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Darcy Lima
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Number of games in database: 1,119
Years covered: 1978 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2516 (2429 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2550

Overall record: +493 -165 =410 (65.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 51 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (89) 
    B50 B30 B40 B22 B33
 Uncommon Opening (68) 
    A00 B00
 King's Indian (54) 
    E90 E73 E94 E97 E92
 Queen's Pawn Game (36) 
    A45 A40 E00 A46 E10
 Queen's Gambit Declined (33) 
    D35 D37 D31 D30
 King's Indian Attack (30) 
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (69) 
    C64 C65 C61 C92 C67
 Sicilian (46) 
    B30 B40 B43 B25 B67
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (35) 
    D20 D21 D26 D24
 French Defense (30) 
    C05 C18 C11 C13 C01
 Queen's Pawn Game (30) 
    D02 A40 E10 A45 A46
 Alekhine's Defense (29) 
    B03 B05 B04 B02
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Lima vs E Palacios, 2009 1-0
   Polgar vs Lima, 1989 0-1
   Lima vs P De Souza Haro, 2001 1-0
   R Navarro Segura vs Lima, 2001 0-1
   Lima vs A Lesiege, 1993 1-0
   Lima vs E Egorov, 2002 1/2-1/2
   Hebden vs Lima, 1988 0-1
   Lima vs B Esen, 2010 1-0
   Lima vs Grischuk, 2000 1/2-1/2
   Mecking vs Lima, 1993 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Brazilian Championship 2003 (2004)
   Brazilian Championship 2002 playoff (2003)
   Brazilian Championship 2002 (2003)
   Brazilian Championship (1988)
   Brasilia Zonal (1993)
   Brazilian Championship 2004 (2005)
   Brazilian Championship 2019 (2020)
   Brazilian Championship (2008)
   Brazilian Championship (2001)
   American Continental Championship (2005)
   Novi Sad Olympiad (1990)
   Yerevan Olympiad (1996)
   Elista Olympiad (1998)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   Calvia Olympiad (2004)

   🏆 Chennai Olympiad
   N Murshed vs Lima (Aug-01-22) 1-0
   G Khoa vs Lima (Jul-29-22) 0-1
   Lima vs L P Supi (Jun-12-22) 1/2-1/2
   Lima vs J D Gemy (Jun-09-22) 0-1
   Lima vs P Carlsson (Dec-30-21) 1/2-1/2, blitz

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(born May-22-1962, 60 years old) Brazil

[what is this?]
IM (1989); GM (1997). Born in Rio de Janeiro, GM Darcy Gustavo Machado Vieira Lima was three times Brazilian champion, in 1992 and 2002 and 2003.

Lima played in the World Knockout Tournament of 2000, the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004), the FIDE World Cup (2005), the World Chess Cup (2007), and the World Cup (2011) but failed to proceed past the first round on each occasion, falling in 2011 to the eventual winner of the tournament, Russian super-GM Peter Svidler. He represented Brazil in eleven consecutive Olympiads from 1988 until 2008. He was team captain in 2010. Lima has also been President of the Brazilian Chess Federation.

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 page 1 of 45; games 1-25 of 1,123  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. C Braga vs Lima  1-0261978Rio de Janeiro Old SpiceC50 Giuoco Piano
2. J J Lemos vs Lima  0-1471978Rio de Janeiro Old SpiceC50 Giuoco Piano
3. Lima vs A Resende  1-0661978Rio de Janeiro Old SpiceB01 Scandinavian
4. Lima vs F Sampaio  ½-½561978Rio de Janeiro Old SpiceB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. L Brito vs Lima  ½-½611978Rio de Janeiro Old SpiceC55 Two Knights Defense
6. Lima vs F C Pereira  1-0521978Rio de Janeiro Old SpiceB03 Alekhine's Defense
7. Lima vs E Limp 1-0261979Brazilian ChampionshipB72 Sicilian, Dragon
8. Lima vs P de Azevedo  ½-½401979Brazilian ChampionshipB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
9. M Netto Baeta vs Lima  1-0401979Brazilian ChampionshipE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
10. J Emma vs Lima  1-0521981Villa Ballester ttA07 King's Indian Attack
11. Hildago Garcia vs Lima  1-0271981Villa Ballester ttB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
12. A Ticianeli vs Lima  ½-½171982BRA-ch sfB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
13. Lima vs E Tsuboi  1-0411982Brazilian ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
14. Sunye Neto vs Lima  ½-½471982Brazilian ChampionshipA13 English
15. A Ticianeli vs Lima  0-1311982Brazilian ChampionshipA36 English
16. Lima vs M Paolozzi  ½-½211982Brazilian ChampionshipB27 Sicilian
17. Lima vs F Vasconcellos  1-0211982BRA-ch sfA80 Dutch
18. Lima vs F Alves  1-0241982BRA-ch sfB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
19. Lima vs F Trois  0-1421982Brazilian ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Lima vs A de Padua Franco  1-0401982Brazilian ChampionshipE17 Queen's Indian
21. J A Chaves vs Lima  ½-½271982Brazilian ChampionshipA17 English
22. Lima vs R Filguth  1-0511982Brazilian ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
23. Lima vs A Resende  1-0381982Brazilian ChampionshipE10 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Lima vs A S Segal  ½-½131982Brazilian ChampionshipB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
25. Lima vs L Menna Barreto  ½-½451982BRA-ch sfE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
 page 1 of 45; games 1-25 of 1,123  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-03-05  Cpersan: A great Brazilian GM.
Jul-22-06  arbivara: Brazilian Champion, 1992
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  whiteshark: Parabens pelo seu aniversario!
Jul-18-07  BIDMONFA: Darcy Lima

LIMA, Darcy G.

Dec-08-07  amadeus: From
(Part I)

<Having lost the first game of his first round match to Alexander Grischuk, the Brazilian grandmaster Darcy Lima faced a difficult task: beating a supergrandmaster on demand in the second game. He didn't manage it, and was eliminated from the World Cup. As it turned out at the press conference, Lima had the same pairing at the World Championship 2000 in New Delhi – and the result was also the same.

Q : Dear Colleagues, we proceed with our traditional press-conferences with the players. Today we're happy to introduce Darcy Lima ( Brazil ). The first question will be the traditional one – how do you like the city and the organization of the tournament?

A : First of all I want to thank Khanty-Mansiysk. It's the second time I'm here and it's colder than the last time, but I'm very happy and the conditions are certainly very good.

I played with Grischuk, who is one of the best players in the world, and the first game, in which I played Black, was very tough. I defended, but then he got a good position and he was winning in the ending, however, I made a trick that he missed it, but then we both suffered some kind of hallucination, missing a stalemate, and I eventually lost. Today I played with White and I chose to play the King's Pawn, an aggressive opening, but Grischuk chose a very good defense, Marshall Attack. I didn't know what he was going to play, because now he has a broad repertoire, whereas in 2000, when I played with him for the first time, he used to have a very narrow one. So, when we played the first time I drew the game and it was much easier, because at that time he played only a certain amount of openings and I could prepare, but this time I couldn't. I didn't know he was going to play Marshall , but when it occurred, I played the line suggested by one of my Brazilian friends. I offered an exchange, but he rejected it and defended very well, so I had to content with a draw and go back to Brazil.

Q : We can see now that Alexander Grischuk must be considered the main obstacle on your way to winning the World Cup, and it is obvious that you'll be playing against him in the next World Chess Cup. Did you manage to improve your chess since the first match with Grischuk, and is there any kind of preparation you are going to have for this next meeting with him?

A : I don't think I progressed too much since 2000 as I was the president of the Brazilian Chess Federation at that time and had a lot of administrative work to do, I also had a small company and organized tournaments, so it was really tough. But even when I left the Federation it was very difficult to prepare. I tried to keep up with the game and practice a bit, but it was really tough to play this match. And as I understand, you wish me luck in the next match with Grischuk. But I'm very happy that we played with each other this year and I really tried to give him hard time.

Q : Considering the way you are dressed and the fact that Grischuk devotes half his time to chess and the other half to poker, what would be the result if you met not over the chessboard, but in a game of poker?

A : I guess in poker I'd have better chances. Nowadays many chess players play poker, myself included, but I think it's a nice combination and challenge that actually helps chess players, as they are kind of materialists, whereas poker develops your imagination a bit.>

Dec-08-07  amadeus: From
(Part II)

<Q : Whom you consider to be the favorites of the World Chess Cup?

A : I think there're about 10-15 players with very good chances, like Aronian, Grischuk, Ivanchuk, Ponomariov. They are all in the same conditions. Today chess players are closer, there's no such difference as some years ago, when there were one or two really good players. Even if Anand and Kramnik were to play here I'm not sure they'd win.

Q : The last question would be about the current situation with chess in Brazil . Did you manage to change something while being the President of Brazilian Chess Federation?

A : The most important thing I did was spreading chess in Brazil , which was not so popular, there were only several tournaments. So we started organizing other tournaments, but popularization of chess at school was my main objective and contribution. Besides, I started the governmental project in chess which continues now. It's known that there're a lot of poor people in Brazil , and we decided it was worth a try to teach the children how to play chess. It was very tough, but I'm sure there's future for chess among the young people.

Q : Thank you, I hope to see you again.>

May-22-08  Yopo: Dear friends,
I would like to inform you that Brazilian GM Darcy G. Lima was born in Rio de Janeiro in May 22, 1962.
May-22-10  wordfunph: In 2007 World Chess Cup, Brazilian GM Darcy Lima faced a difficult task: beating a super-grandmaster on demand in the second game. He didn't manage it, and was eliminated from the World Cup. As it turned out at the press conference, GM Lima had the same pairing at the World Championship 2000 in New Delhi --- and the result was also the same.

happy birthday Darcy!

Aug-31-11  Beholder: At least in 2011 he got kicked out of the World Cup by Svidler instead of Grischuk :)

Maybe for his next appearance he should raise his rating a bit, that way he won't be paired with a Super-GM in the 1st round.

Aug-31-11  TheFocus: This guy's nickname is <Butterbean>.
Sep-05-12  Yopo: photos:
Sep-12-12  Yopo: Quando é que vamos ter olimpíadas de xadrez no Brasil? O bicentenário da independência seria uma ótima ocasião para isso.
Sep-15-12  Antiochus: Life and games:

Jun-02-15  Yopo: Two important wins over Milos

Jun-02-15  Yopo: Other Notable games
S Danailov vs Darcy Lima, 1996

Judit Polgar vs Darcy Lima, 1989

Mecking vs Darcy Lima, 1993

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