St. Benilde maintains lead in NCAA chess

COLLEGE of St. Benilde swept two matches to remain in the solo lead in the 87th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) chess tournament at the SM Centerpoint in Sta. Mesa, Manila.

Jerich Cajeras led St. Benilde to identical3.5-0.5 wins over University of Perpetual Help and Arellano University Chiefs in the 17th and 18th rounds.

The Blazers now have 46.5 points.

Cajeras, who emerged as the second best board one player in the tournament, downed Arellano’s John Kristoferson de Leon to lead the Blazers’ onslaught.

Other scorers for the Blazers were Narinquen Reyes and Avhix Alfonso, who also turned back their respective opponents.

Meanwhile, San Sebastian improved to second place with 42 points after beating EAC, 3-1, and San Beda, 4-0.

Alex Maribao, San Sebastian’s top player, emerged as the league’s top board 1 player after collecting 11 wins, two draws and only one loss.

Emilio Aguinaldo College climbed into a share of third place with Mapua and Letran with similar 34 points, following the Generals’ 2.5-1.5 win over the Cardinals.

In the juniors side, Arellano is currently on top with 49.5 points with Letran a close second with 48.5.

The Baby Chiefs kept their grip of the solo lead after routing Jose Rizal University, 4-0 and edging La Salle Greenhills, 2.5-1.5, in the 16th and 17th rounds, respectively. Elech Dawa

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