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Torre at the USSR v World 1984

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The name alone is almost synonymous to Philippine chess for the past four decades. Below is just a sampling of achievements found in his long list of credentials:

  • recognized at age 22 as the premier Grandmaster to emerge from this side of Asia
  • put an end to the then world champion Karpov’s streak of tournament career wins in 1976
  • was ranked among the world’s top 20 players for a good part of his career peak in the 1980s
  • was once one of the eight candidates in position to earn the right to challenge the reigning world chess champion
  • a member of the 10-board Rest of the World team who battled against the vaunted Soviet Russian team in 1984
  • a three-time Chess Olympiad medal winner and holds the record for the longest consecutive board one appearance in the said event
  • most recently, at the ripe age of 56, racked up a string of six victories in six games of grandmaster play on his way to winning the 3rd President Arroyo Cup held in the Philippines in 2008
  • his name has always been in the top four of every FIDE national rankings, which began way back in 1971