BALANGA CITY—The Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU) men and women teams dominate the University and Colleges Athletic Association of Bataan (UCAAB) chess competition.
The university woodpushers bested last week other competitors from schools Maritime Academy of the Asia and the Pacific (MAAP), Asia Pacific College of Arts and Sciences (APCAS), Bataan National Heroes College, Microcity Computer College, Eastwoods Professional College of Science and Technology Balanga, Eastwoods Professional College of Science and Technology Dinalupihan, and Dinalupihan College of Subic Montessori.
Noel Ycasas, coach of BPSU chess men’s team, said members of their teams who competed were for men: Micko Eufemio (Board 1), Vince Arroyo (Board 2), Hanz Fererra (Board 3), and Al John Carabeo (Board 4), and for women: Josephine Mae Hizon (Board 1), Jomaela Hizon (Board 2), Jessica Villanueva (Board 3), and Rowena Grace Jorge (Board 4).
BPSU alternate chess player for men is Rupert John D. Jorge, and for women, Angelica Jeanne Gutierrez.
All BPSU chess players got Gold in the individual board competition except Eufemio who settled for Silver.
The well-prepared and confident BPSU male top board player, who won an ego-boosting match game against uprising Nelson Busa Jr. to win a tournament couple of weeks ago, handling white pieces, surprisingly fell to a weak positional play overextending his pair of flank pawns in a Caro-Kann encounter against MAAP’s Jomar Gonzales.
“Despite the positional pitfall, Micko stubbornly tried and was able to maintain the balance on the board until the middle game, nevertheless the patient Gonzales found the accurate moves in the endgame and picked white’s two overextended pawns”, said Ycasas.
Erickson Marimla is the coach of BPSU women’s chess team.
Raymond Tanada and Henry Fererra were the tournament managers of the UCAAB 2-day chess tournament held at APCAS Library.