GM Alexander Morozevich

Full name
Alexander Morozevich
Jul 18, 1977 (age 41)
Place of birth
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union

Alexander Morozevich has been a top player in the world for close to a decade. He never shies away from a challenge, always preferring complicated positions that force himself and his opponent to do a lot of deep thinking. He has used his risky, spectacular, draw-averse style in order to become a fan favorite. But he’s not just flash with no substance; he’s won many incredibly strong tournaments and in the past has been ranked as high as 2nd in the world as well. Combining this with his numerous rapid and blindfold tournament victories makes him an interesting player to watch in every tournament he plays in.

Alexander Morozevich became an International Master in 1993 and a Grandmaster in 1994. In the same year he became a Grandmaster, he won his first international tournament, the Lloyds Bank tournament in London, and also won the Pamplona tournament. In 2001, Morozevich was the first player to defeat Kramnik after he won the World Championship. Because of his incredibly risky play style, Morozevich constantly wavers between being winning one tournament to being one of the lowest placing players in the next tournament. Despite this unpredictability and inconsistency in his play over the board, he has still played well enough throughout his career that he was at one time ranked as high as number two in the world, edging out Vladimir Kramnik for the number one ranking in Russia at that time as well. Morozevich is also one of the best in the world at rapid and blindfold play. He placed 2nd or higher in 7(!) consecutive(!) Amber tournaments from 2002-2008. With all of this skill, he continues to be ranked among the elite top 25 players in the world.

Best Game

Most Played Openings

White Pieces
King's Gambit Accepted (10) : C33 C34 C35 C37
Four Knights Game (17) : C47 C48
Pirc Defense (17) : B07 B08
Petrov's Defense (31) : C42
Scotch Game (54) : C45 C44
King's Pawn Opening (1) : B00
Benoni Defense (8) : A56 A60 A70
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (1) : A40
King's Indian Attack (21) : A07
Benko Gambit Declined (2) : A57
Semi-Slav Defense (15) : D43 D45 D44 D47 D49
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (3) : B06
Old Indian Defense (3) : A53
Hungarian Opening (17) : A00
Dutch Defense (7) : A80 A81
Scandinavian Defense (10) : B01
Modern Defense (10) : B06 A40
Philidor Defense (4) : C41
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (7) : A01
Ponziani Opening (2) : C44
Reti Opening (5) : A05 A04 A09
London System (1) : A48
Indian Game (4) : A48 A50 A46
Trompowsky Attack (8) : A45
Queen's Indian Defense (11) : E15 E17 E12 E16
Alekhine Defense (5) : B03 B02
Queen's Gambit Accepted (7) : D20
Queen's Pawn Opening (4) : D00
Catalan Opening (2) : E01 E05
Bishop's Opening (6) : C24 C26 C28
Undefined (1) : A00
Giuoco Piano Game (17) : C51 C53 C52 C50
Van Geet Opening (2) : A00
Torre Attack (1) : A46
Vienna Game (4) : C26 C25
Anderssen Opening (1) : A00
Bird's Opening (1) : A03
Richter-Veresov Attack (5) : D01
Center Game Accepted (1) : C22
Black Pieces
King's Indian Attack (20) : A07
Benoni Defense (9) : A56 A68
Modern Defense (18) : B06 A40 A42
Reti Opening (26) : A06 A04 A09 A05
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (3) : B06
Bogo-Indian Defense (9) : E11
Four Knights Game (7) : C47 C49 C46
Trompowsky Attack (4) : A45
Old Indian Defense (6) : A53 A54
Catalan Opening (17) : E00 E01 E04
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (4) : A01
Bird's Opening (2) : A02 A03
Giuoco Piano Game (8) : C53 C50
Scotch Game (6) : C45
Pirc Defense (8) : B07 B08 B09
Torre Attack (2) : A48
Caro-Kann Defense (29) : B17 B12 B19 B13 B10 B16
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (3) : A40
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (2) : D44
Lion Defense (1) : B07
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (1) : D71
Queen's Indian Defense (8) : E18 E12 E15 E17
Semi-Slav Defense (5) : D45 D43 D47
Philidor Defense (3) : C41
Scandinavian Defense (2) : B01
Petrov's Defense (15) : C42 C43
Vienna Game (1) : C26
Old Benoni Defense (3) : A43 A44
Alekhine Defense (5) : B05 B04 B02
Italian Game (1) : C55
Queen's Gambit Accepted (1) : D25
Hungarian Opening (1) : A00