While chess seems to have been around since the dawn of time, this simple board game takes a lifetime to master. For a Filipino to become one of the most revered figures in this challenging sport brings the Philippines immense pride. The first Pinoy chess grandmaster Eugenio “Eugene” Torre’s illustrious career and legacy will be immortalised inside the Eugene Torre Chess Museum. Here’s what to expect inside when visiting its halls.
The pieces inside the Eugene Torre Chess Museum
Visitors will certainly feel a royal fervour the moment they step foot inside the Eugene Torre Chess Museum. But for chess enthusiasts, it might as well be their fantasies turning into reality. A giant chess plaza precedes the throne, which is then flanked by two valiant-looking knights in armour. This protective formation simulates the king and queen’s placement on the chess board, creating a rather dramatic atmosphere to the room.
The owners of the museum, Dionisio “Jundio” Salvador Jr. and Rosie Salvador, feature their growing collection of chess sets on its exhibits. One of the most crucial sets in the exhibit is the Indian “Chaturanga”, believed to be chess’ earliest prototype!
Finally, the museum’s owners proudly dedicate the building to Torre himself. Other exhibits contain items that celebrate the first Pinoy grandmaster’s legacy, from celebrated photos to medals earned by Torre.
Learn the grandmaster’s stratagems
Sometimes, the grandmaster will grace visitors with occasional visits in the museum, too. Torre himself is more than happy to educate chess players with his mastery over the sport. He even teaches his signature 10-turn checkmate on a good day!
The Eugene Torres Chess Museum is just inside Pan de Amerikana Bakery and Restaurant, located in Marikina. The museum opens every Tuesday to Sunday from 6am to 7pm. Admission to the museum is free!
Visiting the Eugene Torre Chess Museum can be an insightful experience. We’re talking about the world’s oldest board game, after all! The sport has a rich history, and to learn that a fellow Filipino like Torre led the forefront of it all in Asia is an inspiration to any aspiring Pinoy chess player.
Featured image credit: Eugene Torre Chess Museum | Official Facebook Page