The 14th rank player in the world, Alexander Morozevich made
some very revealing comments in his interview on San Luis. All players need
to know who there nemesis is. For Morozevich it is Peter Leko.
In August, Morozevich took the Moscow blitz tournament.
Morozevich has established himself as one of the best rapid/blitz players in
the world. In 2005 he finished 2nd behind Anand at Amber
However at Corus, where classical time controls were used,
Morozevich took too many risks and finished in 2nd to last place.
Morozevich says his method of preparation have not helped him. He feels he
doesn’t have much hope. I find that a very revealing and disturbing
comment. At this point you are either prepared or not prepared. Morozevich
does not appear to be confident. If this is so, he will be preyed upon by
the other 7 players in this tournament.
Morozevich is relying on stamina, charisma and luck to take this
tournament. Charisma might be a good weapon for rapid chess, but not for
classical chess against well-booked, elite opponents. Morozevich tried that
in Corus and failed miserably. This could be a very long tournament for