At the conclusion of Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad, Filipino Grand Master Eugene Torre ended his 42-year medal drought in the World Chess Olympiad after claiming the bronze on board three in the 42nd edition of the tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Torre garnered the highest total points after the 11-round competition but settled for bronze due to the contest regulation of giving the gold to the participant who earned the highest performance rating.
The 64-year old grand master captures his first medal in the Olympiad after he captured the silver in 1974 games in Nice, France where he also became the first Asian grand master.
The veteran woodpusher capped his campaign with a marathon win over International Master Moulthun Ly of Australia and finished the tournament with an unbeaten record of nine wins and two draws for a total of 10 points.
Going home with the highest individual award was former Philippine top chess player GM Wesley So, who suited up for the eventual champion United States, after registering a 2896 performance rating.
Hungary’s GM Zoltan Almasi clinched the silver with a 2845 rating, while Torre got 2836 to round up the top three finishers.
The performance of Torre was a bright spot for the Philippines after its men’s team finished 58th overall, ending its campaign with a 1.5-2.5 loss to Australians.