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Rafael Duailibe Leitao
Number of games in database: 464
Years covered: 1990 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2618 (2637 rapid, 2609 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2652

Overall record: +175 -61 =178 (63.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 50 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (32) 
    B90 B40 B52 B47 B51
 Slav (22) 
    D11 D12 D10 D15 D17
 King's Indian (21) 
    E60 E63 E76 E77 E90
 Queen's Gambit Declined (21) 
    D37 D31 D38 D35 D39
 Grunfeld (18) 
    D76 D80 D86 D94 D85
 Queen's Indian (15) 
    E15 E17 E14 E12
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (99) 
    B90 B46 B92 B30 B52
 Sicilian Najdorf (32) 
    B90 B92 B96 B91 B93
 Nimzo Indian (24) 
    E21 E43 E45 E46 E29
 Sicilian Taimanov (20) 
    B46 B47 B48
 Slav (15) 
    D12 D10 D15 D11 D17
 Caro-Kann (14) 
    B12 B18 B19 B13 B11
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Leitao vs Baburin, 1998 1-0
   G Vescovi vs Leitao, 1998 0-1
   Leitao vs F de Cresce El Debs, 2010 1-0
   Leitao vs F de Cresce El Debs, 2015 1-0
   J Rohl vs Leitao, 1998 0-1
   Lautier vs Leitao, 2000 0-1
   Shaked vs Leitao, 1992 0-1
   Renato R Quintiliano Pinto vs Leitao, 2014 1/2-1/2
   Leitao vs H Urday, 1997 1/2-1/2
   Leitao vs H Stevic, 2010 1/2-1/2

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Mario Covas Tournament (2005)
   II Copa ENTEL (2005)
   Copa ENTEL (2004)
   World Team Championship (2010)
   American Continental Championship (2005)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   World Cup (2013)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   Chess Olympiad (2016)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Selected Brazilian Wins by policrates
   1999 Hoogovens (group B) by gauer
   2010 Brazilian championship by gauer
   2012 Americas Continental Championship by gauer

   Leitao vs D Shengelia (Sep-13-16) 1-0
   Galego vs Leitao (Sep-12-16) 1/2-1/2
   Leitao vs E Blomqvist (Sep-11-16) 1-0
   V Iotov vs Leitao (Sep-10-16) 1/2-1/2
   Leitao vs Hussain Wahid (Sep-09-16) 1-0

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(born Dec-28-1979, 37 years old) Brazil

[what is this?]
This GM (1998) and GMC won the 1991 U-12 World Youth Chess at Warsaw ahead of Peter Leko (milesimum score), and the 1996 U-18 World Youth Chess Championship at Cala Galdana ahead of Rustam Kasimdzhanov. He missed out on the 1989 U10 World Championship due to a dubious tiebreak system which gave the title to the player who had the strongest first round opponent. He was Brazilian champion in 1996, 1997, 1998, 2004, 2011 and 2013 (the 2nd one aka the 80th Brazilian Championship). A strong European result for him in adult age was sharing 1st place with Jeroen Piket and Zurab Azmaiparashvili at Antwerp Hoogovens open 1998 (Lost Boys event). In 2011 he won the IM Antonio Rocha mem. Far from Europe, he keeps a high-performance in South American events.

His best participation in world championships was in Las Vegas-99, where he was eliminated by Alexander Khalifman in his speciality: endings. You can see this game here: Khalifman vs Leitao, 2000. His most recent participation in the world championship cycle was in the World Cup (2013) where he prevailed in his first round match against Russian GM Ernesto Inarkiev in the first round to progress to the second round where he lost to Alexander Morozevich. He placed =1st (4th on tiebreak behind Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga, Samuel Shankland and Alexander Shabalov)at the American Continental Championship 2014 with 8.5/11 to qualify for the World Cup (2015), where he lost in the second set of rapid tiebreakers of the first round to Yifan Hou and was eliminated from the Cup.

Wikipedia article: Rafael Leitao

 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 464  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Leko vs Leitao 1-020 1990 WisconsinB02 Alekhine's Defense
2. Leko vs Leitao  ½-½28 1991 Wch U12B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. Shaked vs Leitao 0-142 1992 WchJM U14 DuisburgB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. A Rodriguez Vila vs Leitao  1-042 1992 Sao Paulo opA48 King's Indian
5. A Good vs Leitao 1-051 1993 Ch World (cadets) (under 14)C55 Two Knights Defense
6. Sadvakasov vs Leitao  0-151 1993 Wch U14B23 Sicilian, Closed
7. L Francisco vs Leitao  1-034 1993 Ch World (cadets) (under 14)C55 Two Knights Defense
8. Leitao vs V Malakhov  0-140 1993 Wch U14A50 Queen's Pawn Game
9. G Milos vs Leitao  1-026 1994 ch opB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
10. G Milos vs Leitao  1-047 1994 Campeonato BrasileiroB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. Movsesian vs Leitao  1-028 1994 Wch U16B50 Sicilian
12. Leitao vs Waitzkin  0-158 1994 MatinhosD29 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
13. G Vescovi vs Leitao  1-050 1994 BRA-chE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
14. G Milos vs Leitao 1-031 1995 BRA-ch AmericanaA07 King's Indian Attack
15. Leitao vs G Milos  0-137 1995 MerloA56 Benoni Defense
16. Leitao vs Kasimdzhanov  ½-½32 1995 Wch U16E39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
17. Leitao vs Sadvakasov  1-039 1995 Wch U16A67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
18. Leitao vs Granda Zuniga  0-133 1995 Zonal Tournament Sao Paulo BRAD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. J Bassani vs Leitao  0-140 1996 Americana opB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
20. D Gurevich vs Leitao  0-145 1996 Groningen openE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
21. Leitao vs Shaked  1-040 1996 Ch World (cadets) (under 18)E76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
22. Leitao vs V Malakhov  ½-½75 1996 Wch U18D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. Leitao vs Judit Polgar 1-066 1996 Match (active)E76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
24. Judit Polgar vs Leitao  1-061 1996 Match (active)B48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
25. Leitao vs B Ivanovic  1-030 1996 Yerevan ol (Men)E76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 464  PGN Download
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  vonKrolock: <offramp: Leitao means 'little pig'.> Sorry, Morgan, but we would better translating this word as 'young pig' - a litte would be 'porquinho', average 'porco' and a big one 'porcão'. Leitão is a current surname in Brasil, with many glorious representatives in various States and ages
Jun-24-06  florencioq: Leitão means "Piglet"
Jul-22-06  arbivara: I wonder why there's no bio info for Leitão here. He was twice world champion (once U12 and once U18).
Dec-06-06  BIDMONFA: Rafael Duailibe Leitao

LEITAO, Rafael

Nov-24-08  shortsight: I wonder why Rafael and Vescovi did not represent Brazil in the Olympiad. Brazil fared badly without them anchoring the team.
Jul-03-09  myschkin: . . .

Bio (in Portuguese):

Fide Card:


Federations Ranking Brazil (Active players):

Dec-05-09  BTO7: overpoint ;)
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  Tabanus: 3rd place in the IX Mario Covas Jr GM (Brazil) 13-19 August 2010:

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  whiteshark: What a phatastic game:

[Event "77th ch-BRA"]
[Site "Americana BRA"]
[Date "2010.12.5"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Leitao, Rafael"]
[Black "El Debs, Felipe de Cresce"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteELO ""]
[BlackELO ""]
[Eco "D80"]
[Annotator ""]
[Source ""]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bg5 Ne4 5. Bh4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 dxc4 7. e3 Be6 8. Nf3 Bg7 9. Be2 O-O 10. O-O c5 11. Rb1 cxd4 12. Nxd4 Bd5 13. Qc2 Qc7 14. e4 Bc6 15. Bxc4 Be5 16. h3 Re8 17. f4 Bf6 18. Bxf7+ Kxf7 19. Qb3+ e6 20. f5 g5 21. fxe6+ Kg6 22. Qc2 Qe5 23. Rxf6+ Kxf6 24. Qf2+ Kg7 25. Rxb7+ Kh8 26. Bg3 1-0

Annotations on Spragget's todays

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  wordfunph: <offramp: Leitao means 'little pig'.>

GM Leitao's ICC handle is Pigzilla.

Dec-20-11  feitang: Brazilian champion 2011!
Dec-20-11  Ezzy: Congrats to GM Leitao.

Defending champion Vesconi put up a miserable defence to his title losing 32 rating points in this one tournament.

I always like to follow the progress of Henrique Mecking. He finished 3rd and performed as expected to his rating. I think he lost 1 Elo point.

Jan-30-12  Antiochus: GM Rafael Leitao could be ICCF World Champion The current Brazilian champion undefeated
is also the newer GM ICCF
Congratulations, pigzilla!
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  cro777: GM Rafael Leitão (FIDE 2623, ICCF 2592) has been awarded the Grandmaster title in Correspondence Chess for his performances in the 28th World Championship Candidates and 26th World Championship Final.

Rafael has now joined a very exclusive small band of players who are GM’s both with ICCF (for Correspondence Chess) and FIDE.

Congratulations indeed!

Sep-03-12  Yopo: Eu acho que o GM Leitão deveria aceitar os convites para jogar na Europa. Ele está na sua melhor forma e esta é uma oportubidade única na vida. Tornar-se um STAR, como Mecking foi décadas atrás, é praticamente impossível agora. Nem é isso o que se espera.

A questão, se ele vai subir ou descer 50 pontos, é secundária. Mais vale a "bagagem" que ele vai adquirir, as pessoas que irá conhecer.

Na entrvista abaixo , ele justifica a permanência no Brasil por estar casado e por ter projetos para o xadrez de São Paulo. Todavia, a "bagagem" seria muito útil nos cursos de xadrez que ministrar e em outros contatos que virá a travar. Quanto à mulher, se ele se estabelecer na Europa por 2 ou 3 anos(quem sabe 5 ou 6), poderá levá-la junto ou poderão se reencontrar ao final dos torneios. Se ele for para jogar 1 ou 2 torneios, poderá levar alguém que esteja disposto a trabalhar intensamente na preparação teórica_ pode servir como conclusão de curso para 1 de seus alunos mais adiantados.

Esses entraves só se resolvem vivenciando as difilculdaes. Não é justo que o mundo só ouça o que ele tem a dizer a cada 2 anos.

Leitao vs Karpov, 2004

Leitao vs Van Wely, 1998

W Rocha vs Leitao, 1998

Sep-16-12  Antiochus: Life and games:

Dec-27-13  Antiochus: Brazilian champion 2013. His sixth title.
(8 wins, 3 draws, 0 Losses)


Games to download:

Dec-28-13  jrlepage: Happy Birthday GM Leitao!

Fond memories of all those chess lessons on the Net some 15 years ago... :-)

Fan from Québec City

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  whiteshark: <Antiochus: Brazilian champion 2013. His sixth title.> Here's a related chessbase report:
May-12-14  Gottschalk: <whiteshark>
I really enjoyed the story and diagrams.Thank you!
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  whiteshark: An Interview with Rafael Leitao:
Sep-06-16  Gottschalk: Não é só o Leitão que entende de estratégia. A turma do Casaquistão também. Ao invés de jogarem sempre mantendo a mesma ordem por rating, eles posicionaram seus tabuleiros para nos acertarem. Às vezes, vale a pena sair do previsto.
Sep-10-16  Gottschalk: Atenção, GM Leitão! Iotov ganhou uma de brancas do Topalov e uma de pretas do Karjakin. Ele já teve 2600.
Sep-11-16  Gottschalk: A medalha individual deve estar próxima!
Mar-15-17  Gottschalk: Very hard to Akesson. GMLeitao wins playing like a machine!

R Akesson vs Leitao, 2000

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