Alexander Sergejewitsch Morozevich

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Surname Alexander Sergejewitsch Morozevich
Association RussiaRussia Russia
Born July 18, 1977
Moscow , Russia
title International Master (1993)
Grand Master (1994)
Current  Elo rating 2659 (August 2020)
Best Elo rating 2788 (July 2008)
Tab at the FIDE (English)

Alexander Sergejewitsch Morosewitsch ( Russian Александр Сергеевич Морозевич , scientific transliteration Aleksandr Sergeevič Morozevič ; born July 18, 1977 in Moscow ) is one of the most important Russian chess players and is one of the world's best. He has been an Honored Master of Sports of Russia since 2009.


Morozevich made headlines in the chess world in 1994 when he won the Lloyds Bank tournament in London with an astonishing result of 9.5 out of 10. He had already attracted attention because of his good successes, so he switched to the K.-o. Tournament in Tilburg won the world-class player Michael Adams 2-0 and in the same year had won several tournaments in Russian and Ukrainian (he won in Alushta 1993 and 1994) grandmaster tournaments for the title of grandmaster . He played for Russia's B team at the 1994 Chess Olympiad in Moscow , with which he won bronze. At the turn of 1994/95 he won the strong Pamplona tournament . The next few years, however, were less successful for the young man and were paved with a few setbacks.

His Elo rating dropped to 2590 at the beginning of 1998. This year, however, a new series of successes for Morozevich followed: first he won a strong tournament in Chișinău with 8.5 out of 9. This was 3 points ahead of Viktor Bologan and Konstantin Sakajew . In the same year he won the Russian championship in Saint Petersburg before Pyotr Swidler . He also won the Russia Cup in Samara this year , shared with Vadim Svyagintsev . At the end of the year he won the gold medal with Russia at the Chess Olympiad in Elista and made a significant contribution with his excellent result (+6 = 4 −0). As a result of this soaring, Morozevich received a number of 2723 on the next rating list and climbed to 5th place in the world. When the Russian newspaper 64 voted for the Chess Oscar in 1998 , he had to give way to Viswanathan Anand , but he landed a place ahead of world champion Garry Kasparov .

Since 1999 he has been a regular guest at world class tournaments. His extremely risky and imaginative style means that he rarely gets to the highest places in these tournaments, but is highly dangerous to any opponent. His victories in Biel in 2003 (8 out of 10) and 2004 (7.5 out of 10) are among his major successes in recent years . In addition, through his participation in the traditional combined blind / rapid chess show tournament in Monte Carlo , he proved that he is an excellent blind chess player. He won the blind chess tournament in 2002, finished second behind Wladimir Kramnik in 2003 and won it again in 2004. In 2002 his combined result (15 out of 22) was enough for the tournament victory, in 2004 he shared first place with Kramnik (14.5 out of 22 each). In 2006 he again won the tournament (14.5 out of 22) and was again the winner in the blind chess discipline (9.5 out of 11). He was one of the eight participants in the FIDE World Championship in San Luis / Argentina in 2005 and was fourth there. In 2006, after 2003 and 2004, he won the Grand Masters tournament in Biel for the third time . What was remarkable there was his unusually low draw rate at this level : He won seven games, lost two (both against Magnus Carlsen ) and only played one draw. At the end of 2006 Morosewitsch clearly won a round tournament in category 17 in Pamplona with 6 points from 7 games (+5 = 2 −0) in front of Dmitri Jakowenko and Alexei Schirow .

In 2007 he finished second in the strong tournament in Morelia / Linares in February and in sixth place in the World Cup in Mexico City in September (among eight participants). In December he won the Russian championship in Moscow with 8 points from 11 games and an Elo performance of 2817. After some weaker results, he won another well-manned tournament in July 2011: At the semifinals of the Russian championship in Taganrog , he came with 8 points from 11 games to the undivided 1st place. At the Chess World Cup 2011 in Khanty-Mansiysk he failed in the 3rd round with 0.5: 1.5 to Alexander Grishchuk . In October 2011 Morosewitsch won the Governor's Cup in Saratov with 8.5 points from 11 games and an Elo performance of 2917.

In 2007 he published a book on the Chigorin Defense of the Queen's Gambit, which he made popular : The Chigorin Defense According to Morozevich ( ISBN 90-5691-200-3 ).

Elo development

Team chess

National team

Morozevich represented Russia at seven chess Olympiads between 1994 and 2008 and was Olympic champion in 1998 , 2000 and 2002 , in 1994 he reached third place with the second Russian team. It took place between 2003 and 2013, five team European Championships and won this in 2003 and 2007, he also won in 2005 and 2010 with the Russian selection, the team's World Cup .

Club chess

Morozevich won the Russian team championship in 2004, 2005 and 2007 with Tomsk-400 , with which he also won the European Club Cup in 2006. In the German Federal Chess League he played from 1998 to 2000 at SV Wattenscheid and in the 2001/02 season at SG 1868-Aljechin Solingen , in the British Four Nations Chess League he had a total of seven appearances at Wood Green from 1999 to 2004 . Morosewitsch won the Bosnian Premijer Liga in 2008 with ŠK Bosna Sarajevo , and in 2007 he played for Iretza-Gros XT in the Spanish team championship .


For some years now, Morozevich has also been playing Go , taking part in tournaments and teaching this sport. In October 2017 he held the 2nd kyu. In July 2016, he defeated Tiger Hillarp Persson in a mixed chess-go match.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Numbers according to FIDE Elo lists. Data sources: (period since 2001), (period 1971 to 2001)
  2. Alexander Sergejewitsch Morosewitsch's results at the Chess Olympiads on (English)
  3. Alexander Sergejewitsch Morosewitsch's results at European team championships on (English)
  4. Alexander Sergejewitsch Morosewitsch's results at team world championships on (English)
  5. Alexander Morosewitsch's results at European Club Cups on (English)
  6. Alexander Sergejewitsch Morosewitsch's results in the Premijer Liga on (English)
  7. Alexander Morosewitsch's results at Spanish team championships on (English)