FILIPINO Grandmaster Eugene (GM) Torre came back from retirement in topping the 2023 Guam International Open Chess Tournament at the Dusit Beach Resort in Guam over the weekend.

The chess Hall-of-Famer and Asia’s first GM went perfect by winning all his nine games in the standard tournament organized by the Guam Chess Federation and sanctioned by FIDE.

Mr. Torre’s wins came at the expense of William Gunn, Daniel Combs, Cyle Sarmiento, Rudolph P. Soriano, Kohei Yonemitsu, Daniel Doria, Elmer Prudente, Kyle Garrison and Rogelio L. Orio.

Meanwhile, Louie Salvador edged Kahlel Abris via tiebreak after the two ended up tied with seven points apiece to rule a tournament sponsored by National Master Marlon Bernardino.

Salvador pocketed P10,000 while Abris P6,000 in the seven-round tournament that drew participation by 242 woodpushers including some of the country’s top masters. — Joey Villar