IM Paulo Bersamina, a 16 year old student of Letran, who also played last August in the Norway World Chess Olympiad, scores back to back victories in the World Junior Chess Championships in Pune, India. The two consecutive wins came from round 8, playing the white pieces he out smarted GM Grover Sahaj of India, 51 moves of French exchange variation and in round 9 when he beat IM Tari Aryan of Norway in grueling endgame lasting in 157 moves of accelerated Sicilian dragon handling the black pieces.
The current 9th round rank standing of IM Bersamina is 4th to 11th place with performance of 5 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss, a total score of 6.5 points, a half point behind from three tournament leaders: GM Yi Wie , a member of Chinese team who won the World Chess Olympiad in Norway, GM Shanglei LU of China, and Vladmir Fedoseev of Russia who have 7 points out of 9 rounds.
NCFP Chairman President Prospero A. Pichay, Jr. together with NCFP Vice- President for Luzon and Philippine Chess Team Manager Atty. Ruel V. Canobas sponsored Bersamina;s participation in this prestigious world event along with WIM Janelle Mae Frayna, WIM Jan Jodilyn Fronda and the head of delegation and as a coach IM Yves Ranola.
The 10 round pairing IM Bersamina playing in black pieces will be facing a formidable and much higher rated opponent GM Duda Jan Krzysztof of Poland ELO 2599.
Meanwhile the 9th round 45 moves unfortunate loss of WIM Janelle Mae Frayna against WGM Rout Pandimi of India in Alekhine defense encounter slide her down to 15th place rank standing with a score of 5.5 points out 9 rounds, where previous round she was tied for 4th place. Frayna’s 10th round opponent will be WIM Mai Hung Thi Nguyen of Vietnam in board number 7, a win will give her a strong chance for WGM title.
And WIM Jan Jodilyn Fronda bounces back after winning her last two games to remain in contention with a score 5 points out 9 rounds.