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Renato Naranja
Number of games in database: 111
Years covered: 1959 to 2008
Last FIDE rating: 2226 (2206 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2420

Overall record: +32 -52 =27 (41.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 English (24) 
    A10 A14 A15 A13 A17
 King's Indian (12) 
    E62 E92 E72 E67 E91
 English, 1 c4 e5 (10) 
    A25 A23 A29 A26
 English, 1 c4 c5 (6) 
    A34 A30 A35 A37 A38
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (11) 
    E95 E62 E63 E83 E60
 Sicilian (11) 
    B83 B81 B22 B21 B23
 Sicilian Scheveningen (5) 
    B81 B83 B82
 English, 1 c4 e5 (4) 
    A20 A25 A28 A27
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   R Naranja vs Fischer, 1970 1/2-1/2
   Matulovic vs R Naranja, 1970 0-1
   W G Addison vs R Naranja, 1970 0-1
   R Naranja vs Smyslov, 1970 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)

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(born Sep-24-1940, 78 years old) Philippines

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IM (1969) Renato Naranja was Philippine Champion in 1965 and 3rd= with Rosendo Carrean Balinas Jr in 1974. He also played on the Philippine Olympiad teams of 1960, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1970 and 1974.

Wikipedia article: Renato Naranja

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 111  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Naranja vs D E Rumens  1-0381959Wch U20 prel-CA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
2. U Kuettner vs R Naranja  0-1411959Wch U20 fin-AE65 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav, 7.O-O
3. Smyslov vs R Naranja ½-½281960Leipzig ol (Men) qual-BA25 English
4. R Naranja vs K Janetschek  1-0391960Leipzig ol (Men) qual-BA10 English
5. R Naranja vs S Schweber 1-0451960Leipzig ol (Men) qual-BE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
6. R Naranja vs A Franck  0-1621960Leipzig ol (Men) fin-CA07 King's Indian Attack
7. R Naranja vs R Silva Nazzari  1-0421964Tel Aviv ol (Men) fin-BA25 English
8. R Naranja vs Letelier  1-0331964Tel Aviv ol (Men) fin-BA35 English, Symmetrical
9. R Naranja vs Stahlberg  0-1291964Tel Aviv ol (Men)D43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. S Johannessen vs R Naranja  ½-½401964Tel Aviv ol (Men)E73 King's Indian
11. K Dreyer vs R Naranja  0-13519641964 Tel Aviv OlA03 Bird's Opening
12. R Naranja vs O Sarapu  0-1421966Zone 10 Zonal TournamentA23 English, Bremen System, Keres Variation
13. R Naranja vs A Pomar Salamanca  0-1511966Havana ol (Men) qual-AD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. R Naranja vs O Yepez Obando  1-0411966Havana ol (Men) fin-CE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
15. W Heidenfeld vs R Naranja 1-0231966Havana ol (Men) fin-CB22 Sicilian, Alapin
16. R Naranja vs J L Alvarez del Monte  1-0291966Havana ol (Men) fin-CA13 English
17. Fischer vs R Naranja 1-0321967MeralcoB23 Sicilian, Closed
18. R Naranja vs E Torre 1-0641968Manila (Philippines)E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
19. R Naranja vs Gligoric  0-1441968MERALCO opA10 English
20. I Bilek vs R Naranja  ½-½341968Chess Olympiad Final-AA06 Reti Opening
21. Soos vs R Naranja  0-1551968Chess Olympiad Final-AE83 King's Indian, Samisch
22. R Naranja vs Lombardy 1-0401968Chess Olympiad Final-AA25 English
23. R Naranja vs Matulovic 0-1491968Chess Olympiad Final-AA10 English
24. K Darga vs R Naranja  1-0351968Chess Olympiad Final-AA27 English, Three Knights System
25. R Naranja vs M Gerusel  1-0521970Bad PyrmontA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
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Sep-24-08  timhortons: IM naranja happy birthday!
Aug-06-09  kazza83: What's the latest with you, IM Renato Naranja?
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  whiteshark: Player of the Day

Played at six Olympiads between 1960-1974

There's a big gap from 1977 to 2005 with no game in this database...

Sep-24-09  timhortons:

Renato Naranja (born September 24, 1940) is an International Master of chess from the Philippines.

He is Philippine Junior Champion in 1958 and Philippine Adult Champion in 1965. In 1959, he placed 9th in world junior championship U20 in Münchenstein. He played for Philippines in the Chess Olympiads of 1960, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1970 and 1974, playing on Board One in 1964, 1966 and 1970. He also placed first in the 1969 Asian Zonal Tournament in Singapore and subsequently qualified for the 1970 Palma de Mallorca Interzonal on tiebreaks, after drawing his two-game play-off match with co-winner Walter Browne.

While Naranja finished 21st in the 24-player field at Palma, he drew against runaway victor Bobby Fischer, as well as Lajos Portisch and Vassily Smyslov (both of whom failed to qualify for the world championship Candidates Matches by one half-point). One of Naranja's five wins at Palma was against Samuel Reshevsky.

<Naranja migrated in U.S. where he works as a computer programmer and where he frequents the Marshall Chess Club, New York.>

Sep-24-09  rjsolcruz: IM Nats,

Happy 69th b-day po! The MERALCO chess community misses you so much. By the way, your name is in the MERALCO Sports Hall of Fame. It is a displayed at Jollye Lobby, now Fitness Center, together with other greats in various sports discipline.

Next month, we are going to have the NM Cabrido Memorial Cup for MERALCO children with invited players.

God bless.

MERALCO Chess Club

Sep-24-09  kurtrichards: In 2008, during the 92nd Annual Marshall Chess Club Championship, Renato Naranja handling the black pieces defeated Alex Lenderman,winner of the 2005 Boys Under-16 title the World Youth Championship and winner of the USCF National High (K-12) Chess Championship.

Position after 61. a6

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61. ... Qxa6
62. Bd6 Kf1
63. Kg3 Qxb6
64. c8=Q Qxd6#

Very nice win by the the 68-year old Renato Naranja over his youthful opponent, the then 18-year old Alex Lenderman.

Happy 69th birthday, Renato Naranja!

Sep-24-09  timhortons: happy birthday..

you contributed a lot to the popularity of chess back home.

considering you one of the earliest who got an IM title in asia, or south east asia.

Sep-24-09  kazza83: Happy Birthday Sir.
Sep-25-09  tagaraw: Happy birthday IM Naranja too!

rzsolcruz, are you referring to Victor Cabrido in your memorial cup tourney for Meralco children? I used to play table tennis with him and his brother Hector at the Manila YMCA in the mid-60's. It is also the place where I learned to play chess.

Sep-25-09  spawn2: Happy Bday to one of the trailblazer in Philippine Chess!
Sep-25-09  timhortons: guys. looks like meralco has a lot to do with chess prior to era 70' the lopezes a strong sponsor of chess back then?

i know that meralco was wrested by marcos cronies from the lopezes after 72/martial law.

anybody got idea of these?

Jun-30-10  The Eagles: this guy still plays in chess tournaments.

current elo rating: 2258

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  wordfunph: according to GM Pal Benko, IM Naranja is particularly fond of endgames. In fact, he composed some studies featured in Benko's Bafflers.
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  wordfunph: from GM Andrew Soltis book What it Takes to Become a Chess Master..

<At a memorial service after Bobby Fischer's death in 2008, the Philippines master Renato Naranja recalled how they both competed in the 1970 Interzonal tournament. One day, after Naranja had drawn with a Soviet grandmaster who was much stronger than him, Fischer told the Filipino he stood better when the game ended.

Yes, I know, replied Naranja, but I couldn't see how to win. Fischer said that was no reason to agree to a draw. When you know you have an edge, you just keep playing, he said. "You had the two bishops," Fischer said. "Just move around.">

this is why we admire the no-draw attitude of Bobby.

Jun-12-12  Shams: This is possibly the game Soltis refers to:
Renato Naranja vs Smyslov, 1970
Jun-12-12  Mudphudder: Renato Naranja is a very nice guy. I met him once randomly at the marshall chess club (he's always there) not knowing who he was nor that he had drawn Fischer before (wow). He is like a grandfather....was showing me some chess puzzle that he created. It wasn't until after almost an hour that I finally asked him...."are you a master of some sort?" LOL he humbly nodded yes and I later learned that he had drawn Fischer back in his heyday.
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  wordfunph: thanks <Shams>..

nice story <Mudphudder> :)

Sep-24-12  SugarDom: Actually, he almost beat Fischer.
Sep-24-12  Abdel Irada: Interesting etymology on "Naranja."

It probably comes as no surprise that the name comes from the Spanish word for "orange." Since Spanish is among the principal linguistic influences in the Philippines, this is not hard to understand.

But the word is not endemic to Spanish, per se. It entered the language during the Moorish period in southern Spain, in the Andalusia that gave us the Alhambra and flamenco. Imported proximately from Morocco, it was then a naturalized Arabic word, but its ultimate origin was Persian; the "native" Arabic word of the same meaning being "burtuqala."

Meanwhile, the word entered our own language by a not-uncommon process of elision: The Spanish-Arabic "an-naranj" was appropriated by the French and transmuted through corruption owing to mishearing in speech into "un orange," whence the present English form.

As Will Durant tells us in _The Age of Faith_, "He who should know the history of languages should know the whole of history." And if nothing else, linguistic history helps us to perceive the linkages, past and present, among the cultures of the world. :-)

Sep-24-12  BIDMONFA: Renato Naranja


Sep-24-12  Pulpofeira: Nice quote, Abdel. I`m spanish, and, as you probably will note, and as most of my compatriots, I handle the language of Shakespeare like a thug (I hope my visits on this site will allow me to improve my skills as an english speaker, or, would to heaven, as a chess player). But I`m very interested on etymology and the relations between the different indoeuropean languages, and Durant`s quote (and yours) seemed very interesting to me.
Sep-25-12  Abdel Irada: <Pulpofeira>: Actually, from what I see here, you use English at least as well as most native speakers. It's a little idiosyncratic, but quite lucid and intelligible.

As to Durant, I would have to say he is my favorite historian.

Sep-25-12  Pulpofeira: <Abdel> Thank you very much!
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