MANILA, Philippines – Asia’s first Grandmaster Eugene Torre has been immortalized in the World Chess Hall of Fame.
The 70-year-old chess icon was officially inducted into the Hall of Fame on Wednesday in Missouri, USA.
Torre became the first Asian grandmaster in 1974 when he won a silver medal at the age of 22 in the 21st Chess Olympic competition in Nice, France.
Torre was accompanied by his wife, Maria Lina, and Filipino-American martial artist Wesley So, who both acknowledged in their acceptance speeches.
His name is Covered by World Chess Federation last April with Judit Polgar and Miguel Najdorf.
Torre was the first to defeat defending world champion Anatoly Karpov in 1976.
He also took home a silver medal at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China and won bronze in 1980, 1986 and the 2016 Chess Olympics.
Torre won four gold medals at the Asian Team Chess Championship in 1977, 1979, 1981 and 1983 before winning bronze in Dubai in 1986. He won gold and medals. bronze at the Asian Cities Chess Championships in 2002 and 2004 respectively.
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