Sunday, February 6, 2011


[Engr. Napoleon Recososa (with eye glass) pondering his move against Atty. Jong Guevarra Jr. Also in photo is Chris Yap vs. Alfred Moulic and James Infiesto vs. Nofre Reyes].

True to form, the reunion chess match of the University of Mindanao (U.M) Maroons Varsity Alumni and their counterpart the Ateneo de Davao Blue Knights Varsity Alumni held on February 5, 2011 at Atty. Jong Guevarra's rest house at Eden, Bayabas, Toril, Davao City was an exciting and down the wire battle. U.M won by the slightest of margin 5-4. Both teams were prepared for war of the 64 squares board and the winner of the match was not decided until the last game was finished.

The first round was a stand still with both teams scoring 1.5 points each. James Infiesto scored for Ateneo by winning against Atty. Jong Guevarra Jr. while Alfred Moulic delivered for U.M by downing Engr. Napoleon Recososa. The game between Chris Yap and Nofre Reyes ended in a draw.

Ateneo crushed through in the second round 2-1 with James Infiesto and Chris Yap delivering the crucial wins. With their back against the wall, the U.M Maroons mounted a comeback in the 3rd round. Nofre Reyes held James Infiesto to a draw while Alfred Moulic and Atty. Jong Guevarra Jr. delivered the crucial points winning the 3rd round 2.5-.5, thereby enabling their team to win the match 5-4.

James Infiesto was the individual top performer with 2.5 points in 3 games. While Nofre Reyes and Alfred Moulic scored 2 points each for U.M. Atty. Jong Guevarra Jr. scored only 1 point but his win against Engr. Napoleon Recososa via time porfeit in the last remaining game enabled U.M to win the match.

The intial staging was a huge success thus both teams agreed to hold a much bigger and more exciting second edition.

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