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Was Campomanes a KGB agent?

We lost Florencio Campomanes, or “Campo”, 2 years ago, after a long illness, but why didn’t he leave us any memoirs?

Rapid chess and FIDE: a long love story without any particular passion!

It all began in 1986 in Dubai. Mohammed Ghobash, a FIDE VP of that era, fell asleep during a game played at the Olympiad in Dubai (back then they lasted six hours plus adjournments), and after waking up he asked Campomanes, the recently re-elected FIDE President, to establish a commission for promoting events with games lasting under an hour.