Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Campomanes Takes Aim

Ex-FIDE head Florencio Campomanes has spoken out on the recent troubles of RP chess. Says Campo, "We used to teach countries like China, Vietnam and India. Now they have surpassed us." He also lamented the fact that the Philippines has produced only 6 grandmasters.

Well, just take a look at Australia - only 2 so far! And Campo's criticism of seeding top players into big tournaments probably has merit. The problem with the top players, with the greatest respect to them, is that they're getting old and will naturally decline in powers. So maybe, it's time to make way.

Campo will act as chairman of the jury of appeals for the Olympiad in Torino, Italy later this year.

More from ABC-CBN Interactive and the Manila Bulletin.

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