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Morozevich 
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Alexander Morozevich
Number of games in database: 1,646
Years covered: 1990 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2724 (2791 rapid, 2811 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2788
Overall record: +406 -225 =391 (58.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      624 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (228) 
    B90 B30 B40 B20 B33
 Ruy Lopez (63) 
    C77 C65 C78 C80 C88
 Caro-Kann (51) 
    B12 B13 B10 B17 B14
 French Defense (47) 
    C11 C00 C10 C18 C02
 Nimzo Indian (43) 
    E32 E34 E37 E36 E39
 French (36) 
    C11 C00 C10 C12 C13
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (115) 
    C11 C03 C10 C07 C00
 Sicilian (113) 
    B90 B48 B83 B45 B44
 Slav (102) 
    D11 D17 D15 D10 D12
 French (68) 
    C11 C10 C00 C12 C13
 Ruy Lopez (64) 
    C92 C78 C70 C91 C61
 King's Indian (50) 
    E92 E66 E91 E97 E90
Repertoire Explorer

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 Leko, 2012 1-0
   Morozevich vs E Alekseev, 2004 1-0
   Judit Polgar vs Morozevich, 2000 0-1
   Morozevich vs Korchnoi, 2004 1-0
   Van Wely vs Morozevich, 2001 0-1
   Morozevich vs Sakaev, 2007 1-0

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?]
   Russian Superfinals (2007)
   Bosnia Sarajevo Tournament (2008)
   13th Amber Blindfold (2004)
   Amber Blindfold (2006)
   37th Biel International Chess Festival (2004)
   Biel International Chess Festival (2003)
   Governor's Cup (2011)
   Ciudad de Pamplona (2006)
   Biel Int'l Festival (2006)
   16th Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2007)
   56th Russian Championships (2003)
   Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2009)
   European Team Chess Championships (2007)
   European Club Cup (2006)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)

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
   2005 FIDE World Chess Championship by Penguincw
   Wijk aan Zee Corus 2000 by suenteus po 147
   g-dama d-chigorin by aepp
   Wijk aan Zee Corus 2002 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Corus 2001 by suenteus po 147

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ALEXANDER MOROZEVICH
(born Jul-18-1977, 37 years old) Russia
PRONUNCIATION:
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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.

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

<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)

Currently (November 2014), Morozevich's rating is 2724 and he is #27 in the world;

<Rapid> 2791 (world #11); and

<Blitz> 2811 (world #8).

Testimonial

"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) http://www.olimpbase.org/players/2c...; (3) http://chess.liverating.org/toplist...; (4) http://ratings.fide.com/id.phtml?ev...; Wikipedia article: Alexander Morozevich; Live rating: http://www.2700chess.com/.

Latest update 3 Nov 2014


 page 1 of 66; games 1-25 of 1,646  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Macenis vs Morozevich ½-½53 1990 Ch Yuniors LeningradC03 French, Tarrasch
2. V Yemelin vs Morozevich 1-054 1990 Ch Yuniors LeningradC05 French, Tarrasch
3. Morozevich vs Kulaots 0-137 1990 Ch YuniorsB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
4. Minogina vs Morozevich  0-144 1991 Moscow7 opE92 King's Indian
5. Morozevich vs S Savchenko 0-121 1991 Festival Club T.PetrB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
6. Morozevich vs V Zvjaginsev  ½-½19 1991 Moscow GMC78 Ruy Lopez
7. V Anokhin vs Morozevich  0-152 1991 Ch Central Chess CluE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
8. Morozevich vs S Sturzesecher  1-036 1991 Moscow7 opB54 Sicilian
9. A Petrosian vs Morozevich ½-½31 1991 MoscoopE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
10. A Hamgokov vs Morozevich  1-063 1991 Ch Central Chess Club MoscowE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
11. Balashov vs Morozevich  1-041 1991 Moscow7 opC78 Ruy Lopez
12. Morozevich vs J Hoehn 1-034 1991 MoscoopB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
13. B Zlotnik vs Morozevich 1-044 1991 Moscow7 opE92 King's Indian
14. V Arbakov vs Morozevich ½-½66 1991 Ch Central Chess CluE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
15. Morozevich vs L Cherniak  ½-½19 1991 Ch Central Chess CluB06 Robatsch
16. Morozevich vs I Lempert  0-138 1991 Moscow7 opB40 Sicilian
17. L Golovin vs Morozevich  ½-½42 1991 Ch Central Chess CluA07 King's Indian Attack
18. Morozevich vs G Tunik  ½-½62 1992 Ch RUS OrelB41 Sicilian, Kan
19. Morozevich vs L Bruneau  1-038 1992 Hyeres opB01 Scandinavian
20. Morozevich vs M Muhutdinov  ½-½28 1992 Tal Memorial MoscowB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
21. A Nikitin vs Morozevich  0-154 1992 URS-ch U18C53 Giuoco Piano
22. E Gleizerov vs Morozevich  1-040 1992 Russian Zonal St PetersburgD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
23. Morozevich vs V Ruban  ½-½33 1992 Russian Zonal St PetersburgB57 Sicilian
24. Morozevich vs S Zhurov  1-036 1992 Moscow-chC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
25. G Kuzmin vs Morozevich  0-137 1992 Tal Memorial MoscowB30 Sicilian
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jul-18-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: Happy b'day to one of the more entertaining players. It is always a pleasure watching people go for it!
Jul-18-13  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Morozevich!
Jul-18-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  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! :/
Aug-11-13  Jim Bartle: I'm never surprised by any Morozevich result, good or bad.
Aug-15-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  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!
May-11-14  Eti fan: Morozevich, Shirov and others start in Poikovsky http://www.chessdom.com/poikovsky-c...
May-11-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  PhilFeeley: XV International Tournament.
Karpov (1.1) (Poikovsky)
2014.05.11

1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 e6 4. O-O Be7 5. b3 O-O 6. c4 c5 7. Bb2 Nc6 8. e3 b6 9. Nc3 Bb7 10. cxd5 Nxd5 11. Nxd5 Qxd5 12. d4 Rad8 13. Ne5 Qxg2 14. Kxg2 Nxe5 15. f3 cxd4 16. exd4 Nc6 17. Rc1 Rd5 18. Rc4 b5 19. Rc2 Bd6 20. Qe2 Ne7 21. Rfc1 Rf5 22. Bc3 h5 23. Bd2 Rd8 24. Rc3 b4 25. Rc4 a5 26. Kf2 g5 27. h4 Bxf3 28. Qxf3 Rxf3 29. Kxf3 g4 30. Kg2 Kg7 31. Be1 Rb8 32. Bf2 Rb5 33. d5 exd5 34. R4c2 Nf5 35. Rc6 Rb7 36. Rd1 Bxg3 37. Rxd5 Bxf2 38. Rxf5 Bxh4 39. Rxh5 Bd8 40. Rd5 Rb8 41. Kg3 Ra8 42. Rd7 a4 43. Rc4 axb3 44. axb3 Rb8 45. Rxg4 Kf8 46. Rf4 Be7 47. Kf3 Rb6 48. Ke4 Re6 49. Kd5 Re3 50. Re4 Rxe4 51. Kxe4 Bf6 52. Kd5 Bc3 53. Rb7 Kg7 54. Rb6 Bd2 55. Ra6 Bc3 56. Ra2 Kf6 57. Rg2 Kf5 58. Rf2 Kg6 59. Ke4 Be1 60. Rf5 Bc3 61. Rc5 Kf6 62. Rd5 Bb2 63. Rf5 Kg6 64. Kf4 Bc1 65. Kg4 Bd2 66. Rd5 Bc3 67. Rd6 Kg7 68. Kf5 Kg8 69. Rd1 Kg7 70. Rg1 Kf8 71. Ke4 Ke7 72. Rf1 Ke6 73. Rf5 Bd2 74. Rb5 Kf6 75. Rb6 Kg5 76. Rb7 Kg6 77. Ke5 Bc3 78. Kd6 Kf6 79. Rb5 Bd2 80. Kd7 Bc3 81. Ke8 Kg6 82. Rb6 f6 83. Rb5 Be1 84. Ke7 Bd2 85. Ke6 Be1 86. Rd5 Bc3 87. Rf5 Kg7 88. Rf4 Kf8 89. Rg4 f5 90. Rc4 f4 91. Rxf4 Ke8 92. Kd6 Bd2 93. Rg4 Bc3 94. Kc5 Kd7 95. Rxb4 Kc7 96. Rf4 1-0

It's probably certain I will never understand this game. Why would someone trade queen for bishop, knight and pawn? What was wrong with 11...Qd6?

Having said that, it took white an awful long time to win this.

May-12-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  PhilFeeley: Forgot to mention it was Morozevich vs. Bologan.
May-12-14  SickedChess: Moro today won again!
Motylev-Moro 0-1
May-12-14  AsosLight: <PhilFeeley> he must had obviously miscalculated the variation after 14...Nxd4+ There is really no other rational explanation. Probably missing the fact that white can recapture with the knight on f3, since the pattern of the knight retreating from e5 to f3 is extremely rare.

As of Morozevich, most probably played with his victim clearly offended that he didn't resign immediately as he should.

May-12-14  SickedChess: <chessgames> where is the coverage for Karpov Poikovsky tournament?
May-12-14  SickedChess: Motylev, Alexander (2687) - Morozevich, Alexander (2719) 15th Karpov GM 2014 Poikovsky RUS (2), 2014.05.12
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.d3 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.a3 O-O 9.Nc3 Bg4 10.Be3 Nd4 11.Bxd4 exd4 12.Nd5 Nd7 13.h3 Bxf3 14.Qxf3 c6 15.Nf4 Rb8 16.Qd1 a5 17.Ne2 Bf6 18.a4 Nc5 19.Nc1 Qc7 20.axb5 Rxb5 21.Ra3 Rfb8 22.Ba2 a4 23.b3 axb3 24.Nxb3 Ne6 25.g3 d5 26.Nd2 Be7 27.Rb3 Bb4 28.exd5 cxd5 29.Nf3 Qa5 30.Rb2 R5b6 31.Bb3 Bc3 32.Ra2 Qc5 33.Qe2 Nc7 34.Nh4 Re8 35.Qg4 g6 36.Qg5 Rbe6 37.Ba4 Re5 38.Qf6 R8e6 39.Qd8+ Kg7 40.Kg2 Rf6 41.Bd7 Re2 42.Nf3 Qd6 43.Ra7 Ne6 44.Qc8 Nf8 45.Ba4 Bd2 46.Nxd4 Re1 47.Qc7 Rxf1 48.Kxf1 Qb4 49.Qe5 Bc3 50.Be8 Qxd4 51.Rxf7+ Kg8 0-1
May-29-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: I was watching the tennis from Paris today and I was surprised to find that the Australian press has nick-named him <Alexander "Mad Dog" Morozevich>. Quite catchy.
Jun-18-14  builttospill: Some really exciting chess from <the mad dog> in the world rapid championship. The games against Yu and Karjakin in the later rounds were my favorites to play through. Karjakin vs Morozevich, 2014
Jun-19-14  CountryGirl: Morozevich is one of the more exciting and original elite chess players, for sure. An added bonus is that he has to be one of the best-looking, sexiest chess players around. Or in fact most attractive stars of any sport. Apparently Carlsen has done some modelling, and good luck to that young man. But AM leaves him in the shade, looks-wise!
Jul-18-14  Penguincw: Happy 37th birthday to Super GM Alexander Morozevich.
Jul-18-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday wishes to GM Morozevich!
<CountryGirl> I agree w/ u that he is indeed 1 of the more exciting & original chessplayers of all time!
Sep-06-14  cbpatzer: Morozevich and others in Moscow blitz http://www.chessdom.com/moscow-blit...
Sep-12-14  MissScarlett: <Alexander Morozevich won the title of Moscow Blitz a round before the end of the event after a fantastic performance. He scored +15 =1 -3, finishing 2,5 points ahead of the silver and bronze medalists Boris Savchenko and Vladimir Malakhov. Last year’s winner Sergey Karjakin finished with 10,5/19, with the same points as the top seeded Alexander Grischuk, both sharing 8th-9th place.>
Nov-21-14  Whitehat1963: I really hate to say it, but I think Morozevich has begun the inevitable slow but permanent decline. So have Ivanchuk and Shirov. Leko will be joining them momentarily. Gelfand has to be on his last legs, too, but I haven't seen the signs as clearly for him as I have for the others. Soon Svidler will be joining them, too. Another five years and Kramnik, Topalov, and Anand will depart the world's top 15 forever, as well. But I'm kind of surprised that Morozevich is beginning to show the signs already. Who knows, though. I could be crazy.
Nov-22-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Caissanist: Leko's been in decline for years; he hasn't been in the top ten since 2009. Awfully young for that of course, but when a player plateaus for five years and then declines for five you have to assume that it's permanent, at least if he's playing regularly.
Nov-22-14  Kain3: Agree about Leko and Shirov is even worse, can't remember the last time he was competitive. Ivanchuk is so inconsistent he might still surprise as, but overally it's like that he'll decline.

I'm not sure about Morozevich yet, he's always going up and down in the ratings like Ivanchuk, but he's younger. Can't dare to make predictions about Gelfand, 5 years ago I thought his top career is over and he's clearly surprised us with some superb results. He might turn out to be a modern Portisch, playing strong even reaching 50.

Nov-30-14  physics223: It's admirable how Morozevich sticks to his aggressive, tactical play win or lose. I honestly like to see him play for the World Championship, and win, although that's a bit of a fat chance seeing how he's so inconsistent.

I guess I just want to see him pull off a Tal. Carlsen plays awesome, masterful chess, but it'd be great if Moro dethrones him even if for a short while. It's just a dream, though. :)

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