Eugene Torre

World Chess

Hall of Fame

Inducted 2021








Philippine grandmaster Eugene Torre has been a trailblazer for Asian chess for half a century, achieving a number of continental milestones including first grandmaster (1974), first to defeat a reigning world champion (Anatoly Karpov in 1976), and first to reach the Candidates stage of the World Championship (1982-1983). A member of the Philippine Olympiad team a record 23 times, Torre won three individual medals on board one (silver at Nice 1974 and bronze at Malta 1980 and Dubai 1986). He also won a bronze medal on board three at Baku 2016 at the age of 64. Torre was the official second of Bobby Fischer in his 1992 rematch with Boris Spassky.

Notable Games

Rob Bogaerts/Anefo

Eugene Torre

January 13, 1984

Courtesy of the Nationaal Archief, CC0


Inside Chess, Vol. 4, No. 8

April 29, 1991

Collection of the World Chess Hall of Fame