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Alexander Morozevich
Photograph copyright © 2005 World Chess Championship Press.  
Number of games in database: 1,808
Years covered: 1990 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2665 (2635 rapid, 2663 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2788

Overall record: +419 -238 =409 (58.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 742 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (252) 
    B90 B30 B40 B20 B33
 Ruy Lopez (64) 
    C77 C65 C78 C80 C88
 Caro-Kann (56) 
    B12 B13 B10 B14 B18
 French Defense (51) 
    C11 C00 C10 C18 C02
 Nimzo Indian (48) 
    E32 E34 E37 E36 E39
 Sicilian Najdorf (41) 
    B90 B92 B95 B94
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (125) 
    B90 B48 B83 B47 B40
 French Defense (121) 
    C11 C03 C07 C10 C02
 Slav (102) 
    D11 D17 D15 D10 D12
 Ruy Lopez (73) 
    C92 C78 C70 C93 C69
 French (68) 
    C11 C10 C12 C00 C13
 Queen's Pawn Game (55) 
    D02 A40 A45 E00 A41
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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 Kramnik, 2008 1-0
   Morozevich vs E Alekseev, 2004 1-0
   Morozevich vs Van Wely, 2002 1-0
   Van Wely vs Morozevich, 2001 0-1
   Judit Polgar vs Morozevich, 2000 0-1
   Morozevich vs Leko, 2012 1-0
   Topalov vs Morozevich, 2005 0-1

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 Int'l Festival (2006)
   Biel International Chess Festival (2003)
   Ciudad de Pamplona (2006)
   37th Biel International Chess Festival (2004)
   Russian Superfinals (2007)
   Amber Blindfold (2006)
   13th Amber Blindfold (2004)
   Governor's Cup (2011)
   56th Russian Championships (2003)
   Russia Team Championship (2004)
   16th Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2007)
   World Cup (2013)
   Zurich Chess Club 200th Anniversary (2009)
   European Club Cup (2006)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   M&M players... it's a mixed bag by fredthebear
   Exchange sacs - 2 by obrit
   Moro French (Non-Tarrasch) by kavkid
   Morozevich in KO championship by slomarko
   Transcripts by Nodreads
   French Defense by JoseTigranTalFischer
   French Defense by builttospill
   Book of Samurai's favorite games by Book of Samurai
   # Greatest Tournaments 2001 by Qindarka
   2005 FIDE World Chess Championship by Penguincw
   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

   🏆 Biel
   Leko vs Morozevich (Aug-02-17) 1-0
   Morozevich vs N Studer (Aug-01-17) 1-0
   Morozevich vs Ponomariov (Jul-31-17) 1-0
   N Georgiadis vs Morozevich (Jul-30-17) 1/2-1/2
   Morozevich vs Vaganian (Jul-28-17) 1-0

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(born Jul-18-1977, 40 years old) 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) and 2014 (where he was =3rd). 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.

In December 2014, he equal top scored with 2.5/4 in the Nutcracker Match of the Generations (2014), which pitted four older elite players against four powerful young up and coming grandmasters.

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.

In 2014 he competed in the FIDE World Rapid Championship (2014), scoring 10.5/15, placing =2nd, a half point behind the winner Carlsen. he also played reasonably well in the FIDE World Blitz Championship (2014), scoring 13/21, 4 points off the lead (Carlsen). In August he played in and won the 7th Stage of the Russian Rapid Grand-Prix 2014, scoring 9/11 and thereby pushing his rapid rating close to the 2800 mark for October. In September, he won the Moscow Championship Final A Blitz with 15.5/19, 2.5 points clear of the joint runners-up Vladimir Malakhov and Boris Savchenko, surging into the world's #10 in blitz.

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. In the Russian Team Championships (2014), he won team and individual silver (for board 2) playing for for his latest team, ShSM Moscow.

Ratings and rankings

Morozevich broke into the world's top 100 as a precocious 16 year old IM in January 1994, when he shot up 74 places to #64 in the world with a rating of 2590. He had risen nearly 1300 places to reach the top 100 from the beginning of the previous year. Five years later, in January 1999, he burst into the world's top 10 at the same time as he first broke through the 2700 rating mark. He spent an uninterrupted decade in the top 10, which included his high water mark of #2 in the world with a rating of 2788 in July 2008, 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)


"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%9313; (2); (3); (4); Wikipedia article: Alexander Morozevich; Live rating:

Last updated: 2017-01-22 07:38:52

 page 1 of 73; games 1-25 of 1,808  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Morozevich vs Kulaots 0-1371990Ch YuniorsB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
2. Macenis vs Morozevich ½-½531990Ch Yuniors LeningradC03 French, Tarrasch
3. V Yemelin vs Morozevich 1-0541990Ch Yuniors LeningradC05 French, Tarrasch
4. Morozevich vs S Savchenko 0-1211991Festival Club T.PetrB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
5. Minogina vs Morozevich  0-1441991Moscow7 opE92 King's Indian
6. V Anokhin vs Morozevich  0-1521991Ch Central Chess CluE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
7. Morozevich vs S Sturzesecher  1-0361991Moscow7 opB54 Sicilian
8. Morozevich vs I Lempert  0-1381991Moscow7 opB40 Sicilian
9. Morozevich vs V Zvjaginsev  ½-½191991Moscow GMC78 Ruy Lopez
10. Balashov vs Morozevich  1-0411991Moscow7 opC78 Ruy Lopez
11. Morozevich vs J Hoehn 1-0341991MoscoopB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
12. A Hamgokov vs Morozevich  1-0631991Ch Central Chess Club MoscowE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
13. A Petrosian vs Morozevich ½-½311991MoscoopE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
14. V Arbakov vs Morozevich ½-½661991Ch Central Chess CluE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
15. B A Zlotnik vs Morozevich 1-0441991Moscow7 opE92 King's Indian
16. L Golovin vs Morozevich  ½-½421991Ch Central Chess CluA07 King's Indian Attack
17. Morozevich vs L Cherniak  ½-½191991Ch Central Chess CluB06 Robatsch
18. Morozevich vs Flear  ½-½531992Hyeres opC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
19. A Filipenko vs Morozevich  0-1381992RUSB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
20. Morozevich vs A Dukhov  1-0461992Tal Memorial MoscowC11 French
21. Morozevich vs V L Ivanov 1-0331992Moscow-chC45 Scotch Game
22. A Gavrilov vs Morozevich  1-0461992RUS-chD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. S Ovsejevitsch vs Morozevich  0-1451992Chj-URS Jurmala ULTLE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
24. Morozevich vs V Ruban  ½-½331992Russian Zonal St PetersburgB57 Sicilian
25. Morozevich vs S Zhurov 1-0361992Moscow-chC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
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Feb-09-16  paavoh: @Hawkman: perhaps he does not care so much about ratings? I think his games, along with Shirov and Ivanchuk who to me are of somewhat similar character, will continue to shine for many chess enthusiasts, regardless of the relative rankings these fine players end up with.
Feb-09-16  sonia91: He will play a match with Gelfand at the Zurich Chess Challenge:
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: There is no such thing as not caring about one's rating. Everybody likes to win - no matter if shiny or dry.

But maybe Moro considered his rating mission accomplished back when he was #1 on live ratings for one day in 2008 :)

Feb-09-16  Shams: <Hawkman> Eight years is an eternity! Hell, Radjabov fell about that far in one year.

Moro's style has a lot to do with his plummet in my opinion. Much less margin for error when you walk tightropes like he does.

Apr-13-16  SueursFroides: Moro wins the "Russian GP Korolev" (8 to 9 April/Rapid) and the "Sergievskiy Memorial"(11 to 13 April/Rapid). 9/11 two times with no defeat, bravo Moro!
Apr-13-16  Atking: Good to heard GM Morozevich is coming back <SueursFroides>!
May-19-16  Shams: Morozevich took part in the recent Moscow championships and took...37th place:

May-19-16  sonia91: <Shams> Wow Morozevich playing Go!
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  kingfu: How do you notate games in GO? Morozevich will play anything! He put the French defense back on the menu. So, I guess I will have to learn how to play GO!
May-29-16  SueursFroides: 5/6 for Moro in GO...? Not bad for a beginner ;)
Jul-10-16  sonia91: Moro will play a match of Go with Tiger Hillarp Persson on July 27 at the European Go Congress in St. Petersburg, Russia:
Jul-18-16  waustad: The first annual 39th B'day!
Jul-29-16  sonia91: Moro won by 3-1 the chess and Go match with Swedish GM Hillarp Persson (who is 1 dan in Go) at the European Go Congress in St. Petersburg, Russia; he won 2-0 in the rapid chess games ad tied 1-1 in Go.

Video of the match:

Jul-29-16  parisattack: I did not know Moro played Go! Thanks for the link <sonia91>.
Jul-29-16  sonia91: Rapid chess games of the match:
Aug-17-16  SueursFroides: Morozevich began "go" this year and he has played 4 events; 22 wins, 4 losses. He is now a 4 kyu rated player and it's the very beginning for him. I think that Moro will take more time in "go" and less time in chess because he likes to discover this new game for him.
Aug-30-16  SueursFroides: Morozevich has finished 1er ex-aequo with Malakhov, Matlakov, Alekseev and Romanov at the "St Petersburg rapid" with 8,5/11 (7 wins, 3 draws, 1 loss), Malakhov has won on tie break. Moro is still active in rapid games but he hasn't played any classical game in 2016.
Sep-25-16  SueursFroides: Moro 1st ex aequo with Boris Grachev in the event "Men Moscow Chmp. Final A 2016 Blitz" with 12,5/19.
Nov-01-16  sonia91: <Moro 1st ex aequo with Boris Grachev in the event "Men Moscow Chmp. Final A 2016 Blitz" with 12,5/19.> Grachev won as Morozevich didn't show up in the Armageddon playoff:

Also in September, Moro took part with his daughter Maria in the inaugural СhessEvents Paired Chess Cup in Moscow:

Jun-10-17  CountryGirl: Shame we see less of Moro playing these days. He was always interesting. Hope he's ok - it must be hard turning 40 and realizing that you didn't make it to the top, never even a serious match, and now it's too late...
Jun-27-17  SueursFroides: Moro will play in Biel in classical! Against some interesting players Harikrishna, Navara, Ponomariov, Leko, Bacrot, Hou Yifan, Vaganian and young swiss players Studer/Georgiadis.

He will play in rapid to, with Navara, Harikrishna, Vaganian, Hou Yifan, Bienne GM director Pelletier, and ....... Antatoly Karpov! And Vlatismil Hort! (ex winners of Bienne event)

Jul-20-17  ketchuplover: belated happy birthday young man!
Oct-10-17  Mr. Blonde: Even though he is half-retired nowadays, I believe that he still possesses the finest chess mind around. I mean, a month ago I took a look at his blindfold games from Amberes in several editions and, man, I can't believe that someone can play a blindfold game so well and sharp. He basically destroyed the strongests players in the world in a way a 2700 destroys a 1900 or something. To my eyes, this responds to a talent on its own. Shame not to many people appreciate what he meant for the chess world a couple of decades ago. Chess is a competition, you fight for results, yet you have to applaude to those brave players that take risks no matter what knowing that it is losing with best play! Morozevich, you are one of a kind.
Oct-12-17  SueursFroides: Morozevich has made a great performance in the "Hungyl Cup" of go, he is now a 1 dan go player, congratulations!
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  WannaBe: I like the old 9 Pin Zhi system of China. Where I am definitely and proudly, a level 9

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