JOHN Ray Batucan scored perfect 10 points as highly-touted Doña Carmen Denia National High School (DCDNHS) bagged the high school boys title in the 1st JVR Inter-School Chess Team Championships held at Emcor conference room, J.P. Laurel Avenue over the weekend.

DCDNHS assembled the highest score of 19.5 points after 11 rounds. Batucan's partner, Austin Jacob Literatus, split the point with James Bantugan of Holy Cross Sasa (HCS) during their ninth round match.

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"I was complacent in that match with Bantugan. I'm happy we still emerged champion despite that draw," Literatus told Sun.Star Davao in the vernacular Monday.

University of Mindanao's Alvin Acas and Denzel Amar, who lost to the Batucan Literatus pair in the final round, took the runner-up honors with 16 points while the Jomar Magadan-led Cabantian National High School placed third with 14 points.

In high school girls, Jose Maria College (JMC) and DCDNHS each tallied 15 points after nine rounds to place first and second, respectively. Davao Central College of Toril got 14 points for third while CNHS had 12 and good for fourth place.

Davao Central College's Yna Yngayo won all her nine matches to grab the top spot in the individual rankings while DCDNHS bet Dhona Yngayo and JMC's Rowelyn Joy Acedo scored identical eight points.

The Holy Cross of Davao College (HCDC) captured the men's crown while arch-rival University of Mindanao (UM) clinched the women's title in the five-round collegiate division.

HCDC, which garnered 16 points, bested UM and JMC which fnished with 14 points each in the men's event while UM lady woodpushers amassed 16 points over HCDC's 13.5 points.

HCDC's Mohammad Sacar and Erwin Tubog Jr., along with JMC's Jay Bulicatin, earned 4.5 points apiece while UM's May Micayabas, JMC's Mary Rose Sevilla and UM's Noelyn Enriquez made perfect five points each.

Doña Pilar Learning Center (DPLC)-Sasa and Don Juan dela Cruz Central Elementary School (DJDCCES)-Toril, meanwhile, shared top honors in the elementary division.

DPLC ruled the boys team event with 17.5 points followed by DJDCCES (15) and JMC (14.5) after 11 rounds, while DPLC (11.5) topped the girls side with 15.5 points while DPLC (11.5) was second and Barner Learning Center (10) in third after nine rounds.

DPLC's Michael John Varquez finished with nine points, while DJDCCES's Irish Yngayo amassed nine points to top the individual rankings in their respective categories.

The awarding of prizes is set on Saturday.

The tournament was organized in celebration of Emcor's 52nd anniversary and held in cooperation with HCDC.