Cinco De Mayo & Chess:Honoring the First Mexican GM
Carlos Jesús Torre Repetto (29 November 1904 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!?