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P Bersamina 
Photograph © 2011, courtesy of Paulo Bersamina.  
Paulo Bersamina
Number of games in database: 59
Years covered: 2010 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2363 (2231 rapid, 2333 blitz)
Overall record: +17 -17 =15 (50.0%)*
   * 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 (12) 
    B23 B90 B92 B25
 Caro-Kann (4) 
    B10 B14 B13 B11
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (8) 
    B27 B20
 King's Indian (6) 
    E94 E76 E62 E81 E60
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    A45 A46
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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.

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.

Bersamina is the top U16 player in the Philippines and as of 1 August 2014, he has a rating of 2363.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 59  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. Ted Ian Montoyo vs P Bersamina  0-167 2011 Inter-Cities Chess Team ChampionshipsA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
15. P Bersamina vs T Khumnokeaw  1-034 2011 2nd Singapore International Youth ChampB23 Sicilian, Closed
16. P Bersamina vs R Panopio Jr  ½-½28 2011 Inter-Cities Chess Team ChampionshipsA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
17. Karlycris Clarito vs P Bersamina  0-130 2011 MERALCO Rapid TournamentE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
18. Zhi Yang Ooi vs P Bersamina  0-140 2011 2nd Singapore International Youth ChampA16 English
19. P Bersamina vs Rainer Labay  ½-½43 2011 Inter-Cities Chess Team ChampionshipsB23 Sicilian, Closed
20. J Docena vs P Bersamina  0-141 2011 2nd Singapore International Youth ChampB27 Sicilian
21. R Sol Cruz vs P Bersamina ½-½49 2011 MERALCO Rapid TournamentB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
22. P Bersamina vs Mohd Faizal Roslan 1-026 2011 2nd Singapore International Youth ChampB06 Robatsch
23. J Litcher vs P Bersamina  0-146 2011 Inter-Cities Chess Team ChampionshipsB27 Sicilian
24. P Bersamina vs Cheng Yi Aloysius Chia  1-037 2011 2nd Singapore International Youth ChampB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
25. P Bersamina vs R Dellota  1-037 2011 MERALCO Rapid TournamentA07 King's Indian Attack
 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 59  PGN Download
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Aug-13-14  Iskubadayb: Paul ha, bilhan mo ng souvenir ang pamilya. Tromso shirts o kung ano mang type mo. Relax lang ang isip at light exercise lang. Enjoy the rest day. :)
Aug-13-14  Iskubadayb: Congrats Paul sa iyong successful stint sa olimpyada. Plus 1 laban sa malakas na kalaban overall. Nagustuhan ko actually itong last round pairing dahil nasigurado ang magandang resulta at mabuti ito para sa mga hinaharap na laban. Dahil last round ito ay pwede mong enjoyin panoorin ang lahat na laban. Sarap manood nyan. :)
Aug-14-14  pinoymaster77: AYOS na AYOS yung 5/9 > 50 pct performance sa VERY FIRST Olympiad!

Cheer muna sa final round sa PRESENT ng PHI chess, pagbalik habol sa NCAA para tumulong sa Letran sa final HS year, then aral pa din ng aral, pati physical fitness !

Aug-14-14  spawn2: IM Pau..congrats to you and your family. Sa tantiya ko, if we list down all Philippine players who played in the Olympiad, hindi lalagpas ng isang daan. Just imagine, the surname Bersamina will be one of them. We are so proud of you. May this experience give you more energy and inspiration to pursue greater heights to give more honor to flag and family.
Aug-14-14  bubuli55: Congratulations, Paulo. Fantastic first Olympiad. A very fine showing. Malayo ang mararating mo. Bless you.
Aug-14-14  pinoymaster77: Buenviaje Pau and teammates! Not sure kung Sun o Mon dating ng mga National Heroes natin !
Aug-15-14  gmlet888: Thanks PM77. Saturday morning alis nila sa Tromso to Oslo, then to Bangkok, then to MNL. Sunday noon ang dating dito.
Aug-15-14  pinoymaster77: Excerpts from Iggy's post mortem in FB :

Bersamina (5/9) grew up as a player in the Olympiad. It's no longer, as we pundits say, "pa uslog-uslog ang tira." He is a positional player who is learning how to blend tactics in his game. The endgame is his strength. He finds resources. Further study and playing stronger opponents will make him a formidable (player) in the future.

Aug-15-14  pinoymaster77: IM Pau's Letran HS teammates have held the FORT while he's away and tied pa nga with LSGH which has undergone a build-up in the past 2 years. Last year pa nasa kanila sila Julius Gonzales and Marvin Miciano (Davao) pero this season lang HS, and have added Roi Parro of Makati, may panglaban na all 4 boards kahit papaano.

Eric Yap (transferee from Siniloan) held top board while Girl players Alexis Osena and Raven dela Cruz have stepped up to the plate, and magaling talagang mag-develop si Coach Perez, past wards nya sa Letran HS sila now Women Masters Jan Jodilyn Fronda and Cherry Ann Mejia. Sa board 4, dating reserve si 'Don' Manolo Martinez has been chalking up wins ha. Dami nang blowout! Isa sya sa pumontos vs Perps nung Thurs. Now the team can just hang on sa today's match vs SSC, then LSGH will battle AU na most probably they cannot sweep shutout naman. Sa 'showdown' ng Letran and LSGH on Thurs sa round 7 eh makakalaro na si IM Pau sa top board to anchor the team !

Aug-15-14  joeyj: Live Rating:

<Note: K for Pau Bersamina is 15 NOT 20 as used by>

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  twinlark: <joeyj>

The value of K for U2400s was changed to 20 by FIDE with effect from 1 July 2014. I encountered the exact same problem calculating Anton Smirnov's rating from the Olympiad.

Aug-17-14  joeyj: K, thanks <twinlark>

it's now:

8.56 K is the development coefficient.

K = 40 for a player new to the rating list until he has completed events with at least 30 games

K = 20 as long as a player's rating remains under 2400.

K = 10 once a player's published rating has reached 2400 and remains at that level subsequently, even if the rating drops below 2400.

K = 40 for all players until their 18th birthday, as long as their rating remains under 2300.

Aug-17-14  joeyj: LIVE RATING UPDATED !!!

Aug-17-14  bubuli55: Pwede na siguroro palitan yung pic ng Tromso pic
Aug-18-14  spartan1998: Salamat po sa Diyos at nakarating kami ng maayos dito sa atin kahapon.

Nauna pong umalis sa amin pa-US si Kuya Ino.
Naiwan naman po si Sir Euge at Mam Marlyn doon.

Maraming salamat po sa mga sumuporta at nagdasal para sa Philippine teams.

Sir Bubuli, Sir PM77, Sir Spawn, Sir Iskuba, Sir Joeyj, atbp, Salamat po!

Aug-18-14  spawn2: IM Pau, sa next Olympiad I expect you to be carrying the GM title. Pwede na kayo swap ni GM Eugene ng board na hinahandle:)
Aug-21-14  pinoymaster77: Sumabak na ulit sa NCAA, temporary setback sa rd6 kahapon with 3-1 win over SSC but contenders LSGH and San Beda scored shutouts, so temporarily 3rd ang Letran, just a point away.

Tomorrow sa round 7 ang 'showdown' with leader LSGH !

Aug-22-14  spawn2: Any chance that IM Pau will go to the World Juniors this year?

Can't wait to see him play aborad to see how much his game has evolve after the Olympiad experience.

Aug-22-14  pinoymaster77: Yup, sana nga maipadala IM-Elect Pau and WIM Frayna. And that 2014 Natl Jr champs Marc Nazario and Marie Antoinette San Diego could go, they have the resources and sponsors. Sa Gune India pala when I checked sa sites, dunno if its part of Mumbai or a different place.

Sa FB site nila, former World Champ Vishy Anand ang Ambassador nila.

India is fresh from a STRONG 3rd place finish in the Tromso Olympiad, it maybe their HIGHEST finish ever, but maybe upon seeing their 'archrivals' China annexing the crown, that could be their next target!

Aug-22-14  Pulo y Gata: PHI has very erratic participation in WJCC, sometimes we send a representative but most often not. Time for NCFP to make up for the error and send players in this important event.

Is Bersamina the reigning national jr. champ? Usually that's the pick and the vice-champ.

Aug-22-14  epistle: No Pinoy has won the WJCC before. That's another reason why Pichay should send Bersamina to play there.
Aug-22-14  geniokov: Pasok pa ba sa edad si Pau? Sana naman eh ipadala siya as top priority.(para sa akin)
Aug-22-14  pinoymaster77: World Juniors eh U20 and below, mga 16 yrs old pa lang Pau.

Part ng GM / WGM campaign yan for IM Paulo and WIM Frayna.

2014 Natl Jr champs sina Marc Nazario and WFM San Diego. Di na nakalahok sila Paulo and Janelle due to Olympiad training / preparations.

Aug-22-14  pinoymaster77: Nice to read Joey Villar of Philstar covering NCAA chess!

Aug-22-14  pinoymaster77: Early kudos to Leeroi Palma of UE HS / Siniloan Laguna in the on-going Natl Youth Finals where in the Open U13 he upended Cebu ace and former Shell Active champ Rhenzi Kyle Sevillano.

Though 5 lang sila, its tough group with Istraelito Rilloraza/FEU, Jose David Tapia/ Adamson, Emmanuel Paler in the field.

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