MANILA, Philippines – National University and De La Salle University opened their title-retention bids in the men’s and women’s division of UAAP Season 81 chess by defeating Ateneo de Manila University on Wednesday at UST’s Quadricentennial Pavilion. With reigning MVP IM Paulo Bersamina leading the charge, the Bulldogs blanked the Blue Eagles, 4-0, to open their quest for a fourth straight chess title. Aside from Bersamina, also emerging victorious for NU were Christian Magtabog, Robin Ignacio, and rookie Arnel June Iligan. READ: NU and DLSU open chess title-retention bids with wins The Lady Woodpushers, meanwhile, overpowered the Lady Eagles 3-1 with WCM Mira Mirano now playing at the top board. Ella Moulic and Samantha Revita supported Mirano by providing wins for De La Salle. In other men’s results, University of the Philippines nipped De La Salle, 2.5-1.5; Far Eastern University overwhelmed University of the East, 3.5-.5; while Adamson University downed UST, 3-1. Women’s action also saw Adamson University edging FEU, 2.5-1.5; UP nosing out NU, 2.5-1.5; and UE and UST battling to a 2-2 draw. For more sports coverage, visit the ABS-CBN Sports website.