Let’s call a spade a spade. We Filipinos are too conceited to admit our weaknesses. Why, our players don’t even want to have their games published because they fear that their chess “secrets” will be known by their rivals! What secrets are they talking about? If they mean their bankruptcy of ideas, then I agree.
One solid proof of how Philippine chess has stagnated is the fact that we still rely on Torre to take up the cudgels for the rest of our so-called masters who may not even know who Ruy Lopez was or that chess originated in Asia. Ignorance—that is the bane of Filipino players!
One can only hope that this excoriating attack will, indeed, be enough for a wake up call to RP chess leaders. Well, let's pray.