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GM Rafael Leitao

Rafael Leitao
Photo: Courtesy of Rafael Leitao.
Full name
Rafael Duailibe Leitão
Dec 28, 1979 (age 44)‎
Place of birth
Sao Luis, Maranhao, Brazil



Rafael Leitao is a Brazilian grandmaster, commentator, and content creator. Leitao learned to play chess when he was six and quickly became a prominent player, winning the Pan American Chess Championship eight times in different categories. Leitao also won the U-12 World Youth Chess Championship title in 1991 and the U-18 category in 1996. He then proceeded to win the Brazilian championship seven times (1996, 1997, 1998, 2004, 2011, 2013, and 2014).

Leitao is also a successful content creator, having more than 53,000 followers on YouTube and 13,000 on his Twitch channel (as of June 2022). Leitao is also famous for his career as a commentator, hosting events for alongside fellow grandmaster Krikor Mekhitarian

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