Grandmaster Eugene Torre joined the immortals of chess after his induction recently into the Hall of Fame of FIDE (World Chess Organization).
In 1974, during the Nice Olympiad, Torre made history by bagging the silver medal in the Board 1 category, making him Asia’s and the Philippines’ first grandmaster.
Torre had a peak FIDE rating of 2580 in 1983.
At present, there are 37 inductees in the World Chess Hall of Fame, including such legends as Bobby Fischer of the US; Jose Capablanca of Cuba; Paul Morphy of the US; Emmanuel Lasker of Germany; Wilhelm Steinitz of Austria; and Garry Kasparov, Mikhail Botvinnik, Tigran Petrossian, Alexander Alekhine, Vera Menchik, Mikhail Tal, Vasily Smyslov, Viktor Korchnoi, Aron Nimzowitsch, Boris Spassky and Anatoly Karpov of Russia.
Torre was inducted together with Argentina’s Miguel Najdorf and Hungarian Judit Pulgar.
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