Reports | October 14, 2011 18:23

Morozevich again showing great form in Saratov

Morozevich again showing great form in Saratov

Alexander Morozevich is continuing the splendid form he's been showing thus far in the summer of 2011. In a new strong tournament in Saratov, Russia he is leading the field with the super score of 5/6. He is 1.5 points ahead of Peter Leko and the Evgeny's Alekseev and Tomashevsky.

Event Governor's Cup | PGN via TWIC
Dates October 7th-20th, 2011
Location Poikovsky, Russia
System 10-player round robin
Players Tomashevsky, Andreikin, Alekseev, Morozevich, Vitiugov, Ponomariov, Moiseenko, Eljanov, Shirov, Ni Hua, Leko, Roiz
Rate of play

90 minutes for the first 40 moves and then 30 minutes to finish the game, with 30 seconds increment from move 1

There's so many strong tournaments going on these days! This month a new top event was added to the calendar, called the 'Governor's Cup of the Saratov region'. It's a 12-player round robin with Evgeny Tomashevsky, Dmitry Andreikin, Evgeny Alekseev, Alexander Morozevich, Nikita Vitiugov (all Russia), Ruslan Ponomariov, Alexander Moiseenko, Pavel Eljanov (all Ukraine), Alexei Shirov (Spain), Ni Hua (China), Peter Leko (Hungary) and Michael Roiz (Israel). The games are played at the FIDE time control; the venue is the auditorium of the Saratov State Socio-Economic University.

Like the tournament in Poikovsky that finished yesterday, the Saratov event isn't really focusing on online coverage. In fact it seems that there's no website at all! Many sources have given the Russian Chess Federation website instead and as Colin McGourty noted, some Russian sources suggest which does provide a broadcast of the moves but that's all.

And like the Karpov tournament in Poikovsky, the tournament started quietly, with six draws in the first round - despite the presence of players such as Morozevich and Shirov. Luckily things changed quickly with an exciting second round that saw wins for Moiseenko, Morozevich and Alekseev, who beat top seed Ponomariov in a Berlin Wall. In the third round Morozevich became the sole leader, beating Moiseenko in a wonderful Sämisch King's Indian with Black. The next day he increased his lead as the only player to win, against Ni Nua, and in the fifth round the Russian also beat Eljamov. After six rounds Morozevich is already 1.5 points ahead, and has a performance rating very close to 3000!

Governor's Cup (Saratov) 2011 | Round 6 Standings



Comparing the tournament one more time with Poikovsky: after six rounds the drawing percentage in Saratov is also very high: 75%. But it would be too easy to leave it at that. In Saratov many of these draws have been fascinating fights as well! A few of those have also been included in the selection of games below:


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adam's picture

and he is still not back in the top 10 where he belongs...

columbo's picture

he is number 10 today !

bhabatosh's picture

wow ..... great to see him back !!!
can we see him in candidates ??? if he continues he must get the extra ticket !!
we will vote for him ..... we want to see fire on everyone's tail :-)

ebutaljib's picture

There are two ways he can be in Candidates.

1. In january 2012 have a rating of 2900 (that way his average July 2011 and January 2012 will be in top 3)

2. The organizers of ther Candidates nominate him.

2. is far more likely than 1., but it will most likely not happen.

Nima's picture

Great news. By the way, did you not mean "splendid" form rather than "splending"? I have never heard the later.

Remco Gerlich's picture

I think at this point Morozevich positively splends.

Anonymous's picture

Well, the King's English is a bit more refined than what you are accustomed to.

Nima's picture

Oh, in that case, please do tell and enlighten.

Anonymous's picture

Nima, I was being sarcastic - I am not British. I was however thinking if you combine the words 'f___ing splendid' in the right way you can end up with "splending"! ;)

The Sea Lettuce's picture

After Gashimov's loss and Svidler's draw in the Bundesliga this evening Morozovich is once more in the top ten!

pulern's picture

would be great if he could hold that position until FIDE november list!

(BTW on the live list: Radjabov is up at 4th and Ponomariov is down from 8th to 24th)

columbo's picture

Moro won again today !!! he is number 9 on the rating list, incredible performance !!!

Tarjei's picture

So great to see Morozevich back where he belongs, on the world top 10 list, or even top 5. He's had an incredible couple of months recently. But we all know what he's capable of.

Tom Bleijendaal's picture

I admire Alexander Morozevich very much as he is a highly creative and attractive player.

bhabatosh's picture

Moro win again today ... he is now 9 th .... wow ..he will dislodge everyone :-)
6/7 ... can you imagine it ???

welwitchia's picture

Moro is the most original player out there.He definitely belongs to the absolute best category...Remember at one stage he was World Nr.1 in the live ratings

welwitchia's picture

Moro is the most original player out there.He definitely belongs to the absolute best category...Remember at one stage he was World Nr.1 in the live ratings

Chess Fan's picture

"Morozevich is so original, is a genius, he should play in the world championships", blah blah blah.............
You people are either Russians (= blind loyal fans) or pinheads. Maybe both.
If winning some games, sometimes against great players constitute greatness, then Morozevich is a genius. Tomorrow he is again going to lose to every one, cry like a girl again, and again threaten to quit chess. What a loser.
I want to warm up in Chess by playing him and kicking his ass in chess.
If this guy is great you should all be ashamed to call yourself chess fans.

Guillaume's picture

I don't think you're Chess Fan. Chess Fan's comments have always been respectful. Aliases should be password protected.

columbo's picture

what are you doing here ?!?!?!

adam's picture

moro never "threatened" with quitting chess (you must have mixed him up with ivanchuk), he simply disappered whenever he felt so. he is an absolutely humble player with a good sense of humor and a truly original style, a delight to many lovers of the game
on the other hand, i agree with guillaume--it's an utter joke that _you_ call yourself "chess fan"

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