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Thursday, May 21, 2015
International Master Joaquim Manuel Durao (25 October 1930 - 21 May 2015) passed away today. He was Portuguese champion 13 times, represented Portugal in ten Olympiads and served as president of the Portuguese Chess Federation. Durao was also a member of the Executive Committee of FIDE for 14 years (1982-1996) and recently served as Vice-President. In addition, he received the Order of Merit from the President of Portugal in 2006. For a tribute visit Spraggett On Chess