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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

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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 49; games 1-25 of 1,206  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. R C Balinas vs E Torre 1-092 1968 Meralco OpenB20 Sicilian
2. Renato Naranja vs E Torre 1-064 1968 Manila (Philippines)E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
3. E Torre vs Gligoric  0-151 1968 Manila (Philippines)C93 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense
4. E Torre vs Saidy 1-034 1969 Malaga (Spain)B57 Sicilian
5. G Ligterink vs E Torre  ½-½57 1969 Wch U20 fin-BE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
6. E Torre vs Karpov ½-½77 1969 Ch World (juniors) (under 20)C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
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 Paoli vs E Torre 0-129 1970 Siegen ol (Men) qual-DB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
10. E Torre vs F Loheac-Amoun 1-027 1970 Siegen (Germany)C98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
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. O Rodriguez vs E Torre 0-130 1972 Skopje ol (Men)B04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
14. E Torre vs T I Shaw 1-034 1972 Hong KongC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
15. Robatsch vs E Torre  ½-½12 1972 Skopje ol (Men)B05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
16. E Torre vs Suttles 1-042 1972 Skopje/Krusevo/Ohrid (Yugoslavia)B06 Robatsch
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 H Ardiansyah 1-058 1972 Skopje ol (Men)B07 Pirc
20. L Abraham vs E Torre 0-126 1972 Skopje ol (Men)A00 Uncommon Opening
21. E Torre vs K Harandi 0-142 1972 Skopje olC78 Ruy Lopez
22. E Torre vs G Sigurjonsson  ½-½10 1972 Skopje ol (Men)C28 Vienna Game
23. S Tatai vs E Torre  1-037 1972 Skopje ol (Men)E63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
24. H Petersen vs E Torre 0-117 1972 Skopje ol (Men)B03 Alekhine's Defense
25. E Torre vs K Roehrl 1-018 1972 OlympiadC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
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Sep-01-14  torrefan: The harsh reality of height--

<Gilas Pilipinas dropped its second straight game in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain as they lost to Greece, 82-70.

The Filipinos hung tough throughout the game against a highly-ranked Greek team but they just could not put together one definitive run to storm back into the ball game.

Georgios Printezis led Greece with 25 points and eight rebounds. Center Giannis Bourousis added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Greece is fifth in the FIBA rankings while the Philippines is at 34th. The Greeks towered over the Philippines with a five-inch height advantage. They used this to the hilt as they had four more rebounds and six more blocks against the Philippines.

Gilas Pilipinas was again led by Andray Blatche who limped his way to 21 points and 14 rebounds. June Mar Fajardo was a revelation against Greece as he chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds in only 10 minutes on the floor.

Like in their game against Croatia, Gilas started flat in the first quarter. Greece built an 11-point lead at 18-7 with a minute left in the opening period but Jayson Castro quickly brought it back down to eight as he nailed a looping triple with the Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo guarding him.

Nikos Zisis scored his seventh and eighth points of the first to give Greece a 20-10 advantage after the first ten minutes.

The Greeks tried to shake of the Filipinos early in the second quarter but Fajardo kept them close as he scored the first six points for Gilas. A tip-in from the PBA MVP cut the Greek lead down to nine at 25-16.

The Greeks went into the half holding a 37-27 advantage.

Blatche led Gilas with six points and eight rebounds in the first 20 minutes. Fajardo also scored six while Norwood added five. Castro and Pingris chipped in three each.

The problem for Gilas in the first half was their outside shooting as they only made two triples out of 13 attempts with Jeff Chan going scoreless at halftime.

The Greeks started the third quarter with a 5-0 blast to seize a 42-27 lead. Castro replied with two free throws but Greece got two straight baskets from Printezis to build a 17-point advantage, 46-29.

Gilas settled down and got four straight free throws from Blatche, who was limping for most of the game with an injured knee. The naturalized Filipino then added a three-point play to bring the lead back down to 10 points at 46-36.

The Greeks brought their lead back up to 16 but a triple from Jimmy Alapag and a jumper from Blatche brought it back down to 11, 54-43.

Fajardo checked back into the game to give Blatche some rest and he immediately made an impact with two blocks and a layup to bring the Philippines closer at 58-45, heading into the final quarter.

Baskets from Chan and Pingris kept Gilas in the game early in the fourth quarter as they were only down 60-50 with eight minutes still remaining in the game.

The Greeks quickly put together five straight points to bring their lead up to 15. Blatche ended the run for a 65-52 tally for Greece with 6:23 left.

Chan and Lee put up hurried triples that were both blocked by the Greeks and converted to fast break baskets as their lead ballooned back to 17 at 71-54.

Gilas however had one last run in them as a triple by LA Tenorio and a tip-in by Japeth Aguilar cut the lead to 76-68 with 40 seconds left. But the Greeks held on to notch their second win in Group B following their 87-74 win over Senegal, tying Croatia for the group lead. The Croatians outlasted Argentina, 90-85. The Philippines fell to 0-2 in the company of Puerto Rico, which was stunned by Senegal earlier, 75-82.>

Never tasted the lead? It seems it is against Puerto Rico, not Senegal, that Gilas can get lucky.

Sep-01-14  evlozare: wow. missed ko talaga alvin, benjie, allan, jerry and the big J. may pinaglagyan sana croatia and the greeks.
Sep-01-14  pinoymaster77: At least its simply nut true!

Gilas fans daw may nag fasting tonight, skipped Argentina canned goods ajeje

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  cro777: Those were the days!

Picture of Torre, Fischer and Polgars at their summer home in Hungary.

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  cro777: After the 1992 match with Spassky, Fischer as a fugitive took up residence in Budapest, Hungary.

From 2000 to 2002, Fischer lived in Baguio City in the Philippines, residing in the same compound as GM Eugenio Torre, his close friend who acted as his second during his 1992 match with Spassky.

Sep-02-14  pinoymaster77: SULIT pa din ang puyat kagabi, parang 4 quarters ng SHOOTOUT in OK corral eh!

Thats says it all the Argentine Coach na kasama din daw sa San Antonio staff eh admitted he couldn't figure out Gilas' game, and pati Argentinian players bumigay na kay Captain Jimmy 'Might Mite' Alapag! (mukhang hihirit pa fans na huwag muna mag-retire ah).

Ang sakin lang (to the risk mabisto edad/generation) eh nung 1974 ba yun ang sentro natin the reedy Jimmy Mariano na actually forward tapos backup pa yata nya eh si the 'Big Boy' Reynoso na mga 6'1" pero bariles/space taker (lolo siguro ni 'extra rice' Belga), tapos guwardiya natin sila Yoyong Martirez, Arnaiz and the Big J. Nung panahon na iyon, sanay na tayo na makitang matambakan national team natin.

Aba this time di na doughnut team natin, nandyan na Blatche, si 'd Krakken' Junemar, Pinoy Sakuragi and unique na si RDO.

Tapos aside from Kap Jimmy, eh how about those 2 THUNDEROUS dunks from top defender Gabe Norwood? Na-posterize pa si Scola ajeje...

PINOY na agad si Blatche! I still think pag retired na golden generation nila na kasama Nocioni Scola and Prigioni, kaya na ng Pilipinas...

Sep-02-14  pinoymaster77: Best performing Asian team ang PHI / Gilas dito, puro laban at dikit vs 'bsketball powers' #16 Croatia, #5 Greece and #3 Argentina!

Kabado na siguro sila for Asian Games, tingin ko kahit wala si Blatche eh mag contend ang Gilas !

Sep-02-14  pinoymaster77: Argentinian Coach Julio Llamas admitted it himself.

A tearjerker when I was reading Kap Jimmy's interview, he really epitomizes Gilas' puso !

Sep-02-14  Pulo y Gata: Effort should be appreciated but in the end it's the result that counts. In chess for example, "almost" does not count; flashy sacrifices are only justified if they obtain the desired results. Basketball is a zero-sum game-you win or lose. At least chess has a draw, which make it better, aside from the fact that the player is solely responsible for his play.

I also wish Gilas could win at this level-that would be a great thing to cheer for back here. However, they've got three losses already and it is very optimistic indeed to find small "wins" despite the actual loss.

Sep-02-14  torrefan: I must admit, however, that Gilas has potential. We should naturalize more big American players for the team and we are ready to conquer the world stage.
Sep-02-14  SugarDom: I'm still very proud of the Philippine team. Remember that was ARgentina former world champions and we almost won.

If MVP is at the helmp of PH olympiad team we can even win a medal. We will just pay 50k Euro for one Russian to play.

Sep-02-14  torrefan: Gilas could have won had it not castled long: O-O-O.
Sep-02-14  Pulo y Gata: I am watching the PHI-ARG replay now. Close, close, but no cigar.

Nice dunks by Gabe Norwood!

Sep-02-14  arkitekto: Playing for COUNTRY actually turned these underdogs into beast mode...because there is extra motivation than just personal glory. Thats Gilas. Same is true with sir Eugene last olympiad...i hope the rest of the athletes would realize that.
Sep-02-14  mysql: It's a learning experience. Maybe in the next generation the Philippines can even compete without any naturalized imports.
Sep-02-14  bubuli55: Sinquefield Cup has become a fabulous Fab Show instead of a tournament.
Sep-02-14  epistle: <arkitekto: Playing for COUNTRY actually turned these underdogs into beast mode.>

Still, they are just angry puppies compared to their big opponents.

<because there is extra motivation than just personal glory.>

yeah, money.

<mysql: It's a learning experience. Maybe in the next generation the Philippines can even compete without any naturalized imports.>

they can compete even now without those imports but the margins would be bigger: at least 20 points per game.

Sep-02-14  pinoymaster77: GM Fabiano SWEEPs the Sinquefield Cup with 6/6! And if my understanding is right on, his live rating is 2861 and overtook WC Carlsen. How about a MATCH when Magnus regains some form, any private organizer out there ?
Sep-02-14  pinoymaster77: Mamaya 730pm game ng Gilas vs Puerto Rico, first time na primetime natapat, probably every Pinoy TV set will be tuned in to the game !?

Overlap pa sa Peace Cup ng Azkals, they battle Taiwan at 7pm, I think sa Rizal field.

Sep-02-14  Pulo y Gata: I hope they win against Puerto Rico. Blatche has a limp though; might affect his play. The close games agains Croatia and Argentina could have been won; history was waving its hands but the players were unable to rise to the occasion.
Sep-02-14  bubuli55: Puerto Rico maybe the team Gilas can beat. I don't think they can beat Senegal.

Does anybody know a link where I can check the stats on their previous games? Thx!

Sep-02-14  SugarDom: <pinoymaster77: GM Fabiano SWEEPs the Sinquefield Cup with 6/6! And if my understanding is right on, his live rating is 2861 and overtook WC Carlsen.>

Sinquefield Cup is 10 rounds. And MC and FC liveratings are 2862 and 2830 respectively.

Sep-02-14  SugarDom: It will be easier to beat Senegal than Puerto Rico.
Sep-02-14  Pulo y Gata: Didn't Senegal beat Puerto Rico? It also beat Croatia ata.

PR offers Gilas a better chance to win.

Sep-02-14  Iskubadayb: Parang pison si Fabio. Pisat ang bawat madaanan. Apaw sa enerhiya ang bata. Parang si Bobby bago naging kampyon.
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