Photo courtesy of The Philippine Star
As part of Mapúa University’s 94th founding anniversary celebration, Eugenio “Eugene” Torre, Asia’s first chess Grandmaster, will be playing in simultaneous exhibition games on January 26 at the Mapúa Gymnasium.
Torre, a former Mapúa Business Administration student and The Outstanding Mapúan awardee, will play against 16 chess players, composed of students, including varsity players, and alumni, one of which will be playing online.
These players are Mapúa seniors chess team members Paul Relativo, Kasparob Andres, Aldus Austria, juniors chess team members Paolo Medina, Stephen Estavillo, Kenzo Suarez, Christian Thompson, John Reggie Salinas, alumni Engr. Nelson Salazar, Engr. Resito David, Engr. Elias Ang, Engr. Daryl Tan, Engr. Samson Uy, Engr. Paolo Garcia, Engr. Jaime Cacho, and Engr. Melchor Pilones.
“It is an honor and a learning experience to be playing against Grandmaster Eugene Torre. We hope to absorb whatever he will share and impart during the exhibition. It’s not every day that you get to play with that caliber of a player,” said Relativo, team captain of Mapúa chess team and one of the participants.
First held in 2010, the second edition of the simultaneous exhibition games between Torre and his fellow Mapúans is organized by the Mapúa Filipino-Chinese Alumni Association, headed by President Edmond Aguilar and former President Victor Lau. Providing support in the event are Boyet Tardecilla, head coach of Mapúa chess team, and Engr. Salazar, member of the first Mapúa champion team in the National Collegiate Athletic Association.