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Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga
Granda Zuniga 

Number of games in database: 1,262
Years covered: 1982 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2630 (2609 rapid, 2624 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2699
Overall record: +549 -248 =419 (62.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 46 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (62) 
    E92 E97 E62 E77 E94
 Nimzo Indian (45) 
    E32 E42 E44 E34 E40
 English (38) 
    A15 A13 A17 A14 A12
 Reti System (37) 
    A04 A06 A05
 Queen's Indian (36) 
    E15 E12 E17 E16
 Queen's Pawn Game (35) 
    D02 A45 A41 A46 E10
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (119) 
    B47 B31 B30 B90 B42
 Ruy Lopez (55) 
    C65 C92 C67 C97 C93
 Queen's Indian (45) 
    E15 E12 E17 E14 E16
 Caro-Kann (42) 
    B18 B12 B17 B13 B10
 Nimzo Indian (41) 
    E32 E38 E20 E46 E43
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (27) 
    D20 D26 D27 D24 D22
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Granda Zuniga vs Seirawan, 1993 1-0
   Granda Zuniga vs Kamsky, 1996 1-0
   Granda Zuniga vs L Rojas Keim, 2004 1-0
   de Firmian vs Granda Zuniga, 1996 0-1
   Granda Zuniga vs Beliavsky, 2002 1-0
   N Faulks vs Granda Zuniga, 2010 0-1
   Giri vs Granda Zuniga, 2017 0-1
   Granda Zuniga vs A Ivanov, 2003 1-0
   E Prie vs Granda Zuniga, 2017 0-1
   Giri vs Granda Zuniga, 2013 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Brasilia Zonal (1993)
   Sao Paulo Zonal (1995)
   Copa ENTEL (2004)
   World Senior 50+ (2017)
   Peao de Ouro Youth Tournament (1982)
   Capablanca Memorial-A (1986)
   Buenos Aires Najdorf (1991)
   Amsterdam (1995)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   Dubai Olympiad (1986)
   Corus Group B (2004)
   Sunway Sitges Open (2016)
   World Cup (2013)
   Yerevan Olympiad (1996)
   Manila Olympiad (1992)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Julio Granda best Games by a19872276
   Corus Group B 2004 by Tabanus
   1985 Capablanca memorial (group A) by gauer
   2004 Wijk Aan Zee (Group B) by gauer
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1997 by suenteus po 147
   1986 Capablanca memorial (group A) by gauer
   Amsterdam 1995 by suenteus po 147
   Capablanca Memorial (Elite) 2003 by Tabanus
   2007 Americas Continental championship by gauer
   2003 Capablanca memorial (group A) by gauer
   Buenos Aires 1993 by Chessdreamer
   Amsterdam 1996 by suenteus po 147
   1986 World Junior chess championship by gauer
   2012 Americas Continental Championship by gauer

   🏆 Szmetan-Giardelli Super
   S Mareco vs Granda Zuniga (Dec-11-19) 1/2-1/2
   Granda Zuniga vs D Flores (Dec-02-19) 0-1
   Pichot vs Granda Zuniga (Dec-14-18) 1/2-1/2
   Granda Zuniga vs D Flores (Dec-13-18) 1/2-1/2
   Granda Zuniga vs A Hoffman (Dec-12-18) 1-0

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(born Feb-25-1967, 56 years old) Peru

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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); World Senior Champion 50+ (2017).

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 Alekseyevich 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 Vladilenovich Goldin. (1) Also in 1991, he won the Malaga Open in Spain with 7.5/9, half a point ahead of Lembit Antsovich 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 de Firmian, 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 Petkov Delchev, Vladimir Olegovich 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 Vladimirovich 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)


<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 Vladimirovich Ivanov, Varuzhan Eduardovich 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.


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); (2) [brasilbase-2]; (2a); (2aa); (2b); (3) [brasilbase-3]; (3aa); (3a); (3b) Wikipedia article: Chess World Cup 2015; (4); (5) &; (6)

Wikipedia article: Julio Granda

Last updated: 2019-02-25 09:22:37

 page 1 of 51; games 1-25 of 1,263  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Abarca Aguirre vs Granda Zuniga 0-1211982Pan American-ch U20D47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. Granda Zuniga vs H R Lutz 1-0231982Peao de Ouro Youth TournamentB06 Robatsch
3. S Agdestein vs Granda Zuniga 0-1361982Ch World Cadet'sD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. K Thorsteins vs Granda Zuniga 0-1411982Peao de Ouro Youth TournamentE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
5. Granda Zuniga vs T Darcyl  0-1351982Peao de Ouro Youth TournamentB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. Granda Zuniga vs Dlugy  ½-½841982Peao de Ouro Youth TournamentB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
7. I Wells vs Granda Zuniga  0-1391982Peao de Ouro Youth TournamentA00 Uncommon Opening
8. A Bettsak vs Granda Zuniga  0-1321982Peao de Ouro Youth TournamentD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. Granda Zuniga vs S Zakic  1-0401982Peao de Ouro Youth TournamentA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
10. Granda Zuniga vs A Kuznecov  ½-½401982Peao de Ouro Youth TournamentA38 English, Symmetrical
11. Granda Zuniga vs S H Trindade  0-1291982Peao de Ouro Youth TournamentB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
12. I B de Souza vs Granda Zuniga  0-1301982Peao de Ouro Youth TournamentB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
13. Granda Zuniga vs C A Dona Paterson  1-0311982Peao de Ouro Youth TournamentB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
14. S Saeed vs Granda Zuniga  1-0411982Peao de Ouro Youth TournamentD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. G G de Carvalho vs Granda Zuniga  0-1401982Peao de Ouro Youth TournamentC11 French
16. Granda Zuniga vs A A Correa  1-0321982Peao de Ouro Youth TournamentB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
17. M Braitt vs Granda Zuniga  0-1331982Peao de Ouro Youth TournamentC11 French
18. K Thorsteins vs Granda Zuniga  ½-½451982Peao de Ouro playoffA35 English, Symmetrical
19. K Thorsteins vs Granda Zuniga  1-0601982Peao de Ouro playoffA35 English, Symmetrical
20. Granda Zuniga vs K Thorsteins  0-1791982Peao de Ouro playoffB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
21. J Sarfati vs Granda Zuniga 1-0331983World Junior ChampionshipB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
22. S Kyriakides vs Granda Zuniga  0-1541983World Junior ChampionshipC71 Ruy Lopez
23. Granda Zuniga vs P Sammut Briffa  1-0251983World Junior ChampionshipB03 Alekhine's Defense
24. Granda Zuniga vs A Kobayashi  ½-½481983World Junior ChampionshipB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
25. S Atalik vs Granda Zuniga  1-0621983World Junior ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
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May-15-16  cplyakap: He is 2697 in live!
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  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!
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  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  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

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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  diagonal: Granda Zuniga is currently playing at the 36th Benasque Open in Spain:

Albo d'Oro:

Go, Granda!

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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).

Jul-17-16  Caissanist: I knew when he lost to Silvio Danailov in twenty moves that this was not his tournament.
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  perfidious: Was a full-on body search performed on Danailov after his victory?
Jul-17-16  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.

Feb-25-17  ambongtumbong: feliz cumplea├▒os Gran Maestro Zuniga.
Sep-27-17  The Boomerang: He just got demolished by Carlsen in 28 moves. At IOM. It's the first time they have met I think.
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  saffuna: Did Granda lose on time, or just not want to defend a position down a pawn? I don't see anything decisive?
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  keypusher: <saffuna> The latter. He had over 20 minutes left on his clock. No one likes playing a bad position against Carlsen a pawn down, of course, but I think it's a shame he resigned so early. He may have been angry with himself for missing 21.Ng6+, too.

I have the impression Granda Zuniga tends to give up on the early side, but please correct me if I'm wrong, somebody.

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  saffuna: Granda's reputation, at least years ago when he was a major sports figure in Peru, was as someone who didn't study theory too much and whose interest in chess came and went. He was someone with tremenous talent for whom people thought it often came too easily.

I just don't see resigning in that position, unless he was really exhausted or feeling sick. Even if he thought he would certainly lose, what's the training value of defending a difficult position against the world champion?

Sep-28-17  Caissanist: I think the resignation was what you might call "strategic", and he made the calculation that he's much more likely to get one point out of rounds 5 and 6 by resigning quickly against Carlsen than fighting for the draw. He's a pawn down, with a lifeless position. Carlsen is the best player in the world, and one of the best in history, in turning these kinds of slight advantages into points. To say that Granda would have even a 1% chance of saving the draw seems optimistic--I'd say that 0.1% is more like it.

But, let's assume, for the sake of argument, that he manages a miracle and after, say, three or four hours of tough struggle, holds the draw. What happens then? He'd be in the bottom half of the group of players at the top of the leaderboard, so tomorrow he'd play another game against one of the world's top GMs. At 50, he's not going to recover from today's exhausting struggle quickly or easily, and his super GM opponent isn't going to let him off with a gradmaster draw. He would have a tough time holding the draw in that game, even with the white pieces.

Since, he lost, though, he's in the top half of the second group, so instead he gets a game against a player in the bottom half of that group, rated roughly 100 points lower (he was ultimately paired with 2563-rated GM Dennis Wagner). The extra 3-4 hours of rest and preparation, which he got by resigning early, will no doubt be very helpful in beating Wagner.

Given that, I'd say the resignation was a pretty easy call.

Sep-28-17  Howard: Yes, some people don't realize that physical condition is a VERY prime part of professional chess.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Congratulations to GM Granda for winning the 2017 World Seniors (50+)!
Nov-21-17  diagonal: Congratulation to GM Granda: A well-deserved World Champion!

At age of 50, JEGZ is a frequent and strong player on the international circuit today with a current FIDE rating of 2650 Elo (November list).

History: The World Senior Chess Championship is an annual chess tournament established in 1991 by FIDE, the World Chess Federation.

Originally, the age limit was 60 years for the men, and 50 for the women.

Since 2014, the Senior Championship is split in two different age categories with consequently two male and two female titles: 50+ and 65+

Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga of Peru (born in 1967) is now the youngest Senior World Chess Champion (in 2017).

Viktor Korchnoi is the oldest Senior World Chess Champion at age of 75 in 2006 (only participation).

So far one World Champion has gone on to win the World Senior's as well: Vasily Smyslov. He has also been the first Senior World Champion ever.

Nona Gaprindashvili is the only woman to win both, the female World Champion and the corresponding female World Senior Champion title (twice overall and three times 65+). She is also the oldest woman to achieve this feat (at 75 in the section 65+).

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  Domdaniel: <diagonal> - Thank you for the information. Granda Zuniga's results have been magnificent - long may he continue.

It's also good to be reminded just how strong players like Smyslov and Gaprindashvili really were. And Korchnoi, of course.

Dec-27-18  Dionysius1: For the record. In 2012 he also played a match against Nigel Short. A propos, that's how I came to this thread.
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  WTHarvey: Here are 26 mates and combinations from GM Granda's games: Find the winning moves.
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