Friday, July 16, 2010

Paulo Bersamina 3rd best in 2010 Asian Youth Invitational 12 and under Chess Championships

12 year old Paulo Bersamina has been into strings of success lately but this may have been his most important so far in his young career. Well, at least, the kid now knows how important consistency is in any competition. He became the country's youngest junior champ ever, winning three gold medal in the last edition of 11th Asean Age-Group and now he can be finally called as one of the best 12 and under junior player not only in the country or the ASEAN region but in Asia as well. Paulo finished 3rd over all in 2010 Asian Youth Invitational Chess Championshipsin held in Beijing, an impressive performance for the just 9th seed and defeated 1st seed, We Yi of China, the eventual winner of the category. Excerpt from

The 12-year-old Bersamina, seen as the country’s next Wesley So, made it 4 wins in a row as he toppled 7th seed Murali Karthikeyan of India in the 9th and final round to finish in a 2-way tie for 2nd to 3rd places with Diptayan Ghosh of India.

Top seed Wei Yi of China bagged the title with 7.5 points on 7 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss.

Although he failed to overtake Wei for the top spot, Bersamina turned in the best score in the final 4 rounds and matched Ghosh’s 9-round total of 7 points in the 14-nation tournament hosted by the Chinese Chess Association.

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