Eugene Torre and Philippine Chess


Ignacio Dee on Rappler:

Then he tightens the screws: a mating attack or an endgame. It makes no difference. In Baku, he was playing like he was in his 20s, with energy and not taking any breaks.

It is no wonder that many Filipinos who used to love chess passionately until their careers demanded their attention would comment joyfully, even Torre wins on Facebook.

We can celebrate the outstanding performance of GM Eugene Torre in Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad all we want, but let’s not overlook the fact that when a 64-year-old Torre leads the Philippine team in the Chess Olympiad is reminiscent of the sorry state of Philippine Chess.


  1. I believe corruption and politics hound PCF. Only now after all those years,a WGM,when before Ph was at Olympus in chess before we were overtaken by Vietnam,India,and China. India has already a world champ(interestingly,he as a child lived here in Ph) and we had the first Asian to qualify for the world champ elimination.
    We are in zugzwang.

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