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Posted on 07:33 PM, January 02, 2011

Chess Piece — By Bobby Ang

Due to really very insistent public demand I am continuing my coverage of the 1974 Nice Olympiad “Dream Team.” The Top 6 from the Philippine National Championship in 1974 were designated as our country’s representatives to the Olympiad and the battles there were quite absorbing. Today I will show you some of them.

Glenn Bordonada’s qualification for the national squad was quite a surprise — he wasn’t even first among the players from the national students’ pool (that was Rico Mascarinas). However, this was the year when he made a big jump from “promising” to “delivering,” and the ferociousness of his attacks became legendary.

Bordonada, Glenn — Balinas, Rosendo C [B81]

Phi-Ch, Manila (9), 03.1974

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6

The Scheveningen is not so popular as before. I think the Black players got tired of preparing against the Keres Attack (as in this game), English Attack (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Be3 followed by f2-f3, Qd2, 0 — 0 — 0 and g4) and Perenyi Attack (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e6 7.g4 e5 8.Nf5 g6 9.g5).

6.g4 a6 7.g5 Nfd7 8.Be3 Nc6

Nowadays the set-up with 8…b5 followed by …Bb7, …Nc6, and …Qc7 is more popular.

9.h4 Nde5

White has an overwhelming score in this set-up. Then again, this game was played in the ’70s when “theory” was just being developed. Here is Wesley So in action: 9…Be7 10.Qh5 0 — 0 11.0 — 0 — 0 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 Qa5 13.Kb1 b5 14.Bd3 Ne5 15.f4 Nxd3 16.Rxd3 b4 17.f5 Qd8 18.Bxg7 Kxg7 19.Qh6+ Kh8 20.g6 fxg6 21.fxg6 Rf7 22.gxf7 Bf8 23.Qh5 bxc3 24.Rg3 1 — 0 So, W. — Aghasaryan, R./ Belfort World Youth 2005. Yes, Wesley was only 12 years old at that time!

10.f4 Nxd4 11.Bxd4 Nc6 12.Be3 h6?! Bali’s provocative style, but here it is way too risky — why open up your own kingside when your opponent is better developed? The indicated move here is 12…b5.

13.Qf3 hxg5 14.hxg5 Rxh1 15.Qxh1 b5 16.0 — 0 — 0 Qa5?

For those of you who like to play wild and wooly positions like this here is a rule of the thumb: the queen is almost always better played on c7 rather than a5. There are several reasons for this but a major one is that on a5 it gets in the way of his own pawn advance.

17.g6! b4

[17…fxg6 18.Qg1! threatening Qxg6+ as well as Bb6, which wins the black queen]

18.gxf7+ Kxf7 19.Nb1 Qxa2 20.e5 Bb7 21.Bd3 d5 22.Qh5+ Ke7 23.Bc5+ Kd7 24.Qf7+ Ne7 25.f5 d4 26.Bxe7 Bxe7 27.f6 gxf6 28.exf6 Re8 29.Bg6

Bali should resign, but he is notorious for playing on till the bitter end.

29…Kd6 30.Qxe8 Bxf6 31.Qb8+ Kc6 32.Be4+ 1 — 0

Rosendo Balinas got his IM and GM titles in 1975 and 1976, respectively, so during this 1974 championship he was among the ranks of the “untitled.” Do not be misled by this — Bali was among the favorites to win. He was considered the strongest Asian (not only Filipino) chess player during the 1960s and 1970s, before the emergence of Torre and Anand. Balinas won international chess tournaments in Hong Kong, Singapore and Manila during the period. At the 1966 17th World Chess Olympiad in Havana, Cuba, Balinas scored 15 points out of 20 games and was awarded the individual Silver medal award, behind the Gold medalist Mikhail Tal who scored 11 points out of 13 games. In the 1967 Meralco “Beat Bobby Fischer” match series in Manila, of the top 10 Filipino players, Balinas was the only one to hold the future World Chess Champion to a draw.

Balinas was a seven-time Philippine chess champion, winning the Philippine National Championship and the Philippine Open Chess Championships.

He notably shared first place at the Meralco-sponsored 1968 Philippine Open Chess championship with the celebrated world championship candidate qualifier Yugoslav Grandmaster Svetozar Gligori.

Here is a typical masterpiece for Bali — obscure tactics featuring unexplained pawn sacrifices, then all becomes apparent in the end game.

Balinas, Rosendo C — Caturla, Cesar [A42]

Phi-Ch, Manila, 03.1974

1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.e4 e5 5.dxe5 dxe5 6.Qxd8+ Kxd8 7.Bg5+

The move 7.f4 is considered to be the best continuation, but in 1974 they didn’t know that yet.

7…f6 8.0 — 0 — 0+ Nd7 9.Be3 Bh6 10.Nd5 Bxe3+ 11.Nxe3 c6 12.h4 h5 13.g4

Typical of Bali’s style. This is not a simple pawn exchange. After 13…hxg4 he intents Ng1 — e2-g3 and then h4-h5 to create a hole on f5 in Black’s position for his knights to occupy.

13…hxg4 14.Ne2 Ke7 15.Ng3

According to plan. By the way, 15.Nxg4? fails to 15…Nc5 16.Ne3 Nxe4.

15…Nc5 16.Be2 Nh6 17.h5 g5 18.b4 Na6 19.a3 Be6 20.c5 Nc7 21.a4 Rad8 22.Kb2 a6 23.Kc3 Ne8 24.Rxd8 Kxd8 25.b5 axb5 26.axb5 cxb5 27.Bxb5 Nc7 28.Bc4 Rf8 29.Rb1 Bxc4

Going completely to the defensive with 29…Bc8 does not work either, as White has 30.Rb6 followed by Bd5.

30.Kxc4 Kc8 31.Ngf5 Nxf5 32.Nxf5 Ne8 33.Kd5

The culmination of Bali’s plan started on move 13!

33…Rf7 34.Nd6+ Nxd6 35.cxd6 Rh7 36.Rc1+ Kd8 37.Rc7! Rxh5

[37…Rxc7 38.dxc7+ Kxc7 39.h6 the pawn queens]

38.Rxb7 f5

[38…Rh3 39.Ke6 Kc8 40.d7+ Kxb7 41.d8Q]

39.Kc6 Ke8 40.Rb8+ 1 — 0

And now a quick Bali crush.

Balinas, Rosendo C — Mascarinas, Rico [B01]

PHI-Ch, Manila, 03.1974

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.Bc4 c6 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.Qe2 Bf5 7.Ne5 Bg6 8.d4 Nbd7 9.Nxd7 Nxd7 10.0 — 0 0 — 0 — 0 11.d5! cxd5 12.b4! Qc7

Taking the second pawn is very dangerous: 12…Qxb4 13.Nxd5 Qa4 (13…Qc5 14.Be3 Qa5 15.Rfb1 I don’t see how Black can survive this attack) 14.Bg5 f6 15.Be3 Kb8 16.Bb3 Qa3 17.Nf4 followed by Ne6.

13.Nxd5 Qe5 14.Qf3! e6

The rook cannot be taken because of 14…Qxa1 15.Bf4 with the same threat as in the actual game.

15.Bf4 Qd4? D

The only move was 15…Qe4, but obviously Rico had not seen the hidden threat.

Position after 15…Qxd4

16.Ne7+! 1-0

After the forced 16…Bxe7 then 17.Qc6+! bxc6 18.Ba6 checkmate. 1 — 0

Julian Lobigas, a veteran of the 1970 Siegen and 1972 Olympiad teams, was considered a favorite to cop one of the 6 slots for Nice, but was in poor form. In the following game he is completely routed by GM Torre.

Torre, Eugenio — Lobigas, Julian [C60]

PHI-Ch Manila, 03.1974

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Qf6

The Italian champion Sergio Mariotti specializes in this line.

4.c3 g5 5.d4 g4 6.Nxe5 Nxe5 7.dxe5 Qxe5 8.Qd4 Bg7 9.Be3 Qxd4 10.cxd4 c5 11.e5 cxd4 12.Bxd4 Ne7 13.Nc3 0 — 0 14.0 — 0 — 0 b6

Black had to prevent Bc5.

15.Rhe1 Nc6 16.Nd5! Kh8 17.Bc3 Rb8 18.Nf6 a6 19.Be2 b5 20.b3 b4 21.Bb2 Rb6

Threatening a discovered attack on the white knight via …Nxe5, which Eugene promptly stops.

22.Rd6! a5 23.Bxg4 Rb5 24.f4 Ne7 25.Re3!

White had to foresee his 28th move before committing to this, since after 25…Bxf6 26.Rxf6 there is a knight fork on d5 that he has to watch out for.

25…Bxf6 26.Rxf6 Rc5+ 27.Kb1 Nd5 28.e6! Nxe3

[28…Nxf6 29.e7 Re8 30.Bxf6+ Kg8 31.Rg3]

29.Rxf7+ Kg8 30.Rg7+ Kh8 31.e7 Re8 32.Bh5! Rc3

[32…Rxh5 33.Rg5#]

33.Bxe8 Bb7

[33…Kxg7 34.Bh5 the pawn queens]

34.Bxc3 bxc3 35.Rxh7+ Kxh7 36.Bg6+ 1 — 0

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