Eugenio Torre Scores Twenty One

Время публикации: 20.08.2012 00:23 | Последнее обновление: 20.08.2012 00:36

The grandmaster from Philippines will make a chess record in Istanul

It was hard to imagine for Eugenio Torre, who is the first grandmaster from Philippines, what would his successful finish in the national tournament turn into. Having scored 10 points out of 15 he shared good places 2-4 and soon after one of the players left to carry on with his studies in US, Torre was invited to participate in Istanbul for the national team. In a week  he will already make his first move on the board on Istanbul Olympiad.

This would hardly be any sensation, however Torre is going to beat a special record in Istanbul - this is his 21-st Olympiad. Before that the record breaker was Lajos Portisch who represented his country 20 times on Olympiads all over the world. Now it's time for Torre to show he is made for it. His first Olympiad was in Siegen in 1970, and his last one in Khanty-Mansiysk in 2010.

This is not the only fact that impresses his fans, informs Chessdom site. Torre is 60, but yet it's hard to believe he is of that age. He often visits the gym and is in a very good shape. A devoted grandfather he spends a lot of time with his grandchildren. Perhaps all this is his unique way to find harmony in chess.

Torre himself was quite surprised to find out he is indeed going to Istanbul: “This is unexpected. I never envisioned myself representing the country in the biggest stage of chess competition as a senior citizen,” he said.

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