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Rafael Duailibe Leitao
Number of games in database: 540
Years covered: 1990 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2592 (2628 rapid, 2609 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2652

Overall record: +200 -69 =221 (63.4%)*
   * 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 (35) 
    B90 B52 B47 B27 B30
 Slav (27) 
    D11 D12 D10 D16 D15
 King's Indian (24) 
    E60 E76 E63 E77 E69
 Queen's Gambit Declined (24) 
    D37 D31 D38 D35 D39
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D76 D80 D94 D82 D86
 Modern Benoni (16) 
    A56 A70 A62 A63 A57
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (112) 
    B46 B90 B92 B47 B22
 Sicilian Najdorf (31) 
    B90 B92 B96 B91 B93
 Sicilian Taimanov (28) 
    B46 B47 B48
 Nimzo Indian (24) 
    E21 E43 E45 E20 E32
 Slav (18) 
    D12 D11 D10 D15 D17
 Caro-Kann (15) 
    B18 B12 B13 B10 B11
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Leitao vs Baburin, 1998 1-0
   Leitao vs A Diamant, 2009 1-0
   Leitao vs M Robledo, 2009 1-0
   J Rohl vs Leitao, 1998 0-1
   Vescovi vs Leitao, 1998 0-1
   Leitao vs F de Cresce El Debs, 2010 1-0
   Lautier vs Leitao, 2000 0-1
   Glek vs Leitao, 1999 1/2-1/2
   Leitao vs Kasimdzhanov, 1999 1-0
   Leitao vs Zhong Zhang, 2004 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Mario Covas Tournament (2005)
   Antonio Rocha Memorial (2011)
   Lost Boys Open (1998)
   Hoogovens Group B (1999)
   Copa ENTEL (2004)
   II Copa ENTEL (2005)
   American Continental (2014)
   Pamplona 2001/02 (2001)
   Brazilian Championship (2001)
   American Continental Championship (2005)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2000)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2012)
   Turin Olympiad (2006)
   Baku Olympiad (2016)
   Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (2010)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1999 Hoogovens (group B) by gauer
   Hoogovens Group B 1999 by Tabanus
   2010 Brazilian championship by gauer
   Capablanca Memorial (Elite) 2003 by Tabanus
   Karpov Poikovsky 2001 by Tabanus
   2012 Americas Continental Championship by gauer

   🏆 World Champions Group
   Leitao vs D Saduakassova (Nov-27-19) 1/2-1/2
   H A Gretarsson vs Leitao (Nov-20-19) 1/2-1/2
   F Godart vs Leitao (Oct-05-18) 1/2-1/2
   Leitao vs I Papaioannou (Oct-04-18) 1/2-1/2
   Leitao vs Sergio Miguel (Oct-02-18) 1-0

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(born Dec-28-1979, 42 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 24; games 1-25 of 588  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Leko vs Leitao 1-0201990Wch U12B02 Alekhine's Defense
2. Leko vs Leitao  ½-½281991Wch U12B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. I Ibragimov vs Leitao  1-0421991Sao Paulo opE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
4. A Rodriguez Vila vs Leitao  1-0421992Sao Paulo opA48 King's Indian
5. Shaked vs Leitao 0-1421992Wch U14B96 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. Leitao vs Vescovi  ½-½271993MeridaA57 Benko Gambit
7. Sadvakasov vs Leitao  0-1511993Wch U14B23 Sicilian, Closed
8. Leitao vs V Malakhov  0-1401993Wch U14A50 Queen's Pawn Game
9. A Good vs Leitao 1-0511993Wch U14C55 Two Knights Defense
10. L Francisco vs Leitao  1-0341993Wch U14C55 Two Knights Defense
11. G Milos vs Leitao  1-0261994ch opB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
12. G Milos vs Leitao  1-0471994Campeonato BrasileiroB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. Vescovi vs Leitao  1-0501994BRA-chE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
14. Leitao vs Vescovi  ½-½141994Fortaleza opA87 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation
15. Movsesian vs Leitao  1-0281994Wch U16B50 Sicilian
16. Leitao vs Waitzkin 0-1581994Wch U20D29 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
17. G Milos vs Leitao 1-0311995BRA-ch AmericanaA07 King's Indian Attack
18. Leitao vs H Stevic  ½-½401995Wch U16E74 King's Indian, Averbakh, 6...c5
19. Leitao vs G Milos  0-1371995MerloA56 Benoni Defense
20. Leitao vs A A Correa  0-1411995Sao Paulo ZonalB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
21. J Pelikian vs Leitao  ½-½131995Sao Paulo ZonalB23 Sicilian, Closed
22. H Bravo Sedamanos vs Leitao  0-1431995Sao Paulo ZonalB53 Sicilian
23. Leitao vs H Urday  ½-½281995Sao Paulo ZonalE23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
24. Vescovi vs Leitao  1-0351995Sao Paulo ZonalD02 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Leitao vs Granda Zuniga  0-1331995Sao Paulo ZonalD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
 page 1 of 24; games 1-25 of 588  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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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 ;)
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: 3rd place in the IX Mario Covas Jr GM (Brazil) 13-19 August 2010:

Premium Chessgames Member
  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!
Premium Chessgames Member
  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

Sep-20-20  login:


Perpetual Chess Podcast (October 15, 2019)
Episode 147- GM Rafael Leitão

Courtesy of Ben Johnson

Dec-28-20  vonKrolock: Happy birthday, GM Rafael!!
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