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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. 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. 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. E Torre vs F Loheac-Amoun 1-027 1970 Siegen (Germany)C98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
8. E Paoli vs E Torre 0-129 1970 Siegen ol (Men) qual-DB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
9. G Forintos vs E Torre 0-140 1970 Siegen ol (Men)E77 King's Indian
10. E Torre vs P N Lee  ½-½17 1970 OlympiadC18 French, Winawer
11. E Torre vs Ribli  0-154 1971 Athens (Wch U20)B85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
12. E Torre vs H Ardiansyah 1-058 1972 Skopje ol (Men)B07 Pirc
13. L Abraham vs E Torre 0-126 1972 Skopje ol (Men)A00 Uncommon Opening
14. E Torre vs K Roehrl 1-018 1972 OlympiadC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
15. E Torre vs G Sigurjonsson  ½-½10 1972 Skopje ol (Men)C28 Vienna Game
16. S Tatai vs E Torre  1-037 1972 Skopje ol (Men)E63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
17. Kavalek vs E Torre  1-037 1972 Skopje/Krusevo/Ohrid (Yugoslavia)E90 King's Indian
18. H Petersen vs E Torre 0-117 1972 Skopje ol (Men)B03 Alekhine's Defense
19. E Torre vs Bukic  0-142 1972 Nis (Yugoslavia)B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
20. L Vizantiadis vs E Torre 0-156 1972 Skopje ol (Men)A07 King's Indian Attack
21. S Kagan vs E Torre 0-130 1972 Skopje ol (Men)B03 Alekhine's Defense
22. E Torre vs Gheorghiu 1-036 1972 Skopje/Krusevo/Ohrid (Yugoslavia)B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
23. E Torre vs Keene ½-½13 1972 Skopje ol (Men)B06 Robatsch
24. E Torre vs T I Shaw 1-034 1972 Hong KongC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
25. E Torre vs S Garcia Martinez  0-169 1972 Skopje ol (Men)A07 King's Indian Attack
 page 1 of 49; games 1-25 of 1,206  PGN Download
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Aug-23-14  spawn2: <torrefan>

Naghahanap talaga ng pagtatalunan:)

Aug-23-14  Pulo y Gata: Hahaha!
Aug-23-14  mysql: Ok here's my question. Is there actually a "master plan" for Philippine chess? Because my impression right now is that the people who are running the NCFP are just "going through the motions". A tournament here, a tournament there without any focus on a goal. This was blatantly obvious with the very disorganized manner that they handled our campaign in the olympics.

That's why I would like So to stay with Polgar because she is giving him a clear direction on what to do. This is despite all of these controversies that are happening.

I think if they really want to improve NCFP, they should hire somebody who has experienced being a CEO/Chairmain of a large company. In this sense, I somewhat agree with Sugardom that Manny Pangilinan is a good option. The question is if he has the <desire> to do that.

Aug-23-14  geniokov: <spawn2: <torrefan> Naghahanap talaga ng pagtatalunan:)> Bro,baka mamaya eh si AFGM na nga yan eh ubosh tayo! LOL!
Aug-23-14  pinoymaster77: My recent posts were on NCFP since its the relevant topic and mentioned here and with the current state of Philippine chess, topped off with the unprecedented developments on our Olympiad team.

For current NCFP leadership, they're trying to do something more, within the limits of their resources.

For the 2016 elections kaya sinusuri din possible candidates eh 'will NCFP improve' or more of the same? What I don't agree on is the main consideration on change seems to be on the release of GM Wes or not. If a candidate runs for the prexy, it has to be for the benefit of the whole Philippine chess community.

Merong candidate na may 'desire' pero next year pa siguro full blast ang candidacy preparations.

Aug-23-14  mysql: Who is this candidate pinoymaster?
I think <sugardom> is a very good candidate, but he should start at the lower rung first as I don't think he will win if he runs for president immediately.
Aug-23-14  pinoymaster77: mysql,

Let's reserve it for 2015 when the timing is right.

Yun ang magiging scenario if their eyed patron / godfather doesn't commit.

Aug-23-14  pinoymaster77: Meantime for the OPEN tournaments, eh sharing the annual 'Mindanao Open' which is dubbed this year as the Cotabato Centennial Chess Championship, champion's purse is PhP 60K.

In round 5, FM N.Villanueva upset GM JP while NM Emperado (Campo Cup Challenger champ) eh on a roll with successive wins over GMs Laylo and Bitoon! Ilonggo Edsel Montoya naman stopped FM Villanueva to stay at 5/5 with NM Emperado. 3rd 5-pointer is NM(?) Salubre. Mas matinding bakbakan pa in the last 4 rounds :

Aug-23-14  pinoymaster77: 1 other sector na madaming disgruntled and feeling left out eh hanay ng NMs, top Non-Masters, mga FMs and veteran IMs, for lack of opportunity to compete in such OPEN tournaments na may worthwhile na prize money.

GUTOM daw sila and they're kind of expecting GM Jayson as a former active player eh would understand their plight. The big ticket OPEN events are usually sponsored by LGUs, like usually there's the annual La Union Open, and Pangasinan Open atbp.

Aug-23-14  Pulo y Gata: Both Montoya and Salubre used to compete actively in Manila but decided to go back to the province. Both are strong, master-level players.

About open tournaments, I agree that the players could use more of them. At the same time, some things must be done to prevent collusion and game-fixing in these events. Seriously.

Aug-24-14  pinoymaster77: PYG,

Si NM Macacuna Macala ba si Allan Macala who used to play in Mmla events some years back? Napanood ko sa Pichay o GMA Cup eh super kunatsky, and opening with white eh d3 o e3, iba sa sya dun sa NM Makikano na Vismin player?

Yup, Edsel eh RTU graduate and since understated ang ELO nya, favorite sya as Board 3 o 4 player pag team event, pero FM/IM strength sya.

Speaking of team events eh there's revival of La Salle Dasma event on Oct 19th, 2050 ang average for the team.

Aug-24-14  Pulo y Gata: Makinano and Macala are rwo different players. I don't know that Macanuna guy. I know NM Allan Macala.
Aug-24-14  pinoymaster77: Kap Norlito has some innovative proposals / ideas, like the Gladiator match rules (which aims to encourage fighting games to the finish, no lame draws), oath to not cheat, and even lie detector tests.

But I have already pre-warned and sensed this is highly unpopular among the adult players, since mapapaso sila dito. At least, maganda na Kap experienced directly the moves and characters of these chess operators, at first he wouldn't believe there are syndicates.

Aug-24-14  pinoymaster77: I hope it won't be minded if I post it here, since its important to also REFORM the sport to move forward.

PYG, Kap thinks that just be reciting this oath, 70% of the players would comply due to fear of God, what do you think ?


The CHESS PLAYER honor oath.
(To be recited at the commencement of the tournament day)

Raise your right hand.

I am a chess player.

I am an honorable person.

I will not lie, cheat or fix games nor tolerate any among us who does. I will not pre-arrange game results.
I promise to do my best in every game and to conduct myself most sincerely. I believe in God who sees and knows everything I do and even without God, I believe in Truth, Honesty and Fair Play.

This is my honor oath. May I suffer the consequences if I break my oath. May I receive punishment if I am untrue to myself.

So be it. Amen.

Aug-24-14  mysql: How come Gomez is rated only 2481?

<pinoymaster77: Meantime for the OPEN tournaments, eh sharing the annual 'Mindanao Open' which is dubbed this year as the Cotabato Centennial Chess Championship, champion's purse is PhP 60K. In round 5, FM N.Villanueva upset GM JP while NM Emperado (Campo Cup Challenger champ) eh on a roll with successive wins over GMs Laylo and Bitoon! Ilonggo Edsel Montoya naman stopped FM Villanueva to stay at 5/5 with NM Emperado. 3rd 5-pointer is NM(?) Salubre. Mas matinding bakbakan pa in the last 4 rounds :

Aug-24-14  pinoymaster77: mysql,

Checked the NCFP site (, this 2481 is indeed indicated as GM JP's NCFP rating as of June 1, 2014.

But his FIDE ELO is indeed > 2500.

I don't know whats the difference or basis of computation of NCFP ratings.

Aug-24-14  SugarDom: <pinoymaster77> Chess Honor Oath. No comments sila. Confirmed na, unpopular. LOL.

But laws don't have to be popular, so we will just work to get this adopted by NCFP. Laws are meant to be obeyed not liked.

Aug-24-14  pinoymaster77: Sugar,

Malamang unpopular yan sa adult players and even Kiddies' parents, while sa chess fans eh skeptical, kagaya ko at first.

No harm done if organizers and NCFP would adopt such oath, plus other measures.

Nito lang sa BOGM diumano may OTB nego na dinig ng katabing board, while sa NATIONAL AGE GROUP eh there were 3 protests filed with 2 admissions, but I think NCFP treated with kid gloves, nakalaro pa din for Pinas yung isang player, while yung isa didn't qualify.

There seems to be an understood code of silence even sa Masters level, otherwise di ka brad pit.

Aug-24-14  pinoymaster77: Sa Cotabato Centennial naman for rounds 6 and 7 kahapon :

In rd6 sa top 2 boards, Jason Salubre stopped Edsel Montoya, while NM Allan Macala won over NM Emmanuel Emperado to vault on top.

But in round 7, the Masters flexed their muscles with IM Dableo winning over J.Salubre and GM JP Gomez stopping NM Macala. In the battle of Cebuanos, GM Rich Bitoon prevailed over IM Steven Kim Yap, NM Villanueva beat NM Emperado and GM Laylo upended Edsel Montoya.

Final bakbakan with the final 2 rounds today !

Round 8 on 2014/08/25 at 8:00am

Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 5 GM BITOON Richard 2389 6 6 IM DABLEO Ronald 2427 4

2 11 SALUBRE Jason 2232 6 6 GM GOMEZ John Paul 2481 2

3 9 NM VILLANUEVA Nelson 2239 6 5 FM SEGARRA Randy 2321 7

4 3 GM LAYLO Darwin 2461 5 5 LOPEZ Henry Roger 2200 16

5 15 NM MACALA Macacuna 2206 5 5 NM LUPIAN Alexander 2231 12 6 13 CANTONJOS Allan 2227 5 5 DANO Jimmy 2131 23

Aug-25-14  pinoymaster77: Cotabato Centennial / Mindanao Open TOP 10, champ's purse is 60k, then 2nd to 4th eh 30k,20k,10k (not sure kung may prizes pooling) :

Final Ranking after 9 Rounds
Rk. SNo Name FED Rtg Club/City Pts.

1 4 IM DABLEO Ronald PHI 2427 Manila 8.0

2 9 NM VILLANUEVA Nelson PHI 2239 Bacolod City 7.5

3 2 GM GOMEZ John Paul PHI 2481 Laguna 7.5

4 13 CANTONJOS Allan PHI 2227 Misamis Oriental 7.5

5 5 GM BITOON Richard PHI 2389 Cebu City 7.0

6 3 GM LAYLO Darwin PHI 2461 Manila 7.0

7 NM EMPERADO Emmanuel PHI 2235 Manila 7.0

8 IM YAP Kim Steven PHI 2375 Cebu City 7.0

9 BATUCAN John Ray PHI 2110 Davao Del Sur 7.0

10 BATUCAN Neptali Iii PHI 1954 Davao Del Sur 7.0

Aug-26-14  spawn2: After the chess season (BOGM and Olympiad) eh medyo pahinga muna. Hopefully magpick-up uli activity sa last quarter ng 2014.
Aug-26-14  pinoymaster77: NCAA Chess Season 90 remaining 10 rounds na lang masundan.

Tapos may FIBA World Cup, Asian Games sa Incheon, and Peace Cup.

In between, sana maplantsa action plan ng NCFP for its elite athletes and youth.

Aug-27-14  pinoymaster77: I hope its OK to post here, sports athletes are in same community and chess players also cross train sa basketball for fitness. As for me, during younger years, I would write down 'chess and basketball' as sports played.

In a way, ang common eh Pinoys are UNDERDOGS pagdating sa world sports stage.

Eto pampalakas ng loob. Matindi games skeds - vs Croatia, Greece, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Senegal in that order. 2 wins needed to advance to the quarterfinals :

Aug-29-14  spawn2:
Aug-29-14  pinoymaster77: Nice! AFGM's win over GM Topalov then.
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