In the 1986 FIDE Presidential Election the incumbent, Florencio
Campomanes, was challenged by a ticket comprising Lincoln Lucena
and Raymond Keene. Voting was due to take place at the FIDE
General Assembly’s session in Dubai in November 1986. Campomanes’s
decision in February 1985 to terminate the world chess
championship match between Karpov and Kasparov after 48 games had
prompted much press criticism, but to what extent had it weakened
In July 1986 there appeared the first of a series of ten FIDE Facts sheets which played an important, and possibly decisive, role in the outcome of the election. They were distributed principally to national federations but also prompted some wider discussion. The full texts of all ten documents are given, without comment, in the present article.
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