Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Torre in Hall of Fame

He has won many awards but now Pinoy grandmaster Eugene Torre will join the ranks of many Philippine sports legends as the Philippine Sportswriters Association elevate the man to their Hall of Fame.

Here is a little reminder of one of Torre's more recent achievements - a record attendance in the Olympiad:

Ever since gaining the GM title in 1974 during the World Chess Olympiad in Nice, France, Torre valiantly carried Philippine chess into his broad shoulders.

From 1970 to 2006, the former business administration undergraduate from Mapua donned the national colors 19 consecutive times playing in the World Chess Olympiad, now a new world record after surpassing the previous mark of 18 held by Paul Westerinen of Finland.

From the Manila Standard Today.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

For all his talents and achievements, Eugene deserves all the honors bestowed.

Still, it is not too late for him to help and develop upcoming young Filipino talents to complete his legacy.

Sadly, Torre's, and Campomanes' glory days translate to the decline of Philippine chess, as the Indian, Chinese and now Vietnamese chess players have surged way ahead of the Pinoys.

442 said...

I wouldnt worry too much mate,China and India have more then ten times the population of the Phillipines. So putting aside the fact they spend at least 3 times as much money on development for chess,you would still have major problems keeping up.

Anonymous said...

Am not too sure of "funding" from the government of India and China, more probably through private industry sponsorship.

Torre can use his name and credibility to gain sponsors for training and development of young Filipino chess talents.

442 said...

Humpy Koneru received large government funding from her home state when she won a world age category. This paved the way for her to become a full time professional chess player.

A number of other strong indian players have received both government and private funding.

In the case of China it is mainly government funding,they are pouring millions of dollars into chess.

rjsolcruz said...

GM Eugene deserved this HOF. In fact, it may have been late in coming.

And this HOF is not just bec of this 20th consec Ol appearances, there is the being the first GM of RP and for playing in the Candidates. And he has beaten a number of WCh, including (ex and to be); Karpov, Tal, Smyslov, & Topalov.

Congrats to El Eugenio!

Check+

442 said...

When and where did Torre beat Topalov?

Anonymous said...

Topalov-Torre in 1996 Yerevan Olympiad & the opening is Ruy Lopez Open Variation.