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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. P Bersamina vs N Ginting  ½-½30 2010 9th Asian ContinentalB23 Sicilian, Closed
2. P Bersamina vs R Maninang 1-045 2010 1st Campomanes Cup OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
3. P Bersamina vs P Long  0-149 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
4. P Bersamina vs P Rout  0-153 2010 9th Asian ContinentalB23 Sicilian, Closed
5. P Bersamina vs J Gonzales  0-140 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupB02 Alekhine's Defense
6. A Golizadeh vs P Bersamina  1-064 2010 9th Asian ContinentalB27 Sicilian
7. P Bersamina vs Le Thao Nguyen Pham  0-138 2010 1st Campomanes Cup OpenB03 Alekhine's Defense
8. R Segarra vs P Bersamina  ½-½35 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupB27 Sicilian
9. Li Hanbin vs P Bersamina  1-060 2010 9th Asian ContinentalB27 Sicilian
10. T Halay vs P Bersamina  0-144 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
11. N Dela Cruz vs P Bersamina 1-057 2010 1st Campomanes Cup OpenB27 Sicilian
12. P Bersamina vs T Tirto  ½-½40 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupB23 Sicilian, Closed
13. P Bersamina vs J De Ramos  0-133 2010 9th Asian ContinentalC00 French Defense
14. M Kiran vs P Bersamina  ½-½30 2010 1st Campomanes Cup OpenB27 Sicilian
15. P Bersamina vs L M De Leon  1-037 2010 9th Asian ContinentalA37 English, Symmetrical
16. E Gatus vs P Bersamina ½-½80 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
17. Wang Chen vs P Bersamina 1-057 2010 9th Asian ContinentalB27 Sicilian
18. J Habla vs P Bersamina  1-040 2010 1st Campomanes Cup OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
19. C Caturla vs P Bersamina  1-046 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
20. N Mariano vs P Bersamina  1-070 2010 9th Asian ContinentalA07 King's Indian Attack
21. D Elorta vs P Bersamina  1-056 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupA48 King's Indian
22. J Litcher vs P Bersamina 0-146 2011 Inter-Cities Chess Team ChampionshipsB27 Sicilian
23. P Bersamina vs Cheng Yi Aloysius Chia  1-037 2011 2nd Singapore International Youth ChampB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
24. P Bersamina vs R Dellota  1-037 2011 MERALCO Rapid TournamentA07 King's Indian Attack
25. Tran Tuan Minh vs P Bersamina  1-040 2011 2nd Singapore International Youth ChampB06 Robatsch
 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 84  PGN Download
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Jun-05-15  pinoymaster77: Manila Standard article on PHI's dominant performance in the blitz events in the Asian Schools yesterday!

Jun-05-15  epistle: It is comforting to know that instead of cutting classes to do drugs Pinoy students now do it to play blitz.
Jun-07-15  pinoymaster77: The Asian Schools Chess Championship STANDARD event just wrapped up this am. To add to the BLITZ haul of 4 Golds, a silver and a bronze, our woodpushers got 2 Golds via WFM Shania Mae Mendoza of FEU in Girls U17 and CM Stephen Rome Pangilinan of Adamson in the Open U13. Shania is now poised for a Grand slam of sorts as she is expected to play in the ASEAN Age Group coming up also in NTU Spore.

Garnering 3 silvers were IM Paulo Bersamina of NU/Letran in the Open U17, WFM Allaney Doroy (FEU?) in the Girls U15 and Jerish John Velarde in the Open U9. Pen will get FM title and has gained 91 ELO points.

This is another 6 GOLD MEDAL haul coming on the heels of the successful campaign also in the recent World Schools Championship in Pattaya, Thailand.

I would strongly recommend to send our consistent medallists to the World Youth event in Greece in Oct, we've never had World Youth Champions,strike while the iron is hot!

Jun-07-15  ticticcalauang: Now this one I can support. An actual <grandmaster>, still young and with a bright future ahead of him. Or is Paulo Bersamina not good enough for Barangay Baroknio? Why don't they congregate on this forum instead?
Jun-07-15  epistle: Why don't you chop off your long name into several small pieces and make them all congregate here?
Jun-07-15  pinoymaster77: IM Paulo shared via FB that Philippines is the OVERALL CHAMPION in the Asian Schools Chess Championship !! Unofficially, I count 6 Golds, 4 silvers and a bronze

This is an indication that our Pinoy youth players are at par with Asian counterparts, the chess community and officials have to ensure they continue to develop to stay globally competitive.

As we know, in the GM level or gauge thru the Olympiad, we lag behind China,India,Vietnam and other Asian powers

Jun-09-15  pinoymaster77: Manila Standard article, pero may maali sa last paragraph, Paulo is already an IM

Jun-12-15  pinoymaster77: Travails of our youth players, ewan kung sa pagtitipid o shabby treatment from organizers, dun sila usually ma billet sa lower star hotels / inns. Dealing with heat wave, fatigue and stronger field in the ASEAN Age Group.

Nag nose bleed Pau nung Asian Schools time pa, Jako Concio may fever / nausea and per this article Pen Pangilinan has the flu

Wish ko lang by the time na turn na PHI to host this ASEAN event ulit eh our qualifiers / representatives get first class treatment, which they deserve

Jun-13-15  pinoymaster77: Nice write-up, with human interest features and covering many sectors of Philippine chess :

"But there were some major setbacks and heartaches as well. IM Paulo Bersamina, a consistent gold medal winner in previous age group tournaments, remained at the middle of the pack in the boys Under 20 with 3 points, perhaps still bothered by the situation back home where his father remains bed-ridden after an accident which affected his spinal column.

Also falling short of the target was young Fide Master Alekhine Nouri, who after a blazing start, absorbed two straight losses and barely recovered with a draw.

Still, there are heartwarming and inspiring stories to remember—of Bersamina narrating his father’s present state, the love and concern for his father clearly etched on his face.

And of Concio winning three straight matches despite a recurring flu, and then telling everyone that “Pag maysakit ako nanalo ako, pag wala hindi ako nananalo.”

Or what about 7-year old Joseph “Joey” Vergara, easily the cutest among the young kids here? Joey proudly says that he has scored three points, not really caring that the leading scorer was two points ahead of him.

And when a senior player kidded him that he and Joey are almost of the same age, the irrepressible youngster blurted out: “Ubos tayo sa yo!” drawing laughter from everyone around him."

Jun-14-15  epistle: Bersamina's reaction to his father's near fatal accident was completely the reverse to Wesley's uncaring attitude to a more serious accident his own father suffered.

As per his mother's own story.

What does it profit (business!) a man, indeed, if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?

Jun-14-15  pinoymaster77: Inspite of it all, the heat wave, fatigue, tougher competition and other worries / source of stress, PHI team still won 7 golds as per this Manila Standard article by Arman Armero. Pero dun sa chessresults medal statistics eh its reported na 9 golds.

Pag guest country pala (India,Mongolia,China) eh di counted sa medals tally.

Singapore's prodigy FM Tin Jingyao tops the U20 standard to earn an outright IM title

"Woman International Master Bernadette Galas, Woman Fide Master Shania Mae Mendoza, WFM Alaney Jia Doroy, Mhage Sebastian, Stephen Rome Pangilinan and NM Alex Milagrosa won individual gold medals even as Team Philippines also added 13 silvers and 15 bronze medals."

Jun-15-15  pinoymaster77: Congrats to IM Paulo for being resilient!

Wala pa article si Mr. Arman today but checking chessresults, na count nga the 10 rapid golds shown in the medal statistics :

- Sa U20, joint golds nila IMs Jem and Pau pati team gold. Sa Girls, joint gold nila WIM Frayna and WFM San Diego saka team gold, bale 6 golds na yun

- Individual golds for WFM Shania / G18, NM Gatus / Srs, Pen Pangilinan / O14 pati team gold sa O14.

This would add to the earlier 7 or 9 golds sa standard. But perennial leader Vietnam had 15 golds in standard and 16 golds in rapid. Blitz events today to wrapup the ASEAN competition, then our chess warriors get to prepare for the return home

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.
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