by Raphael Rayco
The University of the Philippines Women’s team duplicated their Season 75 performance by finishing at second place in the UAAP Chess Tournament Season 76 Sunday at Enrique Razon Sports Complex.
The women’s squad dropped their last assignment to four-peat champions De La Salle University, 2.5-1.5, but still ranked second after securing enough margin against eventual third placers Far Eastern University going into the final round.
DLSU notched the MVP award this season courtesy of national team mainstay Jan Jodilyn Fronda. Another Lady Archer took the Rookie of the Year award with Bernadette Galas.
Season 75 MVP Christy Bernales, Roxanne Atayde, and rookie Aubrey Ruth De Guzman each won silver medals on Boards 1, 2, and 6, respectively. Team captain Joanna Vanessa Barbosa closed out with the bronze medal on Board 4 while Arvie Lozano ended up fourth on Board 3.
The Men’s Team meanwhile improved from a dismal eighth place finish last season by securing the sixth spot this year. They were already locked at sixth after the results of the penultimate round.
The Maroons displayed a gutsy final round performance after Board 1 Claudio Olar, Jr. delivered an upset to Season 75 MVP Timothy So Kua of the University of Santo Tomas, before losing to the Tigers 1.5-2.5 in the last round.
John Edison Ubaldo of the UP men’s team, though, received the individual gold medal on Board 6 while Paulo Cristobal finished at fourth on Board 4.
FEU retook the championship they held for six years before UST dethroned them last season. Adamson University soared high at second while DLSU completed the top three in the men’s division, eclipsing the defending champions by just half a point.
FEU’s Kevin Mirano was announced as the Season MVP while National University standout Austin Jacob Literatus seized the Rookie of the year award.