San Sebastian dominates NCAA chess
MANILA, Philippines – The San Sebastian chess players routed their Perpetual Help counterparts, 3.5-0.5, in the 18th and final round to emerge as the champions in the seniors division of the NCAA Season 89 chess competition at the Letran Gym in Intramuros recently.
According to the NCAA’s official website, San Sebastian now has the most number of chess titles in the league, as they copped their 12th championship. Mapua has 11 chess titles.
Fide Master (FM) Mari Joseph Turqueza, Adrian Perez and Alexis Emil Montalbo defeated Remzxor de Guzman, Joannes Paula Arreglo and Paulink Barba, respectively, while Arvie Jongko drew with Aristotle Monera to clinch the title.
San Sebastian finished with 58 points in the competition, eight points ahead of eventual second-placer College of St. Benilde. Emilio Aguinaldo College finished in third place with 43.5 points.
Turqueza took the Board One gold and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after winning 13 of his 15 games, with one draw and one loss.
Perez took the Board Two gold with a 15-2-1 (win-loss-draw) record, while Maribao won the Board Three gold with a 15-2-0 record.
In the juniors division, Letran won its second straight chess championship and 11th overall. Arellano University finished in second place, while San Beda placed third.