International Master Paulo Bersamina led the country’s one-gold, four-silver, one-bronze medal haul in blitz event of the 2015 FIDE (International Chess Federation) World Schools Championships being held at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Pattaya, Thailand.
Bersamina, a Colegio de San Juan de Letran standout, collected six points in seven rounds to rule the boys’ Open 17-under category. Adrian-Simion Scheres of Romania and FIDE Master (FM) Zhu Yi of China settled for silver and bronze, respectively.
The 16-year-old Bersamina defeated FM Mayed Alrashedi of the United Arab Emirates in the first round, Urazayev Arystanbek of Kazakhstan in the second, FM Servgi Volkan of Turkey in the third, Scheres in the fourth, Bayramov Zaur of Azerbaijan in the sixth and Eero Valkama of Finland in the seventh.
His only loss was handed by Zhu in the fifth round.
Woman FM Shania Mae Mendoza (girls’ 17-under), Justine Mordido (boys’ 11-under), Alexis Ann Ose (girls’ 15-under) and Kylen Joy Mordido (girls’ 13-under) bagged one silver each while John Merill Jacutina wound up third in the boys’ 15-under.
Bersamina and Mendoza are also poised to claim the gold in the standard chess event.
With two more rounds left, Bersamina is sharing the top spot with IM Saiyn Zhanat of Kazakhstan with 5.5 points each while Mendoza scored six points to gain the solo lead, full point ahead of second placers Sapale Saloni of India and Sanciu Ioana-Georgiana of Romania.