UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas took over the lead from defending six-time champion Far Eastern University after the 12th round of the UAAP chess tournament over the weekend at the FEU Auditorium.
After settling for a 2-2 draw against Adamson on Saturday, the Growling Tigers bounced back on Sunday with a 3-1 win over University of the Philippines.
The Tamaraws suffered a stunning 1.5-2.5 defeat to Ateneo in Round 11, followed by a 2-2 standoff with Adamson in Round 12.
UST moved up to 31 points, while FEU dropped to second spot with 30.5 points, with two rounds remaining.
Timothy So Kua, Patrick Florendo and Steven Dacanay scored wins for the Tigers against the Fighting Maroons, whose lone victory came from Ywhen Lababo on Board Four.
La Salle is running third with 26.5 points.
In women’s play, three-peat seeking La Salle solidified its grip on the top spot against closest pursuer UP.
The Lady Archers now have 35 points after a 3-1 victory over University of the East in the 11th round and a 2.5-1.5 squeaker over Ateneo in the next round.
Last season’s MVP Jan Jodilyn Fronda, Akiko Suede and Cherry Ann Mejia delivered the vital wins for La Salle.
The Lady Maroons remain in second spot with 34 points after a 3.5-.5 triumph over the Tigresses and a 3-1 thumping of the Lady Warriors.
Lady Tamaraws are still in the No. 3 spot in the distaff side with 30.5 points.