After recent feat, Eugene Torre shares what his next moves are

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 27) — Filipino chess grandmaster Eugene Torre, the first Asian male inducted into the World Chess Hall of Fame, said his next goal is to find talents like Wesley So, who can be champions in both chess and life.

"My hope is...we can discover new talents like Wesley So. There is no doubt that Filipinos are very talented in chess," Torre told CNN Philippines' New Day, adding what he wants to achieve now is for young people to love the game.

So is a Filipino-born chess grandmaster who used to play for the Philippines before defecting to the US Chess Federation around seven years ago. Now a US citizen, he is ranked 9th in the list of the world's top chess players but placed as high as second in 2017.

But more than finding new talents, Torre said he wants to teach young people to use the skills they learned from chess to succeed in life.

"I prefer that they become successful in life rather than just in chess. Translate the good moves in life, that is what I like. But of course, the best is for you to be champion in chess and champion in life," Torre added.

Torre said being part of the World Chess Hall of Fame is "very meaningful" and it is a recognition he dedicates to his fellow Filipinos. But he said the highlight of his career happened in 1974 when he became a grandmaster - the highest title a chess player can attain - by winning a silver medal in the Chess Olympiad in Nice, France.