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Alexander  Morozevich

Alexander Morozevich

  • Born:
    Jul 18, 1977 (Age 39) Moscow, Russia
  • FIDE Title:
    Grandmaster
  • FIDE ID:
    4116992
  • Federation:
    Russia
  • Peak Rating:
    2788 (July 2008)
  • Rating:
    2675 (June 2017)
  • Rank:
    72 (June 2017)

The mystery man of modern chess. Morozevich is an immense talent, but utterly unpredictable both on and off the board. Although he’s been ranked as high as world no. 2 (and even no. 1 on the “live” rating list) his form can suddenly plummet to see him drop 100 points and 50 places. At time he pulls out of tournaments with no notice, at the 2011 World Cup he offered a draw on move 12 in a must-win game (his opponent Alexander Grischuk said he’d never been more surprised by anything in his chess career) and he’s had periods when he’s almost retired from active play, most recently in 2010/11 when he went to work as a coach for Qatar’s female chess player Zhu Chen.

Nevertheless, at his finest Morozevich is a force to behold. He first shot to international prominence as a 17-year-old when he won the Lloyds Bank tournament in London with 9.5/10, and his ultra-aggressive and unconventional chess has always given him the potential to destroy a field of any class. Although that approach has often backfired in the very best tournaments, his career successes include a hat-trick of wins in Biel (2003, 2004 and 2006) and the Russian Championship title (2007). 2012 was a typical Jekyll and Hyde year for the mercurial Russian – he shot into the lead at the formidable Tal Memorial with 4/5 only to go on to lose the next three games and finish only 4th. Shortly afterwards he withdrew from the Biel tournament on health grounds after starting with two losses. As usual, however, he later made a successful return to action – winning the Moscow blitz tournament and impressing in the FIDE Men’s Grand Prix. Chess fans will hope he’s around for a long time to come. 



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  • Apr 19, 2017 | 6:55 PM
    Nimzoblitz

    Morozevich = Sheer genius
    He is sorely missing from elite chess events today. Chess deserves no such disservice.  



  • Aug 29, 2015 | 5:27 AM
    spacemonkey771

    True genius.



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