Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The posthumous book of Florencio Campomanes?

Some few months before Florencio Campomanes death last May 3, he has an ongoing work that's now left unfinished. In a video interview last February, he talks about a book he's currently working on that is supposed to be publish sometime next year. The book, according to Campomanes was part autobiography and part documentary. The said book is over 800 pages. Let us see if it is going to be publish posthumously.

As a leader, it is always very hard to please and accommodate everyone. But I guess no matter what people might think of him, negatively, it was Campo who breach the borders that separates nations of different cultures, specially countries from Asia, making it possible to have GM Eugene Torre and GM Vishwanathan Anand.

My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Florencio Campomanes. Fortunately I had always very correct and friendly relationship with Florencio. I think that in the period of political opposition between West and East he saved the chess world from splitting. He showed his outstanding diplomatic talent – Baguio 1978 – and his further presidentship was evidence of that.

Boris Spassky
Tenth World Champion

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