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Ruben Rodriguez
R Rodriguez 
Number of games in database: 181
Years covered: 1967 to 1993

Overall record: +69 -66 =46 (50.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (18) 
    B46 B61 B81 B78 B63
 Ruy Lopez (9) 
    C99 C72 C98 C78 C60
 King's Indian (7) 
    E67 E73 E70 E82 E75
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    E00 A46
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (5) 
    C99 C98 C92
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (5) 
    B61 B64 B62 B63
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (23) 
    B25 B90 B84 B92 B22
 King's Indian (11) 
    E62 E73 E74 E97 E70
 Grunfeld (8) 
    D85 D76 D94 D87 D93
 Modern Benoni (6) 
    A60 A56 A65 A62 A61
 Ruy Lopez (6) 
    C72 C69 C73 C80 C83
 Sicilian Najdorf (6) 
    B90 B91 B92
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   R Rodriguez vs Van der Wiel, 1982 1-0
   R Rodriguez vs S Jones, 1970 1-0
   R Rodriguez vs Beliavsky, 1982 1/2-1/2
   R Rodriguez vs Quinteros, 1982 1-0
   R Rodriguez vs Ljubojevic, 1979 1-0
   Sax vs R Rodriguez, 1982 1/2-1/2
   R Rodriguez vs G Garcia Gonzalez, 1982 1-0
   Andersson vs R Rodriguez, 1982 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Manila Meralco (1968)
   Amsterdam IBM-B (1975)
   Manila (1982)
   Lone Pine (1974)
   Siegen Olympiad Final-C (1970)
   Rubinstein Memorial (1975)
   Siegen Olympiad qual-4 (1970)
   Moscow Interzonal (1982)
   Skopje Olympiad qual-8 (1972)
   Lugano Olympiad qual-1 (1968)
   Riga Interzonal (1979)
   Skopje Olympiad Final-B (1972)
   Lugano Olympiad Final-A (1968)
   Dubai Olympiad (1986)
   Manila Olympiad (1992)

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(born Dec-07-1946, died 1995, 48 years old) Philippines

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He was an International Master. Asian Team Chess Championship winner (1979, 1981)

In the 1960s and 1970s Ruben Rodríguez was one of the strongest Filipino chess players. In 1973, in Chicago he shared 1st - 5th place in U.S. Open Chess Championship with Norman Weinstein, Walter Browne, Duncan Suttles, and Greg DeFotis. For a long time Ruben Rodríguez was considered the Philippines' best blitz player.

Ruben Rodríguez participated in the World Chess Championship Interzonal Tournaments, twice. He represented his country at the olympiads nine times. His most notable result in this event was at the 19th Chess Olympiad in Siegen on board three (+7 =7 -1).

Wikipedia article: Ruben Rodríguez (chess player)

Last updated: 2022-04-11 18:29:26

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 186  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Fischer vs R Rodriguez 1-0281967MERALCO - Beat Bobby Fischer ContestA07 King's Indian Attack
2. R Rodriguez vs B Berger  1-0581968Manila MeralcoC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
3. Lee Keng Cheong vs R Rodriguez  0-1381968Manila MeralcoE60 King's Indian Defense
4. R Rodriguez vs J Lobigas  1-0611968Manila MeralcoB64 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
5. C Benitez vs R Rodriguez  ½-½511968Manila MeralcoC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
6. R Rodriguez vs E De Castro 1-0231968Manila MeralcoE00 Queen's Pawn Game
7. R Rodriguez vs Lim Kok Ann  ½-½391968Manila MeralcoB07 Pirc
8. R Rodriguez vs R Reyes  1-0661968Manila MeralcoD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
9. R C Balinas vs R Rodriguez  0-1381968Manila MeralcoB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
10. R Rodriguez vs N Estimo  1-0431968Manila MeralcoB40 Sicilian
11. G Badilles vs R Rodriguez  0-1551968Manila MeralcoE17 Queen's Indian
12. Gligoric vs R Rodriguez  1-0311968Manila MeralcoE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
13. S Aguilar Jr. vs R Rodriguez  0-1731968Manila MeralcoC53 Giuoco Piano
14. R Rodriguez vs P Rasmussen  1-0361968Manila MeralcoC25 Vienna
15. E Torre vs R Rodriguez  0-1371968Manila MeralcoB03 Alekhine's Defense
16. Ismini Cababe vs R Rodriguez  0-1381968Lugano Olympiad qual-1B25 Sicilian, Closed
17. J Araiza Munoz vs R Rodriguez  0-1521968Lugano Olympiad qual-1A46 Queen's Pawn Game
18. R Rodriguez vs Polugaevsky  0-1411968Lugano Olympiad qual-1E53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
19. Csom vs R Rodriguez  0-1681968Lugano Olympiad Final-AB22 Sicilian, Alapin
20. R Rodriguez vs E Ungureanu  ½-½711968Lugano Olympiad Final-AA79 Benoni, Classical, 11.f3
21. R Rodriguez vs R Garcia  1-0401968Lugano Olympiad Final-AB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
22. D Ciric vs R Rodriguez  1-0371968Lugano Olympiad Final-AB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
23. H Liebert vs R Rodriguez  ½-½461968Lugano Olympiad Final-AA15 English
24. R Rodriguez vs P Norby 1-0371968Lugano Olympiad Final-AA07 King's Indian Attack
25. Hecht vs R Rodriguez  1-0731968Lugano Olympiad Final-AB56 Sicilian
 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 186  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-19-10  asianwarrior: If I remember it right, he was a co-champion with Eugene Torre twice in the Asian Zone 10 championship (1979 & 1982) and a former US open champion (1975). I hope some of his countrymen add info on his accomplishments as well as his games.
Feb-19-10  Caissanist: I don't believe that he was ever US Open champion:
Feb-19-10  asianwarrior: I stand corrected. Thank you.
Jul-16-10  The Eagles: a 9-time chess olympian 1968-1972, 1976-1980,1986-1988, 1992 scoring 36 wins 32 loss 32 draws
best olympiad performance 2559 in 1992
Jun-11-11  wordfunph: on IM Ruben Rodriguez, taken from the book "The Philippines vs. The World" by Tony Benedicto and Frankie Lacambra..

<Given the breaks in his youth, Ruben would have easily earned the GM title even ahead of Torre, Antonio, and Villamayor.

The last time we saw Ruben was rather late at night while driving on a deserted street leading to BF Homes Almanza in Las Piñas. We almost bumped him. One of your authors stopped his car when he recognized him if if only to greet him to be more careful in crossing dark streets at night wearing grey-colored clothes.

Laughing it off, he told us he had come from one of the houses in the subdivision where he was teaching a promising youngster the intricacies of the Ruy Lopez. Later we learned he was doing it for free.

Rodriguez died a bachelor.>

rest in peace IM Ruben Rodriguez..

Nov-20-11  wordfunph: in memory of Ruben Rodriguez: 1948-1995, by Ignacio Dee, Chess Asia Vol.11 No. 3

<Rodriguez first won the national title 1986. He nearly missed out a long-cherished GM norm in the 1992 Olympiad, beating three GMs and losing a won position against super-GM Gata Kamsky on time forfeit, before faltering in his final round game.

Rodriguez's book-worm image was disguised through irrepressible behavior and a bohemian lifestyle that stamped him as an eccentric.

He would guzzle beer, smoke and play chess among friends and players at the Luneta Chess Plaza. He would sleep nearly anywhere, clutching a big travelling bag containing chess books, novels, thick notebooks and canned food.>

rest in peace IM Ruben Rodriguez..

Nov-20-11  andrewjsacks: In Southern California, we were fortunate enough to have the young "hotshot" speed demon among us for several years, off and on, in the 1970s. Strong player and likeable character.
Aug-01-15  wordfunph: Chess Piece -- Bobby Ang

<IM Ruben Rodriguez died over the chessboard. He was playing in one of Mila Emperado’s chess tournaments, a 9-round event. In the 8th round he was among the leaders in the tournament but suffered a diabetic attack against Ponciano Badilles. Ponce was trying to hold an inferior position but suddenly noticed that Rodriguez was very pale and sleeping across the board. When Ruben would not wake up Ponce stood up, asked for help and told Mila he was resigning the game (no truth to the rumor that Ponce waited for Ruben’s clock to fall before calling for medical help). Ruben never woke up. The next day the tournament was cancelled and all prize money went to his funeral.

Perhaps Ruben had already felt the end was near, for in his notebook was a recent note saying that he had no regrets.>

Dec-07-18  SugarDom: Player of the Day.

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