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    On the Morozevich Watch

    July 8, 2016

    Two of the most fascinating players in chess are Vassily Ivanchuk and Alexander Morozevich. They go their own way and it is difficult to track them.

    Frankly, I am sure that everyone would agree that we need more news on their activities. I am proposing this thread for Morozevich, if you hear anything about his latest doings, share it with us.

    The latest is a match in Go with Tiger Hillarp Persson.

    This from the site for the European Go Congress, which will be held in St. Petersburg from July 22 to August 7, 2016.


    Alexander Morozevich told us about how he came to Go and how it is different from his main professional activity: "... I have begun to have a lot of free time and of the many games that I played, I liked Go the most. it fascinated me. I have no goals to achieve, I just play for fun. Of course, when you play with people you want to raise your level. In Go many things are different from what you are used to, but training mechanisms are generally similar. "

    Moro said his first Go tournament was very unusual because chess players are restricted at their tourneys, they cannot have mobile phones in the room nor receive calls or carry them or look at them: But in the doubles Go championship there was quite a different atmosphere, people discussed the moves, received phone calls, took pictures etc.

    His rival, Tiger Hillarp Persson believes playing skills in Go are useful for chess players. The Swedish grandmaster explains: "I started playing Go early 2011. I sincerely recommend that all chess players should learn the game for several reasons. Firstly, if you are too passionate about tactics in chess, in playing Go, you will have to think about such things as "structure" and "plans." Secondly, if you're a coach, it will develop empathy mastering difficulties as a newcomer to a challenging game. Definitely, it will allow you to better understand your students. Thirdly, there are several things that make it possible to assess the "essence" of what you have learned as a chess player. Learning to play Go will help you understand these: the things that are outside of the chessboard. "

    We look forward to the tournament between the two chess giants. Witness the landmark match at the European Go Congress 2016!

    Oh, and the connection to Ivanchuk? He is going to be playing in a checkers tournament instead of participating for Ukraine in the Baku Olympiad.

    See posts #14 and #16 at:


  • #2
    Re: On the Morozevich Watch

    On the Morozevich Watch

    July 29, 2016

    Mike Klein at chess.com brings us up to date on the chess-go match:


    Three small excerpts:

    Held in conjunction with the 60th European Go Congress in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Hillarp Persson and Alexander Morozevich played two games of rapid chess and two games of go (All games were roughly G/30.). They alternated between the two. Had there been a need for a tiebreaker, a coin-flip would have determined in which discipline the tiebreak game would have been fought.

    Morozevich won the first game of chess.

    Next up, they put away their pieces and picked up their stones. Morozevich started with Black. In go, the black stones have the first play, and White receives 6.5 compensation points (Komi). The compensation points are added to White's final score. In a small surprise, Morozevich took that opening game. One of our own Chess.com staffers reviewed the tape and estimated the final score to be 42 to 26 in Black's favor.

    Morozevich won the second chess game.

    With Morozevich now up 3-0, the match was decided with one game of go remaining. Hillarp Person got on the scoreboard by taking the final battle.

    I am out of my depth here. See the original article for pictures and commentary on the match!


    • #3
      Re: On the Morozevich Watch

      Lol, I loved Klein's rhetorical annotation on Morozevich's 5.h4 in game one, to wit, "Out of Rapport, Williams, or Morozevich, who's more likely to push his h-pawn on move 5?

      Morozevich proceeded to trump that move in game two with 3. ...g5?! Klein comments, "About half of the iterations of this rare move are attributable to Morozevich." :)


      • #4
        Re: On the Morozevich Watch

        On the Morozevich Watch

        October 3, 2016

        Russian Rapid and Blitz Championships

        The Tal Memorial is on – it has Kramnik, Tomashevsky, Nepo and Svidler. There is a huge Open on the Isle of Man, but not a single Russian among the participants. Where have all the Russians gone?

        A partial answer would be to Sochi for the Russian Rapid and Blitz Championships (Oct. 1-4), which have about 150 players from Russia and 15 or so from Ukraine, Germany and Armenia.

        Dmitry Andreikin with an Elo of 2743 is seeded first and Alexander Morozevich at 2716 is rated second. Daniil Dubov gave up his commentating duties at the Tal to come to Sochi and play with Artemiev, Popov, Dreev, Alekseev, Vitiugov, Motylev, Khismatullin and the rest.

        The second and final day of rapids was today and the final ranking after 10 rounds is:

        1. Andreikin 8.0
        2. Dubov 8.0
        3. Moiseenko 8.0
        4. Artemiev 7.5
        5. Riazantsev 7.5
        6. Dreev 7.5
        7. Bologan 7.5
        8. Savchenko 7.5

        Morozevich was 17th, sharing 7.0 points with eleven others.


        I can find 8 of his games from the rapids and I give his four wins. We musn’t lose sight of this talented player.

        Russian Rapids 2016, Sochi
        Round 1, Oct. 2, 2016
        Gorbatov, Alexej (2374) – Morozevich, Alexander (2683)
        A40 Queen’s Pawn, Keres Defence

        1.c4 b6 2.d4 e6 3.a3 Bb7 4.d5 Nf6 5.Nc3 Bd6 6.g3 Be5 7.Bg2 Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 Na6 9.Nh3 Nc5 10.O-O O-O 11.Bg5 h6 12.Bh4 Re8 13.f4 exd5 14.cxd5 Qe7 15.Ra2 Nce4 16.Nf2 Qc5 17.c4 Ng4 18.Bxe4 Rxe4 19.h3 Nxf2 20.Rxf2 Rxc4 0-1

        Round 3, Oct. 2, 2016
        Shemeakin, Alexander (2266) – Morozevich, Alexander
        A40 Queen’s Pawn, Keres Defence

        1.c4 b6 2.d4 e6 3.a3 Bb7 4.d5 Nf6 5.Nc3 Bd6 6.g3 Be5 7.Bg2 Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 Na6 9.Nh3 Nc5 10.O-O O-O 11.Bg5 h6 12.Bh4 Re8 13.f4 exd5 14.cxd5 Qe7 15.Ra2 Nce4 16.Nf2 Qc5 17.c4 Ng4 18.Bxe4 Rxe4 19.h3 Nxf2 20.Rxf2 Rxc4 0-1

        Round 9, Oct. 3, 2016
        Paravyan, David (2528) – Morozevich, Alexander
        C11 French, Steinitz, Boleslavsky Variation

        1.d4 e6 2.e4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be3 a6 8.Qd2 b5 9.Nd1 Bb7 10.Be2 cxd4 11.Nxd4 Be7 12.O-O O-O 13.Nxc6 Bxc6 14.Bd4 f5 15.exf6 Nxf6 16.Qe3 Bd6 17.Qxe6+ Kh8 18.Ne3 Qc7 19.Qf5 Ne4 20.Qh5 Bxf4 21.Bd3 Rae8 22.Rae1 Re6 23.g3 Bxe3+ 24.Bxe3 Rxf1+ 25.Rxf1 Nf6 26.Bd4 Qe7 27.Qh4 Re1 28.c3 Rxf1+ 29.Kxf1 Qf7 30.Bxf6 gxf6 31.Qf4 Qe7 32.Qh6 Kg8 33.Qh4 Be8 34.Qg4+ Kf8 35.Kf2 h5 36.Qd4 Qe5 37.Qc5+ Kg8 38.Qa7 h4 39.Qh7+ Kf8 40.Qxh4 a5 41.Qf4 b4 42.Qh6+ Ke7 43.Qg7+ Kd6 44.Qf8+ Kc6 45.Bc2 bxc3 46.bxc3 Kb6 47.Bd3 d4 48.c4 Qe3+ 49.Kg2 Bc6+ 50.Kh3 Qxd3 51.Qb8+ Ka6 52.Qc8+ Bb7 53.Qe6+ Ka7 54.c5 Qh7+ 55.Kg4 Qg6+ 0-1

        Round 10, Oct. 3, 2016
        Morozevich, Alexander – Rozum, Ivan (2590)
        B12 Caro-Kann, Advance Variation

        1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.h4 h5 5.Bd3 Bxd3 6.Qxd3 e6 7.Bg5 Be7 8.Nf3 Nh6 9.Nc3 Nf5 10.O-O-O Nd7 11.Kb1 Rc8 12.g3 b5 13.Ne2 b4 14.Nf4 g6 15.Bxe7 Qxe7 16.Qa6 Nb6 17.Nd3 O-O 18.Rhg1 Nc4 19.g4 Nxh4 20.Nxh4 Qxh4 21.gxh5 Qxh5 22.Qxa7 Rb8 23.Qe7 Qf5 24.Rg3 Rfe8 25.Qf6 Qxf6 26.exf6 Nd6 27.f3 Rec8 28.Ne5 Ne8 29.Ng4 c5 30.Rh1 Rb7 31.Rgh3 Nxf6 32.Rh8+ Kg7 33.Rxc8 cxd4 34.Ne5 Nh5 35.Nc6 Kf6 36.Nxd4 Ke5 37.Nc6+ Kf4 38.Rh4+ Kxf3 39.Rxb4 Rxb4 40.Nxb4 g5 41.Nd3 1-0


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          Re: On the Morozevich Watch

          On the Morozevich Watch

          December 20, 2016

          The traditional Nutcracker tournament is on in Moscow. In it, seasoned grandmasters (the Kings) are playing “youth” (the Princes). The venue is the Central Chess House on Gogolevsky Boulevard in Moscow.

          There is also a match of Queens vs Princesses. The Russians seem to have a penchant for such things. I recall that back in March of 2015 there was the contest of Blondes vs Brunettes. It seems non-PC to me, so I will just cite a reference:



          Anyway, getting back to Kings vs Princes, the teams are:


          1. Boris Gelfand
          2. Alexander Morozevich
          3. Alexei Shirov
          4. Alexey Dreev


          1. Vladimir Fedoseev
          2. Daniil Dubov
          3. Vladislav Artemiev
          4. Girgoriy Oparin

          As always, the tournament follows the Scheveningen system with one member of each team playing all members of the other team.

          Classical chess games were played on December 17-20, and on December 21 and 22, the players will move to rapid chess. The winning teams will be determined by the total number of points scored by the players. For the classical part, it's 2 points for a win, 1 for a draw, and 0 for a loss. It's 1, ½ and 0 respectively for rapid.


          The Kings have a small lead over the Princes (17-15) in the classical.

          I give the four games of Morozevich, all draws:

          Nutcracker Tournament
          Round 1, Dec. 17, 2016
          Morozevich, Alexander – Fedoseev, Vladimir
          B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange Variation

          1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bf4 Nc6 5.c3 Nf6 6.Nd2 a6 7.Bd3 Bg4 8.Qb3 Ra7 9.Ngf3 e6 10.O-O Be7 11.Ne5 Nxe5 12.dxe5 Nd7 13.Be3 Ra8 14.Rfe1 b5 15.Bd4 Nb6 16.Re3 Nc4 17.Rg3 h5 18.Nf3 Qc7 19.Re1 g6 20.Qc2 Na5 21.Qd2 Nc6 22.Ng5 Qa5 23.b4 Qd8 24.h4 Nxd4 25.cxd4 Rc8 26.a4 Qb6 27.axb5 axb5 28.Ra1 O-O 29.Qf4 Rc3 30.Ra8 Bxg5 31.Rxf8+ Kxf8 32.hxg5 Qa7 33.Bxg6 Rxg3 34.fxg3 Kg8 35.Bd3 Bf5 36.Bxf5 exf5 37.Kh2 Kg7 38.e6 Kg6 39.Qe5 Qe7 40.Qh8 fxe6 41.Qg8+ Qg7 42.Qxe6+ Kxg5 43.Qxd5 Kg6 44.Qc6+ Kg5 45.Qd6 Qf6 46.Qe5 Kg6 47.Kh3 Qxe5 48.dxe5 Kg5 49.e6 Kf6 50.Kh4 Kxe6 51.Kxh5 Kd5 52.Kg5 Kc4 53.Kxf5 Kxb4 54.g4 Kc5 55.g5 b4 56.g6 b3 57.g7 b2 58.g8=Q b1=Q+ 59.Kg5 Qc1+ 60.Kg6 Qb1+ 61.Kg7 Qa1+ 62.Kg6 Qb1+ 63.Kf6 Qb2+ 64.Ke7 Qb7+ 65.Kf8 Qa8+ 66.Kf7 Qd5+ 67.Kf8 Qa8+ 1/2-1/2

          Round 2, Dec. 18, 2016
          Morozevich, Alexander – Oparin, Grigoriy
          A00 Benko Opening

          1.g3 d5 2.Bg2 e5 3.c4 dxc4 4.Qa4+ Nd7 5.Nf3 Bd6 6.Na3 Nf6 7.Nxc4 O-O 8.O-O Nb6 9.Nxb6 cxb6 10.d3 h6 11.Nd2 Bd7 12.Qb3 Be6 13.Nc4 Qd7 14.a4 Rac8 15.Qb5 Qe7 16.Nxd6 Qxd6 17.f4 Nd5 18.Bxd5 Rc5 19.Qb4 Qxd5 20.Be3 Rc2 21.Rf2 Bd7 22.h4 Re8 23.f5 e4 24.Qd4 Qxd4 25.Bxd4 exd3 26.exd3 Rxf2 27.Kxf2 Bxf5 28.Re1 Rd8 29.Ke3 Re8+ 30.Kd2 Rxe1 31.Kxe1 Bxd3 32.Kd2 Be4 33.Be5 Bc6 34.b3 f6 35.Bb8 a6 36.Bc7 b5 37.a5 Kf7 38.b4 Ke6 39.Bb6 Kf5 40.Ke3 Kg4 41.Kf2 g5 42.hxg5 fxg5 43.Bc5 h5 44.Bb6 h4 45.gxh4 gxh4 46.Kg1 1/2-1/2

          Round 3, Dec. 19, 2016
          Artemiev, Vladislav – Morozevich, Alexander
          D15 QGD Slav Accepted

          1.Nf3 d5 2.e3 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.Nc3 a6 5.d4 b5 6.b3 Bg4 7.Be2 e6 8.O-O Be7 9.Bb2 O-O 10.Ne5 Bxe2 11.Nxe2 dxc4 12.bxc4 Nfd7 13.Nf3 Nb6 14.c5 Nc4 15.Qc2 Nd7 16.Rfd1 Qc7 17.Bc3 Nf6 18.Nf4 Nd5 19.Nd3 f5 20.Re1 Rf6 21.a4 Qb7 22.Re2 Bd8 23.Be1 Bc7 24.Qb3 Rh6 25.axb5 cxb5 26.h3 Rg6 27.Nh4 Rh6 28.Nf3 Rg6 29.Nh4 Rh6 30.Nf3 Rg6 31.Nh4 1/2-1/2

          Round 4, Dec. 20, 2016
          Dubov, Daniil – Morozevich, Alexander
          A41 Queen’s Pawn

          1.d4 d6 2.Nf3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 e5 5.Nc3 Nd7 6.O-O Ngf6 7.dxe5 dxe5 8.Nd2 O-O 9.b3 Re8 10.Ba3 Bf8 11.Bb2 c6 12.Nde4 Nxe4 13.Nxe4 Qe7 14.a4 f5 15.Ba3 Qe6 16.Nd6 Rd8 17.Nc4 Bxa3 18.Rxa3 Qe7 19.Qa1 e4 20.Rd1 Nb6 21.Rxd8+ Qxd8 22.Ne3 Be6 23.Qe5 Kf7 24.Ra1 Qf6 25.Qc7+ Qe7 26.Qe5 Qf6 27.Qc7+ Qe7 28.Qe5 Qf6 1/2-1/2

          It is really overwhelming how much hard experience Soviet juniors get against seasoned grandmasters.


          • #6
            Re: On the Morozevich Watch

            On the Morozevich Watch

            April 19, 2017

            Alexander Morozevich recently gave a lecture at the Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport, Youth and Tourism.

            Some extracts below:



            When I was in the elite I needed to follow and get to grips with such information. Now I’m playing for pleasure, doing more coaching and writing methodological material and I’ve got absolutely no interest in getting into the minor intrigues of FIDE.

            Carlsen, in my view, has a better feel than anyone else for changes on the board. I don’t have the impression that he’s the most talented, if I have the right to judge chess talent. I’ve played a lot of games against all the elite players, and that’s my “experienced” opinion. Carlsen is very balanced. He has outstanding drive, he’s exceptionally strong-willed and ambitious. That’s visible in all games, even when in training sessions we played basketball on one hoop. For us that was a way of switching off and relaxing, but for Magnus it was another arena for victory. Of course the majority of elite players have that “killer instinct”, as otherwise it would be tough to achieve similar heights. During games against him I got the feeling that I was playing with an intelligent opponent. In tricky situations he makes not the best, but intelligent moves – it’s hard to explain. That’s the reason he so invariably plays rapid and blitz well. No other sportsman has such stability. In my opinion there are players more talented than Carlsen: such as Ivanchuk or Nepomniachtchi. But they always lack that desire, that drive. Therefore Carlsen is for now the number one.

            When talented people leave a country it’s undoubtedly a loss. People look for stability and, perhaps, they find it. I didn’t have that need. At 17 years old, when I won a rapid tournament in New York, certain people actively worked on me: “Look at the events taking place in Russia – stay here, and with us you’ll be a millionaire, we’ll organise everything for you”. I said that I want to become a chess player and not a cash cow, and therefore being in Russia was optimal for me. I had a period when I worked for half a year as a coach in Qatar. It was a good experience, in order to grasp how things are “over there”, but no more. I consider Russia a good place for a chess player.

            At a meeting of the participants it was decided to continue the tournament in a rapid format, with expensive souvenirs as the prizes. I managed to catch hold of Vassily Ivanchuk and used every means I could to lure him into playing blitz. Naturally he looked at me without enthusiasm: he was third in the world, while back then I’d only made it to the bottom of the Top 100. For third place in the rapid tournament they awarded me a box of wine. In order to get Vassily’s attention I generously put my whole box up for grabs. Back then such a chance to play was unique. Now you have the internet at your disposal and you can find the most varied players, even the elite, and play games against them. A huge stream of information is available: databases, books, annotated games, magazines, articles. From the point of view of knowledge chess has become more accessible, and thanks to that, young players should develop faster.


            • #7
              Re: On the Morozevich Watch

              On the Morozevich Watch

              August 20, 2017

              Good news to Morozevich watchers, there is a new book soon to be published about his games.

              Title: Together with Morozevich
              Author: Alexey Kuzmin
              Published: September 2017
              Publisher: Thinkers Publishing
              Language: English + Figurine notation

              Blurb: The textbook with subtitle Calculation training tool and practical decision making, is intended for intermediate and stronger players. Author GM Kuzmin, who was one of the world's top 100 players, has been working as a professional coach more than 30 years. He achieved the FIDE Senior Trainer title. Kuzmin was Karpov’s second during his matches against Kasparov, in 2006-2013 he worked as Morozevich's trainer.

              This book is based on Morozevich's games and the training methods used in their co-operation. From the cover: The book invites the reader to enter the wonderful elite chess world with one of the most creative GM's of all time. It tells about his approach to the core of fighting, about his strongest points but also about his weaknesses. It presents real masterpieces and hurtful losses. However the author not only shows a panorama of his creativity but also offers the reader to think over the problems together with Moro. You can simply take his seat, look through his eyes and play like him!

              Thinkers Publishing’s distributors in Canada are strategygames in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal



              • #8
                Re: On the Morozevich Watch

                On the Morozevich Watch

                May 7, 2018

                Moro is presently playing in the TePe Sigeman Tournament in Sweden. This is a 6-player round-robin tournament taking place from 4-8 May 2018 at the Hipp Theater in Malmo, Sweden featuring GM Vidit Gujrathi, GM Alexander Morozevich, GM Nils Grandelius, GM Benjamin Gledura, GM Aryan Tari and IM Linus Johansson. There are no tiebreaks nor playoffs.

                On the official website there is an interview with Alexander in which he discusses what he is now doing:

                Alexander Morozevich

                “I consider myself to be a positional player”

                Interview by Ingemar Falk


                You don´t play so many classical tournaments anymore. What made you decide to play in TePe Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament?

                ”I have never been to Sweden and I still like to play small classical round robin events”.

                Your peak rating was world number 2 in 2008, but only two years later you barely played a tournament game. What happened? Was it because of lost inspiration?

                ”Sometimes we all need a break, and the other top players had it too. I was back in 2011, refreshed, and showed a good and stable results.”

                What is your goal as a chess player nowadays?

                ”I stopped playing professional chess at the beginning of 2015, so as a chess player, I have no goals. As a chess master I still have goals and duties – to share my knowledge to raise my students, to contribute to the popularization of chess all over the world. As well as with the other board games.”

                You still have a huge fan base – in what way do you feel the big support?

                ”If you mean the number of viewers of my blitz games vs Carlsen on Youtube – I still believe it has much more to do with the name Carlsen, rather to my small efforts. Therefore, the mentioned “huge fan base” remains a bit of mystery to me, and I almost never were in contact with them.”

                You are famous for your unorthodox playing style. Shall we prepare for that also in TePe Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament?

                ”Popular opinion about my play, but strangely enough, I always considered myself to be a classical and positional player. Maybe the Tepe Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament will give us an answer?”

                You turned 40 this summer. Did you have any special feelings for your birthday, or do you see 40 only as a number?

                “It was special in a way that everybody told me that its strictly forbidden to celebrate it, so apart from very modest boat trip, I almost did nothing that day. Feeling wise it’s not as awful as I thought – half way-half done – with the point being to be on the brighter side of this ’half’”

                You have had a great chess career. Which achievement do you rank as number 1 so far?

                “I still remain an interesting person to people from very different social classes, and still able to create an auditorium on topics absolutely not related to chess. That’s clearly something I am very proud of about my professional chess career.”

                You have the ranking of 2 kyu in Go, and you beat Tiger Hillarp Persson in a Go game in 2016. How much Go do you play nowadays?

                “That match in 2016 was really something historical and I am happy to be part of it. I am also very grateful for Tiger for making it possible, hope that despite the result he enjoyed it too. Recently I moved even to the 1 national dan but overall Go is my hobby and I was never very serious about it. It’s just another brilliant and very deep game which I can compare with chess. I did play lots of small tournament in Russia for the last 1,5 years but in 2018 I have another calendar with almost no Go events, and with bridge and archery tournaments most likely to come.


                • #9
                  Re: On the Morozevich Watch

                  In your 4th post in this thread you comment
                  "There is a huge Open on the Isle of Man, but not a single Russian among the participants. Where have all the Russians gone?"
                  Which sparked an old Peter, Paul & Mary tune memory in me with 'new' lyrics >>>>

                  Where have all the Russians gone?
                  Gone to Gulags, every one.
                  When will they ever learn?
                  When will they ever learn?

                  Where have all the Gulags gone?
                  Gone to freedom every one.
                  When will they ever learn?
                  When will they ever learn?

                  Where has all the freedom gone?
                  Gone to Putin every one.
                  When will they ever learn?
                  When will they ever learn?

                  Where has all of Putin gone?

                  He's not going anywhere.
                  Get used to it!

                  With apologies for my poor composition. And also arrived at a dead end with Putin, hence the prose lines at the end. :)


                  • #10
                    Re: On the Morozevich Watch

                    ..........and for the original, >>>>>>>>https://www.google.ca/search?source=....0.awKGA1cFgBg
                    Last edited by Vlad Dobrich; Monday, 7th May, 2018, 09:18 AM.


                    • #11
                      Re: On the Morozevich Watch

                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KLNwPppKTM I like the Marlene Dietrich version. As for your last verse you could say: communism to fascism all of them for the second line and it would fit. Good creative poem Vlad.


                      • #12
                        On the Morozevich Watch

                        October 10, 2018

                        The 2018 Russian Blitz Team Championship took place in the Zhemchuzhina Hotel in Sochi on October 10. The 15-round Swiss tournament featurd 26 teams of four players. The time control is 3 minutes for all moves with a 2-second increment from move 1. Standings are determined by match points (2 for a win, 1 for a draw) then game points. Official website: ruchess.ru

                        A tweet on chess24.com said simply:

                        He’s still got it!

                        and gave the scores with Morozevich’s 14 opponents from which he garnered 13 points.

                        The games:

                        Russian Blitz Team Championship
                        Sochi, RU
                        Round 1, Oct. 10, 2018
                        Morozevich, Alexander – Chekhov, Sergei
                        B40 Sicilian Defence

                        1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.g3 b6 4.Bg2 Bb7 5.d3 Nf6 6.O-O d5 7.e5 Nfd7 8.c4 Be7 9.h4 O-O 10.Bf4 a6 11.Re1 b5 12.Nc3 d4 13.Ne4 Nc6 14.b3 Nb6 15.Nfg5 h6 16.Qh5 Qe8 17.Nf6+ Bxf6 18.exf6 Nd7 19.Ne4 e5 20.Bxh6 g6 21.Qg5 Nd8 1-0

                        Round 2, Oct. 10,
                        Demidov, Mikhail – Morozevich, Alexander
                        A07 Reti, King’s Indian Attack

                        1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Nc6 3.d4 Bf5 4.Bg2 Nb4 5.Na3 e6 6.Nh4 Bg4 7.c3 Na6 8.Nc2 Be7 9.Nf3 Bf5 10.O-O Nf6 11.Nh4 Be4 12.f3 Bg6 13.Nxg6 hxg6 14.e4 c5 15.e5 Nd7 16.f4 Qb6 17.Rb1 Nab8 18.b4 cxb4 19.cxb4 a5 20.b5 a4 21.Be3 Qc7 22.Qd3 Nb6 23.Rfc1 Nc4 24.Bf2 Nd7 25.Ne3 Ndb6 26.g4 Bh4 27.Bg3 Qe7 28.f5 gxf5 29.gxf5 Bxg3 30.hxg3 Qg5 31.Nf1 O-O-O 32.fxe6 fxe6 33.Qd2 Qg4 34.Qf4 Qh5 35.Qf3 Qg6 36.Qe2 Kb8 37.Re1 Rdf8 38.Rbc1 Qg5 39.Rc3 Rf7 40.Rf3 Rhf8 41.Rxf7 Rxf7 42.Rd1 Nc8 43.Bh3 Qh6 44.Kg2 Ne7 45.Rd3 Nf5 46.Bxf5 Rxf5 47.Rf3 g6 48.Rxf5 gxf5 49.Qd1 a3 50.Qe1 Qg5 51.Qf2 Qg4 52.Ne3 Qe4+ 0-1

                        Round 3, Oct. 10
                        Morozevich, Alexander – Sergeyev, Alexander
                        C42 Petrov, Cochrane Gambit

                        1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nxf7 Kxf7 5.Nc3 Be6 6.d4 Be7 7.f4 Re8 8.f5 Bxf5 9.exf5 d5 10.Be2 Nc6 11.O-O Ne4 12.Nxe4 dxe4 13.Bc4+ Kf8 14.c3 Bf6 15.Qh5 Qd7 16.Bf4 Nxd4 17.Rad1 e3 18.cxd4 1-0

                        Round 4, Oct. 10
                        Alekseev, Evgeny – Morozevich, Alexander
                        B47 Sicilian, Taimanov variation

                        1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be2 a6 7.O-O Bc5 8.Be3 d6 9.Qd2 Nf6 10.Rad1 Bd7 11.Nb3 Bxe3 12.Qxe3 O-O 13.Qd2 Ne8 14.f4 Rd8 15.Rf3 b5 16.a3 Bc8 17.Rd3 a5 18.Nxb5 Qb6+ 19.Re3 e5 20.Kh1 a4 21.Nc1 Nf6 22.Nc3 Qxb2 23.Nxa4 Qd4 24.Nc3 Qxd2 25.Rxd2 exf4 26.Red3 Ne5 27.Rxd6 Rxd6 28.Rxd6 Be6 29.Bb5 g5 30.a4 Rc8 31.N1e2 g4 32.Nd1 f3 33.gxf3 gxf3 34.Nf4 Rxc2 35.Nxe6 fxe6 36.h3 Nxe4 37.Rxe6 Ng3+ 0-1

                        Round 5, Oct. 10
                        Grachev, Boris – Morozevich, Alexander
                        E60 King’s Indian, Fianchetto variation

                        1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 O-O 5.O-O d6 6.c4 c5 7.e3 Nc6 8.Nc3 cxd4 9.Nxd4 Bg4 10.Qd2 Qd7 11.b3 Bh3 12.Bb2 Bxg2 13.Kxg2 a6 14.Nd5 Nxd5 15.cxd5 Nxd4 16.Bxd4 Bxd4 1/2-1/2

                        Round 6, Oct. 10
                        Morozevich, Alexander – Kamsky, Gata
                        B40 Sicilian Defence

                        1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.g3 b6 4.Bg2 Bb7 5.d3 d6 6.O-O Nd7 7.Ng5 Be7 8.f4 Bxg5 9.fxg5 Ne7 10.Nc3 a6 11.h4 Qc7 12.h5 Rf8 13.Qe1 Nc6 14.Ne2 Nce5 15.Bf4 O-O-O 16.b4 cxb4 17.Qxb4 Qc5+ 18.Qd4 Nc6 19.Qf2 Qxf2+ 20.Rxf2 Nde5 21.Bh3 Kc7 22.Raf1 b5 23.d4 Nc4 24.Bc1 Nb4 25.Bxe6 Bxe4 26.Rxf7+ Rxf7 27.Rxf7+ Kb6 28.Rxg7 Nxa2 29.Bf4 Bxc2 30.g6 hxg6 31.h6 g5 32.Bxg5 Re8 33.Nf4 Nd2 34.Nd5+ Ka5 35.Bxd2+ b4 36.Re7 1-0

                        Round 7, Oct. 10
                        Lysyj, Igor – Morozevich, Alexander
                        E91 King’s Indian

                        1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.e4 O-O 6.Nf3 d6 7.Be2 e6 8.O-O Re8 9.h3 exd5 10.exd5 Na6 11.Bd3 Nc7 12.a4 Na6 13.Bf4 Nb4 14.Bb1 a6 15.Ra3 Bf8 16.Re1 Rxe1+ 17.Qxe1 Bd7 18.Qd1 Qc7 19.Nd2 Nh5 20.Bh2 f5 21.g4 Ng7 22.Nf1 Re8 23.Ne3 Qd8 24.Qf3 Qh4 25.Kg2 Be7 26.Ne2 Rf8 27.Bg3 Qf6 28.gxf5 Nxf5 29.Nxf5 Bxf5 30.Bxf5 Qxf5 31.Qxf5 Rxf5 32.Re3 Kf7 33.Re6 Rf6 34.Rxf6+ Kxf6 35.b3 b5 36.axb5 axb5 37.Kf3 bxc4 38.bxc4 Kf5 39.Nc3 Nc2 40.Ke2 Nd4+ 41.Kd3 Nf3 42.Nb5 Ne5+ 43.Bxe5 Kxe5 44.Ke3 Bg5+ 45.Kf3 h5 1/2-1/2

                        Round 8, Oct. 10
                        Morozevich, Alexander – Maletin, Pavel
                        C76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defence

                        1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.c3 a6 5.Ba4 d6 6.d4 Bd7 7.O-O Bg7 8.h3 Nf6 9.Re1 O-O 10.Nbd2 h6 11.Nf1 Qe7 12.Ng3 b5 13.Bc2 Kh8 14.Be3 Ng8 15.a4 exd4 16.cxd4 Nb4 17.Bb1 bxa4 18.Qd2 a5 19.Ne2 d5 20.e5 Ra6 21.Nc3 Qe8 22.Bc2 Nxc2 23.Qxc2 Ne7 24.Nxa4 Bxa4 25.Rxa4 Nf5 26.Bd2 Qb5 27.Rea1 Rfa8 28.Qxc7 R6a7 29.Qc5 Qxb2 30.Qxd5 Kg8 31.Rxa5 Qxa1+ 32.Rxa1 Rxa1+ 33.Kh2 R1a2 34.g4 Ne7 35.Qd7 R2a7 36.Qb5 Rd8 37.Ba5 Rda8 38.Bb4 Bf8 39.Kg3 Ra2 40.d5 Rb2 41.d6 Nc8 42.Qc6 Rb8 43.Bc5 Rc2 44.Nd4 Rc3+ 45.f3 Na7 46.Bxa7 Rxc6 47.Nxc6 Rb7 48.f4 f6 49.Kf3 fxe5 50.fxe5 Rd7 51.Bc5 Kf7 52.Ke4 Rb7 53.Kd5 Bg7 54.Nd8+ 1-0

                        Round 9, Oct. 10
                        Antipov, Mikhail – Morozevich, Alexander
                        C41 Philidor, Improved Hanham variation

                        1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.Rg1 c6 6.g4 d5 7.exd5 exd4 8.Qe2+ Qe7 9.Nxd4 Qxe2+ 10.Bxe2 Bc5 11.dxc6 Bxd4 12.cxd7+ Bxd7 13.Rg3 Rc8 14.g5 Bxc3+ 15.bxc3 Nd5 16.c4 Nb6 17.Re3+ Be6 18.c5 Rxc5 19.Ba3 Rxg5 20.O-O-O Rd5 21.Rg1 g6 22.c4 Ra5 23.Bb4 Rxa2 24.Rd1 Ra1+ 25.Kc2 Rxd1 26.Kxd1 Kd7 27.Rd3+ Kc8 28.c5 Nd5 29.Bd2 Rd8 30.Kc1 Ne7 31.Ra3 Nc6 32.Bf4 Rd4 33.Bd6 Kd7 34.Bb5 a6 35.Bf1 h5 36.h3 Bc4 37.Bg2 Bd5 38.Bf1 Nd8 39.Re3 Ne6 40.Be2 Re4 41.Rxe4 Bxe4 42.Bc4 b5 43.Bb3 a5 44.Kb2 b4 45.Ba4+ Bc6 46.Bd1 Bb5 47.Bf3 Nd4 48.Bd5 f6 49.Bf8 a4 50.Bg7 Ke7 51.Bh6 Bc6 52.Bc4 g5 53.h4 gxh4 54.Bf4 h3 55.Bd6+ Kd7 56.Bf1 Bg2 57.Bd3 Nf3 58.Bb5+ Ke6 59.Bc4+ Kd7 60.Bb5+ Ke6 61.Bc4+ Kf5 62.c6 Ne5 63.c7 Nxc4+ 0-1

                        Round 10, Oct. 10
                        Morozevich, Alexander – Rozum, Ivan
                        B01 Scandinavian Defence

                        1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nf3 g6 4.d4 Bg7 5.c4 Qd8 6.h3 c6 7.Nc3 Nh6 8.g4 f5 9.Ne5 Nd7 10.g5 Nf7 11.Nxf7 Kxf7 12.Be3 Re8 13.f4 c5 14.dxc5 e5 15.Qd5+ Kf8 16.O-O-O Qe7 17.h4 h5 18.Rh2 exf4 19.Bxf4 Be5 20.Bxe5 Qxe5 21.Re2 Qxd5 22.Rxe8+ Kxe8 23.Nxd5 Kf7 24.b4 a5 25.b5 Nxc5 26.Nb6 Rb8 27.Rd8 Ke6 28.Rxc8 Rxc8 29.Nxc8 f4 30.Bh3+ Ke5 31.Ne7 f3 32.Nxg6+ Kd4 33.Nf4 f2 34.g6 Ne4 35.g7 Nf6 36.Nxh5 1-0

                        Round 11, Oct. 10
                        Morozevich, Alexander – Vastrukhin, Oleg
                        C18 French, Winawer, Advance variation

                        1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Nc6 7.Qg4 g6 8.Nf3 Qa5 9.Bd2 c4 10.a4 Bd7 11.Qf4 h6 12.Be2 Nge7 13.g4 O-O-O 14.h3 Rdf8 15.Kf1 g5 16.Qg3 f5 17.exf6 Rxf6 18.h4 Rhf8 19.hxg5 hxg5 20.Be1 Ng6 21.Nxg5 e5 22.Nh7 Rh8 23.Nxf6 Rxh1+ 24.Kg2 Rxe1 25.Rxe1 Nxd4 26.Bd1 Ne6 27.g5 Nef4+ 28.Kh2 Bxa4 29.Rxe5 Nxe5 30.Qxf4 Qxc3 31.Nxd5 Qe1 32.Bg4+ Nxg4+ 33.Qxg4+ Kd8 34.Qd4 Bc6 35.g6 Ke8 36.Qh8+ Kd7 37.Qg7+ Kd6 38.Ne3 Qh1+ 39.Kg3 Qg1+ 40.Kh3 Qxf2 41.Qd4+ Kc7 42.Nd5+ Bxd5 43.Qxf2 1-0

                        Round 12, Oct. 10
                        Dilmukhametov, Artur – Morozevich, Alexander
                        C11 French, Burn variation

                        1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.e4 d5 4.Bg5 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Be7 6.Nxf6+ Bxf6 7.Bxf6 Qxf6 8.Nf3 O-O 9.Bd3 c5 10.Qe2 Nc6 11.c3 cxd4 12.Qe4 g6 13.Nxd4 Nxd4 14.Qxd4 Qxd4 15.cxd4 Rd8 16.O-O-O Rxd4 17.Bb5 Rd5 18.Ba4 Kf8 19.Rhe1 Rxd1+ 20.Rxd1 Ke7 21.f4 a5 22.Rd4 Ra6 23.Rc4 Kd8 24.Rd4+ Kc7 25.Rc4+ Kb8 26.Rd4 Rb6 27.Rd8 Rb4 28.b3 Kc7 29.Rh8 Rxf4 30.Rxh7 e5 31.g3 Rf2 32.Bb5 Be6 33.Bd3 Kd6 34.Rh8 Rxa2 35.Bc2 b5 36.Kb1 Ra3 37.Kb2 b4 38.Ra8 Bd5 39.Ra6+ Kc5 40.Ra7 f5 41.Ra6 e4 42.Rxg6 a4 43.bxa4 Ra2+ 44.Kc1 b3 45.Bb1 Rxh2 46.a5 b2+ 47.Kd1 Bb3+ 0-1

                        Round 14, Oct. 10
                        Linker, Mikhail – Morozevich, Alexander
                        A62 Benoni, Fianchetto variation

                        1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 c5 4.d5 exd5 5.cxd5 g6 6.Nc3 Bg7 7.Bg2 d6 8.Nf3 O-O 9.O-O Re8 10.Bf4 Na6 11.Re1 Bf5 12.Nd2 Nh5 13.Be3 Rxe3 14.fxe3 Qe7 15.e4 Bd7 16.e3 b5 17.Bf1 Nc7 18.a4 b4 19.Nb5 Ne8 20.Nc4 a6 21.Nb6 Rb8 22.Nxd7 Qxd7 23.Qc2 Be5 24.Be2 Nhf6 25.Rf1 axb5 26.axb5 h5 27.Ra6 h4 28.Kg2 hxg3 29.hxg3 Ng4 30.Qd2 Nef6 31.Bf3 Qxb5 32.Ra7 Rb7 33.Ra8+ Kg7 34.Bxg4 Nxg4 35.Rh1 Rb8 36.Ra7 Nf6 37.Qf2 Qd3 38.Qf3 Qc2+ 39.Kg1 Qb1+ 40.Kg2 Qxb2+ 41.Kg1 Qc1+ 42.Kg2 Qc2+ 43.Kg1 b3 44.Qf2 Qxf2+ 45.Kxf2 Nxe4+ 46.Kf3 Nc3 0-1

                        Round 15, Oct. 10
                        Morozevich, Alexander – Tekeyev, Zaur
                        B32 Sicilian, Kalashnikov variation

                        1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 d6 6.N1c3 a6 7.Na3 Be7 8.Nc4 b5 9.Ne3 Nf6 10.g3 O-O 11.Bg2 b4 12.Ncd5 Nxd5 13.Nxd5 Bg5 14.Bxg5 Qxg5 15.a3 Rb8 16.axb4 Nxb4 17.Ne3 Qd8 18.O-O a5 19.c3 Nc6 20.Qd2 Qc7 21.Rfd1 Rd8 22.h4 Be6 23.Nf5 d5 24.Nxg7 Kxg7 25.exd5 f6 26.Qe2 Bd7 27.dxc6 Bxc6 28.Rxd8 Rxd8 29.Qc4 Rd6 30.Bxc6 Rxc6 31.Qg4+ Kf7 32.Rd1 Rd6 33.Rxd6 Qxd6 34.Qc4+ Kg7 35.b4 a4 36.b5 a3 37.Qb3 Qb6 1-0

                        It should be noted that Alexander also played in the Russian Rapid Team Tournament (Oct. 8, 9) with 5.5/7 on second board to Daniil Dubov and the Russian Rapid Championship (Oct. 5, 6), garnering 7.5/11