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P Bersamina 
Photograph © 2011, courtesy of Paulo Bersamina.  
Paulo Bersamina
Number of games in database: 71
Years covered: 2010 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2380 (2231 rapid, 2333 blitz)
Overall record: +23 -21 =17 (51.6%)*
   * 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 (16) 
    B23 B25 B90 B30 B92
 Caro-Kann (5) 
    B10 B14 B13 B11
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (10) 
    B27 B22 B20
 King's Indian (6) 
    E94 E76 E62 E81 E60
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    A45 A46
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   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   World Junior Championship (2014)

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(born Feb-01-1998, 16 years old) 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. He has a chance at the World Junior Championship (2014) to win an IM norm(1).

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. Even more 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.

Bersamina is the top U16 player in the Philippines and as of 1 September 2014, he has a rating of 2380.

References: (1)

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 71  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. T Halay vs P Bersamina  0-144 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
2. N Dela Cruz vs P Bersamina 1-057 2010 1st Campomanes Cup OpenB27 Sicilian
3. P Bersamina vs T Tirto  ½-½40 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupB23 Sicilian, Closed
4. M Kiran vs P Bersamina  ½-½30 2010 1st Campomanes Cup OpenB27 Sicilian
5. E Gatus vs P Bersamina ½-½80 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
6. J Habla vs P Bersamina  1-040 2010 1st Campomanes Cup OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
7. C Caturla vs P Bersamina  1-046 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
8. D Elorta vs P Bersamina  1-056 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupA48 King's Indian
9. P Bersamina vs R Maninang 1-045 2010 1st Campomanes Cup OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
10. P Bersamina vs P Long  0-149 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
11. P Bersamina vs J Gonzales  0-140 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupB02 Alekhine's Defense
12. P Bersamina vs Le Thao Nguyen Pham  0-138 2010 1st Campomanes Cup OpenB03 Alekhine's Defense
13. R Segarra vs P Bersamina  ½-½35 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupB27 Sicilian
14. Muhd Irfan Haqqim Azhar vs P Bersamina  0-133 2011 2nd Singapore International Youth ChampA45 Queen's Pawn Game
15. C A Perez vs P Bersamina  0-119 2011 Inter-Cities Chess Team ChampionshipsB27 Sicilian
16. P Bersamina vs Xin Jun Jarrel Bin 1-017 2011 2nd Singapore International Youth ChampC44 King's Pawn Game
17. Ted Ian Montoyo vs P Bersamina  0-167 2011 Inter-Cities Chess Team ChampionshipsA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
18. P Bersamina vs T Khumnokeaw  1-034 2011 2nd Singapore International Youth ChampB23 Sicilian, Closed
19. P Bersamina vs R Panopio Jr  ½-½28 2011 Inter-Cities Chess Team ChampionshipsA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
20. Karlycris Clarito vs P Bersamina  0-130 2011 MERALCO Rapid TournamentE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
21. Zhi Yang Ooi vs P Bersamina  0-140 2011 2nd Singapore International Youth ChampA16 English
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 3; games 1-25 of 71  PGN Download
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Oct-16-14  mysql: <Though it was a lucky break for Paulo Bersamina (above) of Philippines, his attitude of playing on in the theoretically drawn position for nearly 35 moves must be commended! He also achieved an IM norm for this effort>

Shouldn't it be a GM norm?

Oct-16-14  pinoymaster77: Heard over DZSR the round 9 explots and the high point with the back-to-back wins and getting to 11th place (tied for 4th to 11th places). Radio version was longer and even quoted Pres Butch saying Pau needs to score 3 pts in the last 4 rounds. Just take it 1 game at a time.

Oct-16-14  spawn2: Slight road bump IM Pau..last 3 rounds malaki chance to land in the top 10 plus makasungkit ng GM norm. 2402 pa rin live rating.


Oct-16-14  spawn2: <spawn2: Hope IM Pau gets some exposure in Chessbase with his game against IM Tari>

<wordfunph: chessbase featured Pau's marathon victory against IM Tari..>

Prayer answered:)

Oct-16-14  Pulo y Gata: Pau's looking good based on that chessbase image.

A very surprising opening choice against the dude Duda, who was obviously surprised and didn't get much out of the opening. A good fighting game -- three rounds to go!

Oct-17-14  gokusano: Mas makunat si duda. Out of dry middle game, duda was able to create a passer which he held on forcing pau to fix his pieces in defence of the said pawn. 3 rounds pa. Big chance to land in the top ten.
Oct-17-14  joeyj: <mysql: Shouldn't it be a GM norm?>

Nope a GM norm PR is 2600+

His current PR is 2463 (that's why chessbase says an IM norm) !!!

But Pau is already an IM (pending FIDE awarding of title) per his Gold Medal performance at 2014 ASEAN+ Chess U20.

Oct-17-14  pinoymaster77: Ayush yun, lets post the chessbase link here, bago matabunan !

Pormang GM si Pau ah, with the suit!

Oct-17-14  spawn2: IM Bersamina will have the chance to go back on the winning track vs IM Quenten Ducarmon of the Netherlands.

Based on Perf Rating after 10 rds, IM Pau is playing better than IM Ducarmon.

Lamang tayo with white for Pau.

Just Do It!

Oct-17-14  gokusano: Sad moment.
Oct-17-14  spawn2: Well, tomorrow is Saturday which means its another day..just continue the fight IM Bersamina!
Oct-17-14  pinoymaster77: The chessbase article (and that was after rd9) mentioned there are more yawns from the players, indicative of a long tournament.

Just make the best of the 2 games to have respectable finish. Lots of learnings from this 1st WJCC stint.

Oct-17-14  gokusano: two more games and wjcc will be over. I hope spartan will win them. Go spartan.
Oct-17-14  pinoymaster77: Mabeygatz din naying opponents gauntelet IM Pau when I reviewed again. Since round 5, eh 8 GMs/IMs so far all over 2400 rating, consisting of 5 GMs and 3 IMs and am sure some of them or those in the field would proceed to become ELITE players.

Walang duda the Polish GM Jan would soon become SuperGM. Ayush din pacing nya, over half yata muna eh Non-GMs ang kaharap muna since the start, then build-up na sya sa 2nd half ng tournament. Nasa 5th na sya after 11 rounds.

Oct-18-14  pinoymaster77: Another SAD game, hindi yung malungkot but yung Sicilian Accelerated Dragon type. Nag early c2 si GM Abasov :

Abasov, Nijat - Bersamina, Paulo

World Junior Championship 2014 Open round 12

1. e4 c5 2. c3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. cxd4 d5 5. e5 Bg7 6. Nc3 Nc6 7. h3 f6 8. f4 Nh6 9. g4 Nf7 10. Bg2 e6 11. Nf3 f5 12. Be3 Bd7 13. O-O Qe7 14. gxf5 gxf5 15. Qd2 *

Oct-18-14  pinoymaster77: Was behind sa Business World, took a peek at Chess Piece and natapat naman its last of the series on 'NCAA Chess Wars' and it was about the Juniors.

Aside from IM Pau's 14/14 performance (including the Finals) after coming back from Tromso, also took note of the potential of Davao ace Marvin Miciano who's now with LSGH :

Oct-18-14  pinoymaster77: GO for the FINAL ROUND WINS, Team Philippines for the best possible finish!

IM Pau finally gets some break in the pairings vs untitled Indian Yogit S 1950, hope he shrugs it off and re-focus on this last game for the event.

Oct-19-14  spawn2: Looks like IM Pau will bring home the point and end the tourney on a positive note!
Oct-19-14  gokusano: Congratz for the last round win.
Oct-19-14  pinoymaster77: Here's the RECAP for the 5 PHI players in WJCC 2014 :

IM Pau 7.5/13 = 57% 36th vs 43rd ranking
TPR 2388 vs ELO 2380 ELO gain + 11.0

CM Marc 5.5/13 = 42% 101st vs 119th
ranking, TPR 2120 vs ELO 2029 ELO gain +29.4

WIM Fronda 8/13 = 62% 14th vs 23rd ranking, TPR 2100 vs ELO 2127 ELO loss - 5.6

WIM Frayna 7.5/13 = 57% 19th vs ranking of 21st, TPR 2178 vs ELO 2140 ELO gain + 27.2

WIM San Diego 7/13 = 54%,31st vs 43rd ranking, TPR 2082 vs ELO 2033 ELO gain + 29.6

Overall, all 5 played to their strengths. From the assessment / lessons learned they can figure out the improvement areas and how to get ready for the next WJCC, I think all except for Marc still has shot at playing in the next WJCC 2015 ?

Oct-19-14  pinoymaster77: Have a safe trip home IM Pau and Pinoy players!

Ang magandang development is chess sectors would pitch in to help Pinoy players to get to their next levels.

Oct-19-14  iking: congrats Pau for gaining more points, your performance until the 9th games was really good until you bumped a blank wall in the 10-12 games, tough competition indeed.



Oct-19-14  pinoymaster77: Tiyagaan lang to check sino sino pa would possibly be back for WJCC 2015, eto volunteer ko sa TOP 10. We may expect mga classmate ni Pau sa U20 dun sa Macau na batibots Nguyen Anh Khoi of Vietnam and Tin Jingyao of Spore would probably join the World Jrs party soon as well :

1 13 GM Lu Shanglei CHN 2533 1995

2 3 GM Wei Yi CHN 2641 1999

3 1 GM Fedoseev Vladimir RUS 2661 1995

4 6 GM Duda Jan-Krzysztof POL 2599 1998

5 4 GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi IND 2635 1994

6 12 GM Dragun Kamil POL 2546 1995

7 28 IM Narayanan Srinath IND 2443 1994

8 19 IM Karthikeyan Murali IND 2499 1999

9 18 IM Ghosh Diptayan IND 2508 1998

10 37 IM Bai Jinshi CHN 2406 1999

From the above, we may expect GMs Wei Yi and Duda, IMs Diptayan, Murali, Jinshi to still be around for years to come (mga born 1998 1999)

GM Antipov eh born 1997 while GM Abasov eh 1995, depende sa month born kung puede pa sa WJCC 2015

Oct-19-14  pinoymaster77: Post ko lang Player Info, bago tuluyang matabunan sa India site, at dami nilang events ! Name Bersamina Paulo
Title FM
Starting rank 43
Rating national 0
Rating international 2380
Performance rating 2388
FIDE rtg 11.0
Points 7.5
Rank 36
Federation PHI
Fide-ID 5206995
Year of birth 1998

Rd. Bo. SNo Name RtgI FED Pts. Res. we w-we K rtg

1 43 112 Krishna Teja N 2049 IND 6.5 w 0.88 -0.38 20 -7.60

2 35 116 FM Saim Mohamed Ilias 2040 ALG 5.0 s 0.88 -0.38 20 -7.60

3 30 84 Fong Yit San 2149 MAS 5.0 w 1 0.79 0.21 20 4.20

4 26 126 Swain Ashirwad 1998 IND 6.5 s 1 0.91 0.09 20 1.80

5 12 24 IM Kantans Toms 2485 LAT 6.5 w 1 0.36 0.64 20 12.80

6 5 15 GM Antipov Mikhail Al. 2524 RUS 8.0 w 0 0.31 -0.31 20 -6.20

7 11 12 GM Dragun Kamil 2546 POL 9.0 s 0.28 0.22 20 4.40

8 14 21 GM Grover Sahaj 2491 IND 7.5 w 1 0.35 0.65 20 13.00

9 8 25 IM Tari Aryan 2450 NOR 8.0 s 1 0.40 0.60 20 12.00

10 6 6 GM Duda Jan-Krzysztof 2599 POL 9.5 s 0 0.22 -0.22 20 -4.40

11 12 22 IM Ducarmon Quinten 2487 NED 8.0 w 0 0.35 -0.35 20 -7.00

12 14 14 GM Abasov Nijat 2528 AZE 8.0 s 0 0.30 -0.30 20 -6.00

13 26 127 Yogit S 1954 IND 6.5 w 1 0.92 0.08 20 1.60

Oct-20-14  pinoymaster77: Parang diesel pala Jayson dun sa recent 3rd DLSHI team event na well attended with 51 teams !

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