Morozevich decelerates, finishes Sarajevo with 1.5 point lead

6/3/2008 – After seven rounds Morozevich had scored 6.0 points, and a performance of 2987. He was on track to becoming number two in the world – theoretically he could have even overtaken Anand to occupy the number one slot. But then came three draws and the uberflieger settled for a third place in the next FIDE rating list. Results, games and rankings.

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The Bosnia Sarajevo tournament took place from May 23rd to June 2nd, 2008. The event was organised by the Sarajevo Chess Club “Bosna”, the venue was the Concert Hall of House of Army. It was a six-player double round robin, with an additional “B” tournament taking place (average Elo 2445). The rate of play was 90 minutes for 40 moves, with 30 seconds increment per move, then 15 minutes + 30 seconds/move for the rest of the game.


The winner of Sarajevo by 1.5 points: Russian GM Alexander Morozevich

Final standings

At the end of seven rounds Morozevich had scored 6.0 points with a performance of 2987. He was on track to becoming number two in the world, overtaking Kramnik in the FIDE rating list. There was even a theoretical chance hat he could catch Anand in the number one slot. But then came three draws in the final rounds and the dream (probably not of Morozevich but certainly of many chess fans) came to an end. Morozevich's performance was a modest 2869 (it is not easy to type in those words) and he has to settle for number three. According to Live Top List, a site that tracks chess ratings of players over 2700 on a daily basis, the new world rankings at this moment would be as follows:

Rank Player
Rating
Change
games
events
born
01 Anand
2798,1
-4,9
2
1
1969
02 Kramnik
2788,0
0
0
0
1975
03 Morozevich
2789,1
+15,1
16
2
1977
04 Ivanchuk
2780,5
+40,5
25
3
1969
05 Topalov
2777,0
+10
10
1
1975
06 Carlsen
2775,4
+10,4
16
3
1990
07 Radjabov
2744,1
-6,9
31
3
1987
08 Mamedyarov
2742,1
-9,9
23
2
1985
09 Shirov
2741,4
+1,4
11
2
1972
10 Leko
2741,0
0
0
0
1979

Final standings in the B tournament in Sarajevo


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