The Filipinos overcame culture shock in seeing the great figures of world chess in Moscow’s Red Army Central Theatre, where the chief arbiter was grandmaster Igor Bondarevsky, later to become more famous as the trainer of world champion Boris Spassky.
"We fought in every game, despite our lack of experience. We showed team spirit in squirming out of many tough situations," Campomanes said.
The Filipinos’ grit was rewarded. Placed in Group 4 with powerhouses Hungary arid Romania, the Filipinos were blanked only once—against Czechoslovakia. Cardoso’s triumph against Georges Thibaut of Belgium was cited as one of the gems of the Moscow Olympiad.