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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: 2448 (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
   Chiburdanidze vs E Torre, 1988 0-1
   E Torre vs Petursson, 1985 1-0
   Portisch vs E Torre, 1979 0-1
   E Torre vs Tarjan, 1983 1/2-1/2
   E Torre vs R Meulders, 1987 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Manila (1976)
   Hastings (1980/81) (1980)
   1st Burroughs Computers Grandmaster (1978)
   Geneva (1977)
   Rio de Janeiro Interzonal (1979)
   16th Asian Games (Men Teams) (2010)
   Bad Lauterberg (1977)
   Manila (1973)
   Leningrad Interzonal (1973)
   Manila Interzonal (1976)
   8th Asian Continental Chess Championship (2009)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   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
   Hastings (1980/81) by Chessical
   Amsterdam IBM 1977 by suenteus po 147
   Baku 1980 by suenteus po 147
   Bugojno 1984 by suenteus po 147
   Toluca Interzonal 1982 by suenteus po 147

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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. 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 Karpov ½-½77 1969 Ch World (juniors) (under 20)C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. E Torre vs Saidy 1-034 1969 Malaga (Spain)B57 Sicilian
6. G Ligterink vs E Torre  ½-½57 1969 Wch U20 fin-BE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
7. G Forintos vs E Torre 0-140 1970 Siegen ol (Men)E77 King's Indian
8. E Paoli vs E Torre 0-129 1970 Siegen ol (Men) qual-DB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
9. E Torre vs P N Lee  ½-½17 1970 OlympiadC18 French, Winawer
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 K Roehrl 1-018 1972 OlympiadC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
13. E Torre vs S Garcia Martinez  0-169 1972 Skopje ol (Men)A07 King's Indian Attack
14. Kavalek vs E Torre  1-037 1972 Skopje/Krusevo/Ohrid (Yugoslavia)E90 King's Indian
15. O Rodriguez vs E Torre 0-130 1972 Skopje ol (Men)B04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
16. E Torre vs Bukic  0-142 1972 Nis (Yugoslavia)B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
17. Robatsch vs E Torre  ½-½12 1972 Skopje ol (Men)B05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
18. E Torre vs Gheorghiu 1-036 1972 Skopje/Krusevo/Ohrid (Yugoslavia)B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
19. E Paoli vs E Torre 0-176 1972 Reggio Emilia 7273B07 Pirc
20. Ujtumen vs E Torre  ½-½44 1972 Skopje ol (Men)B02 Alekhine's Defense
21. E Torre vs T I Shaw 1-034 1972 Hong KongC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
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 Suttles 1-042 1972 Skopje/Krusevo/Ohrid (Yugoslavia)B06 Robatsch
25. E Torre vs G Sigurjonsson  ½-½10 1972 Skopje ol (Men)C28 Vienna Game
 page 1 of 49; games 1-25 of 1,206  PGN Download
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Oct-08-14  pinoymaster77: Dun sa 2 intl events in Dec, eh may posters posted na sa FB care of Noel Morales, ganun nga informations on event name, venue and playdates. Now, both the Philippine Cup (Dec 5 to 12 at Celebrity Sports Plaza QC) and the PSC Chairman's Cup (Dec 14 to 21 at Pearl Hotel Manila) eh for the Open eh for ELO 2349 and below eh $ 150 reg fee, the TOP prize is USD 5K and may prizes up to 30th place (21st to 30th eh $250).

Dun sa Challengers section eh for 2199 and below eh $ 50 reg fee, top prize is $ 700 and prizes up to 20th place (16th to 20th get $ 50, balik taya).

May BW / GETS sana lumaro sa Challengers! Calling mga Managers, puedeng papasko na eto for the lucky player.

Sila torrefan and epistle can pay their way, may sponsor yan tiyak yun !

Oct-08-14  pinoymaster77: Sugar,
Dun sa commentary ni Mr. Pestano sa Sunstar (blog ba yun?) eh I think 'bankrupt' is not proper term, eh may major activities pa, like sending the 5 players to WJCC and having the 2 intl chess events here in Dec.

Siguro 'financial difficulties' o 'financially challenged' is more apt.

Oct-08-14  torrefan: <pinoymaster77: Important to recap the ASIAD as it will bring about even more CHANGES and MOVEs from the PSC. Cycling had the sole gold thru BMX cycling
Wushu had 2 silvers and 1 bronze
Boxing had 1 silver and 3 bronzes
Taekwondo had 5 bronzes
Archery had 1 bronze
Karatedo had 1 bronze >

Notice that in all these the Filipinos do not suffer from height disadvantage. Imagine the boost to Philippine sports if basketball ceases to be a sport for international competition and the money be instead poured into sports like these, including chess.

Oct-09-14  pinoymaster77: TF,
That might take a generation, and the possible #2 sport now that could be a candidate to take over is a ball sport, football.

Meantime, there's still rough dreaming for the 2015 FIBA Asia and next gen of players (Gilas Cadets) for future national teams. Tab Baldwin is tapped as consultant for TnT and SBP's U16 & below programs which is a good move!

Oct-11-14  gokusano: So be it in basketball, pero suportahan dapat ng Gobyerno and ibang Sport Fed. Hindi balanse ang pagtrato nila.
Oct-11-14  SugarDom: <pinoy>, why the Azkals did not play in the Asian games?
Oct-11-14  SugarDom: Ang sports kasi sa Pinas pinasok na rin ng mga politiko kaya wala mangyari. Pag hinahaluan lang ng mga businessman godfathers/sponsors sa private sector tulad nina MVP, Puyat, etc. kaya minsan umaangat.

Syempre, when the politics sucks, the sports will also suck.

Oct-11-14  pinoymaster77: Sugar,
Nung 2013 SEAG, di pinayagan ang PFF lumahok, that was U23 level kasi. PFF tried to re-appeal and in so doing there was friction na with sports officials. PSC sounded off the Azkals for the Asian Games but PFF turned it down na.

Oct-11-14  SugarDom: In other words, napulitika na naman. Pinakabwisit talaga etong uncle ni Aquino, si Peping. Golds and medals daw does not matter...
Oct-11-14  pinoymaster77: Sugar,

On football, could also be related dun sa pag upgrade ng Rizal football field, di natuloy FIFA project for that...

Football naman may sariling mundo under FIFA and could be the most well monied sport. They can proceed with the regular AFC competitions, and sitout this current POC / PSC regime.

Oct-11-14  pinoymaster77: Sorry we have to take it up here, but since NCFP nowadays (Pichay out of power) is heavily dependent on the PSC budget, it is affected by the overall sports development.

I shared before just my own projection that NCFP/chess would be hard put to receive the same 15M budget allocation for 2015.

With Malacanang castigating the PSC for the Asiad debacle, the guideline is reiterated to allocate the available budget (roughly 300M annually, about 7th in SE Asia) on the 'priority sports' where we can WIN GOLD.

Now, this conflicts with PSC Chair Garcia's recent declaration to go for 3rd or 4th in the 2015 SEAG in Spore which is in June na, since this needs a lot of sports chipping in for the gold medals, and 8 months to go na lang.

Now, depending on who wins in 2016, I just realized AFGM could really help sports more if he gets appointed as a PSC Commissioner. If I understand right, chess had better sailings when PSC Comm Akiko Thompson (ex-athlete who understands) was assigned to chess.

Oct-11-14  SugarDom: What makes you think it's not a long shot that AFGM will get appointed as PSC chair?
Oct-11-14  Talimuzakh: <In other words, napulitika na naman. Pinakabwisit talaga etong uncle ni Aquino, si Peping. Golds and medals daw does not matter...>

Hehehe, kapag namamayagpag ang politics, laglag lahat incl sports. And dirty, hidden agenda politics is a big biznez sa Pinas...kaya just continue dribbling the basketball for someday all Filipino basketeers will be as tall as their naturally tall global counterparts, thus doing away with the temporary solution of naturalizing naturally tall, talent laden American big brothers to do manning the paint on court battle. As tall as their global basketeers, ...we just do not know if they would be as skilled and talented as well...with their names NOT sounding like half-baked foreyngers from a distant land.

Iyang si Sandok, bulok na politika sa sports ang palakad nyan. Katulad nang bulok na politika ng Kalbo'ng sutil na inutil jan sa Malakanyang...

Oct-12-14  pinoymaster77: There are moves to amend the law governing the PSC to ensure minimum of 1B funding annually.

But with increased pressure to the PSC to have the proper program. 1 of the goals is to have training centers in Luzon Visayas and Mindanao.

Oct-13-14  pinoymaster77: TF,

Basketball still as popular as ever, inspite pa eto ng Gilas debacle at the Asiad! Tapos Freddie Roach had a change of heart and allowing Manny to play in the KIA opener, for the sake of the fans! Even for just a minute or so...

Oct-13-14  torrefan: And that is the tragedy of Philippine sports. The country all agog over a sport its people can never excel in.
Oct-13-14  pinoymaster77: I think it still has something to do with the Pinoy's UNDERDOG mentality, thats why they specially go GAGA over exploits of the 'small' Pinoy players below 6 feet.

Back in the days pa nila Yoyong Martirez, 'haba haba' Abarrientos, Miego to Arnaiz/Fabiosa and present day sila Alapag and Castro. Its also evident in other sports, like Chieffy in football, and Pacman in boxing.

Oct-14-14  pinoymaster77: I've heard sa DZSR yung PSA Sports Forum and special guest Philcycling Prez/Cong Bambol, and may commentary din Red Dumuk.

Among the 10 previous priority sports eh dropped na swimming and weightlifting, tapos Red shared he heard from PSC na wrestling would also be dropped, so 7 priority sports will remain na lang.

Philcycling fully riding on the SOLE Asiad gold of Daniel Caluag in BMX cycling. Medyo pride chicken din pala Bambol, all or nothing daw di sya papayag na BMX cycling lang gawing priority sports but also the 3 types of cycling events (road, track and massed start ba yun). He was also quoted as 'kung gusto ng PSC sa amin',and 'kung ayaw nila, eh ok kung ganun'.

He also cited cycling's supporters are MVP Foundation, SMART, LBC, Air21 and Philcycling.

Personal opinion ko, eh di congruent goals yung focussed priority sports dun sa declared PSC goal to go for 3rd/4th place in the 2015 SEAG in Spore, to do that kasi will need contributions of GOLD medals from a wide variety of sports. Ang madami talagang medals at stake eh swimming, shooting and athletics. To follow yung combat sports - boxing, taekwondo, wushu

Oct-15-14  spawn2: Chess could be a priority sport but one issue is that host country which do not have a very strong chess program tend to drop it from the games to be played. Kung laruin man, me mga kasama na other chess variants (SEA Games 2014 Myanmar).

Sayang yung sa Incheon, Korea na di nilaro ang chess. We were coming from a podium finish (silver) in the 2010 Asian Games.

Hopefully, sa 2015 SEA Games to be hosted by Singapore, laruin uli ang chess.

Oct-15-14  SugarDom: Wala daw chess sa Singapore sa 2015...
Oct-16-14  spawn2: <Sugardom>

Science..medyo surprising since chess gets goverment and private funding in Singapore.

Oct-16-14  pinoymaster77: Heard sa DZSR sa pa-meeting called by Chef-de-Mission Julian Camacho (also the Wushu President) eh the NSAs are given until Oct 29 to submit their proposed number of athletes and requested trainings. Then PSC will review.

Wala daw BMX cycling and Mr Camacho stated its hard to appeal already since the list of sports eh firmed up na last April - I guess ganun na din chances ng chess, di na ma appeal.

Parang ang GOAL / TARGET yata in mind eh 40 to 45 GOLDs, but not sure this is good for what place?

Malamang daw mas bigyan ng exposure and leeway ang youth, since meron na ding Asian Youth Games and Youth Olympic Games. May earlier talks din kasi na gawing purely U23 na SEAG, with some overaged athletes allowed for some team events.

That makes sense on the youth exposure.

Oct-16-14  pinoymaster77: Would like to commend the TEAM of DESTINY, the NU Bulldogs!

Some years back, we've heard of the Owner's strategy of tapping a major supplier to be in-charge of each sport. And so we heard suddenly of competitive offers from NU for the top athlete-prospects.

1 by 1 na dumating ang titles, starting with baseball, 2x na with cheerdancing, HS Chess, womens basketball. Then lets take up the SAGA of the Mens basketball team.

Before this season, their star Ray Parks opted out of his final year of eligibility to pursue his NBA dream, thats another story.

Kada season na di umabot NU sa finals (due to heavy investment in players, specially Parks) eh there were always calls for Coach 'E' Eric Altamirano's head. In the end owner Hans Sy and Athletic Director Junel Baculi stuck with Coach E.

NU went thru the wringer, from one time leading in the elims, it found itself tied for 4th/5th and had to undergo playoff vs UE for the 4th Semis Slot. Then had to overcome the twice-to-beat advantage of the Ateneo Eagles & Ravena and they indeed beat them twice. Then in the Finals being newbies, they lost Game 1 to FEU, but regrouped. Yung Game 2 eh record attendance at close to 25K fans then yung final game 3 eclipsed the 25K mark for a new UAAP attendance record! Good for the UAAP

Oct-19-14  pinoymaster77: The 3rd DLHSI chess team event in La Salle Dasma was just nearby and had a low toll via Carmona so took a peek, and was pleasantly surprised with the RECORD turnout of 51 teams! DLHSI organizers and Coach Roel Abelgas Jr must have been ecstatic. Indication din eto na chess in the Non-Masters circles is alive and well, we can see in the pinoychessinforme portal all sorts of chess event announcements, including ONLINE chess events (blitz/bullet chess).

Announcement was months ahead and good sked in between the NCAA and UAAP, so schools can justify as part of their training. NU registered 5 teams, while Adamson and UST had 3 each.

Those with private sponsors had catchy names as well, like the champ Team Boleros and 1 team was called the Expendables (wound up 2nd or 3rd).

Familiar names/ chess friends Jayson Visca spearheaded a Cebu team, Jobert was top board for Frisco, Ice was also top board, while Zeus was bd2 for Emerson Engg. Privately sponsored Knights if (Engr Vic) Tumambing and Padua team featured mainly Laguna players. Yung mga may kaibigan na walang rating o mababa rating sa playing strength ay naglabasan na din.

We may expect to see more chess team events due to the large DLHSI turnout.

Maybe ETCF could also look into such chess team projects.

Oct-19-14  pinoymaster77: Mga 3 weeks to go na lang pala for next WJCC, sa Nov7 daw.

Talagang trying to save Sochi, dami news describing it as a ghost town after the Winter Olympics :

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