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Chess MVP learns discipline from the sport

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     THE University of Santo Tomas men’s chess team triumphed in the recent UAAP season 75 despite ranking second in the standings after the round-robin. The Tiger Woodpushers emerged victorious after defeating six-peat titlist and defending champion, the Far Eastern University men’s chess team.

     Contributing to the win is UAAP Season 75 men’s chess tournament Most Valuable Player, Timothy John So Kua, a finance student from the College of Commerce and Business Administration. He started playing the sport when he was in grade four, teaching himself and learning from people playing on the streets.

     With the MVP title as his best achievement so far, his parents and coach are his backbone in every game, teaching him to give his full effort and to honor God. Success is defined when you feel happiness in your life, he shared with TomasinoWeb.

What is chess to you?
     Yung chess, ang laking natulong sa buhay ko simula high school, kasi may financial problem kami. Nung nagtry out ako sa chess team sa Adamson, nakuha ako at naging scholar kaya kahit papano nabasawan yung financial expenses.

Is it hard to be a chess player given that it is a mind-game?
     Hindi mahirap kung gugustuhin mo lang talaga siya; kailangan lang ng focus para gumaling.

What are your thoughts during a game? How do you motivate yourself?
     Gusto naming mag-champion, matagal nang champion ang FEU kaya gusto namin silang pigilan. ‘Yun ang palagi naming motivation.

Who was your best opponent?
     Nung bata ako, nakalaban ko si Eugene Torre pero talo ako sa kanya. Natatakot pa ako noon. Top one player siya dati.

Who else do you want to fight?
     Si Wesley So, ‘yung top one player ngayon sa Pilipinas.

What life lessons did you learn from chess?
     Discipline. Nung bata ako, makulit ako sobra, tapos natuto akong mag-chess, natuto akong idisiplina ang sarili ko, kasi kailangan tahimik tapos naka-upo ka lang.

Can we expect another championship next season?
     Kaya ‘yan basta may discipline lahat.

The women’s chess team are seeded lower in the ranking, what can the men’s team share to them?
     Palagi lang dapat maglaro at ma-expose sa tournament.

     Timothy and the rest of the Male Woodpushers have finally brought back the crown to the walls of España with their strong discipline, ending 11 years of championship drought. Indeed, their patience has finally paid off. As for Timothy, who has three more years in the team, he will now lead their campaign for another chase in the title carrying all the lessons and experiences he learned from season 75.

By Karl Cedrick G. Basco and Allen Joseph Baluyot
Photo taken by Jenzine Inah M. Alcantara

 

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UAAP to cancel, reformat events amid COVID-19

The UST Junior Tigresses and the Adamson Baby Falcons were also proclaimed as co-champions of the inaugural girls’ basketball tournament held earlier this year. 

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The UAAP Flag is presented to UAAP schools rectors and presidents in its season opening in 2016 | Amirah Eloise Banda/TomasinoWeb

With the recent mess brought about by the COVID-19, the UAAP has declared in their recent memorandum that all pending high school events are to be cancelled, while for the college tournaments, a change in the current format. 

“If the government declares it is safe to resume classes on April 15, 2020, and does not prohibit mass gatherings, the UAAP will work toward alternative formats of the competition to begin no earlier than May 1, 2020.” the memorandum stated. 

The memorandum came two days after the declaration of the suspension of classes which is set to last until April 14 and the implementation of strict social distancing measures in the National Capital Region (NCR)

The UST Junior Tigresses and the Adamson Baby Falcons were also proclaimed as co-champions of the inaugural girls’ basketball tournament held earlier this year. 

Prior to the cancellation, the collegiate volleyball tournament had already started while other sports such as baseball, softball, and football were well on there way to open their respective seasons. 

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Laure sisters take charge in UST’s demolition of FEU

The UST Golden Tigresses dismantled the FEU Lady Tamaraws in straight sets, 25-20, 25-16, 25-18 to complete a bounce back ordeal in the UAAP season 82 womens’ volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Sunday, March 3. 

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The UST Golden Tigresses dismantled the FEU  Lady Tamaraws in straight sets, 25-20, 25-16, 25-18 to complete a bounce back ordeal in the UAAP season 82 womens’ volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Sunday, March 3. 

Led by their prized duo in the Laure sisters, the Tigresses easily cruised to victory as the Lady Tamaraws found no answer to UST’s red hot offense. 

The younger Eya scored a game high 16 points, while the elder EJ had 12 of her own. Veteran Caitlyn Viray and rookie Imee Hernandez had nine and seven markers respectively. 

“Number one adjustment na ginawa namin yung constant communication, especially pag nasa loob, yung nasa labas kasi talagang dire-diretso na kami sa pagbigay ng instructions so mas maganda yung naging receiver namin, yung mga player namin,” UST head coach Emilio Kung Fu Reyes remarked when asked as to what improvements his team made heading into the game. 

Save for the first set, UST found no problems as they swept FEU, especially in the third set that saw the Tigresses go up by as much as 10 points. 

UST also had 45 attack points in total, a stark contrast to FEU’s 27.

Jeanette Villareal and Czarina Carandang had seven points apiece to lead the Lady Tamaraws while Ivana Agudo had six in the losing cause. 

With the win, both teams are now tied with a 1-1 record. 

UST is set to take on the DLSU Lady Spikers next.

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FEU outruns UST in five sets

Four days removed from their opening loss against NU, the UST Tiger Spikers fell anew to the FEU Tamaraws after a five-set thriller in the first round of the UAAP season 82 men’s volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Sunday, March 8. 

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Four days removed from their opening loss against NU, the UST Tiger Spikers fell anew to the FEU Tamaraws after a five-set thriller, 21-25, 26-24, 25-20, 22-25, 12-15 in the first round of the UAAP season 82 men’s volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Sunday, March 8. 

After a back and forth affair in the first two sets, UST seemed ready to pull away as they took a 2-1 lead against the Tamaraws before the Morayta- based squad managed to keep their composure and took the next two sets to take the game. 

The fifth set saw the Tiger Spikers struggle against FEU who had momentum on their side after winning the fourth set, and as much as UST was on its way to closing the gap, the Tamaraws ultimately sealed the game courtesy of Jude Garcia. 

Joshua Umandal had 21 points to lead the Tiger Spikers for the second straight game, while Jhun Senoron and Manuel Medina flanked him with 17 and 10 markers respectively.

For FEU, Jude Garcia led the charge with 27 points. Jose Javelona and JP Bugaoan had 13 apiece and Mark Calado chipped in 12 markers of his own.

The game now puts UST at a 0-2 record, while FEU stays unbeaten at 2-0. 

The Tiger Spikers will look to bounce back against DLSU on March 15.

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