For three straight years, the kings of the chessboard are homed in España.
The UST Male Woodpushers snagged their third straight UAAP title and the first championship of the University this season on the final weekend of the tournament on Nov. 18 and 19 at the FEU Tech Building.
Dominant throughout the season, the Male Woodpushers sealed the title on Saturday after sweeping the Adamson Soaring Falcons, 4-0, to tally enough match points for the chess crown.
The Male Woodpushers had 27 game points – six more than the second placers Ateneo Blue Eagles — and 16 match points after the Adamson, drubbing to keep their top seat out of reach and render their final match of the season on Sunday all but formality.
The Male Woodpushers then capped off the season with a victory over the FEU Tamaraws, 4-0, on Sunday at the same venue.
It was the 10th overall title of UST in the sport while also replicating their last three-peat run in Season 59 to 61 from 1995 to 1998.
Season MVP Michael Ocsan Jr. was a cut above the rest for the Male Woodpushers, dominating Adamson’s John Rocel Simon in just 23 moves of the Sicilian Defense before nipping FEU’s Hans Olorosisimo to end the season.
UST’s Chester Reyes outwitted the Falcons’ Jolar Ballobar in 30 moves via tactical move that forced his opponent to surrender a full rook ahead of his beating of the Tamaraws’ Jeth Morado.
Julius Gonzales then trounced Christian Olaybal of FEU and John Frederick Sunga of Adamson in 44 moves.
Mark Daluz wrapped up the sweep of Adamson with a 61-move dismantling of Alfonso Olendo before winning against Samson Cantela of FEU in the final round.
Meanwhile, the Lady Woodpushers finished sixth in the women’s tournament, where the Far Eastern University stood tall.
In the high school ranks, the Junior Male Woodpushers fell short of the title rush, settling for silver as the FEU-Diliman took gold. The Junior Lady Woodpushers also snagged a podium finish, collecting a bronze medal in the five-team tournament.