by Raphael Rayco
The University of the Philippines Men’s and Women’s chess teams delivered contrasting performances after four rounds into the season.
The women’s team, which narrowly lost the crown by 1.5 points last year, captured consecutive victories in the third and fourth rounds. Led by Season 75 most valuable player Christy Bernales, they won 2.5-1.5 versus the Far Eastern University and 3-1 against Ateneo de Manila University.
The Lady Maroons has now accumulated 10 points which currently placed them at second place, behind De La Salle University with 12.5 points.
Meanwhile, the men’s unit finished with identical narrow 1.5-2.5 losses to La Salle and National University. Kristian Paulo Cristobal and skipper Wilbert Pilarta scored a win and a draw, respectively, in both matchups.
The Diliman-based squad now has a total of 6.5 points, placing them in a tie for fifth place with defending champion University of Santo Tomas.