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Rosendo Carrean Balinas Jr
Number of games in database: 108
Years covered: 1964 to 1995
Highest rating achieved in database: 2380

Overall record: +30 -51 =27 (40.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (21) 
    B23 B20 B52 B27 B40
 Ruy Lopez (10) 
    C77 C69 C74 C84 C93
 French Defense (6) 
    C02 C05 C09 C14 C04
 Caro-Kann (5) 
    B18 B12 B10 B17
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (11) 
    B22 B27 B39 B32 B23
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C60 C69 C92 C95 C77
 Queen's Indian (5) 
    E14 E12 E16 E17
 Nimzo Indian (4) 
    E32 E46 E41 E20
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Larsen vs R C Balinas, 1975 0-1
   R C Balinas vs Joel 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?]
   Lone Pine (1979)
   Haifa Olympiad (Men) (1976)
   Lone Pine (1978)

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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 5; games 1-25 of 108  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R C Balinas vs L Binet Tapaszto  0-1351964Tel Aviv ol (Men) qual-AB01 Scandinavian
2. Smyslov vs R C Balinas 1-0401964Tel Aviv ol (Men) qual-AB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
3. R C Balinas vs A N Rubinsztein 1-0321964Tel Aviv ol (Men) qual-AB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
4. R C Balinas vs Korchnoi  0-1681966Havana ol (Men) qual-AB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
5. Blau vs R C Balinas  0-1401966Havana ol (Men) qual-AB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
6. E Keogh vs R C Balinas  ½-½131966Havana ol (Men) fin-CB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
7. R C Balinas vs A Zichichi  0-1301966Havana ol (Men) fin-CB75 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
8. R C Balinas vs Fischer ½-½391967MeralcoB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
9. R C Balinas vs Gligoric  ½-½401968Manila MeralcoC93 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense
10. R C Balinas vs E Torre 1-0921968Manila MeralcoB20 Sicilian
11. N Estimo vs R C Balinas 0-1261968ManilaC58 Two Knights
12. R C Balinas vs Korchnoi 0-1371968Chess Olympiad Qualifying Group 1B44 Sicilian
13. R C Balinas vs A M Giustolisi 1-0351968Chess Olympiad Qualifying Group 1B10 Caro-Kann
14. R C Balinas vs Ivkov  0-1401968Chess Olympiad Final-AB06 Robatsch
15. R C Balinas vs Uhlmann  0-1421968Chess Olympiad Final-AA07 King's Indian Attack
16. R C Balinas vs Filip  ½-½391968Chess Olympiad Final-AB12 Caro-Kann Defense
17. N Padevsky vs R C Balinas  1-0421968Lugano ol (Men)B23 Sicilian, Closed
18. R C Balinas vs Filip 1-0401974Olympiad Final-AB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
19. A J Whiteley vs R C Balinas  ½-½501974Olympiad Final-AE60 King's Indian Defense
20. B Enklaar vs R C Balinas  1-0481974Olympiad Final-AB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
21. R C Balinas vs Najdorf  0-1281974Olympiad Final-AB20 Sicilian
22. E Torre vs R C Balinas 1-0801975Melbourne ZonalC42 Petrov Defense
23. P Garbett vs R C Balinas  1-0421975Melbourne ZonalB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
24. Ljubojevic vs R C Balinas 1-0301975ManilaB32 Sicilian
25. R C Balinas vs E Torre  ½-½231975ManilaE82 King's Indian, Samisch, double Fianchetto Variation
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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.

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  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.


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  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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