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Ricardo Vieira

RicardoRicardo de Mattos Vieira was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 3rd, 1960. Ricardo holds a Master in Engineering (Water Resources) and degrees in Hydraulic Engineering and Petroleum Engineering. Since 1994 he works in the Central Bank of Brazil.

He was introduced to chess problems in 1972 by his friend Mario Figueiredo. Mario’s father, José Figueiredo, and Felix Sonnenfeld were his mentors, and led him to the helpmate field. After the death of José Figueiredo, in 1978, Ricardo insisted with Sonnenfeld to resume the activities of the UBP (the Brazilian Union of Problemists). Besides being responsible for the publication of the Boletim da UBP for many years, he took part in the Directory of UBP until 2006. For the last 10 years, he has been receiving technical advices from his friend Almiro Zarur and recently in genres other than helpmates. He has 8.33 FIDE Albums points.


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