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E Torre 
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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. 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. E Torre vs P N Lee  ½-½17 1970 OlympiadC18 French, Winawer
8. G Forintos vs E Torre 0-140 1970 Siegen ol (Men)E77 King's Indian
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 Suttles 1-042 1972 Skopje/Krusevo/Ohrid (Yugoslavia)B06 Robatsch
13. E Torre vs S Garcia Martinez  0-169 1972 Skopje ol (Men)A07 King's Indian Attack
14. O Rodriguez vs E Torre 0-130 1972 Skopje ol (Men)B04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
15. E Torre vs K Harandi 0-142 1972 Skopje olC78 Ruy Lopez
16. Robatsch vs E Torre  ½-½12 1972 Skopje ol (Men)B05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
17. E Paoli vs E Torre 0-176 1972 Reggio Emilia 7273B07 Pirc
18. Ujtumen vs E Torre  ½-½44 1972 Skopje ol (Men)B02 Alekhine's Defense
19. E Torre vs K Roehrl 1-018 1972 OlympiadC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
20. E Torre vs H Ardiansyah 1-058 1972 Skopje ol (Men)B07 Pirc
21. L Abraham vs E Torre 0-126 1972 Skopje ol (Men)A00 Uncommon Opening
22. Kavalek vs E Torre  1-037 1972 Skopje/Krusevo/Ohrid (Yugoslavia)E90 King's Indian
23. E Torre vs G Sigurjonsson  ½-½10 1972 Skopje ol (Men)C28 Vienna Game
24. E Torre vs Bukic  0-142 1972 Nis (Yugoslavia)B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
25. S Tatai vs E Torre  1-037 1972 Skopje ol (Men)E63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
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Sep-27-14  spawn2: Di ko type coaching style ni Kots Chot. Time and again he puts his players on the spot. When you manage people, basic ang practice na to "Praise in public, criticize in private".

I dont remember Jawo singling out a particular person when team losses (baka lang senior moments na). Its always the team including himself ang kulang ang effort or spirit.

Ibalik si Jawo sa Senado..este sa Team Pinas.

Sep-27-14  spawn2: Sakit sa Puso ang aabutin ko sa Gilas. Better luck next time.
Sep-27-14  torrefan: <spawn2: Di ko type coaching style ni Kots Chot. Time and again he puts his players on the spot. >

They way Chot Reyes treated Douhit after the loss to Qatar was the way Filipino coaches <normally> treat foreign imports: like cattle. They are paid well (millions in pesos per month) but they are expected to produce points <every game> like machines and if they falter they are immediately replaced like disposable diapers.

I read that in Rafe Bartholomew's book on Philippine basketball, "Pacific Rims."

Sep-27-14  SugarDom: Coach is not right.
Sep-27-14  bubuli55: IDK coach Chot. If he singles out a player in the media quite often, then that's not a good thing. But I'd give him the benefit of the doubt. One would think he knows his team best. It could be a calculated risk on his part. Maybe coach Chot had this talk with the player in private before and the coach is trying to squeeze the juices out from this player for the third time. IDK.

IDK Douthit. But the spotlight is now focused on him. What is he going to do? How will he react? That's the P3M question. Will he run away to the comfort of his family? Cry on his wife's shoulder? Tell his close friends how he was wronged by his coach in public? Fly to Boracay and grab an ice cold beer?

No. Just no. Every player wants to leave the game the way they want to. I'm pretty sure Douthit has some pride in him. He will come back strong and he will dunk that ball to the hole!


Sep-27-14  pinoymaster77: 38yrs old na pala si Moon, so malamang last Asiad na nya. Naka 38pts pa, he's the same guy who tormented Gilas when handled pa ni Coach Rajko, hard to believe with the topnotch coaching support that Coach Chot has eh di nakuha sa scouting report and prepa. There was a time though in the 3rd qtr ba yun o 4th Gilas was still on top by 7 then Moon went on 8 point rampage, nakalabas si Norwood and si Ping bumabantay...

Oh well, may slight opening pa whem the Kazakhs took care of the Qataris, thats the way to beat them pala, outrebound and idiyeta top scorers.

Sep-27-14  Pulo y Gata: When the team can't control its fate and it relies on other teams' result, then it's clear indication that the team is weak. We don't even have to discuss the reliance on foreign hands.
Sep-28-14  bien pensant: Their motto, then, is just like that of some of my goats: "We don't believe in miracles: we RELY upon them."
Sep-28-14  pinoymaster77: United Philippine Basketball FB Groups :

Last na 'to ah. Wala pong epekto ang resulta natin sa Asian Games sa ranking natin sa FIBA at hindi po ito ang qualifier para sa 2016 Summer Olympics. Kung nanalo tayo ng 1st to 3rd, dadagdag lang tayo sa medal tally ng Philippine contingent sa Asian Games.

Sep-28-14  pinoymaster77: May stake ang PBA sa Gilas success. BIG part of their recent revival/success if because of Gilas exploits which brought back the buzz to basketball.

In various fora, suggesting to adopt na the FIBA rules, kahit dun sa fouls/depensa, touching the ball while in the cylinder. PBA can keep the 12 minutes per quarter format.

Sep-28-14  pinoymaster77: May nabasa ako kahapan, may balls sila PATAFA Chief Juico and taekwondo Coach / SEAG legend Pitoy Cruz in declaring Maristella Torres is good for GOLD in the long jump while the taekwondo jins should get at least 1.

So far kasi 2 silvers and 2 bronzes pa lang, with 3 coming from wushu and 1 bronze from archery.

Sa boxing, yung highway robbery / hometown decision vs Bautista and some others raised alarm bells. Grabe pala 3M ang incentive for gold - not sure if ABAP adds 2M to the 1M mandated in RA 9064, o may bukod na 3M pa talaga from ABAP / MVP :

Sep-28-14  Pulo y Gata: I am sorry, I agree that Gilas caused some buzz but I don't see how losing becomes an "exploit".

And you wonder how serious the PBA is in creating a true professional league with the inclusion of Pacquaio as a playing coach for Kia. They could have allowed Bobby in too and still no one would cry "It's a blow-blow!".

Basketball has become the opiate of the filipino masses.

Sep-28-14  pinoymaster77: PYG,

By Gilas 'exploits' eh if we reflect to the many 'lessons learned' of PBA selections under Coaches Uichico, Yeng Guiao, Chot and others. I just do not recall if the 2000 Centennial team under Coach Tim Cone was champion or 2nd or even lower.

Tapos with the Gilas 1.0 program under Coach Rajko (Eala time) eh didn't get the Olympiad slot.

Just this am, sa favorite bakery for occasional coffee/pandesal w/ palaman eh the delivery boys were asking each other on the Gilas vs Kazakhs game. And they were talking about Mighty Mouse Kap Jimmy's reaction.

I dunno, Pinoys are definitely shorter and less in physical attributes or even strength. Maybe it is the UNDERDOG mentality, more so if they see 'tiny' Kap Jimmy slugging it out with the world's best, or when Jayson whizzes by for his drives. Norwood posterizes someone with his dunk, Japeth's mamoth dunks and treys from Jeff,Gary,Jimmy,RDO,LA.

It was a featured in Pacific Rim on those makeshift basketball goals. Yup, maybe its part of what keeps the Filipino masses sane amidst the poverty and corruption.

Eto hints from Bosing MVP :

Sep-29-14  SugarDom: I'm surprised MVP did not fire Chot Reyes. He failed to motivate Douthit. This guy Douthit helped the team before why not now?
Sep-29-14  pinoymaster77: Maybe the Ateneo connection runs deep. And Chot's success in FIBA Asia and World Cup surprises. Plus yung PUSO campaign/values drive is very Pinoy, plus yung concocted dribble drive offense Gilas style.

May insights from friends, balik Jawo style with the 2 weeks crammed training resulting in silver finish. And kung si Coach Ron Jacobs eh yung 16 pt lead vs Qatar amd 18-pt lead vs Kazakhstan eh ma-protect na thru kunat style/ milk the clock/defense.

Pero malamang iba na basketball times these days. Jawo maybe is well over 60 yrs old na, and wala sa PBA o MVP group.

Kung options like FIBA veteran Tad Baldwin or Time Cone eh ibang systems na naman dala nila, will virtually start from scratch pa. Havent seen the triangle offense success in the FIBA wars?

Or kahit yung Coach now ng Iran o Qatar eh malaking adjustments din, 2015 FIBA Asia will just be coming around soon, habang subaybay ng PBA oonferences.

Sep-29-14  pinoymaster77: For 2015 FIBA Asia :

- Eligible dapat Blatche yan kasi FIBA rules on eligibility.

- Jayson takes up the slot of Jimmy na final retirement nya. Jimmy helps out as Asst Coach. The dilemma eh sino mag mana ng CHIEF PUSO player role?

- Gary will stand down daw, good candidate dyan Ray Parks since 2-way player, sana available kung di na matuloy NBA dream.

- Paano isingit si Greg, whose slot could he take up?

Sep-29-14  torrefan: <MANILA, Philippines – “We won but we really lost.” Those were the words straight from Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes moments after they defeated Kazakhstan, 67-65, to earn their first victory of the Asian Games men’s basketball quarterfinals, and their first since opening the Asiad with a win over India.>

That is but proper. For whenever you lose, you and the filipino fans act as if you've won. Now you do the reverse: you win but grieve.

<Instead of being greeted by cheers and elation, the outcome was greeted with sorrow. The victory, while counting towards their win-loss column, wasn’t by a wide enough margin to advance to the semifinals due to complicated FIBA’s point quotient rules.>

Look at the bright side: your team can now go home and save some of the taxpayers' money.

<The Philippines, which had painted itself into a corner after back-to-back losses to Qatar and South Korea, had to win by at least 11, while rooting for South Korea to defeat Qatar in order to advance.>

You can't even beat lesser teams by one point and yet you dreamt of beating this one by 11? LOL. And now you're dreaming of playing in the Olympics next.

<“As usual we fizzled out again in the end. We didn't have enough gas to finish strong,” said Reyes after watching an 18-point lead in the third quarter disappear when it needed a blowout win.>

Too much emphasis on the heart/puso. Next time pay attention to the stomach. That's where gas is built up. With your mediocre brand of basketball, you must all plant camote and eat what you can harvest so you can have plenty of gas as you try to qualify for the Olympics!

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  HeMateMe: Will we see the Pino/Kazak result on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated?
Sep-29-14  kardopov: Winning isn't everything!
Sep-29-14  torrefan: yes. in international basketball competition it is the ONLY thing.
Sep-29-14  pinoymaster77: MVP speaks out. He got very low 2% result in the latest Pulse Asia survey for Vice Presidentiables, so his pet sports would continue to get his FOCUS and attention.

Sep-30-14  pinoymaster77: JAWO will once again banner this TOP 40 plan :

Sep-30-14  pinoymaster77: Ayan, magkaroon na ng Korean kimchi sa PBA. Matutunan din sana natin yung catch and shoot / quick release nila (like sharpshooters Cho, Mon Ming goo) and layup with both left and right foot last steps. Mga nagpahirap satin na teams yung BIGs nila may tres eh.

1 million Koreans na pala andito, I do see or hear of them in the major cities and resort towns pero understanding ko eh transient lang and will eventually go to the US :

Oct-01-14  torrefan: <Philippines' first Asiad gold in Incheon applauded 2014-10-01 18:32:17
MANILA, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- Malacanang, office of the Philippine president, congratulates Daniel Patrick Caluag for winning the country's first gold medal in the 2014 Incheon Asian Games on Wednesday.

Communications secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Caluag has displayed remarkable talent and skills of Filipinos in the Cycling BMX event.

"He has demonstrated the Filipinos' courage and resiliency in global athletic competitions," Coloma said.>

Enough of basketball. Pour in resources to sports where Pinoys are not physically disadvantaged.

Oct-01-14  pinoymaster77: In interview of Daniel, he cited the business success of MVP and LBC, both probably support him, aside from the PSC.
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