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Paulo Bersamina
P Bersamina 
Photograph © 2011, courtesy of Paulo Bersamina.  
Number of games in database: 109
Years covered: 2010 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2409 (2232 rapid, 2315 blitz)

Overall record: +32 -36 =31 (48.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 10 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (25) 
    B23 B25 B90 B30 B92
 Caro-Kann (6) 
    B10 B11 B13 B17 B14
 French Defense (6) 
    C00 C05 C01 C12
 French (4) 
    C00 C12
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (16) 
    B27 B32 B20 B30 B22
 King's Indian (6) 
    E94 E60 E81 E76 E62
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    A46 A45
 Nimzo Indian (4) 
    E45 E20 E33 E27
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Litcher vs P Bersamina, 2011 0-1
   A Tari vs P Bersamina, 2014 0-1
   M Kiran vs P Bersamina, 2010 1/2-1/2
   R Segarra vs P Bersamina, 2010 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   World Junior Championship (2016)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   World Junior Championship (2014)
   Chess Olympiad (2016)

   Ngoc Truongson Nguyen vs P Bersamina (Feb-28-17) 1/2-1/2
   J C Sadorra vs P Bersamina (Feb-26-17) 1/2-1/2
   L Pantsulaia vs P Bersamina (Dec-14-16) 1-0
   P Bersamina vs A Demchenko (Dec-13-16) 1/2-1/2
   M Mchedlishvili vs P Bersamina (Dec-11-16) 1-0

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(born Feb-01-1998, 19 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 5; games 1-25 of 109  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A Golizadeh vs P Bersamina  1-064 2010 9th Asian ContinentalB27 Sicilian
2. P Bersamina vs N Ginting  ½-½30 2010 9th Asian ContinentalB23 Sicilian, Closed
3. Wang Chen vs P Bersamina 1-057 2010 9th Asian ContinentalB27 Sicilian
4. P Bersamina vs J De Ramos  0-133 2010 9th Asian ContinentalC00 French Defense
5. Li Hanbin vs P Bersamina  1-060 2010 9th Asian ContinentalB27 Sicilian
6. P Bersamina vs P Rout  0-153 2010 9th Asian ContinentalB23 Sicilian, Closed
7. N Mariano vs P Bersamina  1-070 2010 9th Asian ContinentalA07 King's Indian Attack
8. P Bersamina vs L M De Leon  1-037 2010 9th Asian ContinentalA37 English, Symmetrical
9. T Halay vs P Bersamina  0-144 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
10. D Elorta vs P Bersamina  1-056 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupA48 King's Indian
11. P Bersamina vs J Gonzales  0-140 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupB02 Alekhine's Defense
12. P Bersamina vs T Tirto  ½-½40 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupB23 Sicilian, Closed
13. E Gatus vs P Bersamina ½-½80 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
14. R Segarra vs P Bersamina  ½-½35 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupB27 Sicilian
15. P Bersamina vs P Long  0-149 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
16. C Caturla vs P Bersamina  1-046 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
17. N Dela Cruz vs P Bersamina 1-057 2010 1st Campomanes Cup OpenB27 Sicilian
18. P Bersamina vs Le Thao Nguyen Pham  0-138 2010 1st Campomanes Cup OpenB03 Alekhine's Defense
19. P Bersamina vs R Maninang 1-045 2010 1st Campomanes Cup OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
20. J Habla vs P Bersamina  1-040 2010 1st Campomanes Cup OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
21. M Kiran vs P Bersamina  ½-½30 2010 1st Campomanes Cup OpenB27 Sicilian
22. C A Perez vs P Bersamina  0-119 2011 Inter-Cities Chess Team ChampionshipsB27 Sicilian
23. P Bersamina vs R Panopio Jr  ½-½28 2011 Inter-Cities Chess Team ChampionshipsA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
24. P Bersamina vs Rainer Labay  ½-½43 2011 Inter-Cities Chess Team ChampionshipsB23 Sicilian, Closed
25. J Litcher vs P Bersamina 0-146 2011 Inter-Cities Chess Team ChampionshipsB27 Sicilian
 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 109  PGN Download
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Sep-27-16  pinoymaster77: We're all mortals and there's bound to be a transition at some time.

I mentioned Dvoretsky, the chess world was saddened by his death today at age 68 na pala, and moment of silence observed in the Tal Memorial. I was just able to listen to early part of the video with GM Gustaffson, the general answer on training is it depends on the individual's playing style and personality. I have Mark's Endgame Manual, probably the 1st edition and showed it to some players for the basic principle of opposition, which sadly some beginners are not drilled in their early stages

Sep-27-16  pinoymaster77: More on now legendary Trainer / Coach Dvoretsky :

"One day I realised that I look at chess in a different way from previously and with other eyes than those of a practical player. But I value variations and exact analysis as highly as before. Without them, any general discussions become indefensible, unprovable, and float in the air. But it is impossible for me not to look for the essence of the position behind the variations and the hidden mechanisms that direct the play. Here we have not only chess ideas and technical devices, but also the rules of thought and the principles of rational searching and decision-taking.

Mark Dvoretsky wrote this in the preface to his very first book, "Secrets of Chess Training," published by Batsford 25 years ago. In all his writings that followed, this approach to chess training would return—in short: the search for the truth by thorough analysis."

"Dvoretsky is seen as arguably the best chess trainer in the world; a reputation he built from the late 1970 onward in the Soviet Union. The fame was based on a unique and original training method, developed by Dvoretsky himself. It consisted of creating a "diagnosis" for each student, noting what were his skills and his weaknesses. His method combined lectures and practical training. For each skill, he had numerous chess positions in a huge database (written in an old computer language), dealing with e.g. intermediate moves, combinational vision, or prophylaxis. His collection includes thousands of positions."

Sep-27-16  pinoymaster77: From the videos, realized Dvo not focused on openings, but on strategic thinking, calculation and analyzing positions, and of course on endgames.

I remember during the sole session my 2 youngest boys and Jasper had with the late IM Rudy Tan Cardoso, he was a stickler on endgames, since as I recalled almost half of actually played games reach the endgame. A player who consciously steers his games to endgame phase after getting an advantage is Panopio Jr of Calamba.

Of course AFGM Euge is one of foremost endgame maestros, and continues to weave his legend.

Sep-28-16  epistle: Endgames are not important. Just be good enough not to let your opponents survive your opening and middle game mastery.
Sep-28-16  izimbra: Some players need to be thinking all the time about what path they are following to get to a win and whether it is going to connect.
Oct-17-16  pinoymaster77: All the best sa finals of current sem, then puede naman harapin ulit chess studies....
Oct-23-16  pinoymaster77: World Jrs champ GM Xiong was not able to show he's up to the current US elites when he cannot make headway vs GM Robson in the final round of recently concluded Spice Cup. GM Sevian won his last round game to tie GM Robson at the top with 6.5/9 and even ended up with higher tiebreak. Baka etong si GM Sevian pa mas hinog. Also in the field were US youngsters IMs Ruifeng, Awonder Liang and Chandra but it seems dipa sila hinog to challange the current US top GMs.

Most of the youngsters would again see action in the UTD Fall Open next month. Malamang yung mga taga Spice/Webster eh sasali. Lets see if UTD alumni GM Ino can play

Oct-24-16  pinoymaster77: Good projections for the 11 yr old Indian boy wonder Praggy. Devt of our own bbking got stunted, has not shown dominance even at ASEAN level

Dec-05-16  pinoymaster77: All the best to IM Pau in both Subic events. The campaign continues
Dec-05-16  spawn2: IM Pau,

Goodluck! Hope you bring home a GM norm.

Dec-06-16  pinoymaster77: All the best vs ExNM Panopio. Kung umabot ng endgame yan eh exciting, hopefully PGNs can be published after eavh playing day, only 18 games per round naman

Dec-10-16  pinoymaster77: 2 of the notable games so far are in round 1 the win by FM Segarra over Belarus GM Stupak, and just kanina the win of GM-Elect Haridas over SuperGM Levan from Georgia.

Kasi di makita sa PGNs of yound 1 games yung win ni FM Segarra

Dec-31-16  pinoymaster77: Happy New Year to Bersamina family!

Looking forward to UAAP Chess, it will possibly be sked in Jan again. Contending teams will continue to work on their strategies and probe on perceived weaknesses in the line-ups of the 'powerhouse' schools which went away with the championships last season :

NU Bulldogs for Mens College (Mansanero has grad from board 4)

DLSU for Womens College (if Enriquez can play for FEU and with recruit Yaon, FEU can challenge again?)

FEU for HS - they're intact and Miciano and Morado have gone even stronger, can NU and UST effectively challenge?

Dec-31-16  spawn2: Happy New Year IM Pau and family!
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  bubuli55: Happy New Year 2017! IM Paulo and family.
Jan-31-17  spawn2: IM Pau..Happy Bday!
Feb-01-17  Pulo y Gata: Finally and adult! Let's have a beer or two sometime, IM Pau. Happy birthday!
Feb-01-17  pinoymaster77: Happy 19th birthday! All the best on new UAAP chess campaign to retain the Men's crown for NU
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  bubuli55: Paulo. Happy Birthday!
Feb-02-17  pinoymaster77: This weekend, NU mens team goes up against UP and UST. Wala masyadong rookies / college freshmen due to K-12, though grad na dating bd4 player na si Mansanero, time to test Magtabog naman (from NU HS ranks)
Feb-03-17  gokusano: Go NU!
Feb-03-17  Pulo y Gata: Go Eddie Ilarde!
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  wordfunph: Pau, Happy Birthday!
Feb-04-17  pinoymaster77: Ka text Coach Zeus of UE, for his teams :

Mens 1-3 vs FEU
Women 2-2 vs UP
HS 2-2 vs Adamson

When I asked on NU vs UP sa Mens eh winalis ng Bulldogs and Maroons to start their title retention bid

Bukas sa round 2 ang inaabangan eh sa Womens eh defending champion DLSU vs FEU, while sa HS eh defending champion FEU vs UST

Sa Mens, still monitoring who among FEU, DLSU or other pretenders can really mount a challenge to defending champion NU

Mar-06-17  pinoymaster77: Resume na muna UAAP campaign, for the NU Mens team title retention bid.

Then have another level of preparation before the next international event, if its going to be in Bangkok

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