Torre Repetto, Carlos

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Torre Repetto, Carlos Gender: M
Carlos Jesús Torre Repetto
born on 29 November 1904 at 21:00 (= 9:00 PM )
Place Mérida (Yucatan), Mexico, 20n58, 89w37
Timezone LMT m89w37 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 07°30' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 04°58 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 29°31'

Carlos Torre Repetto (circa 1925)


Mexican chess-player awarded the Grandmaster title in 1977, and known for the opening 'Torre Attack,' the 'Mexican Defence,' and a queen sacrifice combination known as 'The Windmill.'

He spent much of his early life in New Orleans and developed as a young player under the tutelage of the New Orleans player E. Z. Adams. Torre later published an extraordinary combination that was supposed to have occurred in a game Z. Adams–Torre and featured White's victory. It was determined subsequently that this combination was never played in a game; Torre's attribution of it to Adams was an homage to his teacher.

Torre first came to international attention when he attended the great New York 1924 tournament and impressed both the American and European Grandmasters with the high quality of his speed chess and analytical ability. The website places Torre as eighth in the world following his tour of Europe.

Torre's career was cut short by mental illness. He spent much if not the remainder of his life hospitalized following a breakdown in 1926.

Carlos Torre Repetto died in Mérida, Yucatán at 7:20 AM on 19 March 1978, aged 73.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Mental Health : Anxiety attack 1926 (Breakdown)
  • Work : Prize 1977 (Chess Grandmaster)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth and death registry extracts published on Los Repetto en Yucatán blog [1].


  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Nervous Breakdown
  • Notable : Awards : Sports Championship (Chess Grandmaster)
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator ("Torre Attack," "Mexican Defence," "The Windmill")
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession (Chess Grandmaster)