GM Leitão and IM Diamant leading at Brasilian Chess Championship

Porto Alegre, 7-16th December

After seven rounds (of 11) have been played, the Brasilian Chess Championship is still completely open. GM Rafael Leitão and IM André Diamant lead with 5.5 points, followed by GMs Gilberto Milos and Alexander Fier, with 5.0.

The highest rated player, GM Giovanni Vescovi (2635, equaling GM Henrique Mecking’s best) had an unexpected loss to Allan Gattas, the lowest rated in the tourney. Gattas is a non-titled player and so far only has this point in the tourney.

Vescovi holds 4.5 points and needs a miracle in the remaining four rounds to win the third consecutive tittle.

This Saturday is the only rest day. Eighth and ninth round will be played this Sunday at 10 AM and 7 PM local time (GMT + 3) and the games can be followed at

Rafael Leitao

GM Rafael Leitão

brazil diamant

IM Andre Diamant

Standings (round 7):

1-2. GM Rafael Leitao 2590 and IM Andre Diamant 2412 – 5.5

3-4. GM Alexandr Fier 2581 and GM Gilberto Milos 2593 – 5.0

5-6. GM Giovanni Vescovi 2635 and GM Darcy Lima 2488 – 4.5

7. IM Jorge Bittencourt 2455 – 4.0

8-9. Silvio Eduardo Oliveira 2345 and IM Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian 2511 – 2.5

10. FM Carlos Alberto Barreto Filho 2299 – 1.5

11. Allan Gattas 2223 – 1.0

12. IM Diego Rafael Di Berardino 2502 – 0.5

Round 8 – 14/12/2008 – 10:00h

FM Carlos Alberto Barreto Filho – IM Diego Rafael Di Berardino

Allan Gattas – IM Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian

Silvio Eduardo Oliveira – GM Darcy Lima

IM Jorge Bittencourt – IM Andre Diamant

GM Rafael Leitao – GM Alexandr Fier

GM Gilberto Milos – GM Giovanni Vescovi

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