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Florencio Campomanes
Number of games in database: 31
Years covered: 1956 to 1988
Overall record: +9 -14 =8 (41.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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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 show 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 31  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Benko vs F Campomanes  1-0321956Moscow ol (Men) qual-DC42 Petrov Defense
2. F Campomanes vs Pachman  0-1391956Moscow ol (Men) qual-DA15 English
3. F Campomanes vs O Sarapu  0-1401957Australian ChampionshipB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
4. F Campomanes vs Aitken 0-141195813th olm qual. group 3C68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
5. M Gabriel vs F Campomanes  0-148195813th olm qual. group 3B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
6. F Campomanes vs D Bertholdt  0-141195813th olm qual. group 3C01 French, Exchange
7. L A Sanchez vs F Campomanes  ½-½38195813th olm qual. group 3A07 King's Indian Attack
8. F Campomanes vs A Tarnowski  0-165195813th olm qual. group 3A07 King's Indian Attack
9. G Barcza vs F Campomanes 1-037195813th olm qual. group 3A04 Reti Opening
10. F Campomanes vs Panno  0-128195813th olm qual. group 3A07 King's Indian Attack
11. Golombek vs F Campomanes  ½-½53195813th olm qual. group 3D95 Grunfeld
12. N Harrouchi vs F Campomanes  0-137195813th olm final CC02 French, Advance
13. F Campomanes vs H Mashian  0-159195813th olm final CA04 Reti Opening
14. A Vestol vs F Campomanes 0-142195813th olm final CA04 Reti Opening
15. F Campomanes vs M Gabriel  ½-½79195813th olm final CA06 Reti Opening
16. K Dreyer vs F Campomanes  0-170195813th olm final CC00 French Defense
17. F Campomanes vs Aitken  ½-½41195813th olm final CD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
18. J M Ribeiro vs F Campomanes  0-128195813th olm final CA45 Queen's Pawn Game
19. F Campomanes vs F Benitez  1-014195813th olm final CA05 Reti Opening
20. E Romani vs F Campomanes  1-048195813th olm final CD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
21. P Panagopoulos vs F Campomanes  0-147195813th olm final CA15 English
22. F Campomanes vs B Canton 1-053195813th olm final CA28 English
23. F Campomanes vs M Aaron  ½-½401960Leipzig ol (Men) qual-BD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Tal vs F Campomanes 1-0271960Leipzig ol (Men) qual-BB15 Caro-Kann
25. F Campomanes vs Robatsch  0-1501960Leipzig ol (Men) qual-BD90 Grunfeld
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  wordfunph: It is believed that Florencio Campomanes gained much of his funds for his successful FIDE presidential campaign by playing blackjack. He has a reputation as a gambler for which his inscrutable Asiatic countenance is a considerable asset.

(taken from the book Kasparov-Korchnoi - The London Contest)

May-03-10  Troller: So Campomanes has passed away. I cannot say I will actually miss him (and I never had sympathy for the guy), but he has always been around in top chess. Well, R.I.P. Florencio.
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  wordfunph: Philippines and the world chess mourns..may you rest in peace former FIDE President Florencio Campomanes. I thank you for the wonderful memories and the contributions you have brought to the chess world..we will surely miss you.
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  HeMateMe: Thank you for ruining the 1984 Karpov/ Kasparov match and damaging what tepid confidence we had in FIDE.
May-03-10  TugasKamagong: Rest in peace, Pocamps.
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  Eric Schiller: An evil man who is not going to be missed. Thoroughly corrupt persecutor of those who wanted chess to move forward. Destroyer of our beloved World Championship.

Some champagne with dinner tonight to wish him good riddance!

May-03-10  nikolajewitsch: <Eric Schiller> You may have your reasons to harbour such feelings for him, but is it really too much to ask of you to bite your tongue for a moment on the day of his death? I mean, whatever flaws this man might have had, he was not one of mankinds great criminals...
May-03-10  Jim Bartle: I'm biting my tongue, really hard.
May-03-10  Petrosianic: Put a positive spin on it. I mean, when you say "Campomanes was the least crooked FIDE President in the last 28 years, it doesn't sound so bad, does it?
May-03-10  nikolajewitsch: It is not about saying that he was corrupt; I don't believe that there is an obligation to be silent on people's flaws after their death. But drinking to someone's death? That is an extreme gesture that should be saved for the truly evil (and even if he bore sole responsibility for the WC split and all problems plaguing the chess world for the past 30 years it would still not put him into that camp...).
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  HeMateMe: A young man, Gary Kasparov, was almost cheated out of the world championship by a man with questionable ties to the various chess federations, who pay his salary.

Dry eyes, all around....

May-03-10  miguelito: un corrupto menos .
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  Tabanus: During his time <FIDE grew significantly, by about 50 member nations, during his tenure as FIDE president>

Would that have happened with a president from US?

May-03-10  spawn2: <guys>

A little respect for the dead will be highly appreciated. Thanks : )

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  wordfunph: <Eric Schiller: An evil man who is not going to be missed. Thoroughly corrupt persecutor of those who wanted chess to move forward. Destroyer of our beloved World Championship. Some champagne with dinner tonight to wish him good riddance!>

now are you happy <Eric Schiller>? your post is sick and no respect to the dead..

may bad karma won't cross your fate <Eric Schiller>..

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  acirce: I can't believe <Eric Schiller> wrote that. What a jerk.
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  chancho: <In 1995 Campomanes arranged for the seamless transfer of power to the present incumbent of the FIDÉ Presidency, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. In 2003 a Philippine anti-graft court convicted Campomanes for corruption involving funds of 239 million US dollars.>

May-03-10  ozmikey: <Eric Schiller> Very undignified.

Plenty of time for an assessment of his legacy in due course, but have some manners.

Even Juan Antonio Samaranch was given a few days' grace before the pundits started poring over the dark side of his IOC reign.

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  HeMateMe: Yeah, straight up post, <chancho>. If someone is a thief, then he's a thief. Call it like it is. Fischer was an anti-semite. I have no problem attempting an accurate description of someone, whether they are among the living or the dead.

A more accurate report on Kirsan will probably come out in a few years, after he is out of FIDE, or passed away, and there will be money stolen out of the Kalymuk republic's meager tax coffers to finance his chess fantasies--he is pretty much a clone of Karpomanes.

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  chancho: A very different version and most likely more accurate than the first link I posted:

<Former FIDE president, Florencio Campomanes of the Philippines, has been sentenced to almost two years in prison on corruption charges related to funding for the 1992 Chess Olympiad in Manila. Over a quarter-million dollars from the Philippine Sports Commission was unaccounted for by FIDE. According to Campo, FIDE never accounted for such monies by providing receipts until 1993. With his usual grace Campo tried to pass the buck (no pun intended) to FIDE treasurer Willi Iclicki.>

<This was reported over a week ago, but I was hoping more news would come out about whether or not he will actually go to jail, which seems unlikely according to insiders. Campo is still well-connected in his homeland. It's remarkable it made it to court at all, considering the variety of allegations Campomanes survived during his FIDE tenure. This would be a bit like convicting Saddam Hussein of illegal possession of a handgun.>

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  acirce: Campomanes was cleared of those charges by the Supreme Court in 2006.
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  chancho: <acirce> Yeah, on a technicality:

<The charges against Campomanes' were overturned based upon a technicality. There was never any resolution about what happened to the 12.876 million pesos mentioned in the above paragraph. The rationale for the overturn was that the Supreme Court of the Philippines decided that Campomanes was not a government official to whom the anti-graft laws applied. Thus as a non-government official, Campomanes had no duty under the law he was prosecuted to render an accounting of the 12.876 million pesos.[2]>

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  acirce: Okay, that's possible. Never studied the case in much detail. :-)
May-03-10  pulsar: The man is dead and the living rush to judgment.

I am young enough not to know much about the man, but I know that he is well-loved on some sides as much as he is well-hated on others.

Rest in peace, Florencio Campomanes.

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