P Bersamina 
Photograph © 2011, courtesy of Paulo Bersamina.  
Paulo Bersamina
Number of games in database: 43
Years covered: 2010 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2326
Overall record: +14 -15 =11 (48.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      3 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (9) 
    B23 B90 B92 B25
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (7) 
 King's Indian (6) 
    E94 E76 E62 E81 E60
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(born Feb-01-1998) Philippines

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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.

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.

Bersamina is the top U16 player in the Philippines and as of 1 March 2014, he has a rating of 2326.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 43  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. M Kiran vs P Bersamina  ½-½30 2010 1st Campomanes Cup OpenB27 Sicilian
2. E Gatus vs P Bersamina ½-½80 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
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. D Elorta vs P Bersamina  1-056 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupA48 King's Indian
6. P Bersamina vs R Maninang 1-045 2010 1st Campomanes Cup OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
7. P Bersamina vs P Long  0-149 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
8. P Bersamina vs J Gonzales  0-140 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupB02 Alekhine's Defense
9. P Bersamina vs Le Thao Nguyen Pham  0-138 2010 1st Campomanes Cup OpenB03 Alekhine's Defense
10. R Segarra vs P Bersamina  ½-½35 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupB27 Sicilian
11. T Halay vs P Bersamina  0-144 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
12. N Dela Cruz vs P Bersamina 1-057 2010 1st Campomanes Cup OpenB27 Sicilian
13. P Bersamina vs T Tirto  ½-½40 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupB23 Sicilian, Closed
14. P Bersamina vs R Panopio Jr  ½-½28 2011 Inter-Cities Chess Team ChampionshipsA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
15. Karlycris Clarito vs P Bersamina  0-130 2011 MERALCO Rapid TournamentE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
16. Zhi Yang Ooi vs P Bersamina  0-140 2011 2nd Singapore International Youth ChampA16 English
17. P Bersamina vs Rainer Labay  ½-½43 2011 Inter-Cities Chess Team ChampionshipsB23 Sicilian, Closed
18. J Docena vs P Bersamina  0-141 2011 2nd Singapore International Youth ChampB27 Sicilian
19. R Sol Cruz vs P Bersamina ½-½49 2011 MERALCO Rapid TournamentB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
20. P Bersamina vs Mohd Faizal Roslan 1-026 2011 2nd Singapore International Youth ChampB06 Robatsch
21. J Litcher vs P Bersamina  0-146 2011 Inter-Cities Chess Team ChampionshipsB27 Sicilian
22. P Bersamina vs Cheng Yi Aloysius Chia  1-037 2011 2nd Singapore International Youth ChampB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
23. P Bersamina vs R Dellota  1-037 2011 MERALCO Rapid TournamentA07 King's Indian Attack
24. Tran Tuan Minh vs P Bersamina  1-040 2011 2nd Singapore International Youth ChampB06 Robatsch
25. P Bersamina vs S Nebato  1-039 2011 Inter-Cities Chess Team ChampionshipsB06 Robatsch
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 43  PGN Download
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Mar-11-14  lakers4sho: LQL vs Steven Yap Kim
Mar-11-14  pinoymaster77: Black si FM Paulo vs IM Diu Viacheslav.

GM JP with black vs Viet prodigy Nguyan Anh Khoi, nag champ na sa World Youth more than once... IM Yap nga sa top board... IM Dimaks white vs WIM Vo thi Kin Phung 2197, kaya nya dapat yun pero let's see kung di napagod sa marathon 134-mover na draw, katatapos lang kanina...

Mar-11-14  SugarDom: Wow, I thought Paulo was in trouble early due to the kingside pawn storm by Truong Son. He must have defended well.
Mar-11-14  joeyj:

Rd. Bo. No. Name FED Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name FED Rtg No.

3 1 1 GM Le Quang Liem VIE 2709 2 : 2 IM Yap Kim Steven PHI 2407 20

3 8 58 FM Nguyen Anh Khoi VIE 2147 1½ : 1½ GM Gomez John Paul PHI 2534 6

3 9 11 IM Diu Viacheslav RUS 2474 1½ : 1½ FM Bersamina Paulo PHI 2326 32

3 12 23 IM Dimakiling Oliver PHI 2364 1½ : 1½ WIM Vo Thi Kim Phung VIE 2197 51

Mar-11-14  pinoymaster77: FM Pau opened up with his tried and tested HAD, mukhang di pa naman familiar si IM Diu and barely had enough time to look it up naman, maybe after seeing the pairings. Seems no surprise naman, slight edge daw white.

Yung kila GM Panjol naman and the Viet whiz kid they opened up with g3 then g6, then became some sort of reverse Sicilian, JP gave up his pawn at d6 to get solid control of d5 square. Maybe Anh Khoi got a bit surprised and spent some time. Since masipag mag-aral si JP, this could be very well be a prepa?

IM Dimaks opened with c4 then proceeded with a London setup. Yung kay IM Yap naman, they opened up with NF3 nF6 then parang Dragin setup din IM Yap and GM Le with white also had the Maroczy bind pawn setup.

All 4 games are pretty even pa, no big advantages pa, tho JP seems to be pressing the Viet whiz kid Anh Khoi.

Mar-11-14  pinoymaster77: Gibang giba si Viet World Youth champ Nguyen Ang Khoi, paralyzed mga pyesa and under severe attack, since trapped bishop and rook and displaced yung queen ni Anh Khoi, di matulungan ang hari nila...
Mar-11-14  spawn2: Bawi sa Rd 3 with White. You've only just begun.
Mar-11-14  pinoymaster77: Oki bale after 3 rounds, GM JP and IM Dimaks have 2.5pts and sayans sila pa pinagtagpo sa rd4 tom am. IM Yap has 2pts and is pitted vs Tran Manh Tien 2304 while FM Paulo with 1.5pts meets Thong Tha 2151.

GMs Zhang and Le clash at top board.

Mar-12-14  pinoymaster77: After 5 rounds, IM Dimaks has 4pts and will next face Russian IM Diu, GM JP and IM Yap have 3.5 pts and will face IM Nguyen Van Hai and FM Dang Hoang respectively. FM Paulo has 2.5pts and next plays WIM Le Kieu 2199.

Dimaks has played 1 GM only in GM JP which was drawn, TPR is 2537

Mar-12-14  spawn2: Tuloy lang ang kayod and take it one game at a time. Fight!
Mar-13-14  pinoymaster77: Wins GM JP,FM Paulo and IM Yap, while IM Dimaks lost it early vs IM Diu in a Ruy Lopez game.

GM JP with 4.5/6 at Bd4 vs IM Nguyen Van Huy in rd7.

GM Le had a SHOCK loss to their #2 Nguyen Ngoc, blundering in the rooks and pawns endgame, he next meets the 'Pinoy stopper' IM Diu. GM Ngoc battles Zhang Zhong at top board.

Mar-13-14  spartan1998: Salamat po sa Diyos at nanalo rin. Ito po yung pgn at nawala po ako sa Live games.

[Event "4th HD Bank Cup"]
[Date "2014.03.13"]
[Round "6.23"]
[White "Le Kieu Thien Kim"]
[Black "Bersamina, Paulo"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bf4 d6 3. e3 g6 4. Be2 Bg7 5. h4 h5 6. c3 O-O 7. Nd2 Nc6 8. Ngf3 Ng4 9. Nh2 Nxh2 10. Bxh2 e5 11. d5 Nb8 12. g4 hxg4 13. Bxg4 Qxh4 14. Bxc8 Rxc8 15. Qf3 Qe7 16. Qh3 Nd7 17. Bg3 f6 18. Nf3 Kf7 19. Nh4 Rh8 20. Qg2 f5 21. O-O-O Bf6 22. Rdg1 Rag8 23. Nf3 Nf8 24. Rxh8 Rxh8 25. Nd2 Ke8 26. f3 Bh4 27. Rh1 Rh5 28. Bxh4 Rxh4 29. e4 Qh7 30. Rxh4 Qxh4 31. Qf1 a6 32. Qg1 fxe4 33. fxe4 b6 34. Qf1 a5 35. Qc4 Qe7 36. b4 axb4 37. cxb4 Qd7 38. Nf3 Nh7 39. a4 Qxa4 40. Qxc7 Qa3+ 41. Kd2 Qxb4+ 42. Kd3 Qb5+ 43. Kd2 Qd7 44. Qxb6 Kf7 45. Qf2 Kg7 46. Qh4 Qf7 47. Ke3 Qa7+ 48. Ke2 Qd7 49. Ke3 Qc7 50. Kd3 Qf7 51. Ke3 Qf6 52. Qg4 Qe7 53. Ke2 Nf6 54. Qh4 Qd7 55. Ng5 Qb5+ 56. Ke3 Qb3+ 57. Kf2 Qc2+ 58. Ke1 Qc1+ 59. Ke2 Qc4+ 60. Ke1 Qb4+ 61. Ke2 Qb2+ 62. Ke1 Qc1+ 63. Ke2 Nh5 64. Ne6+ Kh6 65. Nd8 Qc2+ 66. Ke1 Qc7 67. Ne6 Qc1+ 68. Kf2 Qd2+ 69. Kf3 g5 70. Qh1 Kg6 71. Qb1 g4+ 0-1

Mar-13-14  pinoymaster77: All the best Pau vs the untitled Vo Dai Hoai Duc ELO 2187 in round 7 this am.
Mar-13-14  spawn2: 3 more wins Pau..kaya yan!
Mar-14-14  pinoymaster77: In the meantime sa Luzon leg ng Natl Age Group, some Laguna and StaRosa players made the trek to Naga, arrived there this dawn and buti umabot sa accomodations sa Robredo Coliseum.

Leeroi Palma campaigning in the U12, 13 lang daw sila and 6 rounds and don't see much Metro Manilans sa na-text na mga names, so good chance. Iris Dela Cruz and Jessiel Marino also in the U12, not sure if mixed na Boys and Girls since konti (wala pa Jerick Marino bracketed na in the U14 where andun Dale Bernardo of Angeles and Miciano of LSGH / Davao.

Michael 'mojako' Concio Jr eh sa U10 na, while the 3rd Marino player Janrick is also in that group.

I hope the long land travel and investment/budget is all worthwhile for the parents and players, and they get the sought after tickets to the National Age Group Finals which is listed down for April 21 to 28 in Mmla.

Final qualifiers (3 per Age Group) get to represent PHI in the ASEAN Age Group in Macau in June.

Mar-14-14  pinoymaster77: PHI vs SGP 'Battle of Young Masters', even pa yung lari nila FM Paulo and FM Tin in rd8, rook and knight kay Pau vs Tin's rook and bishop, and tig 6 pawns as of move 32, drawish.
Mar-14-14  pinoymaster77: Final round for the Young Masters :

14 47 FM Tin Jingyao SIN 2225 4½ 4½ WGM Sukandar Irine Kharisma INA 2343 28

15 35
Yeoh Li Tian MAS 2320 4½ 4½ IM Boricsev Oleg HUN 2339 30

16 31 IM Duong The Anh VIE 2335 4½ 4½ CM Tran Thanh Tu VIE 2277 40

17 32 FM
Bersamina Paulo PHI 2326 4½ 4½ WGM Hoang Thi Bao Tram VIE 2269 43

Mar-15-14  spartan1998: Nanalo na po ako vs wgm sa last rd, maraming salamat po sa BW GETS, NCFP, PSC.

Thanks be to God!

Mar-15-14  spawn2: Nice last round win Pau!
Mar-15-14  pinoymaster77: Congrats FM Pau on the swashbuckling last round win over WGM Hoang!

Sa 7th move pa lang nakita na Bxf7+ na shot, mukhang blunder yata yung Be7 ni WGM, o earlier move pa?

Parang larong bata nga lang si WGM, di agad nag resign pagkas loss ng queen, eh siguro dahil nasa sariling bansa eh nahihiya namang matalo in less than 15 moves? Kaliwa't kanang sacrifice ni Pau to open up the position for a fullscale assault vs the enemy king !

Mar-15-14  pinoymaster77: Ang pinakagusto ko yata yung first (draw vs GM Ngoc) and last games sa HD Bank event.

Batil observation ko lang in some of the games pag transition to endgame eh Pau wound up with poor pawn structure (isolated, pawn islands) and being a non-expert eh not sure kung opening/variation related.

Mabuti, looks like coming back di agad tuloy yung 1st leg ng KCF series dito (o tuloy pa ba?) and hopefully some adjustments can still be made on time for the next battle / campaign.

Mar-17-14  pinoymaster77: Maybe some time off and self-study and exams time ulit. Then by April, all the best in the Natl Age Group Finals (sana nga sa U20 na) and the NCC Semis (slots to BOGM).

And hopefully more chess events lined up in May.

Apr-11-14  pinoymaster77: Biglaang nagka development, all the best in Bangkok !
Apr-20-14  pinoymaster77: Finished with 5.5 pts in Bangkok Open, no word if made it as Top Junior.

Arriving tonight, then early tom am biyahe to San Antonio,Quezon for the Natl Age Group Finals, got the go ahead to compete in the U20 where nasa field sila IM Garcia, FM Literatus

Apr-20-14  geniokov: Why can´t we have our own version of "Experience vs Rising Stars" in Philippine Chess.

Experience Team

GM Eugene Torre
GM Rogelio Antonio
GM Rogelio Barcenilla
GM Bong Villamayor

Rising Star Team

IM Garcia
IM Pascua
IM Turqueza
FM Bersamina

Round Robin tournament! At least,through this our Rising stars will gain more experiences at kasama na din ang training nila at the same time!

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