Arellano defends NCAA chess title

ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 20, 2015 03:07 PM
Arellano defends NCAA chess title
STILL THE CHAMPS. Arellano stayed on top of NCAA chess.

Arellano University clinched its second straight NCAA seniors title by edging Lyceum of the Philippines U in a tiebreak over the weekend in Season 91 at the PSC Adminintration Building in Pablo Ocampo, Manila.

Kyz Llantada defeated Jan Mirano on top board to force a 2-2 draw but his win proved to be decisive as it was used to break the deadlock, sealing the Chiefs their back-to-back chess championships.

Tyrone delos Santos provided the other point for the Rudy Ibanez-mentored Arellano side on board three and was later adjudged Most Valuable Player.

"Our hardwork paid off. The players prayed and worked hard just to retain the champinship," said Ibanez.

San Beda, for its part, secured its first ever juniors crown by sweeping both rounds it capped with a 2.5-1.5 win.

Cub John Philip Oncita took the high school MVP plum.

LPU took three of the six gold medals at stake with Jonathan Jota (Board 4), Romulo Glorioso (Board 5) and Walt Allen Talan (Board 6), while Arellano's Don Tyrone Delos Santos topped Board 4.

San Beda's Alcon John Datu and Letran's Melwyn Kenneth Baltazar also captured golds in Boards 2 and 1, respectively.  Ibañez won the Coach of the Year honors.

Other high school gold medalists are Julius Gonzales of CSB-La Salle Greenhills (Board 1), Eric Robert Yap of Letran (Board 2), Gabriel Angelo Galpo of LPU (Board 5) and Kurt Jansen Dullon of Jose Rizal University (Board 6).

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