NCR-FEU RULE CHED-NATIONAL FINALS CHESS
BY: MARLON BERNARDINO
NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION (NCR) represented by Far Eastern University (FEU) swept the two gold medals at stakes in the chess competitions for men’s and women’s at the conclusion of Commission on Higher Education (CHED)-National Finals chess team tournament yesterday at the Rizal Technological University (RTU) in Mandaluyong City.
The Tamaraw playing under the banner of FEU head coach two-time Olympian GM Jayson Gonzales and assisted by NM Alex Milagrosa, tallied a total 24.5 points to run-away chess title in the men’s competitions.
“I’m proud of my team,” said FEU head coach two-time Olympian GM Jayson Gonzales. “Winning of this tough and prestigious tournament had something to cheer about, but I knew from the very start that we had good chance of taking the championship with the kind of heart and skill the boys have shown in the entire tournament.”
After beating Region 11, 3-1, in the crucial fifth round in Thursday’s afternoon session then subdued Region 4-A, 4-0, in the sixth and penultimate round then nipped Region 9, 3.5-0.5, in the seventh and final round yesterday.
The Tamaraws, who is fresh from a historic four-peat title in the 72nd season UAAP chess team tournament were composed of Lyndon Sombilon, Sheider Nebato, Luffe Magdalaga, Antonio Chavez Jr. and Kevin Mirano.
In the distaff side, the Lady Tamaraws collected a total 21.5 points to secure the coveted title. The Morayta-based school comprises by 2006 Doha Asian games representative WNM Jedara Docena, Rulp Ylem Jose, Jenny Rose Palomo, Ronna Reigner Senora and Lovelyn Medina.
They beat Region 7, 4-0, Region 6, 3-1, and lost to Region 11, 1.5-2.5, in the last three round of the seven round Swiss-system tournament, supervised by tournament director is Limneo Cordero assisted by arbiters Ronnie Tabudlong, Kim Dumdum, Raul Cruz, national masters Erwin Carag and Mauro Yasay.