University of Santo Tomas continued its immaculate streak in the UAAP Season 85 Men’s Chess Championships with a 3-1 thrashing of De La Salle University in Round 3, Wednesday at the FEU Diliman Sports Complex.
Brylle Gever Vinluan (Board 2) remained perfect with a 41-move smashing of Daniel John Lemi courtesy of a superior endgame position while Antonio Almodal III (Board 4) made a successful debut for the Tiger Woodpushers, taking a win after 51-moves of the Sicilian Defense against Jester Sistoza.
Julius Gonzales and Lee Roi Palma settled for draws in Boards 1 and 3, respectively, to preserve UST’s undefeated streak.
UST upped their total to 11 points to lead the league.
Season 84 runner-up University of the Philippines once again settled for a 2-2 split, this time against Ateneo de Manila University to remain a distant second at seven points.
Fide Master Stephen Rome Pangilinan sustained his lethal form and scored his third win in as many matches in Board 1 while Jan Darryl Batula scored UP’s finals points with a victory in Board 3.
Far Eastern University, on the other hand, scored its first series win of the season after settling for back-to-back draws with a 3-1 performance against Adamson University to tie UP in second place.
Hans Ezekiel Olorosisimo (Board 1) and Arena International Master Jarvey Labanda (Board 4) picked up the wins for FEU as National Masters John Merill Jacutina (Board 2) and Lorenzo Aaron Cantela (Board 3) settled for draws.