Ilonggo grandmaster visits hometown

GM Eugene Torre (Photo by Marie Emelianova)

ILONGGO chess legend and first Asia’s grandmaster Eugene Torre returns to Iloilo to hold exhibitions and chess trainer’s seminar on Aug. 4, 2017.

Organized by the Iloilo Provincial Chess Association, (IPCA) which was founded on April 1, 2017, the event aims to discover young woodpushers in Iloilo who can follow the footsteps of Eugene.

IPCA is inviting everyone to join the caravan on Aug. 4, 9 a.m., from the Iloilo Airport to Iloilo Provincial Capitol for a courtesy call and a press briefing. This will be followed by a simultaneous chess exhibition at SM City Iloilo at 1 p.m.

On Aug. 5, he will be at the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Regional Office VI for the trainer’s training and signing of memorabilia while on Aug.6, he will resume another round of simultaneous chess exhibition.

This will be followed by giving of Plaque of Recognition by the Province of Iloilo and other local government units (LGUs) to Torre for his lifelong exploits in chess.

Born November 4, 1951 in Iloilo City, Torre started playing chess when he was in grade school. To avoid doing household chores, the seventh of ten siblings found perfect escape in chess.

The escapism became a serious endeavor when his family noticed the talent in the young Torre. With the support of his parents, he started playing in tournaments and winning various championships.

Aside from being Asia’s first grandmaster at age 22, Torre accomplished other notable achievements: played Board 1 for Team Philippines at the Olympiad a world record 17 times; 20th consecutive appearances at the 2010 World Chess Olympiad, a world record shared with GM Portisch; 23rd appearances at 2016 World Chess Olympiad breaking his own previous world record of 22 with a total of 103 total wins, 124 draws, and 43 losses in 270 total games, also a world record; and a Lifetime Achievement Awardee at the 2017 PSA Annual Awards.

His records show not only the superb Ilonggo talent, but mindboggling longevity in the game.

In the last Chess Olympiad, at age 64, Torre has once again made his country proud by playing in board 3, winning 9 games with 2 draws, which is equivalent to a very high performance rating of 2836, against his previous rating of 2447.

Inspired by the Iloilo Provincial Government’s inclusion of chess as one of the priority sports, several chess enthusiasts across the province formed IPCA which aims to develop a serious chess program in Iloilo.

For those interested to join in the simultaneous exhibitions, and the chess trainer’s seminar, please contact IPCA, and/or follow them on facebook @ IpcaChess.

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