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Granda Zuniga 
 
Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga
Number of games in database: 977
Years covered: 1982 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2685 (2694 rapid, 2669 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2688
Overall record: +415 -196 =337 (61.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      29 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (51) 
    E92 E62 E97 E67 E94
 Nimzo Indian (44) 
    E32 E47 E42 E46 E49
 Queen's Indian (33) 
    E15 E12 E17 E16
 Queen's Pawn Game (32) 
    D02 A41 A45 A46 E10
 Reti System (30) 
    A04 A06 A05
 Slav (27) 
    D10 D17 D12 D19 D15
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (104) 
    B31 B30 B47 B40 B33
 Ruy Lopez (41) 
    C92 C67 C65 C97 C93
 Queen's Indian (35) 
    E15 E12 E17 E14 E16
 Caro-Kann (35) 
    B18 B17 B19 B12 B14
 Nimzo Indian (23) 
    E32 E41 E43 E38 E48
 Queen's Pawn Game (22) 
    A46 E00 A45 D02 D00
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Granda Zuniga vs Seirawan, 1993 1-0
   Granda Zuniga vs L Rojas, 2004 1-0
   Granda Zuniga vs Beliavsky, 2002 1-0
   A Giri vs Granda Zuniga, 2013 0-1
   Granda Zuniga vs Kamsky, 1996 1-0
   Morozevich vs Granda Zuniga, 1996 0-1
   Granda Zuniga vs R Rodriguez Lopez, 1995 1-0
   DeFirmian vs Granda Zuniga, 1996 0-1
   Granda Zuniga vs A Tari, 2015 1-0
   N Faulks vs Granda Zuniga, 2010 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Amsterdam (1996)
   Copa ENTEL (2004)
   Amsterdam (1995)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   II Copa ENTEL (2005)
   Hoogovens (1997)
   American Continental Championship (2005)
   World Cup (2013)
   PokerStars IoM Masters (2015)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   Torneo Continental Americano (2003)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   PokerStars IoM Masters (2014)
   Reykjavik Open (2015)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Julio Granda best Games by a19872276
   1985 Capablanca memorial (group A) by gauer
   1986 Capablanca memorial (group A) by gauer
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1997 by suenteus po 147
   2004 Wijk Aan Zee (Group B) by gauer
   1986 World Junior chess championship by gauer
   Amsterdam 1996 by suenteus po 147
   2003 Capablanca memorial (group A) by gauer
   2007 Americas Continental championship by gauer
   Amsterdam 1995 by suenteus po 147
   2012 Americas Continental Championship by gauer
   1988 Capablanca memorial (group A) by gauer
   The Latin American Super Grand Masters by Eduardo Bermudez
   Los de abajo by Mr. V

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JULIO ERNESTO GRANDA ZUNIGA
(born Feb-25-1967, 49 years old) Peru

[what is this?]
International Master (1984); Grandmaster (1986); Champion of Peru (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 2002); Champion of South America (1993); American Continental Champion (2007, 2012, 2013 and 2014); Ibero-American Champion (2008).

Latin American chess legend Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga was born in Camaná, Peru and now lives in Spain. He learned chess at the age of five and gained his Grandmaster title while still a teenager, a rarity in those days.

Standard Tournaments

<1986-1990> Granda Zuniga was =1st alongside Carlos Garcia Palermo at the Capablanca Memorial Tournament that was staged in Cienfuegos, Cuba in 1986 and =1st - again alongside Garcia Palermo - at the Forli Open in June 1988. He was 3rd at Buenos Aires in 1988 behind Gilberto Milos and Zenon Franco Ocampos and =2nd at the Capablance Memorial 1988 behind Zurab Azmaiparashvili. He competed in the category 10 Barcelona tournament of 1990, winning that event outright with 6.5/9 ahead of 2nd placed Miguel Illescas Cordoba. Also in 1990, he won at the category 9 Leon tournament ahead of co-2nd place-getters Illescas Cordoba, Garcia Palermo and Zenon Franco Ocampos.

<1991-1995> He shared first place with Mikhail Tal and Jesus Nogueiras at the Najdorf Masters (1991) in April 1991, and a month later he placed second at Dos Hermanos behind Alexander Goldin. (1) Also in 1991, he won the Malaga Open in Spain with 7.5/9, half a point ahead of Lembit Oll, Anatoly Davidovich Machulsky and Pablo San Segundo Carrillo. In July 1992, he won the Reshevsky Tournament that was held in New York by half a point ahead of Judit Polgar. In 1993, he won at Mar del Plata with 7.5/9, half a point ahead of six other players. He won at Pamplona 1995 and shared the first place with Jan Timman at Donner Memorial (1995) ahead of Judit Polgar, Alexey Shirov, Alexander Khalifman, Alexander Morozevich, Valery Salov and Jeroen Piket.

<1996-1998> Granda Zuniga shared first place with Vassily Ivanchuk at the category 16 Donner Memorial (1996), a full point ahead of Gata Kamsky, Jeroen Piket, Nick DeFirmian, and well ahead of Valery Salov, Jan Timman, Alexander Morozevich et al. (1a) Also in 1996, he was =3rd at the category 13 Najdorf tournament in Buenos Aires, half a point behind Sergei Tiviakov and Jordi Magem Badals. He won at Leon 1997 (a category 10 event), a full point ahead of John Nunn (2) and then placed =3rd at Pamplona 1997-98, and =3rd at the powerful New York Open in March 1998.

<1999-2001> Granda Zuniga does not appear to have played in FIDE rated events during this period.

<2002-2005> He resumed chess after his three-year hiatus with a vengeance by winning the 2002 Peruvian Championship by a huge margin (see below) and followed up with an equally exemplary performance at the 2002 Olympiad in Bled. After a solid 6/9 at the Aeroflot Open (2003), he again won the Capablanca Memorial 2003 with 8/11, ahead of leading Cuban players Leinier Dominguez Perez and Lazaro Bruzon Batista. Early in 2004, he placed =4th at the category 13 Corus B event at Wijk aan Zee and won the Copa ENTEL (2004) in Chile, 1.5 points ahead of Rafael Duailibe Leitao. 2005 started with a strong win by Granda Zuniga at the FEDA 103 'Salinas 2005', 1.5 points clear of the field with 7.5/9. In June he won the Berman Hillman Tournament with 7.5/9. In August, he won the category 13 elite event at the festival celebrating the 50th Anniverary of the Villa Martelli Chess Club, half a point ahead of runner up Ruben Felgaer, who in turn was 1.5 points clear of Leitao. he closed out 2005 at the World Cup (see below).

<2006> Granda Zuniga had a few months away from chess before resuming in May 2006 at the Turin Olympiad playing top board for Peru. He won the 2nd Sort Open that took place from 26th June to 4th July 2006 in Sort, Spain, with 7.5/9, half a point ahead of 7 other players. Another good results in 2006 was =3rd, half a point behind Kevin Spraggett and Mircea-Emilian Parligras at the powerful International Open held in the Spanish city of Tarragona.

<2007> Apart from his win in the American Continental Championship (see below), his achievements in this year included =4th in the City of Laguna International Tournament, half a point from the lead, 2nd behind Gabriel Sargissian in the category 7 main event of the first Ruy Lopez International Festival, a win in the Villa de Navalmoral tournament and =1st alongside Ivan Salgado Lopez and Pablo San Segundo Carrillo at the Pamplona Open to finish the year.

<2008> =5th with 7.5/10 at the International Open in Benidorm, half a point from the leaders Vladimir Burmakin (the winner on tiebreak), Boris Avrukh, Stewart Haslinger and Eduardo Patricio Iturrizaga Bonelli. Winner of the 28th International Open at Benasque with 8.5/10 ahead of a large group of players in =2nd that included Elizbar Ubilava, Aleksander Delchev, Vladimir Baklan, Rasul Ibrahimov, Romain Edouard and Spraggett. =3rd at the International Andorra Open behind David Howell and Edouard respectively. Outright 3rd at Navalmoral de la Mata in Spain, half a point behind joint leaders Burmakin and Sergey Fedorchuk.

<2009> =4th at Benidorm, half a point behind the co-leaders Iturrizaga, Julen Luis Arizmendi Martinez, and Robert Kempinski. Outright winner of the 3rd La Laguna Open with 8/9 and the Conegliano Open in Italy with 6/7. He finished the year with =1st (2nd on tiebreak to Georg Meier) at the category 13 Pamplona Masters.

<2010> Started the year with =1st alongside Jorge Cori, both scoring 7.5/9, at the Jose Marca Memorial Open in Lima, Peru. There followed 2nd behind Evgeny Postny at the category 12 GM (A Group) at the Nancy International Festival in February. In July, Granda Zuniga won the DRR 6-player Banasque Tournament staged in Benasque and Huesca with 6.5/10, a full point clear of the field. He was third in the first International Open in Mexico City that accompanied the UNAM Quadrangular in November, and finished the year with a strong =4th, half a point behind the co-leaders at the JAHV McGregor tournament held in Bogota, Colombia.

<2011> The year started with Granda Zuniga's outright win with 7.5/9 at the Pedro Lezcano Montalvo Memorial Tournament staged in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in Spain in April. Several months later in July , he was =2nd alongside Ivan Saric, Delchev, Maxim Turov and Mihail Marin with 8/10, half a point behind the outright winner Tigran Levonovich Petrosian, at the Benasque International Open. Several weeks later, he was =1st (2nd on tiebreak) alongside Iturrizaga, Fedorchuk and Branko Damljanovic with 7/9 at the San Juan International Open in Pamplona. He finished up the year in December with =2nd (3rd on tiebreak) at the XVII Navalmoral Open in Spain, a point behind the winner Fedorchuk.

<2012> In April he placed =1st with 7.5/9 alongside Yusnel Bacallao Alonso and Fedorchuk at the 39th La Roda Open in Spain. In July he was =5th with 6.5/9 at the International Open in Andorra, half a point behind the co-leaders Kiril Dimitrov Georgiev, Jon Ludvig Hammer, Julen Luis Arizmendi Martinez and Miguel Illescas Cordoba. He finished the year with =1st (2nd on tiebreak to Azer Mirzoev) at the 6th Augusta Aragon International Open held in Zaragoza in Spain, scoring 7.5/9.

<2013> A few days later in January 2013, he scored 7/9 to place =2nd at the XXIV Roquetas Open in Spain, half a point behind the winner Harold James Plaskett. In March, he came =1st at the La Roda International with 7.5/9 alongside Alexis Cabrera. In October, Granda Zuniga took clear first place at the 5-player DRR Entrefaros GM Tournament held in Camarinas in Spain with 5.5/8, ahead of Cheparinov, Richard Rapport, Lazaro Bruzon Batista and Ivan Salgado Lopez respectively.

<2014> Granda Zuniga's best results in this year were =3rd with 7/9 at the III Open Internacional LLucmajor 2014 in Mallorca, half a point behind the co-leaders Delchev and Fedorchuk and clear first at the annual International Open in Andorra, with 7.5/9.

<2015> The year started well for Granda Zuniga with clear first at the Zicosur Open 2015 that was held in Antofagasta in Chile in January, and first on tiebreak ahead of Angel Arribas Lopez at the 42nd La Roda Open in April. In July, he came second at the Benasque Open behind Baskaran Adhiban, (2a) and won the 33rd Andorra Open with 8/9. (2aa)

Championships

<Youth> Granda Zuniga participated in the inaugural U16 World Championship, staged in Embalse in Argentina in 1981. He placed outright 5th, scoring 5.5/9, two points behind the winner Stuart C Conquest.

<Junior> He was runner-up with 8/11, half a point behind Sandro Heleno Sene Trindade, in the Pan-American Junior (U20) Championship held in Buenos Aires in 1982. He also competed in the World Junior Championship of 1986 played in Gausdal in Norway, scoring 7.5/13, two points shy of the lead.

<National> He is a five-time chess champion of Peru, winning in 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, and 2002. In 2002, he won with 12/13, four points clear of the runner up. (2b)

<Continental> Champion of South America, winning at the Brasilia Zonal 1993. =2nd behind Bruzon at the 2005 American Continental Champion and winner of the American Continental Championshipship at Cali 2007 in Argentina, with the same score as Alexander Ivanov, Varuzhan Akobian, Darcy Gustavo Machado Vieira Lima and Eduardo Patricio Iturrizaga Bonelli. =3rd at the 2009 American Continental with 8.5/11, half a point behind the co-leaders Alexander Shabalov and Fidel Corrales Jimenez.

Winner of the 2012 and 2013 American Continental Championships held in Argentina and Bolivia, respectively. Despite a lapse of form in preceding months, Granda Zuniga rallied to win the fiercely fought 9th American Continental Championship in October 2014 with 8.5/11 on tiebreak, ahead of five other players, although he was required to participate in a playoff with those five players to determine the five qualifiers for the 2015 World Cup: this he did successfully. In May 2015, he placed =3rd at the American Continental Championship, half a point behind the co-leaders Sandro Mareco and Yuniesky Quesada Perez.

Ibero-American Champion based on overall results at the two stage event held in Morelia and Linares in 2008. (3), (3aa)

<World> Granda Zuniga's initial entry to the World Championship cycle was in March 1987 when he came 2nd in the Santiago Zonal, thereby qualifying for the Interzonal held in Zagreb in August. There he narrowly missed a spot in the Candidates both on initial tournament result, where he scored 9.5/17, half a point below the lowest outright qualifier, but also in the playoff for the reserve spot between himself and the other two players who also scored 9.5/17. He had another chance at the Biel Interzonal in 1993, but on that occasion fared poorly, scoring only 6.5/13 to place 33rd out of 74 players in a Swiss-style tournament. He fared better at the parallel Interzonal in Groningen run by the PCA the same year, but again missed the cut for the PCA Candidates by half a point, scoring 6.5/11.

In 1997, he played in the first of FIDE's world championship knockout tournaments, this event coincidentally also being played at Groningen. He won his first round match against former World Junior Champion Bojan Kurajica in the tiebreaker games, but lost his second round match to eventual quarter-finalsit Alexey Shirov, thereby bowing out of the event. His next forays were at the FIDE World Cup (2005), the World Chess Cup (2007), and the World Cup (2009) where he lost his first round matches on each occasion.

His best result in the World Championship cycle in the reunited format came in 2013. Despite his win in the 2013 American Continental, Granda Zuniga had already qualified for the World Cup (2013) because of his leader board result in the 2012 American Continental Championship. At the World Cup 2013, he defeated Armenian GM Hrant Melkumyan in the first round, Hungarian legend GM Peter Leko in the second round and Dutch and World Junior #1 GM Anish Giri in the third round. He was eliminated in the Round of 16 (fourth round) by American-Italian GM Fabiano Caruana. (3a) He won the American Continental Championship in 2014 on tiebreak. However, he had to compete in a six-way playoff to qualify for the World Cup (2015). (3b) At the World Cup 2015, Granda defeated Alexandr Hilario Takeda dos Santos Fier and Cristobal Henriquez Villagra in the first two rounds before losing to Radoslaw Wojtaszek in the third round to be eliminated from the event.

Team Events (4)

Granda Zuniga has played for Peru in eleven out of fifteen Olympiads staged since 1986 inclusive, missing only the 1998, 2000, 2008 and 2012 events. He played board 2 for Peru in 1986, and has played on the first board since then. Peru's best team result in that period was 12th in 1986, while his best individual result was 7th for board 1 in 1992 and 2004. So far in his Olympiad career, he has played 133 games for a 62.8% result (+60 =47 -26).

He also represented Peru in the Panamerican Team Championships in 1985 and 1987, on both occasions helping his team to 4th place. In 1985 he played board 3, winning bronze and in 1987, board 1, winning gold.

He had one stint in the European Club Cup, when in the 1990 season he played a couple of games on board 3 for the Spanish CA La Caja de Canarias team, which reached the round of 32. He also plays in the Spanish League.

Matches

In September 2012, as part of the Sao Paulo International Chess Event in Brazil, Granda Zuniga played a four-game match against Brazilian legend, Henrique Mecking, and drew all four games. In June 2013 in Madrid, Granda Zuniga played a six-game match against David Anton Guijarro, losing by 2.5-3.5 (+1 -2 =3).

Rapid/blitz games

Since FIDE started rating the rapid form of the game in July 2012, Granda Zuniga has had generally positive results.

<Blitz> Starting with a strong =3rd placement at the Grand Prix blitz tournament in Andorra in 2012 behind Kiril Georgiev and Iturrizaga, he won the San Prudencio International Blitz Open in April 2013 with 7/8 and the first International S'Arenal Blitz Open in Mallorca, Spain with 7.5/9 in May 2014. In January 2015, he was =3rd at the Andorran Blitz Open.

<Rapid> In September 2012, he won the Portuguese National Rapid Tournament with 8/9, in June 2013, he won the Spanish Rapid Ciudaad de Mostoles in Spain on tiebreak with 7.5/9 and in September 2014 he was 3rd with 6/7 at the International Rapid Open in Bergara, Spain. In May 2015, he clearly won the 25th International Open Ajedrez Ciudad De Mostoles in Spain with 8.5/9. In July 2015, he won the Spanish Rapid Championship with 8.5/9, a point ahead of Ivan Salgado Lopez.

<Exhibition Match> In May 2012, Granda Zuniga lost the rapid four-game Short - Granda Match (2012) that was played in Lima, Peru by 1-3 (=2 -2). The games were unrated.

Ratings and Rankings

Granda Zuniga first entered the top 100 list in January 1987, remaining there until December 1988. He re-entered the top 100 in January 1991 and has remained in the top 100 more often than not since that time. (5) He reached his peak ranking in January 1992 when he was equal world #24.

(1) [brasilbase-1]; (1a) http://www.chess.gr/tourn/3rd_Donne...; (2) [brasilbase-2]; (2a) http://chess-results.com/tnr179472....; (2aa) http://www.theweekinchess.com/html/...; (2b) http://ratings.fide.com/tournament_...; (3) [brasilbase-3]; (3aa) http://ratings.fide.com/view_source...; (3a) http://www.mark-weeks.com/chess/wcc...; (3b) Wikipedia article: Chess World Cup 2015; (4) http://www.olimpbase.org/players/yg...; (5) http://ratings.fide.com/top_files.p... & http://ratings.fide.com/id.phtml?ev...

Wikipedia article: Julio Granda

Last updated 18 September 2015


 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 977  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. M Abarca Aguirre vs Granda Zuniga 0-121 1982 Pan American-ch U20D47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. S Agdestein vs Granda Zuniga 0-136 1982 Ch World Cadet'sD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. K Thorsteins vs Granda Zuniga  0-141 1982 Rio de JaneiroE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
4. Granda Zuniga vs H R Lutz 1-023 1982 BRAB06 Robatsch
5. J Sarfati vs Granda Zuniga 1-033 1983 World Junior ChB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
6. Granda Zuniga vs R Vera  0-137 1985 Capablanca mem-A 01B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. R Chavez vs Granda Zuniga  1-045 1985 Villa Gesell ttC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
8. Granda Zuniga vs Ivkov  ½-½17 1985 Capablanca mem-A 01C45 Scotch Game
9. J Klinger vs Granda Zuniga  0-139 1985 Capablanca mem-A 01B56 Sicilian
10. A Sygulski vs Granda Zuniga  ½-½10 1985 Capablanca mem-A 01D13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
11. Granda Zuniga vs Panno  0-149 1985 Villa Gesell ttB40 Sicilian
12. Palatnik vs Granda Zuniga  ½-½33 1985 Capablanca mem-A 01E00 Queen's Pawn Game
13. A Yap vs Granda Zuniga  0-175 1985 Capablanca mem-A 01A05 Reti Opening
14. Granda Zuniga vs N Pinal  ½-½23 1985 Capablanca mem-A 01B30 Sicilian
15. Granda Zuniga vs J Reyes 0-130 1985 Lima ch-PEC45 Scotch Game
16. J Sunye Neto vs Granda Zuniga  1-041 1985 Capablanca mem-AA12 English with b3
17. Granda Zuniga vs S Garcia Martinez ½-½11 1985 Capablanca mem-A 01B19 Caro-Kann, Classical
18. N Velez vs Granda Zuniga  0-149 1985 Capablanca mem-A 01A04 Reti Opening
19. A Rodriguez Cespedes vs Granda Zuniga  1-038 1985 HavanaD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. A Rodriguez Cespedes vs Granda Zuniga  1-038 1985 Capablanca mem-A 01D17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. M Abarca Aguirre vs Granda Zuniga 0-144 1985 Villa Gesell ttE12 Queen's Indian
22. Granda Zuniga vs J L Vilela  1-035 1985 Capablanca mem-A 01B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
23. Granda Zuniga vs J M Bellon Lopez  0-145 1985 Capablanca mem-A 01A31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
24. Anand vs Granda Zuniga ½-½31 1986 GausdalB68 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 9...Be7
25. H Pecorelli Garcia vs Granda Zuniga  0-124 1986 CubaB89 Sicilian
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Dec-02-13  Gottschalk: [Event "Magistral"]
[Site "Buenos Aires"]
[Date "1993.??.??"]
[White "Granda Zuniga,Julio"]
[Black "Campora,Daniel"]
[Round "5"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D10"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 dxc4 5. a4
Bf5 6. e3 e6 7. Bxc4 Bb4 8. O-O O-O 9. Qe2
Ne4 10. Nxe4 Bxe4 11. Nd2 Bg6 12. Nb3 Nd7 13. e4
Qe7 14. f3 Kh8 15. a5 b5 16. axb6 axb6 17. Be3
f6 18. Rac1 Bf7 19. Ba6 e5 20. Bc4 Rfc8 21. Rfd1
h6 22. Bxf7 Qxf7 23. d5 cxd5 24. Rxc8+ Rxc8 25. Rxd5
Bf8 26. Qb5 Rc7 27. Nd2 Bc5 28. Nc4 Kh7 29. h4
h5 30. Kh2 Qe6 31. b4 Bxe3 32. Nxe3 Nf8 33. Nf5
Rd7 34. Qd3 Kg8 35. b5 Kh7 36. Ng3 g6 37. Qc4
Kg7 38. Nf1 Rxd5 39. exd5 Qe7 40. Qc6 f5 41. Kh3
e4 42. Qxb6 exf3 43. gxf3 Qe2 44. Nh2 f4 45. Qd4+
Kg8 46. Qb4 Nd7 47. Qe4 Qxb5 48. Qxg6+ Kh8 49. Qf5
Kg8 50. Qxh5 Nb6 51. Qg6+ Kh8 52. Qh6+ Kg8 53. Qe6+
Kh8 54. d6 Qa4 55. Ng4 Qd1 56. Ne5 1-0

Feb-25-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Happy 47th birthday to GM Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga!

By the way, I remember a couple of years ago, he played some match with Henrique Mecking I believe. Anyone know the results?

Feb-25-14  Karpova: September 11 to 14, 2012, in Sao Paolo, Brazil. The match ended +0 -0 =4.

Source: http://www.365chess.com/tournaments...

Apr-01-14  cplyakap: His rating is 2685.I think Granda Zuniga will break 2700 barrier next year.
May-18-14  Inf: I'd like to share an interview from Chess24 about Granda and how he will take chess seriously now. The interview is in Spanish so if you like I can provide a translation.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?index=6&...

May-31-14  cplyakap: His highest rating is 2685.Not 2680.
Sep-26-14  Caissanist: Granda has never broken 2700 but he has aged remarkably well. He is now the oldest player in the top 100.
Oct-26-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: Not only that but Granda Zuniga has qualified to play in next year's World Cup.

His first place at the just concluded American Continental Championship has the added bonus of Cup qualification.

Apr-11-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Congrats to Granda Zuniga for not only winning the 42nd La Roda Open with an impressive 7.5/9 score (against 2379 opposition), but also for re-entering the Top 100 on the live ratings. His last round win gained him 2.4 points as he now sits at exactly 2655 and 95th place. He is the 2nd oldest player in the top 100, behind only Short.
Jul-26-15  sonia91: He just won the 33rd Andorra Open with 8/9 and a rating performance of 2814!

http://chess-results.com/tnr180992....

Thanks to this result and his fine performance at the Benasque Open, held earlier this month, he gained 27 rating points and climbed 40 (!!) places in the live rating list: now he holds the #59 spot.

chess24 article: https://chess24.com/en/read/news/gr...

Aug-29-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  PhilFeeley: His games from the Andorra Open and the one just before that - the Gran Prix Andorra - are not here. The first are available in TWIC, but I can't find the second anywhere, especially his crucial loss to Hipolito Asis Gargatagli in round 8, costing him first place.

Also, the top seed at the 33rd Andorra - Vladislav Tkachiev - ended up 7th, having lost to Granda Ziniga in round 7.

Feb-25-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Granda Zuniga.
May-15-16  cplyakap: He is 2697 in live!
May-15-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Willem Wallekers: 12:52 he is 2699 live.
May-15-16  sonia91: <Willem Wallekers: 12:52 he is 2699 live.> He also won the tournament (5th Llucmajor Open) with 8.5/9!
May-15-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Congrats to Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga for winning the Llucmajor Open with a score of 8.5/9. Only draw came in the <2nd> round vs. a <FM> (Ladron De Guevara Pinto Paolo). This win included a win over 3rd seed/runner-up Romain Edouard, who finished 1.5 points back.
Jun-12-16  Caissanist: Very impressive late-career resurgence from Granda, he is now #42 in the world. No player his age or older is that high, and many younger players who were once rated much higher than he (e.g. Shirov, Morozevich, Kamsky) are now lower.
Jul-01-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  diagonal: <Caissanist, Penguincw, sonia91, Willem Wallekers, cplyakap>

FIDE rating list of July, GM Granda Zuniga ranked as sole 41th at 2699 ELO points, just one point to break the nowadays notorious barrier to become a so-called supergrandmaster.

As mentioned above, not only his rating (peak) is amazing, but especially his ranking position, ie. compare with Leko (born in 1979) as 39th ranked, or Bacrot, another child prodigy (born even in the 1980s, already with a lower rating).

Or watch out mentioned Shirov, Morozevich, Kamsky, they are all behind JEGZ who is (again) a very frequent player, his rating is much alive, not 'frozen' (as Bareev's, the only older active player in the top hundred this month; Gazza is not active for FIDE, and Short, maybe the nearest "rival" in terms of age, is at the moment slightly outside the top hundred).

I'm not an ELO fetishist (only sometimes) and try to avoid category madness, but I can't recall an active player, beyond youth mania, of a constant 2600-2699 corridor who would deserve it more than Peruvian Granda Zuniga, and we all know, just one point 'missing' means not yet a guarantee (think of traveller Tiviakov's fate).

Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga, in next February fifty years young, and thus then a senior player by the definion of FIDE, is fighting regularly and successfully in Open Festivals, what energy, what an amazing achievement if his climb continues, go Granda!!

With great respect

Jul-02-16
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  alexmagnus: Actually he is not even that far from his top <ranking>. The highest he ever got above number 40 was only 20 Elo points. So yes, at the age of almost 50 he is close to his peak. A modern-day Korchnoi? (but of a lower level - Korchnoi peaked at a similar age but was #2 of course).
Jul-02-16  cunctatorg: It doesn't matter; I am really sure that (the late) Victor Korchnoi had Granda Zuniga's chess in highest esteem and I believe that his assessment of Granda Zuniga's personality would be quite the same!!

Go, Granda!

Jul-11-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  diagonal: Granda Zuniga is currently playing at the 36th Benasque Open in Spain: https://chess24.com/benasque

Albo d'Oro: https://openajedrezbenasque.com/his...

Go, Granda!

Jul-16-16
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  Penguincw: Well, top seed JEGZ scored 6/10 (+4,-2,=4) at the Benasque Open, finishing in 70th place. He was 6/8 after 8 rounds, but lost his last 2 games. He shed 26.9 rating points (was at 2699).

http://chess-results.com/tnr229532....

Jul-17-16  Caissanist: I knew when he lost to Silvio Danailov in twenty moves that this was not his tournament.
Jul-17-16
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  perfidious: Was a full-on body search performed on Danailov after his victory?
Jul-17-16
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  diagonal: <Penguincw>, <Caissanist>, <perfidious>: thanks, it was definitely not his tournament. JEGZ already had too many draws against lower rated opponents, and losing to S.D. hurts.

Creativity requires slack time. Granda will continue, and I hope for a long time.

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