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Granda Zuniga 
Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga
Number of games in database: 962
Years covered: 1982 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2652 (2657 rapid, 2644 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2680
Overall record: +409 -196 =328 (61.4%)*
   * 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.

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 (29) 
    A04 A06 A05
 Slav (27) 
    D10 D17 D12 D19 D15
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (103) 
    B31 B30 B47 B40 B33
 Ruy Lopez (41) 
    C92 C67 C65 C97 C93
 Caro-Kann (34) 
    B18 B17 B19 B12 B14
 Queen's Indian (33) 
    E15 E12 E14 E17 E16
 Queen's Pawn Game (22) 
    A46 E00 A45 D02 D00
 Nimzo Indian (22) 
    E32 E41 E43 E38 E48
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Granda Zuniga vs Seirawan, 1993 1-0
   Granda Zuniga vs L Rojas, 2004 1-0
   A Giri vs Granda Zuniga, 2013 0-1
   Granda Zuniga vs Kamsky, 1996 1-0
   Granda Zuniga vs Beliavsky, 2002 1-0
   Granda Zuniga vs R Rodriguez Lopez, 1995 1-0
   DeFirmian vs Granda Zuniga, 1996 0-1
   Adams vs Granda Zuniga, 1991 0-1
   N Faulks vs Granda Zuniga, 2010 0-1
   Granda Zuniga vs J Haug, 2015 1-0

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

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

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(born Feb-25-1967, 48 years old) Peru

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Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga was born in Camaná, Peru. He was awarded the GM title in 1986. He was 1st= at Havana 1986 and has played for Peru in many olympiads, usually on first board. He now lives in Spain. Shared the first place with Mikhail Tal and Jesus Nogueiras at Magistral Najdorf (1991) [brasilbase-1]. Champion of South America, winning at Brasilia Zonal 1993. He won Pamplona (1995). 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. Shared the first place with Vassily Ivanchuk at Donner Memorial (1996), ahead of Gata Kamsky, Salov, Piket, Timman, Morozevich et alli He won at Leon 1997, 1.0 pt ahead of John Nunn [brasilbase-2]. American Continental Champion at Cali 2007, with the same score as Alexander Ivanov, Varuzhan Akobian, Darcy Lima and Eduardo Patricio Iturrizaga Bonelli. Ibero-American Champion at Morelia 2008 [brasilbase-3]. He is a five-time chess champion of Peru, winning in 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, and 2002. Winner of the 2013 American Continental Championship in Bolivia.

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. Despite a lapse of form in the 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. His win in this event qualified him for the World Cup 2015, which will be his fifth World Cup.

Wikipedia article: Julio Granda

 page 1 of 39; games 1-25 of 962  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. K Thorsteins vs Granda Zuniga  0-141 1982 Rio de JaneiroE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
3. Granda Zuniga vs H R Lutz 1-023 1982 BRAB06 Robatsch
4. S Agdestein vs Granda Zuniga 0-136 1982 Ch World Cadet's unD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. J Sarfati vs Granda Zuniga 1-033 1983 World Junior ChB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
6. M Abarca Aguirre vs Granda Zuniga 0-144 1985 Villa Gesell ttE12 Queen's Indian
7. Granda Zuniga vs N Pinal  ½-½23 1985 Capablanca mem-A 01B30 Sicilian
8. Granda Zuniga vs J Reyes 0-130 1985 Lima ch-PEC45 Scotch Game
9. J Sunye Neto vs Granda Zuniga  1-041 1985 Capablanca mem-AA12 English with b3
10. Granda Zuniga vs S Garcia Martinez ½-½11 1985 Capablanca mem-A 01B19 Caro-Kann, Classical
11. N Velez vs Granda Zuniga  0-149 1985 Capablanca mem-A 01A04 Reti Opening
12. A Rodriguez Cespedes vs Granda Zuniga  1-038 1985 HavanaD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. A Rodriguez Cespedes vs Granda Zuniga  1-038 1985 Capablanca mem-A 01D17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. Granda Zuniga vs J L Vilela  1-035 1985 Capablanca mem-A 01B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
15. Granda Zuniga vs J M Bellon Lopez  0-145 1985 Capablanca mem-A 01A31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
16. Granda Zuniga vs R Vera  0-137 1985 Capablanca mem-A 01B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. R Chavez vs Granda Zuniga  1-045 1985 Villa Gesell ttC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
18. Granda Zuniga vs Ivkov  ½-½17 1985 Capablanca mem-A 01C45 Scotch Game
19. J Klinger vs Granda Zuniga  0-139 1985 Capablanca mem-A 01B56 Sicilian
20. A Sygulski vs Granda Zuniga  ½-½10 1985 Capablanca mem-A 01D13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
21. Granda Zuniga vs Panno  0-149 1985 Villa Gesell ttB40 Sicilian
22. Palatnik vs Granda Zuniga  ½-½33 1985 Capablanca mem-A 01E00 Queen's Pawn Game
23. A Yap vs Granda Zuniga  0-175 1985 Capablanca mem-A 01A05 Reti Opening
24. Granda Zuniga vs Z Klaric 0-132 1986 D02 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Granda Zuniga vs F Hellers  ½-½42 1986 GausdalA46 Queen's Pawn Game
 page 1 of 39; games 1-25 of 962  PGN Download
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Aug-15-13  BlackFront: Is it just coincidence that Julio's been steering clear of Vampira?
Aug-18-13  Inf: This cup is the last chance in my opinion he will have. This guy is just something else, he only read ONE chess book in his life and look what he can do.

Pure natural talent!

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  Eggman: <<This guy is just something else, he only read ONE chess book in his life and look what he can do.

Pure natural talent!>>

I'm rooting for this guy, but I steadfastly refuse to believe such claims about anyone. If he only read one book then he must have worked extensively with a coach or did research with computers, etc. No one gets to his level on "natural talent."

Aug-19-13  JoergWalter: <Eggman> Is there a source for the quote? Just too many guys are flirting with this idea being all selftaught etc.
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  Eggman: <<Joerg>> I was quoting <Inf>, above. You'd have to ask him what his source was.
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  Eggman: Looks like Granda Zuniga is through to the fourth round. Most impressive performance against Giri. As a 43-year-old I must say I enjoy seeing a middle-aged guy mopping the floor with this young whipper snapper!
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  alexmagnus: This must be Granda's best result in a WC-related event ever (the only arguably better result may be the 6th place in the Interzonal 1987 - which was one of three Interzonals).
Aug-19-13  Inf: It is the best result so far. He only made to 1st round before. About the chess book, I know he read the 3rd edition out of four. They talked about it on the World Cup.

Ask csmath, he knows about it. Granda is about natural talent, just like Capablanca. He knows very little about opening theory - and there is much evidence to prove this - so you better punish him on opening because once he reaches the middle game, odds aren't in your favor.

Aug-19-13  ChessVip: Misha Tal about Julio in the eighties in 64 chess magazine: "Julio Granda must have incredible talent, it is impossible to play chess theory knowing what he knows" And Korchnoi in his chess book: "There are chess players who have great concept about the game without doing the minimum work study. There are three that I have seen in my life: peruvian farmer Julio Granda, Kiril Georgiev and russian peasant Ratmir Kholmov"
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  bubuli55: No middle name?
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  perfidious: <bubuli55>: Ernesto is the middle name.

At least the hyphen between Granda and Zuniga has finally gone.

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  chancho: Granda is his Father's last name and Zuniga is the Mother's, I believe.
Oct-06-13  ChessVip: Richard Rapport from Hungary, Julio Granda from Peru,Ivan Cheparinov from Bulgaria,Lázaro Bruzón from Cuba and Iván Salgado from Spain are playing Entre Faros International Chess Tournament
Oct-06-13  ChessVip: Round 1: Rapport vs Granda 0 - 1
Oct-06-13  ChessVip: Round 2 under way, live coverage: Granda - Bruzon, Salgado - Rapport
Comments in spanish
Oct-06-13  ChessVip: Round 2 results:
Granda - Bruzon 1 - 0
Salgado - Rapport 1/2
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

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  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?

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


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.

May-31-14  cplyakap: His highest rating is 2685.Not 2680.
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  Caissanist: Granda has never broken 2700 but he has aged remarkably well. He is now the oldest player in the top 100.
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  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.

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  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.
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