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James Morris
Number of games in database: 40
Years covered: 1988 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2473 (2351 rapid, 2397 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2503

Overall record: +14 -7 =11 (60.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 8 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 French (4) 
 French Defense (4) 
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (5) 
    B31 B93 B44 B27
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   J Morris vs N Deen-Cowell, 2010 1-0

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   11th BCC Thailand Open (2011)
   Queenstown Chess Classic (2012)
   Batumi Olympiad (2018)

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   J Morris vs Prince Daniel Mulenga (Oct-04-18) 1/2-1/2
   Malisauskas vs J Morris (Oct-03-18) 1/2-1/2
   J Morris vs Tun Win (Oct-01-18) 1-0
   F Berkes vs J Morris (Sep-30-18) 1-0
   J Morris vs M Poulsen (Sep-28-18) 1-0

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(born Apr-22-1994, 27 years old) Australia

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Australian FM (2007) and IM (2009), each title being gained through results at the respective Oceania Zonals held in those years.

Morris' first strong internationally rated results came in early 2007 at the age of 12 years old, when he came outright 5th at the MCC January Invitational and =6th at the 2007 Australian Junior Championship. Strong results in the following months at the Ballarat Begonia Open (4.5/7), the Doeberl Cup Premier (3.5/7) and the Oceania Zonal (5/9) added 77 Elo points and the FM title to the 13 year old's resume. Further results in 2007, including 3rd place in the Noble Park Club Championship (6/9), =3rd at the 2007 Victorian Open 5.5/7 behind GM David Smerdon and FM Christopher Wallis, and 1st place (with 7.5/11) at the Noble Park A Grade tournament in Melbourne established his reputation as an up and coming young player.

A string of relatively mediocre results in 2008 - the exceptions being 2nd place in the 2008 Noble Park Chess Club Open and =4th at the Ballarat Begonia Open - including 5.5/11 at the World U16 Championship in Vung Tau, were followed by significant improvements in 2009, including his 5/7 at the Ballarat Begonia Open in March, 5.5/9 in the Sydney International Open, the 2009 Oceania Zonal where his 6.5/9 earned him his IM title, 2nd place with 8/11 behind GM Darryl K Johansen at the Victorian State Championship and 2nd behind IM Stephen John Solomon at the 2009 Australasian Masters. Apart from =3rd at the MCC ANZAC Day weekender behind GM David Smerdon and FM Bobby Cheng, 2010 was another mediocre year that ended on a high note with =4th at the Melbourne Cup Weekender and 5/9 at the Australasian Masters.

In 2011, Morris won the Begonia Open with 6.5/7 in March, scored 5.5/9 in the powerful Thai Open in April, won the MCC Open in May 2011 with 8.5/9 (the draw coming from his game with Domagoj Dragicevic), placed =3rd with 7/11 in the Victorian Championship, and scored 5/9 at the 8th IGB Dato Arthur Tan Malaysia Open Chess Championship. Morris finished 2011 by winning the Australasian Masters with 8.5/10 ahead of Bobby Cheng. He started 2012 with a positive 6/9 result in the Queenstown Chess Classic (2012), regaining ground lost in a mediocre 5.5/11 result in the Australian Championship 2012. In May 2012, he came a stunning outright 1st in the Victorian Championship when he scored 9.5/11 - adding 40 Elo points to his rating - and in June, he came =1st with 6/7 in the Victorian Open 2012. He scored 3.5/4 at the Bob Brooking Round Robin 1 2012 and finished 2012 with a strong performance by scoring 6/9 and sharing =1st at the Australasian Masters 2012. He started 2013 equally strongly by taking outright first with 6.5/7 at the Begonia Masters in Ballarat in March, lifting him into the Australian top 10.

On his way home from the 2013 Doeberl Cup, he was seriously injured in a fatal car accident in which two other chess players were killed.

Morris first internationally rated outing since his accident was the Melbourne Chess Club Cup Weekender 2013, where he scored 7/9 and placed 2nd, half a point behind the winner Zuhao Luke Li. The following month, in December 2013, he won the Lidums Australian Young Masters 2013 with a score of 8/10 with 2 rounds to spare. 2014 started out poorly for Morris, scoring an unplaced 6/11 at the Australian Championship and 4.5/7 at the Melbourne Chess Club Australia Day Weekender, which between them have decreased his rating by 26 points. Since then however, he scored 5/7 at the Begonia Open in Ballarat, 6/9 at the Doeberl Cup, a disappointing 4.5/9 at the Sydney International 2014, followed by improvements with 3rd at the Victorian Championship with 8/11, =1st at the 2014 Victorian Open with 6/7 and 2nd at the 2014 MCC Hjorth Open in Nov 2014. He finished 2014 with outright 3rd at the Lidums Australian Young Masters 2014, scoring 5/7, conforming with rating expectation. Just before Christmas, Morris placed outright 2nd at the Victorian Blitz Championship 2014 with 10.5/13, half a point behind the winner Moulthun Ly.

2015 started with winning at the Australian Blitz Championship 2015 and =3rd at the Australian Open. In March he placed 2nd with 6/7 at the Begonia Open behind Azeri IM Kanan Izzat.

Morris' highest rating to day was 2503 in 2018.

Last updated: 2019-04-22 03:14:38

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 40  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. W Raftshol vs J Morris  0-1241988LansingB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
2. J Morris vs S M Shyam  0-1352008Open 16-wyccE60 King's Indian Defense
3. J Morris vs Van Hai Nguyen  ½-½412008Open 16-wyccA12 English with b3
4. G West vs J Morris  ½-½302009The AnandA43 Old Benoni
5. J Morris vs N Deen-Cowell 1-0272010AUS-jr chA45 Queen's Pawn Game
6. G Xie vs J Morris  1-0382010Surfers Paradise OpenA04 Reti Opening
7. T Sorensen vs J Morris  0-156201111th BCC Thailand OpenB27 Sicilian
8. J Morris vs A Kunte  ½-½41201111th BCC Thailand OpenB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
9. J Morris vs G West  1-026201111th BCC Thailand OpenB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
10. N Murshed vs J Morris  ½-½15201111th BCC Thailand OpenA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
11. J Morris vs D Sklyarov  ½-½63201111th BCC Thailand OpenB07 Pirc
12. J Morris vs Zaw Win Lay  ½-½30201111th BCC Thailand OpenC00 French Defense
13. T Willemze vs J Morris  1-029201111th BCC Thailand OpenB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
14. J Morris vs A Safarian  1-0292012Queenstown Chess ClassicA13 English
15. G Jones vs J Morris  ½-½462012Queenstown Chess ClassicB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
16. J Morris vs Ganguly  ½-½452012Queenstown Chess ClassicE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
17. P Chen vs J Morris  0-1332012Queenstown Chess ClassicA16 English
18. J Morris vs T Tao  0-1332012Queenstown Chess ClassicB15 Caro-Kann
19. Q Johnson vs J Morris  0-1252012Queenstown Chess ClassicD90 Grunfeld
20. J Morris vs Zhao Xue  1-0712012Queenstown Chess ClassicC60 Ruy Lopez
21. J Morris vs K Akshat  0-1552012Queenstown Chess ClassicE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
22. A Neiksans vs J Morris  1-0502015Australasian Masters GME11 Bogo-Indian Defense
23. M Illingworth vs J Morris  0-1582016ch-AUSA15 English
24. A Demuth vs J Morris  0-1582016Lidums AUS YMA04 Reti Opening
25. J Morris vs Bryce Tiglon  0-1672018Pro Chess LeagueC00 French Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-13-10  TheChessVids: What an amazing talent we have at Melbourne Chess Club.
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  piltdown man: Sorry to hear of the tragic car accident, in which two players were killed and James in hospital.

My thoughts and prayers are with the families and those injured.

Get well soon!

Apr-02-13  IndigoViolet: <Chess community mourns as two die on Canberra road trip

Read more:>

<Melbourne Chess Club president Grant Szuveges said James Morris was a popular player who would sometimes dress as Julius Caesar at chess tournaments.>


Apr-02-13  Tomlinsky: Why not?
Apr-02-13  Marmot PFL: Sometimes the best chess players are the worst drivers.
Apr-02-13  Ken MacGillivray: A sad day for the Australian chess community. I endorse piltdown man's sentiments.
Apr-03-13  EvanTheTerrible: Good luck on your recovery.
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  kenilworthian: A terrible tragedy. Best wishes James for a speedy recovery. I look forward to following your long chess career.
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  wordfunph: wishing for IM Morris quick recovery..

Nov-30-13  twinlark: Looks like James has recovered from that nasty accident. He came 2nd in the MCC Club Weekender a month ago.

Well done, James! All the very best for your continued recovery and for your chess future.

Apr-21-16  diagonal: This year (2016), IM James Morris, Australia, won the traditional <Doeberl Cup>, Australia's Premier Grand Prix Chess Tournament, held annually already since 1963, played as an Open in swiss system outright at 7.5/9 ahead of joint 2./3. GM Ganguly and GM Melkumyan, both at 7/9:

Congrats to James! He is gaining 30.30 ELO points, it's about time for the GM title now.. (history, Doeberl Cup) (portrait, James Morris)

Apr-22-16  optimal play: <diagonal: This year (2016), IM James Morris, Australia, won the traditional <Doeberl Cup>, Australia's Premier Grand Prix Chess Tournament, held annually already since 1963, played as an Open in swiss system outright at 7.5/9 ahead of joint 2./3. GM Ganguly and GM Melkumyan, both at 7/9:>

Here is a fine win in that tournament, against GM Melkumyan, rated 200+ points higher!

[Event "O2C Doeberl Cup 2016"]
[Site "Canberra AUS"]
[Date "2016.03.27"]
[Round "7.1"]
[White "Melkumyan, Hrant"]
[Black "Morris, James"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2653"]
[BlackElo "2423"]
[ECO "E07"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. g3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O c6 7. Nc3 Nbd7 8. Qd3 b6 9. Rd1 Ba6 10. b3 Rc8 11. a4 Bb4 12. Bb2 Qe7 13. Nd2 e5 14. e3 e4 15. Qc2 h5 16. Ne2 Ng4 17. h3 Nh6 18. a5 b5 19. Rdc1 h4 20. cxd5 cxd5 21. Qd1 hxg3 22. fxg3 Nf5 23. Nf1 Bd6 24. Rxc8 Rxc8 25. Rc1 Rxc1 26. Bxc1 b4 27. g4 Nh4 28. Neg3 Nf6 29. Qc2 Qc7 30. Qxc7 Bxc7 31. Bd2 Bxa5 32. Be1 g5 33. Nf5 Nxf5 34. gxf5 Bc8 35. Ng3 Bc7 36. Bf1 a5 37. Be2 Bxg3 38. Bxg3 a4 39. bxa4 b3 40. Bd1 b2 41. Bc2 Ba6 42. Bb1 Bd3 43. Ba2 b1=Q+ 44. Bxb1 Bxb1 45. Kf2 Bd3 46. Bc7 Ne8 47. Bd8 f6 48. Kg3 Kf7 49. h4 gxh4+ 50. Kxh4 Nd6 51. Kg4 Be2+ 52. Kf4 Ne8 0-1

Well played James Morris!

Aug-04-18  SvetlanaBabe: It must be known that 'Little James' achieved this remarkable rating by threatening to burst out crying and having temper tantrums whenever he was in a losing position! Which self respecting chess player wants to have Q hurled at his head at the speed of light? Local arbiters should have put a stop to this practice years ago!
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  Dionysius1: Which incidents are you talking about <SvetlanaBabe>?
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  GrahamClayton: <IndigoViolet>

<Melbourne Chess Club president Grant Szuveges said James Morris was a popular player who would sometimes dress as Julius Caesar at chess tournaments.>

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  Jonathan Sarfati: <SvetlanaBabe:> That makes no sense. You don't win the 2016 Doeberl Cup ahead of several GMs and many IMs that way.

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