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UAAP 86 MCH: Christian Daluz, UST dominate UP for solo lead


University of Santo Tomas delivered a statement win, asserting its dominance over last season’s runner-up University of the Philippines with a 4-0 victory in its second match of the UAAP Season 86 Men’s Chess Championships at the FEU Tech Gym in Manila on Sunday.

The Tiger Woodpushers now take the solo lead after Round 2 with four match points. Far Eastern University currently sits second with three match points after a strong performance against Adamson University.

Fide Master Christian Mark Daluz [1.5/2] achieved the most impressive victory for UST when he clinched a win by playing two rooks against a queen in the endgame. This forced Fide Master Stephen Pangilinan [1/2] to resign on Board 1 after the 53rd move due to an unstoppable mating attack.

Melito Ocsan Jr. [2/2] also secured a win against Arena International Master Cyrus Francisco [0.5/2] on Board 2, using the Caro-Kann Defense while playing the black pieces.

Chester Neil Reyes [2/2] and Season 85 co-MVP Julius Gonzales [2/2] also had convincing wins over UP’s Joshov Alekhine Rosarda [0/1] and Michael Olladas [0/1] on Board 3 and 4, respectively.

Meanwhile, the Tamaraws followed up their opening-day draw with a triumphant 2.5-1.5 outing against AdU.

Fide Master Jeth Romy Morado [1.5/2] and Christian Marcelo Olaybal [2/2] led the way for FEU with victories against John Rocel Simon [0/2] and Jolan Carlos Ballobar [0/2] on Board 2 and 3, respectively.

Hans Ezekiel Olorosisimo [0.5/2] secured the match win for FEU after holding Arena Fide Master Alfonzo Louis Olendo [0.5/2] to a draw on Board 1.

Matt Joseph Ramos [1/2] delivered AdU’s lone win by defeating Juan Samson Cantela [0.5/2] on Board 4.

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Ateneo de Manila University also secured a victory with a 2.5-1.5 conquest of archrival De La Salle University.

Ateneo’s Jasper Faeldonia [1.5/2] and Janmyl Tisado [1/2] each notched a victory against Jester Sistoza [0/1] and Kris Oswald Olvido [1/2] on Board 1 and 4, respectively, while Christopher Kis-ing [0.5/2] forced a draw with DLSU’s Cyril Telesforo [1.5/2] on Board 2.

Daniel John Lemi [2/2] secured the only win for DLSU after taking down Tristan Jared Cervero [0/2] on Board 3.

Round 3 is set to commence on Saturday, October 21.

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A Bacolodnon who loves basketball, chess, and esports.


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