MANILA, Philippines -- University of Perpetual Help defeated Lyceum of the Philippines University, 3-1, in the finals to clinch a historic first championship in the NCAA Season 94 juniors chess tournament over the weekend at the Malayan High School in Manila.
Carl Zirex Sato and Chris Pondoyo downed Jan Darryl Batula and Leonel Escote on Boards 2 and 3, while Eric Labog, Jr. and John Anastacio drew with Earl Rhay Mantilla and Japeth Aaron Caresosa on Boards 1 and 4, respectively, to claim their first ever crown.
The Junior Altas won it all this time after coming close to ending its title drought a season ago, when they eventually lost to Colegio de San Juan de Letran in the finals.
Perpetual Help, mentored by FIDE Master Roel Abelgas, made sure that the title would not slip from their grasp this time.
“We dedicate this victory to our school officials, sirs Antonio and Anthony Tamayo, the school, community and all the people who kept the faith,” said Abelgas, who later revealed this will be his last season to coach Perpetual Help.
Capping the Junior Altas’ dominance was Chris Pondoyo winning the Board 3 gold medal as well as the Most Valuable Player trophy.
Anastacio took gold on Board 4, while Abelgas earned Coach of the Year honors.
Perpetual Help’s seniors team settled for fifth place, with the event ruled by De La Salle-College of St. Benilde.
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