FEU men, La Salle women continue sharp form at end of UAAP chess first round

FEU men, La Salle women continue sharp form at end of UAAP chess first round

By Ricky Manliguis

MANILA-- Far Eastern U and La Salle stayed true to form, whipping its respective rivals to remain on top of the leaderboard at the close of the first round-robin of the UAAP Season 81 chess tournament at the University of Santo Tomas Quadricentennial Pavillion Saturday afternoon. 

The Tamaraws stayed unbeaten after seven rounds after pulling off a masterful 3-1 win over Adamson U for 21.5 points on six wins and a draw.  

John Jasper Laxamana and Romy Fagon made up from back-to-back draws by International Master John Marvin Miciano and Jeth Romy Morado on Boards 1 and 2 with masterful wins on Boards 3 and 4 for FEU. 

Defending men's champion National U, meanwhile, posted a 3-1 win over University of the Philippines to remain at third place with 16 points, five-and-a-half points behind the leaders. 

Other men's results include UST pulling off a 2-2 draw with Ateneo, while University of the East shocked La Salle, 3-1. 

In the women's  side, reigning titlists La Salle survived another slip-up by top board player WCM Mira Mirano in a 3-1 thumping of Adamson U to remain ahead of second-place University of the Philippines with 18.5 points. 

The Lady Maroons,on the other had,  moved half a point off the pace as it squeaked past University of Santo Tomas, 2.5-1.5.

University of the East nosed out Ateneo, 2.5-1.5, while National U fashioned out the same scoreline opposite Far Eastern U to complete the women's matches.

Round 8 action will resume tomorrow still at UST. 

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