Mr. IGM Eugenio Torre is an international chess grandmaster from the Philippines, one of the best players of the world during 1980s and 1990s, played the first board of his country in the Olympiads for many times, captain of the Philippine team in their best-ever seventh place finish in the 23rd Chess Olympiad in Greece, 1988 and beaten the legendary world champion Mr. IGM Anatoly Karpov on two encounters, one in Manila 1976 and one in London 1984. EugenioTorre's aforementioned wins against AnatolyKarpov are given below for reference. They are also available in the respective PGN. Click on the game titles below to browse to the relevant chapters in the lichess study, lichess/alpltl/Classics if you can not view the iframes below.

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Game 1. Karpov - Torre, Manila 1976


Game 2. Torre - Karpov, London 1984


The main game of today is actually an obscure gem from the chess history, a training game between EugenioTorre and the legendary Mr. IGM Bobby Fischer, the eleventh world chess champion, short before BobbyFischer's 1992 Belgrade rematch against Mr. IGM Boris Spassky the tenth world chess champion, who lost the title to none other than BobbyFischer after their World Championship Match in Reykjavik 1972.

Today during the 1st round of the 43rd Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia EugenioTorre, who is the present in the event as the captain of Phillipine team, spoke about this training game during an interview with Mr. IGM Ivan Sokolov and Mrs. {WIG,I}M Sopiko Guramishvili. He explained how he was proud to hold BobbyFischer to a draw, how he was sad not to have any record of the game as the only copy was in BobbyFischer's possession until he lost all of his belongings, with EugenioTorre having refused to reconstruct the game out of respect for BobbyFischer's request for the game to remain private. It was a pleasant surprise for EugenioTorre when the game reappeared in chess databases after many years.

The game is given below for reference and it is also available in the respective PGN. Click on the game title below to browse to the relevant chapters in the lichess study, lichess/alpltl/Classics if you can not view them here.

Game 3. Torre - Fischer, Sveti Stefan 1992


You may listen to EugenioTorre telling the story of the game below in the youtube video where he also shares his insights on Fischer's creative process during the invention of Fischer Random Chess, also known as Chess960. He, then proceeds to sing a song whose lyrics he adapted in tribute to BobbyFischer which gives the footage historical importance.



Skip forward to 02:40:45 if you want to listen to the song at once. The original song is called Vincent by Don Mclean, which is a tribute to Vincent Van Gogh, Dutch Post-Impressionist painter, a genius in his own right. You may listen to the original song following this Youtube link.

EugioneTorre's adaptation of the lyrics is reproduced below for all lovers of FischerRandom, a chess variant which aims to revolutonize our beautiful game by emphasizing the depth of chess through a controlled randomization of the starting position without introducing any change in rules apart from a small adaptation of castling. A simple and profound innovation by a true genius intending to eliminate the domination of preparation on modern chess to cultivate aesthetics through the beauty imagination and logic.

Starry, starry night.
Wondering how to find the way.
Wondering where the king should stay.
With eyes that know the mystic that was lost.
 
Shuffling on the board.
Memorizing at the board.
Searching for the right accord.
Do invigorate the game, we trust you most!
 
Now I understand,
What you tried to say to me,
How you suffered for your sanity,
How you tried to set them free.
They would not listen, they did not know how.
Perhaps they'll listen now.
 
Starry, starry night.
King between a pair of rooks.
Castling at the added looks.
Instilled in Bobby's mind, it's for the best!
Checking on the rest:
Bishops on dark and light squares,
Knights and queen on remaining squares,
And every piece is on its random post.
 
Now I understand,
What you tried to say to me,
How you suffered for your sanity,
How you tried to set them free.
They would not listen, they did not know how.
Perhaps they'll listen now.
 
For they could not love you,
But still your love was true.
Then at the age of 64, on that starry starry night,
You passed away before your dreams come true.
But I could have told you, Bobby
This world was never meant for one
As beautiful as you.
 
Starry night, starry night.
Chess demands a love for the game.
You have shown it the first time you came,
and played the gems the world cannot forget.
The struggles that you've met,
All alone you bravely faced
Found noone to be embraced
For nothing is so healing as the human touch.
 
Now I understand,
What you tried to say to me,
How you suffered for your sanity,
How you tried to set them free.
They would not listen, they are not listening still.
Perhaps they never will.
 
Lyrics by Eugenio Torre adapted for the song Vincent in tribute to Bobby Fischer and Fischer Random Chess