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P Bersamina 
Photograph © 2011, courtesy of Paulo Bersamina.  
Paulo Bersamina
Number of games in database: 84
Years covered: 2010 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2361 (2232 rapid, 2316 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2403
Overall record: +25 -29 =20 (47.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      10 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (18) 
    B23 B25 B90 B92 B30
 Caro-Kann (6) 
    B10 B17 B14 B13 B11
 French Defense (5) 
    C00 C05 C12 C01
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (13) 
    B27 B22 B20
 King's Indian (6) 
    E94 E62 E81 E76 E60
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    A45 A46
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   J Litcher vs P Bersamina, 2011 0-1
   A Tari vs P Bersamina, 2014 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   World Junior Championship (2014)

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(born Feb-01-1998, 17 years old) Philippines

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FIDE Master (2010); International Master (2014).

Bersamina won his FIDE master title when he won the 11th ASEAN+ Age Group Chess Championship for the U12 division in Olongapo City in June 2010. He gained his International Master title in 2014 when he won the ASEAN Junior Championship in June 2014.

In 2010, at the age of 12 years 3months 23 days, he became the youngest player ever to win the National Junior Championship. He went on to win the 2nd Singapore International Youth Championships 2011 - Open U14 with 8/9. The Philippines team came 2nd overall (behind hosts Vietnam) in the 13th ASEAN+ Age Group Championships held in June 2012 in Hue City in Vietnam, with Bersamina winning 2 gold medals, 3 silver medals and a bronze medal in the U14 Team and Individual events.

Bersamina started 2013 strongly: playing in the 1st Chairman's Cup International Chess Championship in Manila, he scored 5.5/9 and a few days later competed at the Zonal 3.3 Open where he scored 4/9. These two events netted him 60 ratings points. His strong 4.5/9 result at the Manny Pacquiao Cup Continental Championship earned him another 26 rating points. A substandard performance at the 14th ASEAN+ U16 Championship was made up by a strong showing at the Asian U16 Championship where he placed =1st.

After a quiet start in the first half of 2014, he won the ASEAN Junior Championship held in Macau in June, scoring 7/9, a full point ahead of the field, netting his IM title in so doing. Just as impressive was shared 3rd at the 2014 National Championship in the Philippines, with 6.5/11, a point behind co-leaders Eugenio Torre and John Paul Gomez, a result that added over 30 ratings points to his card. He played board 4 for the Philippines at the Chess Olympiad (2014), scoring 5/9 and won the most rating points in the team. He competed in the World Junior Championship 2014, scoring 7.5/13.

In March 2015 he scored a strong 5.5/9 in the 5th HDBank International Open tournament that was staged in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, his result including an even score against his five GM opponents. The following month in April, he scored a reasonably strong result with 6/9 in the annual Bangkok Chess Club Open.

Bersamina's highest rating to date was 2403 as of 1 May 2015.

Latest update 26 May 2015

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 84  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. E Gatus vs P Bersamina ½-½80 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
2. Wang Chen vs P Bersamina 1-057 2010 9th Asian ContinentalB27 Sicilian
3. J Habla vs P Bersamina  1-040 2010 1st Campomanes Cup OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
4. C Caturla vs P Bersamina  1-046 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
5. N Mariano vs P Bersamina  1-070 2010 9th Asian ContinentalA07 King's Indian Attack
6. D Elorta vs P Bersamina  1-056 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupA48 King's Indian
7. P Bersamina vs N Ginting  ½-½30 2010 9th Asian ContinentalB23 Sicilian, Closed
8. P Bersamina vs R Maninang 1-045 2010 1st Campomanes Cup OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
9. P Bersamina vs P Long  0-149 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
10. P Bersamina vs P Rout  0-153 2010 9th Asian ContinentalB23 Sicilian, Closed
11. P Bersamina vs J Gonzales  0-140 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupB02 Alekhine's Defense
12. A Golizadeh vs P Bersamina  1-064 2010 9th Asian ContinentalB27 Sicilian
13. P Bersamina vs Le Thao Nguyen Pham  0-138 2010 1st Campomanes Cup OpenB03 Alekhine's Defense
14. R Segarra vs P Bersamina  ½-½35 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupB27 Sicilian
15. Li Hanbin vs P Bersamina  1-060 2010 9th Asian ContinentalB27 Sicilian
16. T Halay vs P Bersamina  0-144 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
17. N Dela Cruz vs P Bersamina 1-057 2010 1st Campomanes Cup OpenB27 Sicilian
18. P Bersamina vs T Tirto  ½-½40 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupB23 Sicilian, Closed
19. P Bersamina vs J De Ramos  0-133 2010 9th Asian ContinentalC00 French Defense
20. M Kiran vs P Bersamina  ½-½30 2010 1st Campomanes Cup OpenB27 Sicilian
21. P Bersamina vs L M De Leon  1-037 2010 9th Asian ContinentalA37 English, Symmetrical
22. P Bersamina vs Rainer Labay  ½-½43 2011 Inter-Cities Chess Team ChampionshipsB23 Sicilian, Closed
23. J Docena vs P Bersamina  0-141 2011 2nd Singapore International Youth ChampB27 Sicilian
24. R Sol Cruz vs P Bersamina ½-½49 2011 MERALCO Rapid TournamentB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
25. P Bersamina vs Mohd Faizal Roslan 1-026 2011 2nd Singapore International Youth ChampB06 Robatsch
 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 84  PGN Download
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Jun-15-15  pinoymaster77: Elevated pala to a Continental championship ang ASEAN Age Group, kaya top 3 of the U20 get IM/WIM norms and pati pala U18 champs may IM/WIM title :

"As a newly designated continental championship there were increased title and norm opportunities for the players and there were no less than 31 of which one (Tin) got a GM norm, one more (Galas) got a WGM norm and two got IM norms and three WIM norms.

Lu Chan Hung from Vietnam and Chitlange Sakshi from India, Open U-18 and Girls U-18 winners respectively would have been particularly happy that they also got direct IM and WIM titles."

Jun-17-15  pinoymaster77: Unoffcial tally 26 golds for Team PHI, per Manila Standard's / Arman article Welcome back to our players / delegation, they returned last night!

Jun-30-15  pinoymaster77: Happy birthday to gmlet ! Next year eh golden na rin.

Get FULLY WELL soon, we continue to PRAY

Jul-04-15  pinoymaster77: CHAMPION sa ASEAN Chess si Jayson Visca of Las Pinas City, IM Pau's sparring mate, ETCF Coach and ace UE alumni.

Ang tanong, meron sanang CHESS sa 2017 SEAG in Malaysia... and meron nga kaya ulit nitong ASEAN Chess, Random 360 (Fischer) and Transfer Chess (Tandem)?

Yung ASEAN chess pala, ang pawns ng white eh nasa 3rd rank, while black's pawns nasa 6th rank sa starting position

Sep-27-15  pinoymaster77: Gmlet has been called by our Maker. Condolence to Bersamina family.

A stalwart for whats right in chess, a very generous person with a heart for aspiring chess players specially indigent cases who aspire for educational scholarship thru chess, he will surely be missed but remembered for his firm principles and charitable actions.

RIP Gmlet

Sep-28-15  epistle: Our condolences to IM Bersamina whose father just passed away.
Sep-28-15  mysql: Shocked by this news. I thought he was recovering well from that spinal injury. Condolences to the Bersamina family. :(
Sep-28-15  SugarDom: Philippine Chess lost a good man.

Sad day. Condolence to Bersamina family.

Sep-29-15  gokusano: My condolence to the Bersamina Family who will now miss the man gmlet.
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  wordfunph: condolence to IM Pau and family.

RIP <gmlet>..

Sep-30-15  iking: Condolence Pau ....
Oct-03-15  spawn2: IM Pau,

Condolence to you and your family. It was a privileged to worked with your father in educating students under CFBCI on the beauty of the royal game. He was willing to share his learnings for free because he believes that chess can help young students become better people if guided correctly.

We are aware of your father's dream for you. Rest assured that you will have our support for you to fulfill that dream.

Spend this time with your family but soon, you will need to focus in putting that dream into reality.

Oct-03-15  Pulo y Gata: I condole with the Bersamina family. Gmlet was a principled and upright man who was ready to share both knowledge and materials to those in need. RIP, gmlet.
Oct-12-15  pinoymaster77: It brings back memories of that NCC Semis (was that 3 or 4 years ago now?)on the pre-arranged draws in most of the top 5 board matches in the final round of the NCC Semis. This sparked a very lively discussion / debate on these pre-arranged draws, 'GM draws' and the principles behind.

Late pren Gmlet also cited GM Maurice Ashley's stand as well, wala pang Millionaire Chess nuon, now he's got a chance to implement in his pet events :

Ashley told he wasn't sure either. "I'm not going to begrudge the players for playing their favorite move."

He added more poignant thoughts on the tournament broadcast: "It makes chess look like a farce, that's why we wrote it into the rules...The draw rule is about making fans see real games...You don't want to make a travesty of our game by disrespecting the viewing public.

"If we're ever going to be a televisual event that garners fans from around the world we can't have these kind of games."

He repeated his admiration for both players but referred to so-called "grandmaster draws" as a "stain on our game."

Oct-23-15  pinoymaster77: All the best to IM Pau / Chief Bulldog in the BOGM. Sana naka cram kahit papaano and catchup sa chess studies, and shake off the rust.

Rd1 vs WIM Frayna mamaya then bukas eh big day vs GMs Dar and Rich

Oct-23-15  spawn2: Goodluck IM Pau
Oct-24-15  epistle: Did Pau win?
Oct-29-15  pinoymaster77: After 9 rounds, with the lone loss to GM Rich (current leader) with 7 draws, Pau has 3.5pts. -2 for ELO, this is his first major Seniors tournament after gmlet's accident. And he is still adjusting to 'self study' mode with no fulltime second. Hopefully, he can whip up the old form in Subic in Nov for the 2 intl events there

Nov-04-15  pinoymaster77: Just few days rest siguro after BOGM then sunugan na naman ng kilay for the 2 intl events in Subic. All the best, malamang byahe na to Subic this weekend, sa Mon na rd1 ng PICC event
Nov-05-15  gokusano: Go paulo!
Nov-05-15  epistle: <huhok: <NeonFox> I read the news but it is not on >

Ha ha. Umaasa pa. Hope, indeed, springs infernal for these adoring turnips.

Nov-12-15  pinoymaster77: Good recovery last Wed by IM Pau with 2 wins, then a draw vs GM Joey yesterday to climb to 3pts, next would be IM Yves this am in rd7.
Nov-14-15  pinoymaster77: IM Pau finished with 5/10 for a tie for 15th to 22nd, along with our 4 GMs, after tiebreaks at 21st. Par for the course, but kapos for GM norm hunt. Have a good rest day today then have a renewed vigor the the PSC / Puregold event naman.

Took a look at the PGNs, just for a feel of the games :

BERSAMINA, Paulo (2361) - SMIRNOV, Pavel (2617)
PHILIPPINE INTERNATIONAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2015 (Subic Bay Peninsular Hotel, Olongapo City, PHI), 13.11.2015

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.h3 e6 7.g4 h6 8.Be3 b5 9.Bg2 Bb7 10.a3 Nbd7 11.O-O Nc5 12.f3 Be7 13.Qd2 Qc7 14.Rae1 Rd8 15.h4 d5 16.e5 Nfd7 17.b4 Na4 18.Nxa4 bxa4 19.f4 Bxh4 20.Bf2 Bxf2+ 21.Qxf2 O-O 22.g5 Qb6 23.c3 g6 24.f5 Rc8 25.Re3 h5 26.fxg6 fxg6 27.Qc2 Kh7 28.Qxa4 Rxf1+ 29.Bxf1 Qd8 30.Kf2 Nf8 31.Qa5 Qxg5 32.Qb6 Qh4+ 33.Kg2 Qg4+ 34.Kf2 Qh4+ 35.Ke2 Bc6 36.Qxa6 Qh2+ 37.Ke1 Qh4+ 38.Kd2 Bd7 39.a4 Qf4 40.a5 Rxc3 41.Kxc3 Qxe3+ 42.Bd3 Qe1+ 43.Kb3 Qxe5 44.Qb6 Qe3 45.a6 Qxd3+ 46.Ka2 Qd2+ 47.Kb3 Qe3+ 48.Ka2 Qf2+ 49.Kb3 e5 50.Qc7 Qxd4 51.a7 Qc4+


Nov-14-15  pinoymaster77: Just my batil observation it was even in the middlegame, and Pau was the aggressor pa with kingside pawn advance. Somehow the pawns were overextended and picked up 1 by 1.

There was a sequence of possible repetition in the mid 30s moves, but Pau changed the king move, it was downhill from there.

A chessmate opined doesn't the sequence 34. Rg3 Qe4 Rf3 Qg4 Kh2 Qh4 Bh3 be winning for white?

Sana the analysts-friend could chime in. Iskuba for a rare visit? Some overview look at OTB, then later na run sa engine for 'consultation'

Nov-16-15  pinoymaster77: Dahil nasa lower half, at ranked 29th out of a bigger field of 44 eh IM Pau goes up against GM Mozharov in the opening round. AFGM Euge vs WIM Galas ulit, baka this time she shows up since walang pasok this APEC week?

Noted nadagdag eh Pinoy campaigners like youngsters Pimentel Turqueza Garcia, and veteran Masters Senador Segarra Pacis DelaCruz and more Women Masters like Suede San Diego and PICC Challengers champ WFM Shania Mendoza

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