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Eugenio Torre
E Torre 
Photography courtesy of Philippine Chess.  
Number of games in database: 1,225
Years covered: 1968 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2458 (2444 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2560

Overall record: +416 -257 =527 (56.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 25 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (152) 
    B50 B40 B83 B22 B52
 Queen's Pawn Game (83) 
    A45 D00 A46 D02 A40
 Queen's Indian (36) 
    E15 E17 E12 E16 E14
 Ruy Lopez (29) 
    C92 C77 C95 C64 C84
 French Defense (28) 
    C02 C07 C09 C04 C18
 Sicilian Scheveningen (23) 
    B83 B81 B84 B85
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (93) 
    C99 C92 C80 C65 C77
 Pirc (77) 
    B08 B07 B09
 Slav (68) 
    D17 D14 D19 D12 D10
 King's Indian (62) 
    E62 E97 E73 E81 E92
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (54) 
    C99 C92 C91 C85 C96
 Sicilian (42) 
    B42 B30 B67 B43 B59
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   L Ogaard vs E Torre, 1976 0-1
   Karpov vs E Torre, 1976 0-1
   Tal vs E Torre, 1987 0-1
   E Torre vs Karpov, 1984 1-0
   E Torre vs Kamsky, 1990 1-0
   E Torre vs Romanishin, 1988 1-0
   E Torre vs Tarjan, 1983 1/2-1/2
   E Torre vs Petursson, 1985 1-0
   Portisch vs E Torre, 1979 0-1
   Chiburdanidze vs E Torre, 1988 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Chess Olympiad (2016)
   1st Burroughs Computers Grandmaster (1978)
   Hastings 1980/81 (1980)
   Toluca Interzonal (1982)
   Geneva (1977)
   Biel Interzonal (1985)
   Rio de Janeiro Interzonal (1979)
   Manila (1973)
   Reykjavik Open (2017)
   Leningrad Interzonal (1973)
   Manila Interzonal (1976)
   Manila Interzonal (1990)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   8th Asian Continental Chess Championship (2009)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Filipino Masters vs World Champions by mikevg
   Biel Interzonal 1985 by suenteus po 147
   Nikki KID copied from reurbz by fredthebear
   Nikki KID by reurbz
   Amsterdam IBM 1977 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings (1980/81) by Chessical
   Baku 1980 by suenteus po 147
   Bugojno 1984 by suenteus po 147
   Toluca Interzonal 1982 by suenteus po 147

RECENT GAMES:
   🏆 Reykjavik Open
   Movsesian vs E Torre (Apr-25-17) 1-0
   A J Walton vs E Torre (Apr-23-17) 0-1
   E Torre vs R Vaishali (Apr-22-17) 0-1
   K Edvardsson vs E Torre (Apr-21-17) 0-1
   E Torre vs M Motycakova (Apr-20-17) 1-0

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EUGENIO TORRE
(born Nov-04-1951, 65 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 http://ratings.fide.com/topfed.phtm...; (1) http://www.schachchronik.de/ratings...; (2) http://philboxing.com/news/story-84...

Wikipedia article: Eugenio Torre

Last updated: 2016-08-04 08:57:56

 page 1 of 49; games 1-25 of 1,225  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Naranja vs E Torre 1-0641968Manila (Philippines)E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
2. E Torre vs Gligoric 0-1511968Manila (Philippines)C93 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense
3. R C Balinas vs E Torre 1-0921968Meralco OpenB20 Sicilian
4. E Torre vs Saidy 1-0341969Malaga (Spain)B57 Sicilian
5. G Ligterink vs E Torre  ½-½571969Wch U20 fin-BE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
6. E Torre vs Karpov ½-½771969Ch World (juniors) (under 20)C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
7. E Torre vs F Loheac-Amoun 1-0271970Siegen (Germany)C98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
8. E Paoli vs E Torre 0-1291970Siegen ol (Men) qual-DB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
9. G Forintos vs E Torre 0-1401970Siegen ol (Men)E77 King's Indian
10. E Torre vs P N Lee  ½-½171970OlympiadC18 French, Winawer
11. E Torre vs Ribli  0-1541971Athens (Wch U20)B85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
12. E Torre vs T I Shaw 1-0341972Hong KongC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
13. H Petersen vs E Torre 0-1171972Chess Olympiad Qualifying Group 8B03 Alekhine's Defense
14. E Torre vs K Harandi 0-1421972Chess Olympiad Qualifying Group 8C78 Ruy Lopez
15. L Abraham vs E Torre 0-1261972Chess Olympiad Qualifying Group 8A00 Uncommon Opening
16. E Torre vs K Roehrl 1-0181972Chess Olympiad Qualifying Group 8C64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
17. E Torre vs Gheorghiu 1-0361972Chess Olympiad Qualifying Group 8B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
18. Kavalek vs E Torre  1-0371972Chess Olympiad Qualifying Group 8E90 King's Indian
19. S Kagan vs E Torre 0-1301972Chess Olympiad Final-BB03 Alekhine's Defense
20. S Tatai vs E Torre  1-0371972Chess Olympiad Final-BE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
21. E Torre vs H Ardiansyah 1-0581972Chess Olympiad Final-BB07 Pirc
22. E Torre vs Bukic  0-1421972NisB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
23. Robatsch vs E Torre  ½-½121972Chess Olympiad Final-BB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
24. E Torre vs S Garcia Martinez  0-1691972Chess Olympiad Final-BA07 King's Indian Attack
25. E Torre vs Suttles 1-0421972Chess Olympiad Final-BB06 Robatsch
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Sep-26-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: If you google it, the first Asian GM was Torre and the first Asian IM was Rodolfo Tan Cardoso. The best asian GM right now, of course, is Ding Liren
Sep-26-17  spawn2: Good news for local chess supporters, in the ongoing Asian Indoors and Martial Arts tourney, IMs Pau Bersamina and Jan Emmanuel Harcia will be fighting for gold vs China in the Under 23 rapid. Whatever happens, they are assured of at least a silver.

For the womens under 23, (not yet official), it seems they will bring home the bronze medal.

Congrats!!

Sep-26-17  Howard: Well, look at it this way. The magazine didn't contest the letter in any way. Nor did it run any letters from readers disputing my point.

But, like I stated, it's all a "strong point" in my favor. Why? Does anyone still disagree as to who the first GM was from Asia.

It was NOT Torre !

Sep-26-17  Sally Simpson: Hi Howard.

Wiki disagrees.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugen...

"...he became Asia's first Grandmaster...."

and Wiki is never wrong.

Was going through my old chess mags the other day. (Not BCM - CHESS).

CHESS July 1976. Headlines:

Torre Beats Karpov and Korchnoi defects.

I wonder if the two are linked?

Sep-26-17  Howard: Wiki has been known to make mistakes. For example, up until recently they said that the popular TV series "Eight is Enough" ranked 22nd in its final season (1980-1) ! That was a mistake, which someone later corrected.

Granted, that isn't exactly an earthshattering error, but it (somewhat) illustrates my point.

Incidentally, Andy Soltis had it correct when he stated in Soviet Chess whom Asia's first GM REALLY was. I'd never even heard of that player until I looked at his book.

Sep-26-17  Howard: That headline you quoted incidentally sure as hell could have used a comma!
Sep-26-17  Sally Simpson: Hi Howard.

I never had the magazine in front of me then I was remembering what it said.

But it must have been quite a week in Moscow. Karpov beaten and Korchnoi defects.

If this ever comes up again these use the link Alexander Zaitsev instead of Zaitev else everyone will think you mean Igor Arkadievich Zaitsev and think you are crazy.

I did at first and thought you were crazy.

Wonder if there are two Japanese poster debating on a Go site who was the first European Go Master.

Sep-26-17  DonPepe: And so I looked at Zaitsev's profile and and found this.

< joeyj: I think it is more of FIDE designation to what Zone a country belongs. We have ZONAL events and as far as Asian Chess Championship is concerned: The Asian Chess Championship is a chess tournament open to all players from Asian chess federations (FIDE zones from 3.1 to 3.7). And Russia (Zone 1.6) where Alexander Zaitsev belongs is not a member of Asian Chess but of Europe or European Chess Union. Europe do have European Chess Championships where Russian players participates.

http://web.archive.org/web/20080103...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europ...

Apr-15-17
Premium Chessgames Member joeyj: And how will you contest it when FIDE itself confirms that ... "Asia’s first Grandmaster, GM Eugene Torre of the Philippines, will be given a special “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his dedication and commitment to chess and his stellar record." https://www.fide.com/component/cont...
< >

a very good explanation.

Sep-27-17  Retireborn: Vladivostok is in Asia (the name actually means ruler of the East) and Zaitsev was the first GM to be born there. But he was by name and appearance Russian, not Asian. You might as well say that Bruce Willis is a German actor!
Sep-27-17  spawn2: I read somewhere that for political and sporting events, Russia is considered to be a European nation. Need to research more on this.
Sep-27-17  art00: <<DonPepe: And so I looked at Zaitsev's profile and and found this. < joeyj: I think it is more of FIDE designation to what Zone a country belongs. We have ZONAL events and as far as Asian Chess Championship is concerned: The Asian Chess Championship is a chess tournament open to all players from Asian chess federations (FIDE zones from 3.1 to 3.7). And Russia (Zone 1.6) where Alexander Zaitsev belongs is not a member of Asian Chess but of Europe or European Chess Union. Europe do have European Chess Championships where Russian players participates. http://web.archive.org/web/20080103...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europ...
Apr-15-17
Premium Chessgames Member joeyj: And how will you contest it when FIDE itself confirms that ... "Asia’s first Grandmaster, GM Eugene Torre of the Philippines, will be given a special “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his dedication and commitment to chess and his stellar record.">
>

THAT settles it! In my view...

***

Sep-27-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  bubuli55: < Howard:

Incidentally, Andy Soltis had it correct when he stated in Soviet Chess whom Asia's first GM REALLY was. I'd never even heard of that player until I looked at his book. >

Did you buy his book ?

Oct-01-17  pinoymaster77: Well for us fans / friends he's AFGM Eugene Torre, ang Pambansang Alamat na walang kupas

Just back from a successful AIMAG stint by Team NCFP !

All the best sa next event

Oct-05-17  spawn2: GM Torre left last night for New Zealand to compete in the Asian Seniors Championship.

Good luck GM Eugene and have a grand time in NZ.

Oct-06-17  epistle: Galingan mo Sir Eugene!
Oct-10-17  pinoymaster77: Co-leading 3/3 together with compatriot Edmundo Legaspi (contemporary daw Master GlennB), sila nagharap sa ongoing round 4...
Oct-11-17  spawn2: GM Torre won his 4th rd game vs compatriot Ed Legaspi. He is now leading the tourney with 4 points with 5 rounds remaining.
Oct-11-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: More power!
Oct-13-17  spawn2: Safe to say, with 7 points in 7 rds, GM Eugene will win his 1st Asian Seniors 65 and above crown.

Congrats GM Eugene!

Next stop, World Seniors Championship 2017 in Italy next month.

Oct-13-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  bubuli55: Halimaw ang tira. Sobra sobra sa grupo. Congratz GM!
Oct-14-17  pinoymaster77: Congrats to AFGM Euge as Asian Seniors 65 Champion!

NM Efren Bagamasbad can make it a PHI sweep sa Asian Seniors 50 if he wins in the last round vs FM Mclaren

Oct-18-17  Pacman25: di gaanong kalakasan ang mga kasali sa asian senior65 dapat lang mag champion si afgm
pati sa world senior65 walang malakas na player na naka line up tignan nyo pa
Oct-18-17  spawn2: Of course Eugene Torre is the strongest player 65 and above sa Asia, he is (for us) the 1st Asian Grandmaster. We have to wait for the younger Asian GMs to reach 65 years old so that GM Torre will face some challenge.

He was invites to compete in the Asian Senior to lend some prestige to the tourney.

In the World Seniors, two (2) players are rated higher than AFGM, GMs Vaisser and Sveshnikov.

Oct-18-17  Pacman25: Seeded 3rd si afgm sa world senior65 malaki chance nya mag champion He waited for this chance na magsakto syang 65 yrs old para masalihan ang less stronger category which is senior 65 Last yr afgm hindi naglaro sa world senior kase he still falls under category senior 50 and above which is definitely harder and tighter! Ilang beses na bang nag backout si afgm na lumaro sa world senior bec he still must play under category 50 & above. Now is the perfect time, mahina hina line up!
Oct-18-17  spawn2: By November 4, he will be 66 years old. He was eligible to play last year since WSCC was after his birthday.
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