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E Torre 
Photography courtesy of Philippine Chess.  
Eugenio Torre
Number of games in database: 1,198
Years covered: 1968 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2423 (2444 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2560
Overall record: +398 -251 =525 (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 (71) 
    A45 A46 D00 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 (91) 
    C99 C92 C80 C65 C77
 Pirc (78) 
    B07 B08 B09
 King's Indian (65) 
    E62 E97 E73 E92 E90
 Slav (64) 
    D17 D14 D19 D12 D11
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (52) 
    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)
   Geneva (1977)
   Rio de Janeiro Interzonal (1979)
   USSR vs. Rest of the World (1984)
   16th Asian Games (Men Teams) (2010)
   Manila (1973)
   Bad Lauterberg (1977)
   Leningrad Interzonal (1973)
   8th Asian Continental Chess Championship (2009)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   2nd Indonesia Open Chess Championship (2012)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   Asian Individual Championship (2007)

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
   Bugojno 1984 by suenteus po 147
   Toluca Interzonal 1982 by suenteus po 147

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(born Nov-04-1951) Philippines

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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 48; games 1-25 of 1,198  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Renato Naranja vs E Torre 1-064 1968 Manila (Philippines)E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
2. R C Balinas vs E Torre 1-092 1968 Meralco OpenB20 Sicilian
3. E Torre vs Gligoric  0-151 1968 Manila (Philippines)C93 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense
4. G Ligterink vs E Torre  ½-½57 1969 Wch U20 fin-BE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
5. E Torre vs Karpov ½-½77 1969 Ch World (juniors) (under 20)C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. E Torre vs Saidy 1-034 1969 Malaga (Spain)B57 Sicilian
7. G Forintos vs E Torre 0-140 1970 Siegen ol (Men)E77 King's Indian
8. E Torre vs P N Lee  ½-½17 1970 OlympiadC18 French, Winawer
9. E Torre vs F Loheac-Amoun 1-027 1970 Siegen (Germany)C98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
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 Gheorghiu 1-036 1972 Skopje/Krusevo/Ohrid (Yugoslavia)B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
13. E Torre vs Keene ½-½13 1972 Skopje ol (Men)B06 Robatsch
14. E Torre vs T I Shaw 1-034 1972 Hong KongC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
15. E Torre vs S Garcia Martinez  0-169 1972 Skopje ol (Men)A07 King's Indian Attack
16. E Torre vs Suttles 1-042 1972 Skopje/Krusevo/Ohrid (Yugoslavia)B06 Robatsch
17. O Rodriguez vs E Torre 0-130 1972 Skopje ol (Men)B04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
18. Robatsch vs E Torre  ½-½12 1972 Skopje ol (Men)B05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
19. E Paoli vs E Torre 0-176 1972 Reggio Emilia 7273B07 Pirc
20. E Torre vs K Harandi 0-142 1972 Skopje olC78 Ruy Lopez
21. Ujtumen vs E Torre  ½-½44 1972 Skopje ol (Men)B02 Alekhine's Defense
22. E Torre vs H Ardiansyah 1-058 1972 Skopje ol (Men)B07 Pirc
23. L Abraham vs E Torre 0-126 1972 Skopje ol (Men)A00 Uncommon Opening
24. E Torre vs K Roehrl 1-018 1972 OlympiadC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
25. E Torre vs G Sigurjonsson  ½-½10 1972 Skopje ol (Men)C28 Vienna Game
 page 1 of 48; games 1-25 of 1,198  PGN Download
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Jul-26-14  spawn2: <Sugardom>

Medyo pards: ) Kundisyon both body and mind in prep for the coming Olympiad.

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  wordfunph: PM thanks, swabe 'to! :)

<But shining still is Eugene Torre, who will be playing in his 22nd Olympiad, a record unmatched by any player, dead or alive.>

anim na tulog na la-ang, vakvakan na sa Tromso!

Jul-27-14  pinoymaster77: Mas SWABE pa eto mga Pards, Ms. Sally me texted on the Radip 5 guesting kanina 130pm of IM Pau together with AFGM Torre and WIM Fronda. Excerpts from AFGM were :

- On the FIDE elections,Pinoys are in both sides with Pichay running for ACF under Gary while Bambol was invited by Kirsan camp to be Sec Gen in their ticket

- Had to tackle Wes' change Fed move, and AFGM recapped for Pinoys to still support Wes, and wish him well on his goal to become a World Challenger.

- AFGM didn't mention on GM Oli's case, but just mentioned that GMs Sadorra and Barbosa 'will be coming from the US'.

- Players coming from Phils fly out on Tues / 29th.

- On his 21st appearance, Mr. Ron asked if he was given recognition and AFGM mentioned he was called up the stage in Istanbul, but doesn't recall if he was presented with a plaque.

- On his 22nd appearance and to keep on going, AFGM mentioned GM Short again when Nigel mentioned to Eugene during the 2008 Olympiad that 'ahe you're not playing, now I can catch up with you'.

Dennis Principe retorted the way AFGM is going and how he keeps his good condition, eh there are probably more Olympiad stints in store for AFGM, hes not yet DONE !

Jul-27-14  pinoymaster77: Nice article on WC Magnus !

"Carlsen likes to compare himself to the tennis player Rafael Nadal, “We’re relentless, gradually overpowering our opponent and never giving up.”

Jul-27-14  pinoymaster77: Team members coming from Phils fly out on Tues na per the Aksyon Sports guesting kanina pm. Malamang yung 'playing Coach' option na mangyari for the Mens team, sa Tromso na nila ma-finalize. Puro final meeting, travel preparations and courtesy calls na lang.

Buenviaje Team PILIPINAS ! Puso !

Jul-27-14  torrefan: Maybe we shouldn't use the same rallying cry "Puso!" kasi baka magkalat din tulad ng Hilas. How about "Utak!"?
Jul-27-14  Pulo y Gata: Yes, UTAK!
Jul-28-14  pinoymaster77: Puede rin pareho kasi kelangan din ng FIGHTING HEART to get those wins OTB! Utak at puso!

Meantime sa, mukhang ratings ng 4 regular players ang kinuhang average kasi 2528, ranked 44th. In case si GM Banjo ang ma-tap in case GM Oli can't make it, eh the team average would be 2506.

Jul-28-14  spawn2: Checking the line-up of England and the board order, looks like Torre vs Short 2 will not happen. GM Short was assigned to man Board 2 while GM Torre is on board 4.
Jul-28-14  Pulo y Gata: When we cheer "Puso!" in basketball, surely we do not mean the the heart or its proper functioning, literally. We mean the fighting spirit or fighting character. After all all the players have puso and, unless one has a heart ailment, it's a non-factor in the conduct and result of the game.

Same with chess. You use your brain here, not the romanticized "puso", no matter how catchy hoops aficionados find it. You can have the fighting spirit in chess but without the skill and preparation it won't amount to much.

Jul-28-14  torrefan: Also, the hidden connotation of the cry "Puso!"--specially vis-a-vis the Gilas team--is that what they <LACK> in the other departments of the game they make up for their heart or fighting spirit.

"Puso!" then, if you analyze it, is pejorative by implication. The team is actually second-rate, batil, pero may puso.

What if the Gilas team is composed of an All-Star selection from the current roster of NBA players. Would Puso still click? No way! The team would be top notch and would not need any romantic, misleading battlecry.

Jul-28-14  torrefan: But if, and only if, the Philippine chess team would really like Puso! as its battlecry, then the Gilas team--to avoid unnecessary duplication and confusion, should adopt "Atay!" as their own battlecry. For "Atay" rhymes with "Patay" and each and every time they lose, they'd say 'atay na naman tayo!!!
Jul-28-14  torrefan: But I apologize for being off topic...
Jul-28-14  pinoymaster77: Watchout for your puso, torrefan!

BTW, chess players also cross train to basketball for fitness.

See the ball with 'puso', Gilas also just started their build-up for Spain :

Jul-28-14  pinoymaster77: Buenviaje to TEAM PILIPINAS bukas!

Then maybe after couple of days, we can see the final Men's line-up.

Jul-28-14  spawn2: It will be interesting to monitor the performance of the ff Asian countries:


In the last Olympiad they finished in the following order:

China 4th
Vietnam 7th
Philippines 21st
India 35th

Jul-28-14  pinoymaster77: Got curious on India, di pa rin maglaro Anand kahit di na sya World Champ.

On the other hand WC Magnus is probably playing for Norway since they're the hosts.

Pati pala Adhiban eh Super GM na, naalala ko tuloy nung last Asian Games when PHI beat India I think twice...

Jul-28-14  pinoymaster77: China and Vietnam are also in a form of transition taking a look at their Olympiad line-ups.

China will give Wei Yi his first Olympiad slot, while the Viets field their new GM-Elect Nguyen Huynh

Mas lalo na Indonesia, si GM Mega lang familiar...

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  john barleycorn: one game not in this database:

Miyasaki, Yukio - Torre, Eugenio 0-1
B09 Hong Kong zt 1972

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. f4 Bg7 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 Na6 7. O-O c5 8. Bxa6 cxd4 9. Nxd4 bxa6 10. Kh1 Bb7 11. Qd3 Rc8 12. Be3 Rc7 13. Rae1 Qa8 14. Bg1 Rfc8 15. Nf3 Nh5 16. Nd4 f5 17. Qh3 Rxc3 18. bxc3 Bxe4 19. Re2 Qd5 20. a3 e5 21. fxe5 Qxe5 22. Nf3 Nf4 23. Nxe5 Nxh3 24. Nf3 Nxg1 25. Kxg1 Rxc3 26. Rd1 d5 27. Ng5 Rxa3 28. Nxe4 dxe4 29. Red2 Bf8 30. Rd8 Kf7 31. Kf2 Be7 32. R8d7 Rc3 33. Rxa7 Rc6 34. Rdd7 Re6 35. Ke2 f4 36. c4 Kf6 37. h3 g5 38. Kf1 h5 39. Ke1 g4 40. hxg4 hxg4 41. Kd2 f3 42. gxf3 exf3 43. Rd4 Bc5 44. Rxg4 Bxa7 45. Rf4+ Ke5 46. Rxf3 Kd4 47. Rf4+ Kc5 48. Kd3 Kb4 49. Rg4 Bc5 50. Rf4 a5 0-1

John Nunn in "Understanding Chess Middlegames":

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<Up to here Black has played a model game and by 20....Qc4!, threatening 21....Bxd4, he could have won the c3 pawn. After 21.Ree1 Qxc3 22.Qxc3 Rxc3 23.Ne6 Rxc2 Black has three pawns for the exchange and should win without difficulty. Playing ...e5 only makes sense if Black can recapture with the d6-pawn, but he cannot.>

Jul-28-14  pinoymaster77: Buenviaje and God bless your trip and campaign!

Ika nga ni Prez PNoy sa SONA kahapon 'The Filipino is worth fighting for !'

Jul-29-14  torrefan: Another one for the country, Mr. Philippine Chess!

With my extreme gratitude and admiration I shall always remain

very truly yours


Jul-29-14  pinoymaster77: Per this PDI Roy Luarca article, GM Banjo has heeded the US travel advisory, but the article says GMs Sadorra and Barbosa (?) will join up from the US.

36 hour trip pala from PHI. FIDE Elections set for Aug 11th.

Wonder if the US teams and other US citizens would proceed with their travel to Tromso ?

Jul-29-14  pinoymaster77: Salient points on the trip from the PDI article, nakapasok na daw sa NAIA ang PHI-based players and Coach as of this writing :

"Asia’s first GM Eugene Torre, who will be playing in the biennial meet a record 22 times, will be joined by GM John Paul Gomez and International Master Paulo Bersamina in the 36-hour trip that will take them to Doha (Qatar), Arlanda (Stockholm) and then Tromso.


“It’s a blessing that we were able to leave early,” said Torre. “We’ll have time to rest, recover and prepare.” The Filipinos will arrive in Tromso on July 30, ahead of the Olympiad’s opening ceremonies on Aug. 1. Action in the 11-round competition that lured players from a record 180 countries, starts Aug. 2."

Jul-29-14  bubuli55: AFGM. Good luck! 22! Subaybayan namin games nyo :)
Jul-29-14  spawn2: Had the opportunity to be with GM Torre this morning together with Regge Tee to celebrate the life of Mr. Cesar Iligan, Chairman of Fianchetto Realty and Eugene Torre Chess Foundation who joined our Creator last month.

As he was preparing to leave for the airport at around 2:00 pm, I said "GM top 20 ha"..he replied, we will give it our best shot. Anything is possible, last 3 rounds will be very crucial.

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