Campomanes, Florencio

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Florencio Basa Campomanes, born Feb 22, 1927, was the first non-European elected FIDE President (1982-1995).  In 1956, he was the first National Master of the Philippines Chess Federation.  He won the Philippine championship in 1956 and 1960.  He played Board 2 for the Philippines in the 1956 Olympiad in Moscow, the 1958 Olympiad in Munich, and was the top board for the Philippines in the 1960 Chess Olympiad.  He played in 5 Chess Olympiads from 1956 to 1966.  From 1956 to 1980, he captained the Philippne chess team at 12 Chess Olympiads.  He was the President of the Philippine Chess Federation in 1960 through 1961.  In 1978, he organized the world chess championship between Karpov and Korchnoi, held at Baguio, Phlippines.  When he was elected FIDE President in 1982 the entire FIDE staff and FIDE secretary resigned in protest.  His biggest controversy was the stopping of the Karpov-Kasparov match in February 1985.   He remained FIDE president until 1995. He died on May 3, 2010.


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