MANILA, Philippines – Jonathan Jota and John Jasper Laxamana hurdled their foes on boards three and four as Lyceum trounced Letran, 3-1, to remain on top after the first round of the NCAA Season 90 chess competition.
Jan Francis Mirano and Prince Mark Aquino drew with Melwyn Kenneth Baltazar and Paul Christian Barroga on the top boards to clinch the win for the Pirates, who hiked their total to 29 points – three points ahead of the pack.
La Salle Greehills, for its part, edged San Beda, 2.5-1.5, to emerge as the best juniors team after the first round. They edged a resurgent Letran side that is led by International Master (IM) Paulo Bersamina by only half a point.
John Marvin Miciano and Julius Gonzales delivered the wins for the Greenies on the second and third boards, while Francis Roi Parro split the point with Justin Joric Hernadez on the fourth board to pull off the escape win, which hiked their total to 29 points.
Brent Lennard Alanan provided the lone victory for the Cubs on Board One.
Half a point behind were the Squires, who blasted the Junior Pirates, 3-1, on wins by Bersamina, Eric Robert Yap, and Alexis Anne Osena on Boards One to Three.
Letran's lone loss came on the fourth board after Manolo Angelo Martinez fell to Lyceum's Charles Vincent Galpo.
It was the 16-year-old's fourth straight victory since returning two weeks ago from his memorable tour of duty with the Philippine chess team that participated in the 41st World Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway, last month.