Monday, December 31, 2007

FEU Team A, Nava, Palomo sweep Asean varsity chess

MANILA, Philippines -- FIDE Master Roderick Nava and Jenny Rose Palomo swept the individual titles while leading Far Eastern University Team A to the championship in the recent 12th Rakan Muda GACC (Grand Asean Chess Challenge) World Inter-Varsity Chess Championships at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur.

Final standings:
27.5 points -- FEU Team A (RP); 25.5 -- National Univ. of Singapore (SIN), FEU Team B (RP); 24.0 -- Univ. of Colombo Team A (SRI); 23.0 -- Univ. of Malaya, Team A (MAL); 22.5 -- PTVA (IND); 22.0 -- Nanyang Tech. Univ. Team A (SIN); 21.5 -- Azad Islamic Univ. (IRN); 20.0 -- Univ. of Malaya, Team B (MAL), Univ. Pendidikan Sultan Idris Team A (MAL), Univ. Islam Antarabangsa Team A (MAL).

Nava, a member of the national training pool, split the point with International Master Shojaat Gharehgardeh of Iran’s Azad Islamic University to top the men’s division.

Palomo settled for a draw with compatriot Ronna Reigner Senora of FEU Team B to rule the women’s side.

Nava and Palomo wound up with seven wins, a loss and a draw each for 7.5 points. They won 1,000 ringgit (P12,000) and a gold medal each.

FEU Team A, which also had Luffe Magdalaga and John Ranel Morazo, amassed 27.5 combined points to pocket the team title and the top purse of 2,000 ringgit.

Nava’s only loss was dealt by fellow FIDE Master Hong Nguyen Ly of Singapore in the fourth round while Palomo bowed to Dawn Hui Sau Mun of NTA in the opening round.

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