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Alexander Morozevich
Number of games in database: 1,557
Years covered: 1990 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2722
Highest rating achieved in database: 2788
Overall record: +398 -217 =373 (59.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      569 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (211) 
    B90 B30 B40 B33 B31
 Ruy Lopez (61) 
    C77 C65 C78 C80 C88
 Caro-Kann (49) 
    B12 B13 B10 B17 B14
 French Defense (46) 
    C11 C00 C10 C18 C02
 Nimzo Indian (40) 
    E32 E34 E37 E36 E39
 French (36) 
    C11 C00 C10 C12 C13
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (108) 
    C11 C03 C10 C07 C00
 Sicilian (108) 
    B90 B83 B48 B45 B44
 Slav (96) 
    D11 D17 D15 D10 D12
 French (65) 
    C11 C10 C00 C12 C13
 Ruy Lopez (62) 
    C92 C78 C70 C91 C61
 King's Indian (48) 
    E92 E66 E97 E91 E90
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Morozevich vs Bologan, 2004 1-0
   Morozevich vs Anand, 1995 1-0
   I Sokolov vs Morozevich, 2005 0-1
   Morozevich vs Leko, 2012 1-0
   Morozevich vs Kramnik, 2008 1-0
   Morozevich vs E Alekseev, 2004 1-0
   Morozevich vs Korchnoi, 2004 1-0
   Judit Polgar vs Morozevich, 2000 0-1
   Van Wely vs Morozevich, 2001 0-1
   Svidler vs Morozevich, 2012 1/2-1/2

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005)
   FIDE World Championship Tournament (2007)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Biel International Chess Festival (2003)
   56th Russian Championships (2003)
   13th Amber Blindfold (2004)
   37th Biel International Chess Festival (2004)
   Amber Blindfold (2006)
   Biel Int'l Festival (2006)
   Russian Team Championship (2007)
   Russian Superfinals (2007)
   European Team Chess Championships (2007)
   Bosnia Sarajevo Tournament (2008)
   Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2009)
   Governor's Cup (2011)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Exchange sacs - 2 by obrit
   Moro French (Non-Tarrasch) by kavkid
   Morozevich in KO championship by slomarko
   Transcripts by Nodreads
   French Defense by builttospill
   Book of Samurai's favorite games by Book of Samurai
   WCC Index [FIDE 2005 World Championship] by iron maiden
   Wijk aan Zee Corus 2002 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Corus 2001 by suenteus po 147
   g-dama d-chigorin by aepp
   Wijk aan Zee Corus 2000 by suenteus po 147
   Sarajevo 2000 by suenteus po 147

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(born Jul-18-1977) Russia
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Alexander Sergeyevich Morozevich was born on July 18, 1977 in Moscow. He was a student of a known Moscow coach Yurkov, and is renowned and admired for his unorthodox openings and aggressive play. He gained his Grandmaster title in 1994.

Classical tournaments

Some of his early victories include the Lloyds Bank tournament in London in 1994 with 9.5 points out of 10, Kishenev in 1998 with 8.5/9 and the Russia Cup in Samara in 1998. He won in Pamplona in 1994 and 1998 (with 8/9), 2006 (6/7 and performance rating of 2951), but failed badly in 2010. In 1999, Morozevich played in his first super-tourney the Sarajevo Bosna and finished 4th with 5.5/9. In 2000 he participated at the Corus tournament and finished 5th out of 14 players and in 2002, he finished =3rd in Corus A with 8/13, a point behind the winner Evgeny Bareev.

He has played in the Russian championships (including Superfinals) of 2003, 2004, 2005 (where he was second), 2007, 2008 and 2011 (again coming second). He tied for first with Peter Svidler (who won on tiebreak) in the 56th Russian Championships (2003), and won outright in Russian Superfinals (2007) when he scored a series of 6 consecutive wins, finishing with 8/11, a full point ahead of the runner-up Alexander Grischuk. After an unsuccessful tournament at Dortmund in 2002, Morozevich announced his desire to leave professional chess, but this didn't happen. He went on to take an easy victory at the Biel International Chess Festival (2003) with eight points from ten games, and followed through with two further victories at this tournament: 37th Biel International Chess Festival (2004) and Biel Int'l Festival (2006), and a shared second in Biel International Chess Festival (2009). Morozevich shared second place with Magnus Carlsen behind Viswanathan Anand at the Linares-Morelia (2007) and in June 2008, he won the Bosnia Sarajevo Tournament (2008) with a margin of 1.5 points ahead of the runner up Leinier Dominguez Perez. In August 2008, he finished shared 2nd-5th in the Tal Memorial (2008) after leading the tournament in early rounds. Morozevich emerged from a five month hiatus to contest the Reggio Emilia (2010), managing to score 4/9 (+2 -3 =4) for a 2650 TPR. After a further lengthy hiatus, he emerged to win the Russian Chess Championships Higher League (2011) outright with 8/11 and a TPR of 2790 thereby regaining entry to the 2700 club, and more importantly, qualifying for the Russian Superfinals (2011). His preparation for the Superfinal was much boosted by coming outright second at the Biel Chess Festival (2011) behind Magnus Carlsen with +4 -1 =5, and a TPR of 2819. At the Superfinal, he placed outright second with 4.5/7 (TPR 2820) after a last round win against tournament winner Peter Svidler. After exiting the World Cup in the third round, Morozevich continued his good form and his comeback by convincingly winning the Governor's Cup (2011) in Saratov with 8.5/11 (+6 =5) and a TPR of 2915, 1.5 points clear of second placed Evgeny Tomashevsky. He finished 2011 and started 2012 by participating in the category 20 Reggio Emilia (2011), finishing =2nd (2nd on count back) behind Anish Giri with 5.5/10 after missing a winning combination in the final round against Nikita Vitiugov that would have yielded first place in the tournament. He started off as the runaway leader in the Tal Memorial (2012) with 4/5, but then only scored one draw in the next 4 rounds to finish with 4.5/9 (+3 -3 =3), which nevertheless added a couple of Elo points to his rating due to the average rating of he and his opponents creating a category XXII event. He withdrew after two rounds of the Grandmaster Tournament at the Biel Chess Festival (2012) for health reasons, and subsequently withdrew from the Russian team that played in the Chess Olympiad (2012) in Istanbul. A poor 3.5/9 at the category 22 Tal Memorial (2013) has continued his misery, knocking him out of the world's top 10.

World championship competition

In 1997 Morozevich was the top seed at the World Junior Chess Championship, but lost to the eventual champion, Tal Shaked in a bishop and knight checkmate. That same year, Morozevich participated in the FIDE K.O. world championship, defeating Vasily Smyslov in the first round, but succumbed in the second to Lembit Oll. He participated in the FIDE K.O. world championship played in New Delhi in 2000. Due to his rating he was seeded directly into the second round in which he eliminated Gilberto Milos, then he proceeded to beat Evgeny Vladimirov 1,5:0,5 in the third round before finally being eliminated in the fourth round by Vladislav Tkachiev. In the 2001 FIDE K.O. championship played in his native Moscow Morozevich beat Zeliavok, Krishnan Sasikiran and Mikhail Gurevich before losing in tie-breaks in the fourth round against the eventual winner of the event Ruslan Ponomariov. In September 2005, Morozevich played in the FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005) in San Luis, taking fourth place behind Veselin Topalov, Anand and Svidler. This result qualified him to play in the FIDE World Championship Tournament (2007) two years later in Mexico City, but he was less successful there, ending up in joint sixth out of eight players. As a minor consolation, he managed to inflict the only defeat Vladimir Kramnik suffered in 2007. In the World Cup (2009) he advanced to the second round before being eliminated from the tournament by Viktor Laznicka. He participated in the World Cup (2011), dispatching Stelios Halkias and Alexandr Hilario Takeda dos Santos Fier with ease. However, after losing the first game of the third round to eventual runner-up Alexander Grischuk, he unexpectedly offered a draw, as White, after his twelfth move in the second game, losing the match and exiting the tournament.

Morozovich kicked off his 2014 World Championship campaign with a strong =1st alongside Wang Hao and Sergey Karjakin with 6.5/11 in the FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2012), accumulating 140 Grand Prix points. His =5th at FIDE Grand Prix Zug (2013) with 5.5/11 (+3 -3 =5) garnered another 75 GP points, however, his very poor 4/11 at the FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013) for =10th was sufficient for only another 25 points and his =5th in the FIDE Grand Prix Beijing (2013) earned him insufficient Grand Prix points to contest the top 2 positions needed to qualify for the Candidates Tournament in 2014. (1) He had a chance to qualify for the Candidates via the World Cup (2013), for which he qualified on the basis of his rating. There he met Canadian champion player GM Bator Sambuev in the first round, defeating him in the tiebreaker to progress to the second round where he defeated Brazilian GM Rafael Duailibe Leitao. In the third round he defeated compatriot Nikita Vitiugov by 4.5-3.5 in the blitz tiebreaker but was eliminated in the Round of 16 (round 4) by another compatriot and eventual semi-finalist GM Evgeny Tomashevsky, in a marathon tiebreaker that extended through to the 5 minutes blitz games.

Rapid/Blindfold play

Morozevich has performed exceptionally well in this category, winning the overall standings at the annual Amber tournament in 2002, sharing first in 2004, in 2006 and in 2008. He shared second in 2003, 2005, and in 2007. In 2009, he shared fourth with Anand. He also won the Paul Keres Memorial Rapid (2003) and the Petrov Memorial Rapid (2012), and came a strong 4th in the World Blitz Championship (2012). In September 2012, he won the 66th Moscow Blitz tournament with 17/21, two points clear of the field.

Team play (2)

<Olympiads and national team events> Morozevich played for Russia in the Olympiads of 1994 (for the "B" team), 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008 where the team scored a bronze (the "A" team winning gold), three golds, and a silver respectively, before missing medals in 2006 and 2008. He scored 7.5/10 at the 2000 event winning Bronze Medal for board 2 with a performance rating at 2803.7. Morozevich also won the gold medal in the World Team Championship (2005) in which he beat Ni Hua in the last round in a must win situation. He played for Russia in the European Team Championships of 2003, 2007, 2009 and 2011 winning gold on each occasion, either team gold or individual gold or both. Most recently, he played in the European Team Championship (2013), winning team bronze.

<National Leagues> He played for Tomsk in the Russian Team Championship of 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 and for Ekonomist SGSEU Saratov in 2012, winning three team and three individual golds with Tomsk, as well as two individual silvers and two team bronzes. He played for Economist-SGSEU Saratov in the 28th European Club Cup (2012) in October, helping his team to 4th place and on board three for the Malachite team in the European Club Cup (2013), helping his team to win the silver medal.

Ratings and rankings

<Classical>: Morozevich has been rated as high as No. 2 in the world (2788 on the July 2008 list), with his live rating all but touching 2800 at one stage. (3) His ultra-aggressive and unorthodox take-no-prisoners style has reaped enormous benefits for him, and attracted many devoted admirers. However, it has also meant serious fluctuations in his performance and rating, including his ELO rating temporarily dipping below 2700 following poor results at the 2010 Pamplona and Emilio Reggio tournaments. The extent of the fluctuations in his form and ratings can be seen from FIDE’s rating graph. (4) By 1 September 2011, his official rating had risen by 43 ELO to 2737 on the back of his results in the two Russian championships and his result in Biel.

Currently (March 2014), Morozevich's rating is 2722 and he is #26 in the world;

<Rapid> 2732; and

<Blitz> 2741.


"Morozevich is a bright player; I like how he plays. This is active chess: only forward! Sometimes luck is on his side, sometimes it is not. It is not boring to watch his games." – Kramnik

Sources and references

(1) [ Wikipedia article: FIDE Grand Prix 2012%E2%80%932013; (2); (3); (4); Wikipedia article: Alexander Morozevich; Live rating:

 page 1 of 63; games 1-25 of 1,557  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Morozevich vs Kulaots 0-137 1990 Ch YuniorsB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
2. Macenis vs Morozevich ½-½53 1990 Ch Yuniors LeningradC03 French, Tarrasch
3. V Yemelin vs Morozevich 1-054 1990 Ch Yuniors LeningradC05 French, Tarrasch
4. Morozevich vs L Cherniak  ½-½19 1991 Ch Central Chess CluB06 Robatsch
5. L Golovin vs Morozevich  ½-½42 1991 Ch Central Chess CluA07 King's Indian Attack
6. Minogina vs Morozevich  0-144 1991 Moscow7 opE92 King's Indian
7. Balashov vs Morozevich  1-041 1991 Moscow7 opC78 Ruy Lopez
8. Morozevich vs S Savchenko 0-121 1991 Festival Club T.PetrB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
9. Morozevich vs V Zvjaginsev  ½-½19 1991 Moscow GMC78 Ruy Lopez
10. V Anokhin vs Morozevich  0-152 1991 Ch Central Chess CluE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
11. A Petrosian vs Morozevich ½-½31 1991 MoscoopE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
12. Morozevich vs I Lempert  0-138 1991 Moscow7 opB40 Sicilian
13. Morozevich vs S Sturzesecher  1-036 1991 Moscow7 opB54 Sicilian
14. A Hamgokov vs Morozevich  1-063 1991 Ch Central Chess Club MoscowE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
15. Morozevich vs J Hoehn 1-034 1991 MoscoopB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
16. B Zlotnik vs Morozevich 1-044 1991 Moscow7 opE92 King's Indian
17. V Arbakov vs Morozevich ½-½66 1991 Ch Central Chess CluE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
18. A Petrosian vs Morozevich 1-041 1992 RUSE73 King's Indian
19. Morozevich vs Agrest  1-047 1992 Russian Zonal St PetersburgB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
20. Morozevich vs A Mitenkov 1-030 1992 Moscow-chB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
21. Van Wely vs Morozevich  1-044 1992 Hyeres 55/621 [van Wely,L]E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
22. Morozevich vs Flear  ½-½53 1992 Hyeres opC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
23. Morozevich vs S Makarichev  ½-½35 1992 Tal Memorial MoscowC42 Petrov Defense
24. S De Eccher vs Morozevich  0-131 1992 Cappelle op 8thA36 English
25. Morozevich vs V Nevostrujev  1-091 1992 Ch RUSB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
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  visayanbraindoctor: There was a time when Moro just seemed to have disappeared because of some rumored illness. I hope it's not one of the chronic incurable types. I second the above: Get well soon GM Morozevich.
Jul-26-12  achieve: My sympathies and best wishes to Mr Morozevich, following his unfortunate withdrawal from Biel 2012, a rarity, and I second the above:

Get well soon, Grand Master.

One of the outstanding ones, setting the board alight like no other. A "Grand" Master, in the truest sense of the word.

Jul-26-12  falso contacto: I agree.
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  HeMateMe: Is his a mental, or a physical problem?
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  Thanh Phan: <HeMateMe> Possibly a physical problem, in an online article it explains his choice of chess instead of swimming because of being often sick
Jul-27-12  ex0duz: @Layson, yeah. But i think him being mysterious is also why i like him. He's unassuming, and seems like a simple man who avoids all the politics and BS of chess, and he plays for himself and on his own terms. I heard he also dropped his career and stopped playing for ages to look after his sick mom.. A man i can respect.

I hope you and everyone close to you is well or gets well soon Moro, and i hope you do give us more wonderful games in the future, because he could retire anyday now and it would not surprise me. Even so, you have done the game proud, and won many fans. In my mind, you are up there with the WC's, and i like your style more than most of them.. keep on moving Moro.. never stand still.

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  Bobby Fiske:


First of all I recommend a visit to his website. It hasn’t been updated for a while but contains in-depth interviews from the beginning of his career to present:

Second, a link to the mentioned interview (thanks Thanh Phan!), with google translation included:

- Let's go back to your roots in Moscow:
My dad always was interested in chess, played at the first level, we had chess literature in our house. But I did not immediately get carried away by this game. I was very pleased with acrobatics. They took me to watch. The coach said that I was good, but too old (I was six years old). Then we went to the football section. I ran some tests out there, I was told - so good, but too small. "Mom, - I said - there is somewhere a section where the" too small "or" too old "does not matter?" There were two; Chess and swimming. <But swimming I had to leave because I was often sick, and after the disease I had to start again with a "splash". When this happened three times, I decided that more in the pool will not go. Chess does not interfere with the disease,>

The Russian keyword here is <Áîëĺçíü>* which Google translates into either “Disease, illness, sickness or disorder”.

*Ooops - CG doesnt accept Russian letters, it seems.

I think there is clear evidence that Morozevich was born with a serious physical health problem. He prefers not to mention any particular diagnosis, so that is still open for speculations.

Also, from reading the interviews, it is clear that here is a man of extraordinary fighting spirit and with high ethic standards.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Thanh Phan: <Bobby Fiske> you meant to write болел or болезни maybe?

You might need to setup or enable your computer for the Cyrillic alphabet, this explains some ways to help

Sep-02-12  BUNA: Morozevich has resurfaced today!
He won the Moscow blitz championship in front of known players like Malakhov, Nepo, Bareev, Dreev. And he looked quite healthy again. :)

ChessTV's broadcast of the event you can find at

Sep-02-12  cbpatzer: Morozevich is back with tournament victory!
Sep-05-12  supy: And a video of Morozevich from the event
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  Jambow: Hello where is everyone Moro is playing good chess this fine November day.
Nov-29-12  Tigranny: I noticed that he's been winning a lot recently. Good luck to him, and I hope he wins the tournament.
Dec-09-12  hellopolgar: it seems to me that Moro is a lot better with white than black.
Apr-08-13  fisayo123: The most exciting player in the last 20 years. A remarkable talent. Wish to see you qualify for the candidates Moro!
Apr-20-13  Everett: Hmmm... Problems in the pool, perhaps a heightened sensitivity to chlorine, causing severe eczema or other condition? Severe asthma.

Pools are chemical soups, unfortunately.

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  polonius: Moro's dismantling of Svidler in 22 moves today in the candidates Grand Prix was the stuff of legends ! Incredible game ....
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  waustad: Happy b'day to one of the more entertaining players. It is always a pleasure watching people go for it!
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  KKDEREK: Happy Birthday Moro, one of the most creative players of his generation, the `Ronaldinho of chess` (Karpov)
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  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Morozevich!
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  talisman: happy birthday Moro!...and what Karpov said.
Jul-18-13  builttospill: My chess hero right here. Happy birthday Moro
Aug-11-13  Mikhail Tal fan: i can't believe he lost, and badly, even getting mated! :/
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  Jim Bartle: I'm never surprised by any Morozevich result, good or bad.
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  waustad: When asked why he played the King's Indian when all he needed was a draw, he andwered that he doesn't know how to play for a draw with black. What an excellent view of things!
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