The Amazing Russian Chess Grandmaster Alexander Morozevich
It seems that the Russians have unique associations with the game of chess. Born in the city of Moscow in Russia, Alexander Morozevich is another great addition to the country's rich talent in chess. With a World Chess Federation (FIDE) rating of 2765, he is currently fourth best among all the top chess players worldwide as of January 2008.
This Russian chess grandmaster is known for his eccentric opening moves. The Chigorin Defence and the Albin Countergambit are special moves that have brought Morozevich to success. Furthermore, he likes to be placed in more complex scenarios rather than in simple yet easy-to-read situations. With this, he is able to withstand the tough challenges posed by his equally talented opponents.
Morozevich started to gain some international recognition as a professional chess player in 1994. With barely 17 years of age, he triumphed at the Lloyds Bank tournament that was held in London, England. Within the same year, he also topped the Pamplona chess tournament for a truly successful year. Four years after, he once again bagged the top position in the Pamplona event in 1998.
Morozevich has numerous notable performances in recent years. The 2000 Chess Olympiad, the 2002 Chess Olympiad, and the 2002 Amber tournament are among the events where he finished among the top competitors. He solidified his spot amongst the top chess players of the world after snatching the first place of the Russian Championship in 2003 and 2007.
The FIDE World Chess Championship in September 2005 was a prosperous event for the Russian chess sensation. He finished fourth overall in that particular event behind world renowned players like Peter Svidler, Vishwanathan Anand, and Veselin Topalov. This performance linked Morozevich among the all time greats of the game.
Although just as successful, the year 2006 was a different story for Morozevich. He dominated easily the Ciudad Pamplona chess event in Spain by winning six out of the possible seven points. His impressive record made him highly viable for the World Chess Championship 2007. Although finishing just sixth overall, he was the only one to beat reigning world chess titlist Vladimir Kramnik in the process.
In one of his most recent accomplishments, the Russian chess grandmaster earned another Russian chess title in 2007. Within the event, he performed an impressive run that includes six successive victories. The Chess Olympiad, the World Team Championships, and the European Team Championships were other notable international chess events that Morozevich also dominated.