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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: 2391 (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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(born Feb-01-1998, 16 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.

As of 1 January 2015, he has a rating of 2390.

Latest update 6 Jan 2015

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 71  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. E Gatus vs P Bersamina ½-½80 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
2. J Habla vs P Bersamina  1-040 2010 1st Campomanes Cup OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
3. C Caturla vs P Bersamina  1-046 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
4. D Elorta vs P Bersamina  1-056 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupA48 King's Indian
5. P Bersamina vs R Maninang 1-045 2010 1st Campomanes Cup OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
6. P Bersamina vs P Long  0-149 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
7. P Bersamina vs J Gonzales  0-140 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupB02 Alekhine's Defense
8. P Bersamina vs Le Thao Nguyen Pham  0-138 2010 1st Campomanes Cup OpenB03 Alekhine's Defense
9. R Segarra vs P Bersamina  ½-½35 2010 6th Prospero A. Pichay CupB27 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. M Kiran vs P Bersamina  ½-½30 2010 1st Campomanes Cup OpenB27 Sicilian
14. Karlycris Clarito vs P Bersamina  0-130 2011 MERALCO Rapid TournamentE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
15. Zhi Yang Ooi vs P Bersamina  0-140 2011 2nd Singapore International Youth ChampA16 English
16. P Bersamina vs Rainer Labay  ½-½43 2011 Inter-Cities Chess Team ChampionshipsB23 Sicilian, Closed
17. J Docena vs P Bersamina  0-141 2011 2nd Singapore International Youth ChampB27 Sicilian
18. R Sol Cruz vs P Bersamina ½-½49 2011 MERALCO Rapid TournamentB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
19. P Bersamina vs Mohd Faizal Roslan 1-026 2011 2nd Singapore International Youth ChampB06 Robatsch
20. J Litcher vs P Bersamina 0-146 2011 Inter-Cities Chess Team ChampionshipsB27 Sicilian
21. P Bersamina vs Cheng Yi Aloysius Chia  1-037 2011 2nd Singapore International Youth ChampB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
22. P Bersamina vs R Dellota  1-037 2011 MERALCO Rapid TournamentA07 King's Indian Attack
23. Tran Tuan Minh vs P Bersamina  1-040 2011 2nd Singapore International Youth ChampB06 Robatsch
24. P Bersamina vs S Nebato  1-039 2011 Inter-Cities Chess Team ChampionshipsB06 Robatsch
25. R Adethya vs P Bersamina  0-153 2011 2nd Singapore International Youth ChampE81 King's Indian, Samisch
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Dec-02-14  pinoymaster77: After 6 rounds, may alsa palos si defending champ IM Narayanan pag vs Pinoys, una quality down vs Daryl, si Istraelito eh lumamang sa middelgame bago nag panic time sa endgame, kanina raw si Marc eh may drawing chances, turn naman ni JM bukas am sa rd7. Ganun na ranking IM Nara 5.5 IM Pau 4.5 and IM Jem 4pts.

Sa Girls, UP's Mikee Suede continued her ascent, eversince a shock opening round loss to Jerlyn San Diego, eh since rd3 naka 4 straight wins na, including vs 2 Indian WFMs Suranja and Pujari. Sa rd7 tom am eh top board clash na vs Indian ace WIM Furtado who is leading with 5pts. WFM San Diego umangat din to 4pts to stay within striking distance.

Dec-03-14  pinoymaster77: Sa rd7, trio of IMs Nara Pau and Jem drew their games, while in round 8 all of them won naman, so they maintain their 1-2-3 positions.

Sa Girls dinatnan ko nga after round 7 eh both Mikee and WFM San Diego won their games, pivotal yung kay Mikee in handing WIM Furtado her first loss, So after rd7, Mikee Charlene Suede had the solo lead with 5.5 pts while WFM San Diego and WIM Furtado had 5 pts. For penultimate round 8 pairings it was compatriots WFM San Diego vs Mikee Suede, while at board 2 eh paired compatriots WIM Furtado vs WFM Suranya.

Last game to finish was Tonette vs Mikee, and rightly so. It was humdinger of a game, very tense and seesawing (more details in next post), and Indian delegation and other contenders were watching, because a Tonette win will still give open chances in the final round, while a Mikee win will clinch the crown for her. Credit goes to both compatriot games at top board among Pinays and board 2 among Indians that they slugged it out OTB.

And so, after the nailbiting finish and getting the rabbit out of the hat, Mikee secured the crucial vistory when WFM Tonette resigned na. She first went into moments of silent, intense prayer to thank our Lord God for the blessings! This was indeed a source of Pinoy celebration as I think this is the FIRST TIME ever that Phils has a female Asian Juniors champ, and in so doing Mikee reportedly earned an outright WIM title PLUS 1 WGM norm!

A cause for celebration for Philippine chess! Kaya naman tinuloy nila ang pledge na ala Carlsen eh will take a dive. So sabi Mikee sumama ka na Shania (of FEU / Sta Rosa0 so both of them took the plunge and soon after they were joined by Gladys of FEU / Tanauan.

Great for a report card by the NCFP to PSC for the new priority sport of chess! Sa Boys eh poised na IMs Pau and Jem to take 2nd and 3rd place.

If Im not mistaken, Banjo Barcenilla was Asian Jrs champ twice yata, and Im not sure what the late Andronico Yap won during his time.

Dec-04-14  pinoymaster77: O eto ang recap ng aking batil observations ng intense board 'war' kagabi sa round 8 nila WFM Tonette San Diego and Mikee Charlene Suede. Basahin nyo muna para maging curious, then play yung PGN, ka update lang ng round 8 sa

Nung una yung opening eh from a distance mukhang offline yung depensa ni Mikee, parang naging pseudo-Dutch with black pawns at e5 and f5. Then nakipagkuwentuhan muna sa labas with FI Lilet since matagal pa. Pagbalik namin sa bandang deeper into the middlegame eh undeveloped pa queen bishop ni Mikee. Ewan ko sa post mortem kung gustuhin ni Mikee ang linyadingding na eto, at parang ipit sya sa puwesto.

Ang unang napansin ko habang nanonood sa monitor sa venue eh yung time trouble ni Tonette, behind sya by at least 10 minutes eh (mga 30 mins+ si Mikee while Tonette had mga 20 minutes). Key eto dahil umaatake si Tonette and para sa good continuations over the board eh need some thinking/calculating time. Nung nag open up na yung b-file and Tonette built up a triple battering ram sa g file to attack the weak g6 pawn ng black eh halos lahat na ng puwersa ni Mikee eh called to the defense. Parang lalong nawalan ng tempo si Mikee dun sa Qh4 since nagka initiative si Tonette with her harassing rook sa 5th rank, and black's queen had to retreat to another cramped square at h6 eh. Naging resourceful sa depensa si Mikee and nakahinga ng maluwag nung na force exchange yung isang rook, and Tonette even offerred a queen exchange.

Dun sa minor pieces plus rook ending eh daring talaga si Mikee when she sac her bishop for 2 pawns para mas mobile sya. Parang kapos at that time as Tonette was a piece up and was about to gobble up the passed queen pawns 1 by 1. May isang posisyon pa dun na think namin Lilet eh imbes na 46... Nxe3 eh Nb4 para cornered yung white rook. Anyway, yun ang tinira ni Mikee, yung Nxe3 para3 pawns for her earlier bishop sac.

Pero resourceful sa tactics si Mikee and maneuvered her rook for some threats, saka kada move ni Tonette eh less than 1 minute na lang, pagsapit ng < 20 seconds had to move na. Eventually Tonette had a couple of miscues and naging Mikee's rook pa vs Tonette's knight.

Nung simplify exchange na and no chance to stop black's queening pawns, Tonette had to surrender na. And after that, after about at least over a minute of thankful prayer with Mikee covering her eyes. eh Mikee picked herself up from the table for the congratulations and initial celebrations.


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Dec-05-14  Iskubadayb: Ty, Tony. Undefeated pala si Paul. Good performance ito. He finished higher than his seeding.
Dec-06-14  pinoymaster77: Welcome Iskuba,

Yup undefeated Pau mas madami lang draws with 4 while IM Narayanan just had 2. Pau had to apply and kapa OTB mga supplementary lines na first pass browse pa lang nabasa sa private camp na preskiting ang hangin with the help of Dominican fathers.

Then nasa 2nd of 3rd events na with the PICC, IM Pau won over WFM San Diego, AFGM Torre won over NM Reyes Sa rd2 this am, GM Ino naman opponent ni IM Pau while AFGM will play Georgian GM

Dec-09-14  pinoymaster77: Better late than never, since getting the U20 standard gold in the ASEAN Chess in Macau back in June, bumaba na FIDE notice on Pau's IM title, so officially maybe starting tomorrow we will see the IM across Pau's name,and hopefully reinvigorates the rest of his campaign in the remaining 4 games, so far eh 3/6.

GM JP won over top seeded Popov in rd5 this am, then lost to Armenian GM Grigoryan in the just finished rd6. Now the 6 'foreign invaders' are in the top 6 with JP at 7th. The Filipino resistance would try to mount a fight in the remaining 4 games.

Mga IM norm hopefuls sana na FMs Severino and Segarra who started the day with 3/4 eh absorbed twin losses today vs GMs to remain stuck at 3pts.

IM-Elects Turqueza 2249 and I think Abelgas Jr 2293 are finding it tough to gain ELO, malayo pa sila to 2400.


Dec-12-14  pinoymaster77: Congrats on winning the Top Juniors in the PICC.

Rest and regroup, bawi sa PSC Chairman's Cup set to start on Sun.

Sana nga matuloy Jason and Zeus sa Challengers para mas masayang masundan

Dec-20-14  pinoymaster77: IM Pau won the TOP Juniors again in the PSC / Puregold event which concluded today. Though there was ELO loss in both events, valuable lessons were learned and Team Bersamina is in the midst of repertoire development as well.

1 more remaining local event before yearend, then there will be a continued assessment for the final battleplans for the 2015 campaigns. No SEAG for chess next year, and next BIG event is the 2016 Chess Olympiad. Most probably, the main ones in 2015 would be the BOGM and the World Juniors. And may the 2 intl events or more happen again in 2015.

Dec-21-14  pinoymaster77: For 2014, the main highlights for Pau as I recall are :

- Getting U20 standard gold in ASEAN Chess in Macau and getting outright IM title and a GM norm

- Qualifying to the BOGM for the first time thru the NCC Semis

- Placing 3rd in the BOGM and earning a slot to the Tromso Olympiad, for his first Olympics !

The natural next step is go for the GM title
- I think a first stint to the World Juniors, and from there applying the lessons learned.

As things moved fast this year in terms of milestones, Team Bersamina didn't mind going into qualifiers though its obvious Pau is the strongest amongst < 16 yr olds and even for most U20s and now regularly beating IMs and GMs. The other thinking is giving opportunity for aspiring youth players to play vs the country's best. But this has a drawback, there were a couple of back breaker stretches of 3 to 4 events na sunod sunod. Too many games nga for Pau as assessed, this will be tried to be tempered down for 2015, so that there is better quality rest and preparations in between tournaments.

Dec-31-14  spartan1998: Happy New Year po to all!
Dec-31-14  spawn2: Hapi New Year to All!

Wishing everyone the best in 2015!

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  bubuli55: Happy New Year 2015!
Jan-01-15  pinoymaster77: Na curious ako sa current FIDE ratings ng mga bulilits, mainly yung mga TOP U10s :

Adrian De Luna 1628
FM Alekhine Nouri 1617
Daniel Quizon 1528
Michael Concio Jr Unrated !?
Justine Mordido Unrated !?

Emmanuel Paler (U12) Unrated ?
Mark Jay Bacojo (U8) Unrated ? Wrong spelling pa sa FIDE ID, nakalagay eh Bacajo
Jerish Jon Velarde (U8) Unrated ?

I put question marks across the players because they have already represented PHI, most of them more than once. Maybe it has something to do with the minimum number of games played vs FIDE rated players?

Jan-02-15  pinoymaster77: Sa NCFP ratings naman, per NCFP site eh eto ratings ng mga bulilits :

Daniel Quizon 2079
Michael Concio Jr 1967
Adrian De Luna 1964
Justine Mordido 1935

Emmanuel Paler 2042
Mark Jay Bacojo 1908
Irish Jon Velarde 1880

bbking's NCFP rating is 1831 but has been in the US for many months now, so cant play in NCFP events, now focussed more on FIDE and USCF ratings.

Jan-04-15  pinoymaster77: Happy New Year pa din!

Medyo slow start to the New Year, resting pa yata and recovering pa sa puyat.

2 local events past weekend sa Sta Maria, Bulacan and First Sun, then sa Jan 10 sa JB Mall Urdaneta for kids

Wala pang 2015 NCFP calendar posted, saka wala pang known na ipadala to the Indian tournaments

UAAP Chess set to open this Sat / Jan 10, venue sa DLSU

Jan-16-15  spartan1998: Sir Bubuli55, Thanks po!

Nakatsamba po kami maka-connect sa internet. Wala pong signal most of the time mula nung dumating si Pope, security measure po siguro.

Sir PM77, Kailan daw po tayo pupunta sa Laguna Team Training? Di po kami makatext at no signal din :)

Jan-17-15  pinoymaster77: Ok let us see this coming week, for Laguna / STCAA.
Jan-21-15  pinoymaster77: Today is the mission day, kitakits and will share highlights later.

Have realized more and more the DepEd Palato multi-stage is a very good program, and if something can be done with the expenses 'excesses' and the venues do not become white elephants after the event, eh mas ayos !

Jan-22-15  pinoymaster77: Nice to know the developmental / grassroots level still in place in Laguna, Unit 1 cities like San Pedro, Cabuyao and Binan still have their own chess clubs/org and schools, while meron pa din sa Siniloan and Sta Cruz.

Though yung 2014 batch eh 5 out of 8 went to Mmla varsity schools, eh may signs pa din na younger / lower batch players are coming up, like for HS may freshman and sophomore, since K to 12 eh they will be around for awhile...

Jan-22-15  pinoymaster77: Na reflect ko lang after the visit to Laguna STCAA 2015 team kahapon, na di dapat mag stop sa Palaro, national player saka varsity goals mga Laguna youth.

Mga nauna na, Onyok Nanola/Calamba sa DLSU, Mich Yaon/Calamba and Concio sisters / LB sa UST, Jasper Marce and MJ Marcellana / Sta Rosa sa UST HS. Eric Yap/Siniloan sa Letran HS. Ruth De Guzman / Sta Rosa sa UP, napakadami sa UE with Ken, Olan,Roi, Tina, Eula coming on board.

Next goal siguro maging Master, with the collective experiences of FI Lilet, Visca,Orozco bros and possible ETCF aid, maybe we can get together a pooled training program for this. Important - HOW to be a Master the HONEST way, no cheating ! No pre-arrangement thru a fixer on IM and GM norms !

Jan-23-15  spartan1998: Sir PM77,

Thanks po for all the blessings you and your family have shared with us yesterday. Thanks din po sa Laguna teachers and coaches (Orozco bros) for allowing us to share whatever little we have to their players. All the best po sa STCAA!

Jan-23-15  pinoymaster77: Thanks for your time IM Pau and kay FI Lilet, sana magtuloy tuloy annual outreach and Laguna team has continued success!

Yung virtues of humility and thankfulness evident kila Pau and most of Laguna players who have progressed, may you continue well into the adult years.

Pati si Jasper nakakaalala after all these years, kahit thru text pag may okasyon.

Wish list eh sana may maging Masters naman sa mga dating Laguna bulilits,depende rin yan sa player (needs hard work and determination) and the family logistics din.

Jan-30-15  pinoymaster77: Still waiting with bated breath on the official announcement of the GOOD NEWS, once formalized !
Jan-31-15  spawn2: Happy to my fellow Aquarian and Letranite!
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  bubuli55: Happy Birthday! Paulo.
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