By Kristel Satumbaga
Far Eastern University showed force in the first Tempo Inter-schools Rapid Chess Championships on Saturday by capturing the overall crown at the Manila Prince Hotel.
A perennial UAAP champion, the FEU woodpushers, amassed 56 points in besting more than 25 schools in this one-day affair supported by the Philippine Basketball Association, SM Supermalls, Internaitonal Container Terminal Services Inc., Mighty Sports Apparel and Accessories and 1-Pacman Party-List.
They collected 13 points in the College Women Division, 12.5 points in the High School Women, 15.5 points in High School Open and 15 points in College Open Category.
National University came in second with 52 points while La Salle and Ateneo tied for third with identical 26.5 points.
Meanwhile, International Master Daniel Quizon and Woman International Master Marie Antoinette San Diego led individual winners after ruling the College Open and College Women Divisions.
Only 15 years old and representing Dasmariñas National High School, Quizon scored 6.5 points in the seven-round tournament to humble his rivals that included second-placer Israelito Rilloraza of FEU and bronze winner College of St. Benilde’s Vince Angelo Medina.
San Diego, for her part, finished with 6 points to best WIMs Kylen Joy Mordido of Dasmariñas Integrated School and Bernadette Galas of La Salle.
University of Perpetual Help’s Eric Labog Jr. and First Uniting Christian School’s Jerlyn Mae San Diego also copped the High School Open and High School Women Category with 6.5 and 6 points, while VPVMS Dasmariñas City’s Daren Dela Cruz and Woman FIDE Master’s Antonella Berthe Racasa of Victory Christian International School, the only female entry in her division, prevailed in the Elementary Girls and Elementary Open Class.
A total of 356 participants joined in the event that saw tournament director Grandmaster Jayson Gonzales, Tempo Editor Rey Bancod and Asia’s First GM Eugene Torre handing out the trophies.
Organizers also awarded University of Batangas with the Best in Uniform plum and FEU for sending the Most Number of Participants.