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National junior champion Paulo Bersamina rebounded with a victory over Daryl Samantila in the eighth round Thursday to share top spot with Vietnamese Nguyen Van Toan Thanh in the boys’ 12-and-under category in the 2010 Asian age-group chess championships at the Traveler’s Hotel here.
The win enabled Bersamina, an incoming high school freshman at Far Eastern University, to rise to 6.5 points and keep pace with his seventh-round conqueror Nguyen in the nine-round tournament.
Nguyen matched Bersamina’s output by downing Nelson Busa Jr.
Final-round pairings pit Bersamina against Tran Ming Hoang of Vietnam and Nguyen against Carlo Caranyagan.
Other Filipinos in title-contention are unheralded John Ray Batucan and Davao City sensation Austin Jacob Literatus in the boys’ 14-under; Richeliu Salcedo in the boys’ 20-under, Julius Gonzales in the boys’ 8-under and Shanie Mae Mendoza in the girls’ 12-under.
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