Standings after 11 rounds:
9 points -- J. Xiong ( USA)
8 -- V. Artemuev (Russia), G. Nasura (Poland)
7.5 -- C. Aravindh (India), P. Maghsoodloo ( Iran), Y. Xu (China), P. Bersamina (Philippines)
8-- P. Nandhidhaa (India), J. Frayna (Philippines), A. Rueda-Rodriguez (Colombia), D. Saduakassova (Kazakhstan)
7.5 - A. Bivol (Russia), D. Dordzhueva (Russia), C. Michelle (India).
7 - R. Vaishali (India), N. Buksa (Ukraine), D.Parnali (India), U. Uuriintuya (Mongolia).
BHUBANESWAR, India -- On a day WIM Janelle Mae Frayna of the Philippines lost a major battle, IM Paulo Bersamina made it three wins in a row to keep his hopes alive in the 2016 World Junior Chess Championships at the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) here Saturday.
Bersamina, widely-regarded as the next Wesley So for the country, pulled the rug from under sixth seed IM Rasmus Svane of Germany in 41 moves of the French defense to vault into a share of fourth to seventh places with 7.5 points going into the final two rounds.
Bersamina, who is scheduled to join the Philippine team in the coming World Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan, delivered the killer blows while his higher-rated German opponent struggled with terrible time trouble and won the match that meant a lot to his campaign.
Bersamina’s third straight win, that negated a forgettable start in this tournament being held in capital city of Odisha located in Eastern India, enbbled him to move only 1.5 points behind solo leader GM Jeffrey Xiong of the United States and a full point behind FM Vladislav Artemiev of Russia and IM Grzegoz Nasuta of Poland with still two games to play.
But the pride of National University, who is now reapin g the benefits of his risk-taking style of play, will now cross swords with Xiong in the penultimate round.
Not as fortunate was Frayna, who saw her remarkable winning run come to a halt when she lost to WIM Paula Andrea Rodriguez-Rueda of Colombia in the girls side of the annual competition.
Frayna, who created a stir when she surged into the solo led after the 10th round, yielded to Rodriguez-Rueda in 60 moves of the Old Indian Defense.
The BS Psychology student of Far E astern University thus dropped into a four-way tie for the top spot with Rodriguez-Rueda, WIM PV Nandidhaa of India and WGM Dinara Sadaussova with 8/11.
Frayna’ s 12 th-round opponent is WIM Parnali Dharia of India who has seven points.
Another Filipin o campaigner -- WFM Shania Mae Mendoza -- made short work of Lakshmi DIvya of India to climb into a tie for 25th to 32nd places with 5.5 points.
The Filipinos’ participation in the tournament is supported by the Philippine Sports Commisison (PSC) under chairman William “Butch” Ramirez, and the Nation al Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP), headed by president/chairman Prospero “Butch” Pichay.
P. Bersamina vs. R. Svane:
1. e4 e6 2. b3 d5 3. Bb2 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Qg4 Nc6 7. Nf3 h5 8. Qg3 h4 9. Qf2 Be7 10. Be2 Nf8 11. O-O Ng6 12. g3 Bd7 13. d4 Qb6 14. c3 hxg3 15. hxg3 Rh6 16. Nbd2 O-O-O 17. Qe3 cxd4 18. cxd4 Bb4 19. Kg2 Nce7 20. Rh1 Bb5 21. Bxb5 Qxb5 22. g4 Kd7 23. Rae1 Qd3 24. Rxh6 Qxe3 25. Rxe3 gxh6 26. Kg3 h5 27. Bc3 hxg4 28. Kxg4 Nf5 29. Rd3 Rg8 30. Ng5 Bxc3 31. Rxc3 Nxd4 32. Rd3 Nc6 33. Rh3 Rg7 34. Ndf3 Ke7 35. Rh1 f6 36. exf6+ Kxf6 37. Rh6 Ke7 38. f5 Nge5+ 39. Nxe5 Nxe5+ 40. Kh4 Rxg5 41. Rxe6+ 1-0
Rodriguez- Rueda vs Frayna:
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Bd3 Nbd7 6. O-O Bd6 7. Nc3 O-O 8. e4 dxc4 9. Bxc4 e5 10. Bg5 h6 11. Bh4 Qc7 12. Rc1 exd4 13. Nb5 cxb5 14. Bxf7+ Rxf7 15. Rxc7 Bxc7 16. Nxd4 Nxe4 17. f3 Ng5 18. Nxb5 Bb6+ 19. Bf2 Nf8 20. h4 Ngh7 21. Bxb6 axb6 22. Qd8 Rd7 23. Qxb6 Ra6 24. Qc5 Rc6 25. Qb4 Nf6 26. Na7 Rcc7 27. Re1 Rd8 28. Qa5 Rcd7 29. Qc3 Rd1 30. Qb3+ Be6 31. Rxd1 Bxb3 32. Rxd8 Bxa2 33. Nb5 Kf7 34. Nc3 Bc4 35. Rc8 Ba6 36. b4 b6 37. Rc7+ Kg6 38. b5 Ne6 39. Rc6 Bxb5 40. Nxb5 Nf4 41. Rxb6 Nd5 42. Rb7 h5 43. Nd4 Ne8 44. Nc6 Kf6 45. Nb4 Nf4 46. Rb6+ Kf5 47. Rb5+ Kg6 48. Nd5 Ne6 49. Kf2 Kh7 50. Rb7 Nd4 51. Re7 Nd6 52. Rd7 N4b5 53. Nc7 Nxc7 54. Rxd6 Ne8 55. Rc6 g6 56. Ke3 Kg7 57. Kf4 Nf6 58. g3 Nh7 59. Rc7+ Kh6 60. Rf7