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.