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Rosendo Carrean Balinas Jr
Number of games in database: 153
Years covered: 1964 to 1995
Highest rating achieved in database: 2380

Overall record: +49 -59 =45 (46.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (35) 
    B23 B43 B20 B52 B58
 Ruy Lopez (12) 
    C77 C69 C65 C84 C62
 Caro-Kann (7) 
    B18 B10 B17 B12 B15
 French Defense (7) 
    C02 C09 C14 C05 C04
 English (4) 
    A16 A13 A19
 Sicilian Kan (4) 
    B43 B42
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (14) 
    B27 B22 B32 B93 B80
 Ruy Lopez (9) 
    C77 C60 C92 C69 C95
 Nimzo Indian (5) 
    E44 E46 E20 E32 E41
 Queen's Indian (5) 
    E14 E17 E12 E16
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    D02 A41 A40 A45
 Pirc (4) 
    B07 B08 B09
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Larsen vs R C Balinas, 1975 0-1
   R C Balinas vs Benjamin, 1978 1-0
   R C Balinas vs Fischer, 1967 1/2-1/2
   R C Balinas vs E Torre, 1968 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Odessa (1976)
   Dortmund (1976)
   Havana Olympiad qual-1 (1966)
   Lugano Olympiad qual-1 (1968)
   Tel Aviv Olympiad qual-1 (1964)
   2nd Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1978)
   Tel Aviv Olympiad Final-B (1964)
   Haifa Olympiad (1976)
   Lone Pine (1978)
   Lone Pine (1979)

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(born Sep-10-1941, died Sep-24-1998, 57 years old) Philippines

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Rosendo Carreon Balinas was born in Manila. He learned to play at age 7 but did not take up the game seriously until he was 15. Balinas earned the IM title in 1975 and he became a GM in 1976.

He won the Philippine Open Championship six times and played for the Philippines Olympiad team from 1964-76.

He was 1st= with Svetozar Gligoric at the Manila Open in 1968, 3rd= in the zonal tournament in Melbourne 1975, 4th= at Dortmund 1976 and 1st at Odessa 1976, the latter result of which secured Balinas the grandmaster title.

Balinas was a lawyer by profession. He died of liver cancer in Antipolo City in 1998.

Wikipedia article: Rosendo Balinas Jr.

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 195  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R C Balinas vs L Binet Tapaszto  0-1351964Tel Aviv Olympiad qual-1B01 Scandinavian
2. R C Balinas vs E Bhend  1-0401964Tel Aviv Olympiad qual-1B58 Sicilian
3. Smyslov vs R C Balinas 1-0401964Tel Aviv Olympiad qual-1B39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
4. R C Balinas vs A N Rubinsztein 1-0321964Tel Aviv Olympiad qual-1B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
5. A Medina Garcia vs R C Balinas  ½-½451964Tel Aviv Olympiad qual-1A07 King's Indian Attack
6. R C Balinas vs B Brinck-Claussen  0-1541964Tel Aviv Olympiad Final-BB32 Sicilian
7. Malich vs R C Balinas  0-1331964Tel Aviv Olympiad Final-BD94 Grunfeld
8. A Beni vs R C Balinas  0-1421964Tel Aviv Olympiad Final-BA04 Reti Opening
9. R C Balinas vs Myagmarsuren  0-1421964Tel Aviv Olympiad Final-BD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. R C Balinas vs P H Clarke  ½-½331964Tel Aviv Olympiad Final-BD24 Queen's Gambit Accepted
11. W Ader Hausman vs R C Balinas  ½-½751964Tel Aviv Olympiad Final-BD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
12. R C Balinas vs A Ottati  1-0301964Tel Aviv Olympiad Final-BC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
13. M Johansson Sr vs R C Balinas  ½-½571964Tel Aviv Olympiad Final-BB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
14. R C Balinas vs J Rodriguez Gonzales  1-0551964Tel Aviv Olympiad Final-BB44 Sicilian
15. R C Balinas vs Pol Donne  1-0161966Havana Olympiad qual-1B01 Scandinavian
16. Fung Yee Wang vs R C Balinas 0-1281966Havana Olympiad qual-1B08 Pirc, Classical
17. R C Balinas vs Korchnoi  0-1681966Havana Olympiad qual-1B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
18. Blau vs R C Balinas  0-1401966Havana Olympiad qual-1B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
19. B Jansson vs R C Balinas  ½-½311966Havana Olympiad qual-1E83 King's Indian, Samisch
20. T Tsagan vs R C Balinas  0-1411966Havana Olympiad Final-CB27 Sicilian
21. R C Balinas vs F E Rego  ½-½401966Havana Olympiad Final-CB42 Sicilian, Kan
22. E Keogh vs R C Balinas  ½-½131966Havana Olympiad Final-CB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
23. R C Balinas vs A Zichichi  0-1301966Havana Olympiad Final-CB75 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
24. R C Balinas vs Fischer ½-½391967Match seriesB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
25. R C Balinas vs E Torre 1-0921968Manila MeralcoB20 Sicilian
 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 195  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Feb-11-09  Karpova: < <Karpova> Are you a Filipino?> No, I'm not. I was just answering to a post which its author deleted after I finished mine.
Apr-02-09  batugan69: Hello, BIDMONFA. Where are you, sir? Kindly post a picture of GM Balinas, please, BIDMONFA. LOL!
Apr-02-09  visayanbraindoctor: Just passing by and I noticed your post of missing games. Thanks <Karpova>. I think that GM Balinas was the second Filipino to gain the GM title after GM Torre. However, he could not have been regarded as a chess professional as he seemed to have been into his practice as a lawyer full time. Had he been born into a country that supported its chessplayers financially, GM Balinas would probably have excelled more. I believe he could not practice law and chess at the same time; and eventually had to abandon chess.
Aug-22-09  joecapablanca: The Wikipedia link below on GM Rosendo Carreon [the correct spelling] Balinas is a good source of his bio and achievements.

As a true lawyer that Balinas was, he took on and publicly opposed Campomanes' abuse of power and repressive treatment of Filipino chess players who opposed him.

Grandmaster Balinas did not abandon chess but was blacklisted by Campomanes, who instead bankrolled Torre's chess career full time.

Balinas consequently left the Philippines and joined his parents in the U. S. where he played infrequently due to poor health.

He passed away on September, 1998, from liver cancer.

True to his conviction, Grandmaster Balinas, on national GMA TV coverage, condemned Campomanes and his cohort Casto Abundo for their self enriching abuse of their position, and for setting Philippine chess back.

It is gratifying to see what the new Philippine chess leadership of Hon. Pichay have achieved with so many Filipino chess talents now achieving their Grandmaster title in such a short time.

Sep-05-09  joecapablanca: To Batugan 69, Atty. Rosendo Carreon Balinas, Jr.'s Pictures in You Tube :) Showing Fischer squirming under Balinas' mating attack. Fischer survived and they drew the match.

In the Meralco sponsored "Beat Bobby Fischer" of the top 10 Filipino masters, only GM Balinas [then a National Master, compared to Bobby's GM title] upheld the Filipino's tinik sa chess against Fischer, the Best Chess Player in the universe :) That is why Balinas is considered the best Asian player ever before Anand and Torre came along.

Dec-17-10  wordfunph: GM Rosendo Balinas as Asia's 2nd Grandmaster whewww!

thanks to sir Bobby Ang..

May-25-12  LoveThatJoker: It would be nice to see some more conversation on GM Balinas, Jr.


Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: When Balinas gained his GM title by winning the tournament in Odessa in 1976, he became the first foreign master to win a tournament in the USSR since Jose Capablanca's victory at Moscow in 1936.
Nov-22-14  kamagong24: @GrahamClayton: thanks for the trivia!!!

22nov14 another special day!.... :)

Nov-28-14  kamagong24: another 22nd of nov has passed...
Nov-29-14  kamagong24: grabe traffic kanina haaa
Nov-29-14  kamagong24: this is the only pic i ca find of GM Balinas

Dec-01-14  kamagong24: and so it starts...
Dec-01-14  kamagong24:
Dec-02-14  torrefan: A book on Balinas:

Dec-04-14  kamagong24: parating na si Hagupit!!! local name Typhoon Ruby!!!
Dec-11-14  kamagong24: reboot!
Dec-11-14  kamagong24: <torrefan> A book on Balinas


Dec-15-14  kamagong24: another day....
Jan-02-15  kamagong24:
Jan-08-15  kamagong24: this is starting to get weird...
May-02-15  kamagong24: good luck pacquiao!!!
Jul-25-15  kamagong24:

knight moves

Feb-04-16  kamagong24:
Aug-30-16  kamagong24: 42nd World Chess Olympiad 2016
Sept. 1-14 Baku, Azerbaijan

Good luck RP Team!!!

GM Eugene Torre
GM Julio Catalino Sadorra
GM John Paul Gomez
GM Banjo Barcenilla
IM Paulo Bersamina



WIM Janelle Mae Frayna
WIM Jan Jodilyn Fronda
WIM Catherine Perena Secopito
WFM Shanai Mae Mendoza
Cristy Lemiel Bernales

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