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Manila Tournament

Eugenio Torre4.5/6(+3 -0 =3)[games]
Anatoly Karpov3/6(+1 -1 =4)[games]
Ljubomir Ljubojevic2.5/6(+1 -2 =3)[games]
Walter Browne2/6(+0 -2 =4)[games] Chess Event Description
Manila (1976)

In the summer of 1976, Anatoly Karpov travelled to Manila, Philippines to participate in the Marlboro-Loyola Kings Challenge chess tournament. He was joined by (in order of Elo) Ljubomir Ljubojevic (2620) from Yugoslavia, Walter Browne (2585) from the United States, and Eugenio Torre (2505) from the Philippines for a double-round robin event. Ljubojevic, Browne and Torre had just finished the Manila Interzonal (1976). The average rating of the players qualified the tournament as a Category XV event.

The result was surprising and momentous due to the inspired play of Torre. Not only did he defeat the world champion in the second round, but he went on to finish clear first ahead of Karpov, a feat no one had yet accomplished since the latter had become World Champion. His success in the tournament earned Torre a place in history.

Manila, Philippines, 13-21 July 1976

1 Torre ** 1 1 1 4 2 Karpov 0 ** 1 3 3 Ljubojevic 0 0 ** 1 2 4 Browne 0 0 ** 2

Original collection: Game Collection: Manila 1976, by User: suenteus po 147.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Browne vs Karpov ½-½151976ManilaE17 Queen's Indian
2. Ljubojevic vs E Torre  ½-½231976ManilaB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
3. Karpov vs E Torre 0-1481976ManilaB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
4. Browne vs Ljubojevic  ½-½271976ManilaD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. Ljubojevic vs Karpov 0-1421976ManilaC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
6. E Torre vs Browne 1-0871976ManilaB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. Karpov vs Browne ½-½281976ManilaB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
8. E Torre vs Ljubojevic 1-0431976ManilaB33 Sicilian
9. Ljubojevic vs Browne  1-0361976ManilaB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
10. E Torre vs Karpov ½-½221976ManilaB83 Sicilian
11. Karpov vs Ljubojevic  ½-½211976ManilaA30 English, Symmetrical
12. Browne vs E Torre  ½-½561976ManilaE81 King's Indian, Samisch
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  Eggman: Most impressive for Torre, by far the lowest rated player, to get a plus score against each opponent and finished clear first by a point and a half.
Mar-02-13  torrefan: My brod was not just "a local chess master" at that time. He was already a GM, having become one two years before in the nice Olympiad.
Mar-02-13  Absentee: <Eggman: Most impressive for Torre, by far the lowest rated player, to get a plus score against each opponent and finished clear first by a point and a half.>

And beating Karpov with Black, too.

Mar-02-13  torrefan: He had victories against all of them, if I may add. And he was undefeated too. A truly magnificent performance.
Mar-02-13  torrefan: He was also the handsomest among the four. He was at his peak at that time, both physically and mentally. Beautiful women were pawing him everywhere he went.
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  Phony Benoni: <torrefan> You're right about Torre already being a GM. I've changed the introduction accordingly.
Mar-02-13  torrefan: Change it some more Phony Benoni. The description "a Grandmaster from the Philippines" gives the false impression that Torre at that time was just one of the several GMs the country has. No. He was the Philippines's ONLY Gm at that time.
Mar-02-13  Absentee: Since we're nitpicking, "ELO" should be "Elo". :)
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  Phony Benoni: <torrefan> I can grasp the point you're trying to make, but that is not the way I understand the statement. To my mind, "a Grandmaster from the Philippines" makes no assertion about quantity, but simply specifies that the person is a Grandmaster and comes from the Philippines.

These introductions were originally written by the member who compiled the collection in the first place. I have no problem with correcting factual errors (such as Torre being a grandmaster before the tournament), but hesitate to make stylistic changes.

Nevertheless, I have made an exception and revised the introduction a little more thoroughly.

Mar-02-13  torrefan: thank you very much <Phony Benoni>!
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  Tabanus: <traveled to Manila>

Torre, Ljubojevic and Browne had just played in the Manila Interzonal (1976) which ended July 10.

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