The 57th American Open will host the first Asian awarded the Grandmaster title, GM Eugenio Torre, who will also play in the Open section of the Main Tournament.
GM Torre earned his Grandmaster title at 22 years old, becoming the first Asian to qualify for the title. In 2021, Torre was inducted into the World Chess Hall of Fame.
His other notable achievements include being the only one to win against the then-reigning World Champion, Anatoly Karpov in a tournament in Manila in 1976. He also qualified and competed in the World Chess Championship candidates matches in 1982.