Alexander Morozevich has been out of the picture for a while, but with his impressive win in the just-completed Karpov Poikovsky tournament he may yet return to play with the big boys. Morozevich drew a sharp King's Indian in the last round against Pavel Eljanov while co-leader Dmitry Jakovenko lost against Ian Nepomniachtchi's King's Indian Attack. (Was "Nepo" inspired by Gata Kamsky's success with that opening against Alex Lenderman? Possibly, but the young Russian chose the now-standard plan of preventing ...a3 by playing a3 himself, an idea first developed or at least generally credited to Bobby Fischer.) Morozevich finished with a 2821 TPR, good for a 12 point rating gain that moves him up eight spots on the (live) rating list. He'll probably need at least another 20 points or so to get back to the absolute elite events, and I hope he will; his blend of sharp chess and unusual openings makes him stand out from most of the rest of the super-GM crowd.
Other scores, behind Morozevich's 6/9 and Jakovenko's 5.5: Alexei Shirov and Etienne Bacrot finished with 5 points apiece, Nepomniachtchi, Alexander Motylev, Ivan Saric and Viktor Bologan all finished on 50%. The minus score was thus absorbed by just two players: Eljanov, who finished at -2 with 3.5 points, and Emil Sutovsky, who finished at -5.