Cinco De Mayo & Chess:Honoring the First Mexican GM

Cinco De Mayo & Chess:Honoring the First Mexican GM

NM CraiggoryC
May 5, 2015, 10:14 PM |

Carlos Jesús[1] Torre Repetto (29 November 1904[1][2][3] in Mérida, Yucatán – 19 March 1978 in Mérida, Yucatán) 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.

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His most famous contributions to opening theory are below:

The Torre Attack: 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bg5!? 

Torre's Immortal Game (using his attack!):
Find how Torre finished off the ex-champ:
The remaining moves:
The Mexican Defense (also called The Two Knights Tango): 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 Nc6!?
The first known game with the Mexican Defense:
Torre wins with Black in just 13 moves!