Friday, December 23, 2011

GM Eugene Torre Profile

I checked our very own GM Eugene Torre's player profile at Chessmetrics website and what I found was interesting enough to share here. As Asia's first ever recipient of the world's highest title in chess, grandmaster, he has represented our country in the Olympiads twenty times, a record he shares with Lajos Portisch of Hungary.

Highlights of his career:
  • Best World Rank: # 43 (February 1987 FIDE rating list)
  • Highest Rating: 2675 (March 1989 at the age of 37 years and 4 months)
  • Best Individual Performance: 2768 in Manila, 1976 against 2726-rated players 
I was born the year Eugene Torre nailed his third and final GM norm and I have never heard a story about that taints his good image. Yes there were buzzes and side during tournaments portal comments about him losing the edge over the younger ones and him not really into "youth" training but these actually are matters of preference.

Unlike some of the young masters we have, Eugene Torre has always been a good role model, always discreet about his ways.

My Christmas wish for the Philippines Chess Community, LESS POLITICS and MORE DISCIPLINE among the players and officials of the Federation.

Check out the full players profile of Eugene Torre at Chessmetrics here.

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