Julio Becerra Rivero

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Julio Becerra
Full name Julio Becerra Rivero
Country United States
Born (1973-10-15) October 15, 1973 (age 43)
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2550 (March 2017)
Peak rating 2614 (January 2009)

Julio Becerra Rivero (born 1973) is a Cuban-born American chess Grandmaster who lives in Miami Lakes, Forida. Julio Becerra grew up in communist Cuba and learned to play chess when he was thirteen years old. Julio continued to play chess and became a grandmaster at the age of 23 years old in 1997. Julio Becerra won the Cuban Chess Championship in 1996 and 1998 and played in the Chess Olympiads of 1994, 1996 and 1998.[1] He stayed in the U.S. in 1999, after playing in the FIDE World Chess Championship 1999 in Las Vegas. He moved to Miami in 2005. He was MVP in the U.S. Chess League in 2006. He became the Florida Champion in 2006, and held that title through 2009. He won his 8th Florida Championship in 2016. Julio Becerra is a chess teacher and still an active tournament player in southeastern Florida. He plays for the Miami Sharks in the U.S. Chess League.[2]

As a user of chess.com, Becerra was noticed by many for his willingness to play games against people considerably weaker than himself, thus giving many amateur players the chance to play against a grandmaster. As a result of this, a fan club was set up in his honor.[3]


  1. ^ Bartelski, Wojciech. "Men's Chess Olympiads: Becerra Rivero, Julio". OlimpBase. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  2. ^ "Miami Sharks: GM Julio Becerra". Uschessleague.com. Retrieved 2009-11-09. 
  3. ^ http://www.chess.com/groups/view/the-juliobecerra-fan-club

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