Ywhen Lababo on Board 1 and on Board 4, respectively to averted a possible shut-out loss of FEU.
FEU's former 2-time MVP Sheider Nebato was yielded to Marc Christian Nazario on Board 2 while Lennon Hart Salgados bowed to Wilbert Pilata on Board 3.
The Tamaraws finished a season with 38.5 points, 2.5 points ahead over runner-up place Growling Tigers with 36 points. The Fighting Maroons settled for third with 34.5 points.
Head Coach GM Jayson Gonzales said the strong support from the school has been the key driver in the success enjoyed by his teams in the past few years. He plans to continue the development of his young wards and hopefully bring them to more international events in order to maintain the university's lofty standing in collegiate chess.
"I'm very happy that we retained the championship this season. Hope we continue to perform well despite the tough competition," said Head Coach GM Jayson Gonzales assisted by IM Yves Ranola and NM Alex Milagrosa.
Meanwhile, the FEU FERN Chess team is starting to follow in the footsteps of their senior counterparts after claiming their back-to-back UAAP Juniors Chess title.
The Baby Tamaraws which is composed of Janelle Mae Frayna, Paul Robert Evangelista, Charles Abuzo and Jose Carlo Castro blasted the Baby Tigers headed by John Tucay, Maria Daylo, Hercules Ebol and Warren Lucido, respectively to finished 39.5 points. FEU FERN top gunner Vince Angelo Medina was declared MVP this season.
In women's senior chess, De La Salle University headed by MVP Jan Jodilyn Fronda retained its title by turning back Ateneo de Manila University, 3.5-0.5, in the 14th round to 42.5 points.