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Rosendo Carrean Balinas Jr vs Robert James Fischer
Meralco match series (1967), Manila PHI, Apr-??
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation (B91)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Sep-05-05  rjsolcruz: Balinas faces the Sicilian Najdorf of Fischer, one of its major proponents. It was even said that Fischer used the variation almost automatically that it could have already been renamed after him.

And against the tactical net laid down by Fischer, Balinas smothered it with the very cool 6. g3; transposing into positional ground.

Well, Balinas is a lawyer and lawyers eat psychology for breakfast! A draw with Fischer can already be considered a win for Fischer is known to squeeze the point in every game.

Aug-22-09  joecapablanca: Nice commentary by Mr RjSolcruz. During the year 1967 when he played Bobby Fischer, Balinas was the Philippine Open Champion.

Bali to his Meralco friends and fans, certainly upheld the Filipino chess pride, by playing Bobby Fischer toe to toe. All the other 8 top Filipino players of course got beaten by Fischer.

The following year of 1968, Balinas defended his Philippine Open champion title by winning 1st place, tied with GM Svetozar Gligoric, a world championship qualifier, the Meralco sponsored Philippine Open Chess Championship.

Aug-31-09  joecapablanca: Amazing new still pics in You Tube of Bobby Fiscer and Rosendo Carreon Balinas during the 1967 Meralco sponsored "Beat Bobby Fischer Series" in the Philippines. Bobby Fischer beat the top Philippine chess players except Balinas.

Balinas was the reigning Philippine Open Champion at the time and saved the Philippines' honor by playing Bobby Fischer mano-mano to a draw by repetition of moves, but had his two rooks on the 7th rank poised to mate Fischer.

Sep-05-09  joecapablanca: This piece below describing the 1967 Balinas-Fischer Match on You Tube was posted in the Philippine Chess Portal- Philippine Chess:

On April of 1967, Meralco sponsored the "Beat Bobby Fischer Series" where Bobby played the top 10 Filipino masters. The You Tube film showed Bobby Fischer playing Ruben Rodriguez first, in the black shirt, and then Roumel Reyes. Bobby defeated them both. Towards the middle of the You Tube film you can see a series of shots of Bobby Fischer, already a Grandmaster, now playing National Master and Attorney Rosendo Balinas, Jr. who was the defending 7 time Philippine chess champion.

In the middle of the film are Bobby and Balinas' close up pictures. Bobby appeared dejected as he was in the defensive through out the game. And Balinas was looking sharp, and smiling towards the end knowing that he had mating and winning chances against Bobby. You can see in the close up picture Balinas' connected two rooks in front of Bobby's king towards the end of the series of their pictures.

You can also see the crowd being held back by security. The crowd who witnessed Bobby's almost defeat from Balinas, who rushed the stage, while the two players were analyzing and signing their score cards. You can see in the film the Filipinos' happy and disbelieving faces.

But of course Bobby did not lose a single game to the other top Philippine players. He also beat Rodolfo Tan Cardoso, Ramon Lontoc, Glicerio Badilles, Renato Naranja, and others.

There are pictures too of Bobby Fischer with the Meralco Legal Department with Balinas on his right and Renato Naranja at the back. Now, towards the end, at the reception table, you can see the handsome Balinas to the right of Manolo Lopez, the CEO then of Meralco, who bankrolled major chess events in the Philippines, and to Manolo's right is Bobby Fischer eating.

It is a miracle to see the rare pictures of Balinas and Fischer, and the adoring Filipinos who treated Fischer like the World Chess Champion he would become. There are thousands of happy Filipino old timer fans of Bobby Fischer and Rosendo Balinas replaying the You Tube pictures, as we are doing too. We are sure both are having fun up there, playing heavenly chess. By the way, Rosendo Balinas, Jr. would have celebrated his 68th birthday this coming September 10th. He was born in Manila in the year 1941. He passed away on September 24th, 1998 in his beloved verdant hills of Antipolo.

Happy Birthday to the Great Unsung Hero of Philippine Chess, Grandmaster and former Meralco Attorney Rosendo Carreon Balinas, Jr.

We thank you, and RIP with Bobby, and the chess goddess Caissa, you great chess geniuses of yore. You will never be forgotten, and will always be in our hearts.

Dec-17-10  wordfunph: game analysis by Bobby Ang..

hurrah GM Balinas!

Jun-07-11  joelsontang: Did white have a chance to force a win??
Oct-19-12  sugarmike: joelsontang: yes i think white could have won this game. 36. Nb5, it can jump to d6 and a7. its hard to defend the pawn on d6. if black reply Nf7, white can move e rook to e7. then its hard to defend double rook in the 7th rank. nice game by balinas. fischer have the hard time defending. i like the opening moves of white
Nov-12-14  kamagong24: well at least its a fighting draw against Fischer, not bad
Jan-26-22  jerseybob: <joecapablanca: Amazing new still pics in You Tube of Bobby Fiscer and Rosendo Carreon Balinas during the 1967 Meralco sponsored "Beat Bobby Fischer Series" in the Philippines. Bobby Fischer beat the top Philippine chess players except Balinas.> The link attached to the game is no good but the video can be found at "Bobby Fischer in Philippines (1967)".
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  MissScarlett: (Louisville, KY) Courier-Journal & Times April 23rd 1967, p.C11:

<It's a bad day for International Grandmaster and U.S. Chess Champion Robert J. Fischer when the best he can do is draw.

So it was a bad day indeed when he drew the Philippine champion, Rosendo Balinas, Jr., after only 39 moves in an exhibition match last week at Manila.

The 25-year-old Balinas, playing White, forced an aggressive game on the visiting American ace and amazed several hundred spectators with brilliant lightning moves toward the end of the game.

But Fischer, who had easily won his four previous matches in Manila, held out against Balinas' attack and forced the draw.

Fischer will meet veteran Glicerio Badilles in his final match at Manila after a tour of the Philippine provinces.>

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  HeMateMe: How could a people cheer Bobby Fischer yet boo the Beatles? It's like trading sirloin steak for greasy White Castle sliders.
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  MissScarlett: <On April of 1967, Meralco sponsored the "Beat Bobby Fischer Series" where Bobby played the top 10 Filipino masters.>

In addition to this (alleged) 10 game series, Fischer vs J Pascual, 1967 was, apparently, a one-off game.

Jimmy Adams wrote a piece, <Fischer in the Philippines>, which ran across three issues (June - August) in the 1980 <BCM>. He presents eight games (Game Collection: Bobby Fischer vs Filipino Masters in 1967) in the order: 1) Naranja; 2) Rodriguez; 3) Reyes; 4) Bandal; 5) Balinas (which tallies with the <Courier> article); 6) Lontoc; 7) Vister; 8) Badilles. Were the two games that evaded Adams' net played outside Manila? Perhaps that explains their omission.

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