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Florencio Campomanes
Number of games in database: 30
Years covered: 1956 to 1983
Overall record: +9 -14 =7 (41.7%)*
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(born Feb-22-1927, died May-03-2010, 83 years old) Philippines

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Florencio Basa Campomanes was born in Manila, The Philippines. In 1956, he was the first National Master of the Philippines Chess Federation. He played 1st Board for the Philippines in the 1960 Olympiad in Leipzig scoring (+1, =6, -7). From 1956 to 1980, he captained the Philippine team at 12 Olympiads. He was a playing captain in five of them. In 1958 he was awarded the IA title. From 1972 to 1980 he produced the only daily chess television in the world, nationwide in the Philippines. From 1960 to 1961, he was President of the Philippine Chess Federation. In 1982 he succeeded Fridrik Olafsson as President of FIDE (the World Chess Federation). He served as FIDE President from 1982 to 1995.

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 30  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Benko vs F Campomanes  1-032 1956 Moscow ol (Men)C42 Petrov Defense
2. F Campomanes vs Pachman  0-139 1956 Olympiad Qual. Group 4A15 English
3. F Campomanes vs O Sarapu  0-140 1957 Australian ChampionshipB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
4. L Sanchez vs F Campomanes  ½-½38 1958 13th olm qual. group 3B40 Sicilian
5. N Harrouchi vs F Campomanes  0-137 1958 13th olm final CC02 French, Advance
6. P Panagopoulos vs F Campomanes  0-147 1958 13th olm final CA26 English
7. Golombek vs F Campomanes  ½-½53 1958 13th olm qual. group 3D95 Grunfeld
8. K Dreyer vs F Campomanes  0-170 1958 13th olm final CC00 French Defense
9. F Campomanes vs D Bertholdt  0-141 1958 13th olm qual. group 3C01 French, Exchange
10. E Romani vs F Campomanes  1-048 1958 13th olm final CD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
11. F Campomanes vs Panno  0-128 1958 13th olm qual. group 3A07 King's Indian Attack
12. F Campomanes vs M Gabriel  ½-½79 1958 13th olm final CA06 Reti Opening
13. M Gabriel vs F Campomanes  0-148 1958 13th olm qual. group 3B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
14. F Campomanes vs F Benitez  1-014 1958 13th olm final CA05 Reti Opening
15. G Barcza vs F Campomanes 1-037 1958 13th olm qual. group 3A04 Reti Opening
16. A Vestol vs F Campomanes 0-142 1958 13th olm final CA04 Reti Opening
17. F Campomanes vs Aitken 0-141 1958 13th olm qual. group 3C68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
18. J M Ribeiro vs F Campomanes  0-128 1958 13th olm final CA45 Queen's Pawn Game
19. F Campomanes vs A Tarnowski  0-165 1958 13th olm qual. group 3A07 King's Indian Attack
20. F Campomanes vs H Mashian  0-159 1958 13th olm final CA04 Reti Opening
21. F Campomanes vs B Canton 1-053 1958 13th olm final CA28 English
22. F Campomanes vs Aitken  ½-½41 1958 13th olm final CD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
23. F Campomanes vs Najdorf  0-135 1960 Leipzig ol (Men)E67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
24. F Campomanes vs Robatsch  0-150 1960 Leipzig ol (Men)D90 Grunfeld
25. Sliwa vs F Campomanes 1-030 1960 Leipzig ol (Men) qual-BB32 Sicilian
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Oct-16-10  Petrosianic: In what way? I'd probably give that not to Alexander Rueb before Campomanes. He built the organization and filled a vacant world title.
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  wordfunph: According to Randy Hough, in 1986 he played chauffeur to FIDE President Florencio Campomanes when the latter arrived at JFK Airport. When the little Datsun did not start due to dead battery, the FIDE President ended up the menial role of pushing the car. The battery charged, and Campo trotted up and got back in the car. Hough said that Campo seemed familiar with the procedure and displayed no visible pique in pushing the car.

(Source: The Chess Journalist March 2010)

Oct-26-10  bubuli55: i wonder why they did not switch places. is Randy Hough older? but then, ganyan nga ang pagkakakilala ko kay Pocamps.
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  wordfunph: Story by <Iskubadayb> on FIDE President Florencio Campomanes:

"I had a ride with Pocamps. It was somewhere in Quezon City. His car just went dead in the middle of the street. He handed me a woman's high heel shoe! What the heck am I going to do with this thing, was my very thought. He said, "Iskuba, give the battery a good whack!" I gave the battery terminals a couple of nice smack. Amazingly, it worked! I went back inside his car trying to hide the darn shoe because I didn't want to look silly holding a woman's high heel shoe in the middle of the street."

Nov-05-10  bubuli55: this is hilarious. cracks me up everytime i read it. :)
Nov-17-10  bharatiy: This is an interview by FIDE president which appears in NYT blog. ITs two part this is part 1
Nov-17-10  bharatiy: and this is second part.
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  wordfunph: "Campomanes really loved chess. He could have been a very successful businessman or politician – he dated the young Imelda Marcos! And later was a good friend of President Marcos. He dedicated his life to chess – and was very active in promoting the game widely in China and in numerous other countries. He was very good for chess despite his critics. He visited my chess shop on numerous visits to Sydney and played lightning all night."

- Peter Parr


thanks to The Closet Grandmaster..

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  GrahamClayton: Photo of Campomanes taken during the 1958/59 Australian championship:

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  wordfunph: lifted from NIC Mag 2006/01 by Hans Ree..

In one of his earlier books Secrets of Grandmaster Chess, Nunn told a story which involved Campomanes. It is funny and I will quote it in full. The scene is set in the Swedish town Skara, at the start of European team championship in 1980, when players were struggling to get single rooms instead of 'doubling', as the organizers had wanted them to do. The English team captain David Anderton solved the problem by grabbing a bunch of keys and handling them out. Nunn wrote: "I went to my room, which did indeed appear to be vacant, and started unpacking my suitcase. Suddeny, a surprised-looking Campomanes strode in and asked what I was doing in "his" room.

"Your room?" I queried, "it looks empty to me."

'"I'll prove it. Look..." and with that Campo went to the bed, lifted up the mattress and pulled out a thick wad of cash. I was convinced.'


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  wordfunph: happy birthday Señor Campo!
Nov-01-13  torrefan: Greatest Filipino chessplayer of all time.
Aug-03-14  tzar: Instead of trying to destroy the reputation of this man with unclear information, is there someone in this websait who really has a solid knowledge of Campomanes' trajectory as FIDE President and who can really tell us which has been his real legacy in chess?
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  MissScarlett: His legacy was Ilyumzhinov.
Aug-03-14  tzar: <MissScarlett:> Please, I said someone who has a real knowlewdge of his term in office.
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  MissScarlett: Campo personally anointed Kirsan as his successor. There wasn't even an election.

In the 1970s, Campo tried and failed to get Fischer to play. In the 1980s, he oversaw the fiasco of the terminated match when Karpov refused to play on. In the 1990s, Kasparov refused to play for him. The man was a bloody jinx!

Aug-04-14  Petrosianic: Actually, with Fischer he did a really good job, getting them both to the table, a contract written up, and a pen in Fischer's hand. Fischer just didn't want to play. Campo wasn't FIDE President then, in any case.

But KK-I and the schism were largely his fault, yes.

Aug-04-14  tzar: From the point of view of a chess follower KK1 was his fault. But from the point of view of a FIDE President, apart from the money that an endless match cost, if you have doctors saying that the players health is under stress (specially Karpov), you don't want to take risks...If I was FIDE President (conspiration theories aside)I would seriously think about cancelling the endless match following doctors reports. If something had happened to one of the players criticism against the FIDE President would have been enormous. In that event, all those who criticize him for cancelling the match would have become the most terrible critics of Campomanes for applying "the show must go on" principle, regardless of the players health. Don't you agree?
Aug-04-14  Petrosianic: <if you have doctors saying that the players health is under stress (specially Karpov), you don't want to take risks...>

As far as anybody knows, no doctor was saying that, and both players insisted that they wanted to continue. Campomanes made the medical diagnosis himself.

Had he cancelled the match after Game 46, probably no one would have complained (except Karpov). But cancelling it just at the moment when Karpov was going to pieces made it look like exactly what it was. Mind you, I'm not convinced Kasparov would have won had the continued. We saw in 1978 that it was possible for Karpov to pull himself together after an even worse crash and come back with a good game.

They say that Campomanes had contemplated cancelling the 1978 match in exactly the same way, but decided against it.

Aug-07-14  tzar: The whole 1984 WC match was a mess. Again Fischer's ghost was present with his stupid demands that affected the next WC match which should have been to 24 games.

IMO Karpov showed complete superiority over any conceivable match lenght and Kasparov's strategy of making draws to prolong the fight led to a senseless endless match that became just a resistence test. Karpov had already lost 10 Kg. and the officials were worried about his health.

Campomanes tried to end the mess that was a ruin economically and could have lasted 20 or 25 games more putting the players health at risk.

His decision was controversial and open to criticism but it doees not make him a "criminal".

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  Octavia: < Kasparov refused to play for him> Kasparov has said recently that he regretted his decision to abscond from Fide!
Aug-07-14  john barleycorn: <Octavia: < Kasparov refused to play for him> Kasparov has said recently that he regretted his decision to abscond from Fide!>

Ignatius Leong told him to do so.

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  TheFocus: <When I ask President Marcos for two million dollars, at worst he wants to know whether he should bring the money straight away or whether I can wait for a cheque in the post> - Florencio Campomanes.
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  wordfunph: from Essay on Chess by Anthony Santasiere..

<Another beer story has to do with Campomanes, then popular champion of the Philippines. In a N.Y. State Championship he was scheduled to play against me, arrived fifteen minutes late, and rather intoxicated, carrying six bottles of beer which he put carefully on the floor. After play began, he suddenly burst into tears, and nursed this outburst by consuming bottle after bottle of beer, all the while making some very good chess moves. I needed just that point for a high prize, but he fought it out to a draw.>


Aug-28-15  epistle: I remember that when Wesley was weighing the pros and cons of transferring federations one of the things he wrote here as advantage of a transfer is the opportunity to play at Sinquefeld.

His dream had come true.

Another is the chance to play at the US championships.

His dream had come true.

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