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UAAP 85 WCH: Mordido leads way as NU stretches lead

National University scored a 3-1 win over University of Santo Tomas to remain on top after Round 10 of the UAAP Season 85 Women’s Chess Championship Saturday at the FEU Tech Gym in Manila.

The defending champions have now accumulated 22.5 match points to extend their lead against second-running Far Eastern University, which is currently at 19.5.

Woman Fide Master Allaney Jia Doroy (6 pts/8 games) delivered a creative mate on the 57th move in Board 1 against Maycydel Fajardo (4/9) to lead NU. Woman International Master Kylen Joy Mordido (7/8) complemented with a highlight tactical play in the 49th move to win material during endgame play against Josemier Panol (3.5/9) and take the win in Board 2.

Jesca Docena (5.5/8) clutched her way through a king vs bishop and knight endgame to salvage a draw against Rohanisah Buto (3/8) in Board 3 while Princess Ballete (4/7) split the point with Jamaica Lagrio (5.5/9) after a three-move repetition on the 54th move in Board 4.

FEU was held to a 2-2 stalemate Ateneo but managed to hold on to the second spot.

Woman National Master Bea Mendoza (6/9) and Woman National Master Rizalyn Tejada (4/7) took care of their respective assignments against Laila Nadera (3.5/9) and Arena Grand Master Alexis Osena (5.5/9), respectively, in Boards 2 and 3.

But Ateneo’s Kristine Flores (6.5/9) and Jiessel Marino (1/2) emerged victorious in Board 1 and 4, over Me Ann Baclayon (5.5/9) and Regyne Palaming (1/2) to settle with a draw.

University of the Philippines, on the other hand, continued its resurgence in the second half of the season with a 3-1 victory over Adamson University.

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Justinin Macapuno (4.5/7) and Jee-Ann Barry (2/5) propelled with wins in Boards 2 and 3, respectively after taking down Adamson’s Jashua Patria (2/9) and Queenie Mae Samarita (3/6), respectively.

In Board 1, Precious Ferrer (3/7) settled for a draw against Robelle de Jesus (3/9) while Jallen Agra (3.5/7) split the point with Bonalyn Ornido (5/8) in Board 4.

Round 11 is scheduled on Sunday, December 4.

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A Bacolodnon who loves basketball, chess, and esports.

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