Rafael Leitão

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Rafael Leitão
Country Brazil
Born (1979-12-28) 28 December 1979 (age 37)
São Luís, Maranhão, Brazil
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2618 (May 2017)

Rafael Duailibe Leitão (born 1979, in São Luís, Maranhão) is a Brazilian chess grandmaster.

Chess career[edit]

He won the World Youth Chess Championship in the U12 category in 1991 and in the U18 category in 1996. He won the Brazilian Chess Championship in 1996, 1997, 1998, 2004, 2011 and 2013 and played for Brazil in the Chess Olympiads of 1996, 2000, 2002, 2006 and 2010.[1]

His username on the Internet Chess Club is "Pigzilla". [2] His last name (Leitão) means piglet in Portuguese.

Correspondence chess[edit]

He started playing correspondence chess via the International Correspondence Chess Federation in 2009, becoming an ICCF International Master in 2011 and an ICCF Grandmaster in 2012.[3] By finishing second in the third Candidate Tournament, Leitao qualified for the 26th Correspondence World Championship, eventually finishing third with 9.5/16.[4]


  1. ^ "Men's Chess Olympiads: Rafael Leitão". OlimpBase. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Pigzilla". Internet Chess Club. Retrieved 21 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Player Details". www.iccf.com. Retrieved 2016-04-10. 
  4. ^ http://www.iccf-webchess.com/EventCrossTable.aspx?id=21732

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