ARELLANO University clinched a second straight NCAA seniors chess title by edging Lyceum of the Philippines University via a tiebreak over the weekend at the PSC Administration Building.
Kyz Llantada defeated Jan Mirano on top board to force a 2-2 draw, although his win proved to be decisive as it became the basis to break the deadlock that sealed the Chiefs their back-to-back championships.
Tyrone delos Santos provided the other point for Arellano, coached by Rudy Ibanez, on board three and was later adjudged Most Valuable Player.
“Our hardwork paid off. The players prayed and worked hard just to retain the championship,” said Ibanez.
San Beda, for its part, secured its first ever juniors crown by sweeping both rounds with a 2.5-1.5 win.
Red Cub John Philip Oncita took the high school MVP plum.
Lyceum took three of the six gold medals at stake through 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 took the Coach of the Year honor.
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 Lyceum (Board 5), and Kurt Jansen Dullon of Jose Rizal University (Board 6).