(College Men’s Division)
NAKAMIT ng National University ang ika-3 sunod na taong kampeonato matapos maghari sa katatapos na UAAP men’s chess championship Season 80 nitong Linggo (Abril 8, 2018) sa University of Santo Tomas, Espana, Manila.
Tinalo ng Bulldogs ang De La Salle Green Archers, 3-1, para tumapos ng 41.5 puntos tungo sa titulo. Nasa ikalawang puwesto ang DLSU na may 33.5 puntos habang nasa ikatlong puwesto naman ang Far Eastern University na may 32.5 puntos.
Ang Bulldogs ay kinabibilangan nina three straight year MVP at Board 1 Gold medallist International Master Paulo Bersamina, Board 2 Robin Ignacio, Board 3 gold medallist Fide Master Austin Jacob Literatus, Board 4 Rafael Caneda, Board 5 silver medallist Christian Magtabog, Board 6 silver medalist Neil Conrad Pondoc, coach United States Chess Federation (USCF) master Jose ‘Jojo’ Aquino Jr. at team manager Samson Go.
“First and foremost, I would like to thank our God for the answered prayer given to us. Second, credit to my players for the job well done.Third, thank you also Sir Oti, Sir Manny, Sir Sergio and Sir Nilo for coming in the last round and awarding of the UAAP and of course I will not forget to thank Sir Samson Go our team manager for his constant support and guidance through the years. Without him, we will not become the champion because I cannot form this team,” sabi ni NU Bulldogs coach United States Chess Federation (USCF) master Jose ‘Jojo’ Aquino Jr.