MANILA, Philippines – University of Perpetual Help leaned on victories by Carl Zirex Sato and Jerome Angelo Aragones to pull off a shock 3-1 win over second seed San Beda College, and clinch the last Finals spot in the NCAA Season 93 juniors chess championship.
Sato, a prized recruit from Davao, defeated Gal Brien Palasigue on the second board, while Aragones trounced Alfredo Balquin, Jr. on the fourth board.
The Junior Altas are now through to the championship round, where they will face off against defending champion Colegio de San Juan de Letran. The Squires trounced De La Salle-College of St. Benilde in their own semis match-up.
John Marx Anastacio and Lou Anton Rivera drew with Brent Lenard Alanan and John Philip Oncita on first and third boards, respectively, that completed the stunning triumph.
Perpetual Help will try to complete their Cinderella finish against a heavily favored Letran in the Finals. The Squires defeated the Junior Altas, 3-1, in the elimination round.
“We dedicate this win to our school officials and people from Perpetual Help who supported us, we hope we could win in the finals,” said Perpetual Help coach Ruel Abelgas.
Perpetual Help was actually the No. 3 seed and needed two wins to turn back San Beda and advance to the finals.
The Junior Altas did just that, winning their first semis showdown, 2-2, broken by a higher board win by Sato at board two, and then this most recent win.
Interestingly, Perpetual Help also defeated San Beda in the elims, 2.5-1.5, to complete the sweep.
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