My Career

I learned to play chess at the age of six and played many tournaments during my career of more than 30 years.

I am currently the number 1 player in Brazil according to the FIDE rating list.

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At the age of 18 I became the youngest Brazilian to achieve the title of Grandmaster.

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My main achievements are:

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  • World Champion U-12 in 1991
  • World Champion U-18 in 1996
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  • 8 times Pan-American champion
  • 7 times Brazilian Champion
  • Silver medalist (3rd board) at the Chess Olympiad 2006
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  • 3rd place at the Correspondence World Championship 2012. This result granted me the title of Correspondence Grandmaster and I became one of the few players with the title of GM in both correspondence and over the board chess.
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I played for Brazil in the Chess Olympiads in 1996, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018.