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Torre, Eugene

Eugenio "Eugene" Torre, traditionally considered the strongest chess grandmaster the Philippines ever produced, was born in Iloilo City, Philippines on November 4, 1951.  In 1974, the young Torre became Asia’s first grandmaster by winning the silver medal at board 1 in the World Chess Olympiad in Nice, France.  In a 1976 tournament in Manila, Torre beat then reigning world chess champion Anatoly Karpov in a game that has become part of Filipino chess history (see diagram).  Torre, whose FIDE rating is 2536, continues to play actively in local and international tournaments (see photo).


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