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E Torre 
Photography courtesy of Philippine Chess.  
Eugenio Torre
Number of games in database: 1,206
Years covered: 1968 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2438 (2444 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2560
Overall record: +400 -252 =530 (56.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      24 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (155) 
    B50 B40 B83 B22 B52
 Queen's Pawn Game (73) 
    A45 D00 A46 D02 A40
 Queen's Indian (36) 
    E15 E17 E12 E14 E16
 Ruy Lopez (29) 
    C92 C64 C84 C95 C77
 French Defense (28) 
    C02 C07 C09 C18 C04
 Sicilian Scheveningen (24) 
    B83 B84 B81 B85
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (92) 
    C99 C92 C80 C65 C77
 Pirc (78) 
    B07 B08 B09
 Slav (66) 
    D17 D14 D19 D12 D10
 King's Indian (65) 
    E62 E97 E73 E92 E90
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (53) 
    C99 C92 C97 C91 C85
 Sicilian (41) 
    B42 B30 B67 B43 B40
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Karpov vs E Torre, 1976 0-1
   L Ogaard vs E Torre, 1976 0-1
   E Torre vs Karpov, 1984 1-0
   Tal vs E Torre, 1987 0-1
   E Torre vs Romanishin, 1988 1-0
   E Torre vs Petursson, 1985 1-0
   Chiburdanidze vs E Torre, 1988 0-1
   Portisch vs E Torre, 1979 0-1
   E Torre vs Tarjan, 1983 1/2-1/2
   Tal vs E Torre, 1973 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Manila (1976)
   1st Burroughs Computers Grandmaster (1978)
   Hastings (1980/81) (1980)
   Geneva (1977)
   Rio de Janeiro Interzonal (1979)
   16th Asian Games (Men Teams) (2010)
   Bad Lauterberg (1977)
   Manila (1973)
   Leningrad Interzonal (1973)
   8th Asian Continental Chess Championship (2009)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   Asian Individual Championship (2007)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   2nd Indonesia Open Chess Championship (2012)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Filipino Masters vs World Champions by mikevg
   Nikki KID by reurbz
   Amsterdam IBM 1977 by suenteus po 147
   Baku 1980 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings (1980/81) by Chessical
   Geneva 1977 by Tabanus

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(born Nov-04-1951, 62 years old) Philippines

[what is this?]
Eugenio Torre was born in Iloilo City, the Philippines and is the strongest Filipino chess player of his generation. He reached a peak world ranking of 20 in January 1983 and was in the world's top 100 players for most of the period from 1975 until 1992. (1) At the age of 60, he remains ranked among the top players in the Philippines.

Awarded the IM title in 1972, Torre quickly ascended the ranks, and has the distinction of being the first Asian to earn the title of International Grandmaster. He accomplished the feat at the age of 22 when he won a bronze medal on board 1 at the 21st World Chess Olympiad held in Nice, France in 1974. Torre has been a veteran of the World Chess Olympiad for four decades, playing in every Olympiad since 1970 (except for 2008), playing top board for his team in every Olympiad between 1972 and 2004 inclusive, and leading the Philippine team to 7th place at the 1988 Thessaloniki Olympiad. Altogether, he has won three individual Olympiad bronze medals. Torre also participated in most of the early Asian Team Championships, invariably playing top board and invariably winning one or two medals. He lead the team to three consecutive gold medals during the games held in 1977, 1979 and 1981, to silver in 1983, and gold again in 1986. He also won 4 consecutive individual gold medals in those years and finished with a bronze medal for both the team and himself in his last stint at the Asian Team Championships played in Kuala Lumpur in 1993.

He beat Anatoly Karpov in Manila in 1976, one of Karpov's few losses during his championship reign. Torre qualified for the Candidates round in 1984 but lost to Zoltan Ribli. He was a friend of Robert James Fischer, playing some training games with him and acting as a member of his team during Fischer's 1992 match against Boris Spassky. Later he conducted radio interviews with Fischer on <Bombo Radyo> of the Philippines. He also established the Eugene Torre Chess Foundation and the Eugene Torre Chess Center, which aim to discover and develop hidden talents from the Philippines' provinces.

Philippines top 100; (1); (2)

Wikipedia article: Eugenio Torre

 page 1 of 49; games 1-25 of 1,206  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Renato Naranja vs E Torre 1-064 1968 Manila (Philippines)E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
2. E Torre vs Gligoric  0-151 1968 Manila (Philippines)C93 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense
3. R C Balinas vs E Torre 1-092 1968 Meralco OpenB20 Sicilian
4. E Torre vs Karpov ½-½77 1969 Ch World (juniors) (under 20)C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. G Ligterink vs E Torre  ½-½57 1969 Wch U20 fin-BE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
6. E Torre vs Saidy 1-034 1969 Malaga (Spain)B57 Sicilian
7. E Torre vs P N Lee  ½-½17 1970 OlympiadC18 French, Winawer
8. E Torre vs F Loheac-Amoun 1-027 1970 Siegen (Germany)C98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
9. G Forintos vs E Torre 0-140 1970 Siegen ol (Men)E77 King's Indian
10. E Paoli vs E Torre 0-129 1970 Siegen ol (Men) qual-DB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
11. E Torre vs Ribli  0-154 1971 Athens (Wch U20)B85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
12. E Torre vs T I Shaw 1-034 1972 Hong KongC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
13. S Tatai vs E Torre  1-037 1972 Skopje ol (Men)E63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
14. H Petersen vs E Torre 0-117 1972 Skopje ol (Men)B03 Alekhine's Defense
15. E Torre vs Suttles 1-042 1972 Skopje/Krusevo/Ohrid (Yugoslavia)B06 Robatsch
16. L Vizantiadis vs E Torre 0-156 1972 Skopje ol (Men)A07 King's Indian Attack
17. S Kagan vs E Torre 0-130 1972 Skopje ol (Men)B03 Alekhine's Defense
18. E Torre vs Keene ½-½13 1972 Skopje ol (Men)B06 Robatsch
19. E Torre vs K Harandi 0-142 1972 Skopje olC78 Ruy Lopez
20. E Torre vs S Garcia Martinez  0-169 1972 Skopje ol (Men)A07 King's Indian Attack
21. O Rodriguez vs E Torre 0-130 1972 Skopje ol (Men)B04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
22. E Torre vs K Roehrl 1-018 1972 OlympiadC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
23. Robatsch vs E Torre  ½-½12 1972 Skopje ol (Men)B05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
24. E Paoli vs E Torre 0-176 1972 Reggio Emilia 7273B07 Pirc
25. Kavalek vs E Torre  1-037 1972 Skopje/Krusevo/Ohrid (Yugoslavia)E90 King's Indian
 page 1 of 49; games 1-25 of 1,206  PGN Download
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Sep-19-14  pinoymaster77: Watchout for Junemar in the Asiad? Kelangan ma shutdown o ma limit nila ni Marcus si Haddadi, and sila Gabe/JD kay Bahrami. Tenorio/Jimmy/Paul vs Kamrani, 2nd game natin Iran I think on Sept 25 :

Sep-20-14  SugarDom: <pinoymaster77> we did the first ever chess honor oath-taking at WCC chess cafe today. Grabe reception, enthusiastic mag-recite mga players of about 50 people including non-players.

Nagpasakalye muna ako on why we need to stop game-fixing and cheating in chess.

Sep-20-14  torrefan: Congrats!

Can you post here the text of the oath?

Sep-20-14  SugarDom: The CHESS PLAYER honor oath.
(To be recited at the commencement of the tournament day) Raise your right hand.
I am a chess player.
I am an honorable person.
I will not lie, cheat or fix games nor tolerate any among us who does.

I will not pre-arrange game results.

I promise to do my best in every game and to conduct myself most sincerely.

I believe in God who sees and knows everything I do and even without God, I believe in Truth, Honesty and Fair Play.

This is my honor oath. May I suffer the consequences if I break my oath.

May I receive punishment if I am untrue to myself.

So be it. Amen.

Sep-20-14  torrefan: Nice oath. Usually oaths end with "So help me God." But that'll be disadvantageous to players who are atheists.
Sep-20-14  Pulo y Gata: But isn't Amen religious?
Sep-20-14  torrefan: No. It is the Tagalog expression of the desire to win and acquire points. Amen ang panalo! Amen ang puntos! Amen ang premyo!
Sep-20-14  SugarDom: Yeah. So we will put "Amen" in parenthesis, in order to make it optional.
Sep-20-14  pinoymaster77: Ok thats debut for the honor oath, may the players walk the talk !
Sep-20-14  pinoymaster77: Gilas Mgr Aboy Castro also has the same thinking on the Iran game, mark the date on Sept 25th Thurs. First game on Tues vs the Group B leader is Kazakhstan, also a tough, physical opponent

Sep-21-14  kardopov: sir noypi, wala ba representative ang Pilipinas sa World Youth Chess Champioship?
Sep-21-14  pinoymaster77: Kardz,

Mukhang wala sa WYCC.

Ang balita sa World Juniors merong makakalaro.

Sep-21-14  pinoymaster77: Throw in the kitchen sink, pati sa bolang gagamitin kasama sa plano ng hosts Korean. Di pa sure ang Kazakhs to top Group B, emerging power din ang India. Bukas na dapat laban ng Gilas vs Group B topnotcher

Sep-21-14  pinoymaster77: IM Hari Pascua was having a run in the Datu Arthur Open with 6/8 going into the final round, and having met 3 GMs from 3 diff Feds and TPR near 2600, but eventually lost in the final round to FM Le Tuan Minh.

Me thinks with the rebuilding going on the practices (particularly training) being finetuned eh for the 2016 Olympiad eh ratain the Tromso team as part of the national training pool. Then maybe add 1 to 2 more slots, in case there's a new young GM who's ready or the likes of GM Rich Bitoon regain his form. A slot could also be allotted for the PNG champ and/or the Natl Jrs champ.

The annual BOGM can just be re-named as the NCC / National Chess Championships, or National Open finals.

Sep-21-14  Pulo y Gata: Let there be a regular Olympiad selection, for players to prove themselves each time and not sit on past laurels. Even the players who produced phi's best finishes were products of national selection. Maybe it's time to return to the old formula, and it's only fair if we want to develop the young ones.

What's needed is a well-publicized schedule. That, and good compensation for the players.

Sep-21-14  Pulo y Gata: One thing I hate hearing is one master complaining about how GM Torre has always been pre-selected. It's always good to retort: "Beat him in the selections."
Sep-22-14  pinoymaster77: I think Marilin still plays tennis, if there's a good tennis court. Maybe tennis would also be on the upswing now that this lady 'heart throb' came into the limelight. May elite event pala dito featuring Sharapova, Murray and PHI player Huey. She just missed the Bench show 'Naked Truth' done just recently :

Sep-22-14  pinoymaster77: PYG,

Under normal circumstances yes, have a qualifying tournament. However, dmi twists and turns in the recent Tromso Olympiad and based on the lessons learned, NCFP had in fact put in values/charecter criteria, and actully eto na path tinatahak nila.

Siguro for the 2016 Olympiad eh ganun muna as the rebuilding takes some time. Even at this stage to be frank Im not seeing any other player who could join IM Paulo, even among the current players in their college years / 20s.

Sep-22-14  Pulo y Gata: If NCFP doesn't start on the right foot now, will they ever? You preselect players again and more likely you will do it again in the future; they find excuses now, why shouldn't they in the future? NOW is the right time. The next Olympiad is still far away, the correct approach is to start the build up now.

Then again, this has always been the problem with our chess executives. No long-term planning backed with executable projects and programs. Maybe it's the funds. But maybe it's not.

Sep-22-14  Pulo y Gata: The young ones will rise to challenge <if> the challenge is there. Preselection disqualifies them outright, so I don't how it would help in the long run in trying to infuse new blood in the local chess scene.

Again, it's a wonder to me why the bright chess minds could joy come up with viable and progressive programs to address the aging chess line up.

Sep-22-14  Pulo y Gata: <could not come up>
Sep-22-14  pinoymaster77: PYG,

Yup cannot rely on the current NCFP team to 'start it right'.

Maybe if there's a viable,alternative team come 2016, then they can do the proper REBOOT.

Sep-22-14  pinoymaster77: I've been remiss in checking out Bobby's Chesspiece articles the past weeks, I think after Glenda pa when wifi got disrupted. Anyway, remembered to check the site and following struck me. Maybe NCFP can revive those brilliancy and novelty prizes in the BOGM/NCC, NCC Semis, PNG and Natl Age Group with attractive amounts to promote research / preparation, and daring moves OTB

From 'The Streak' article :

"We are talking about Fabiano Caruana’s seven-game winning streak in the strongest tournament in chess history. As recounted to you last Friday he beat Topalov in round 1, Maxime Vachier Lagrave in rd 2, then the world no. 1 (Magnus Carlsen) and no. 2 (Levon Aronian) in rds 3 and 4 then Nakamura in rd 5. In the second cycle he added Topalov and Vachier-Lagrave to his victim list before having the streak broken with a draw vs, Magnus Carlsen in round 8.

Aside from the win streak the following game would probably have won the brilliancy prize if there were one. By the way, many years ago when the Philippine Chess Society was still active organizing tournaments there was usually a brilliancy prize and sometimes even a best theoretical novelty prize, and I think it is a good practice. Someone should revive it."

Sep-22-14  pinoymaster77: From the Chesspiece article "Sinquefield Cup" :

REX SINQUEFIELD (born 1944) is a multi-billionaire retired financial executive who is a passionate chess player. Shortly after he retired he set up the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (this is in Missouri) and started making chess history.

The chess club is a three-storey building on a 550 sq.m. property which has classrooms on the ground floor with GM instructors and a full tournament area in the upper floor. Various international tournaments and USA championships have already been held here.

This year they decided to really make an impact on world chess and organized the strongest international tournament in history -- a double round-robin event featuring the strongest line-up in history: #1 and World Champion Magnus Carlsen (2877); #2 Levon Aronian (2805); #3 Fabiano Caruana (2801); #5 Hikaru Nakamura (2787); #8 Veselin Topalov (2772); #9 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2768). Average rating is 2801.6, making it the second category 23 event ever. The Zurich Chess Challenge 2014 was also advertised as category 23 but now, by a fraction in rounding off, it seems like it was only cat 22. Even if we accept the organizers’ claim then we should consider that Zurich is only a 5-rounder and nowhere near the media event it is here.

And you want to know something else historical about this event? The 1991-1992 Reggie Emilia tournament was the strongest at that time, the first one to reach category 18. The competitors were Anand, Gelfand, Kasparov, Karpov, Ivanchuk, Khalifman, Polugaevsky, Salov, Gurevich and Beliavsky. Anand won that event with 6/9. Did you notice anything in the player roster? Except for Anand, everyone was from the former Soviet Socialist Republic -- they all spoke Russian! Some journalists were calling this the last championship of the USSR.

Now in St. Louis we have the strongest tournament of all time and there is only one Russian speaker -- Aronian. The other players were from Norway, Italy, USA, Bulgaria and France. Times are really changing.

And here is another thing historical about the event -- Caruana went on a monumental seven consecutive wins -- he defeated Topalov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave twice and everybody else once plus one draw. In sequence, he beat Topalov in rd 1, Maxime Vachier Lagrave in rd 2, then the world no. 1 (Magnus Carlsen) and no. 2 (Levon Aronian) in rds 3 and 4 then Nakamura in rd 5. In the second cycle he added Topalov and Vachier-Lagrave to his victim list before having the streak broken with a draw vs Magnus Carlsen.

Sep-22-14  pinoymaster77: India beat Kazakhstan to top Group B, and be Gilas' tough first opponent.

2 sure bronzes na thru wushu pero laban pa our 2 players sa Semis.

Rowers Cordova and Ilas qualified to the finals by topping the repechage event in lightweight double sculls sa rowing

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