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Carlos Torre Repetto
Carlos Torre 
From the film Chess Fever (1925)  
Number of games in database: 139
Years covered: 1920 to 1934

Overall record: +68 -21 =43 (67.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 7 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (12) 
    A46 D02 A50
 Queen's Gambit Declined (9) 
    D30 D38 D31 D39
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C68 C60 C84 C79 C87
 Slav (5) 
    D15 D11 D13
 Sicilian (4) 
    B23 B83 B43 B84
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (10) 
    A50 D02 A45 A40
 French (10) 
    C12 C11 C00
 French Defense (10) 
    C12 C11 C00
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C80 C84 C97 C68
 Grunfeld (5) 
    D90 D85 D94 D80
 Alekhine's Defense (4) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Carlos Torre vs Lasker, 1925 1-0
   Gruenfeld vs Carlos Torre, 1925 0-1
   Carlos Torre vs Saemisch, 1925 1-0
   Carlos Torre vs N Banks, 1924 1-0
   Carlos Torre vs M A Schapiro, 1924 1-0
   NN vs Carlos Torre, 1928 0-1
   Dupre vs Carlos Torre, 1927 0-1
   Carlos Torre vs E Z Adams, 1920 1-0
   Carlos Torre vs B Verlinsky, 1925 1-0
   Marshall vs Carlos Torre, 1925 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Marienbad (1925)
   Moscow (1925)
   Baden-Baden (1925)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   American Chess Bulletin 1925 by Phony Benoni
   American Chess Bulletin 1924 by Phony Benoni
   Marienbad 1925 by suenteus po 147
   Carlos Torre Repetto by ArturoRivera
   US Open 1924, Detroit = 25th Western Champ. by Phony Benoni
   Chicago Masters Tournament, 1926 by Phony Benoni
   American Chess Bulletin 1926 by Phony Benoni
   The Latin American Super Grand Masters by Eduardo Bermudez
   HAL1999's favorite games by HAL1999
   98_C24 Urusov-Gambit by whiteshark

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(born Nov-23-1904, died Mar-19-1978, 73 years old) Mexico

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Carlos Torre Repetto was born in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. He learned to play chess at the age of six, and in 1915 he went to the United States to attempt to prove himself against America's best players. At the Moscow 1925 tournament, Torre placed fifth, winning his individual game against Emanuel Lasker. His chess career ended prematurely when he was stricken by mental illness a few years later, but in 1977 FIDE awarded him the International Grandmaster title based on his results in the mid 1920s. Torre was the first Mexican to ever achieve this title.

Wikipedia article: Carlos Torre Repetto

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 139  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Carlos Torre vs E Z Adams 1-0211920New OrleansC11 French
2. E Z Adams vs Carlos Torre 1-0231920New OrleansC41 Philidor Defense
3. Carlos Torre vs Ed. Lasker  0-1411921Casual gameC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
4. L L Labatt vs Carlos Torre 0-1281923Louisiana-chD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
5. Carlos Torre vs M A Schapiro 0-1481924Manhattan CC-chD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
6. Marshall vs Carlos Torre 0-1341924Dimock themeC24 Bishop's Opening
7. O Tenner vs Carlos Torre 0-1351924Manhattan CC-chC12 French, McCutcheon
8. Carlos Torre vs H R Bigelow 1-0281924New York Dimock theme, USAC45 Scotch Game
9. Carlos Torre vs Little 1-0171924New OrleansC60 Ruy Lopez
10. Carlos Torre vs G Beihoff 1-0201924Manhattan CC-chD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Santasiere vs Carlos Torre  ½-½481924Dimock ThemeC24 Bishop's Opening
12. Carlos Torre vs Santasiere 1-0491924New York Dimock theme, USAC24 Bishop's Opening
13. Carlos Torre vs E Tholfsen  0-1321924New York Dimock theme, USAC24 Bishop's Opening
14. L Samuels vs Carlos Torre  0-1401924Manhattan CC-chC12 French, McCutcheon
15. Carlos Torre vs E B Adams 1-0281924NYSCA chC60 Ruy Lopez
16. Carlos Torre vs R Smirka 1-0371924New York Dimock theme, USAC45 Scotch Game
17. Carlos Torre vs Marshall 0-1311924Dimock themeC55 Two Knights Defense
18. E Tholfsen vs Carlos Torre  0-1341924New York Dimock theme, USAC24 Bishop's Opening
19. Carlos Torre vs O Frink  ½-½481924Manhattan CC-chA48 King's Indian
20. Lasker vs Carlos Torre ½-½251924Simul, 25bC11 French
21. J D Lear vs Carlos Torre 0-1351924NYSCA chD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
22. I Spero vs Carlos Torre 0-1431924Western op, USAC58 Two Knights
23. Carlos Torre vs B Jenkines  1-034192425th Western ChampionshipC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
24. Carlos Torre vs J Winter 1-0441924Western op, USAB23 Sicilian, Closed
25. Carlos Torre vs Reshevsky 1-0321924Western op, USAD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 139  PGN Download
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Jun-07-11  capanegra: <SwitchingQuylthulg> you’re right, the book I cited is wrong and White resigned instead of playing the wining Rd6.

In fact, the complete game score is given by Edward Winter in his Chess Notes. White was a man called F. Parker (former champion of the Marshall chess club), and the game was played in a simultaneous exhibition on 16 September 1924. See

1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Nf6 4 d4 exd4 5 O-O Bc5 6 e5 d5 7 exf6 dxc4 8 Re1+ Be6 9 Ng5 Qd5 10 Nc3 Qf5 11 Nce4 O-O-O 12 g4 Qe5 13 Nxe6 fxe6 14 fxg7 Rhg8 15 Bh6 Bd6 16 f4 Qa5 17 Qf3 Qd5 18 g5 Bc5 19 Kg2 Be7 20 Nf6 Bxf6 21 Qxd5 Rxd5 22 gxf6 Rf5 23 Rxe6 Nd8 24 Rae1 Nxe6 25 Rxe6 d3 26 cxd3 cxd3 27 Kf2 d2 28 Ke2 Rd8 29 Kd1 Rc5 30 0-1

Oct-09-11  Karpova: C. S. Howell on pages 166-170 of the September-October issue of the 'American Chess Bulletin':

<He lacks technique and for the sake of his chess future, I hope that he will not hasten too much in cultivating it. Acquired naturally and as a result of the experience of play, technique is a valuable asset but the attempt to acquire it before one’s ability to combine has been fully developed has stopped permanently the improvement of a good many young players.>

Source: Edward Winter 's 'Chess in 1924' from 1999


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  andrewjsacks: One of the most naturally talented players of all time.
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  andrewjsacks: Thank you for the fascinating youtube link, jessicafischerqueen.
Nov-23-11  Korifej: His game against Lasker is amazing
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  brankat: An illness prevented him from achieving much more, not only chess-wise.

R.I.P. master Carlos Torre.

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  brankat: Happy Birthday!
Mar-14-13  copablanco: Wikipedia says he was born in 1904, and in 1915
he went to the US to prove himself against the best
chess ten or 11 years old?
He had an episode in New York while on a Fifth ave. bus by taking his clothes off !.More is mentioned in The psychology of the chess player by Ruben Fine.
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  chancho: From Sarah's Chess Journal:

<There have been rumors that [Torre's] breakdown occurred as a result of being jilted by his fiancée.

Whether this is true or not is unclear, but it's not generally accepted. Dr Carlos Fruvas Gárnica, who treated Torre and seemed to be very close to him, reports that Torre, in fact, became a victim of his own success:

"In 1926 there was no Mexican politician, generale, or rich retailer, or monopolistic millionaire that did not want Torre [attending] their social gatherings."

It's his contention that Torre was used by political, military and financial leaders to augment their social standings.

They had no interest and little involvement in chess, yet they invited (strongly) Torre to appear at their constant stream of social gatherings.

They wined him and dined him, faking interest in a subject they knew nothing about.

He felt like a rope in some tug-of-war.

So incessant were the invitations that he often had to refuse one to attend another.

The political climate in Mexico of that time made refusing a dangerous thing.

In short, the doctor believes Torre was a victim of stress and found the only way to escape this stress was to escape the reality of his existence, that is, to not be a famous chess player.

"...they want to think that Torre lost the reason by some dark cause, I prefer to think that Carlos Torre retired voluntarily from chess not to have to report to that society of crazy people.">

Mar-14-13  Caissanist: <The Psychology of the Chess Player> is not a reliable source, particularly for sensational stories such as this. Edward Winter has debunked many of the anecdotes in that book, and considers this particular one to be "unsubstantiated".
Jul-22-13  adalthor: It says, among other things about Carlos Torre: "He made his international debut at the Moscow 1925 tournament and placed fifth". According to New in chess #4/2013, page 83 he played Baden-Baden [april/may] 1925, then in Marienbad, Moscow was only in November.
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  TheFocus: It should probably be mentioned in his bio that he won the Louisiana State Championship in 1923.
Nov-08-13  Karpova: New York, 19-year old Carlso Torre won the Western Chess Association Championship Tournament with 14.0/16 (+12 -0 =4) ahead of players like Whitaker and Reshevsky.

From page 300 of the October 1924 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

Aug-14-14  Mr. V: I think Caruana looks a little like him. Hopefully Fabiano Caruana never meets such a tragic fate.
Apr-28-15  wrap99: Many, many years ago I met Marcel Sisniega who I believe told me that Torre was his teacher -- certainly plausible. It meant nothing to me in 1975 (when I met Sisniega) but I guess it would be interesting if someone could confirm.
Nov-06-15  gabriel25: I seem to remember an incredible game with about six or seven queen oferings, never takable always poisoned, that ends with a mate on the last rank. It is in most antologies as beautiful an surprising.

I also remember been told that it was actually a present, so his name would be on all chess books, and it is, from a chess master last named Torres in New Orleans to this patron who had been very friendly and generous with him.

Maybe one of you erudites of chess can clear that up.

The game from my description should be recognizable. Im am too old and forget some things but remember others.

Nov-06-15  Mr. V: <gabriel25>
You're probably thinking of E Z Adams vs Carlos Torre, 1920
Nov-10-15  gabriel25: <Mr. V> Thanks, i saw the game, a real beauty!

Read a lot of kibitzing on it.

It was a generous present to a generous patron of chess.

Good gestures, both.

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Carlos Torre.
Nov-13-17  Amulet: Polish Opening: Kings Indian Defence.
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  thegoodanarchist: < jessicafischerqueen: ...

It should be noted that they are acting for a film "Chess Fever" in the scenes shown in this video:>

Is the cure for chess fever more cowbell?

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"Our skill development does not depend on being experts at openings and being precise at endings, because there is no development without harmony... we should focus primarily in playing all stages of the game equally well, that is, play chess..." "The strength that is accumulated should result in progress, and as a consequence, our continuous and growing effort will help improve our ability in advanced reason."

Citas de : Carlos Torre Repetto

Mar-28-18  Marmot PFL: That's what happens if you spend your days playing chess. Eventually, you get to beat Emanuel Lasker and create a Mexican Immortal game, but then again your wife will leave you for another man, probably one that plays soccer or something.
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  juan31: His work in chess is timeless
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  andrewjsacks: A chess tragedy he is, along the lines of Pillsbury, for example.
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