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James Morris
James Morris.jpg
James Morris at the 2009 Oceania Chess Championship
Country  Australia
Born (1994-04-22) April 22, 1994 (age 24)
Melbourne, Australia
Title International Master (2010)
FIDE rating 2503 (May 2018) 2366 (Jul 2014)
Peak rating 2406 (Apr 2013)

James A. Morris (born April 22, 1994 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian chess International Master.[1] He has won, or jointly won, the Australasian Masters international chess tournament twice.

Chess Career[edit]

Morris was awarded the FIDE Master (FM) title after scoring 5/9 in the 2007 Oceania Zonal Chess Championship in Nadi, Fiji.[2] In 2009 he scored 6.5/9 in the Oceania Zonal Chess Championship on the Gold Coast, Queensland and finished equal second behind GM David Smerdon, to gain the International Master (IM) title.[3][4][5]

In 2011 Morris won the Ballarat Begonia Open with a score of 6.5/7,[6][7] and the Victorian Junior Championship with a perfect score of 9/9. Morris also won the 2011 Australasian Masters ahead of Bobby Cheng, scoring 7.5/9. He won an additional game in the tournament against IM Mirko Rujevic who later withdrew from the event. When this result is included, his performance rating was 2529.[8]

In 2012 Morris repeated his feat of winning the Victorian Junior Championship with a perfect score of 9/9,[9] came equal first in the Victorian Open with a score of 6/7,[10] and won the Victorian Championship with a score of 9.5/11.[11] Morris came equal first in the 2012 Australasian Masters with Bobby Cheng and Anton Smirnov, scoring 6/9.[12][13]

In 2013, Morris again won the Ballarat Begonia Open, winning the event with a perfect score of 7/7 including a win against IM Stephen Solomon.[14] During his return from the 2013 Doeberl Cup open in Canberra, where he had scored 5/9, Morris was seriously injured in a fatal car accident which resulted in the death of two fellow Melbourne Chess Club players.[15][16] Morris made a speedy recovery and returned to tournament chess in late August 2013, playing in the Victorian Open Rapid Play Championship where he finished third.[17] Morris score a career-best victory at the Australian Young Masters tournament in Adelaide in December 2013.


  1. ^ James Morris FIDE Chess Player Profile,
  2. ^ Oceania Zonal 2007 ChessChat forum
  3. ^ "FM James Morris receives IM title",
  4. ^ 2009 Oceania Zonal Championship FIDE Tournament Report,
  5. ^ James Morris Bags IM Title, The Closet Grandmaster, June 26 2009
  6. ^ 45th Begonia Open Chess Tournament Ballarat Chess Club
  7. ^ Begonia Open 2011 FIDE Tournament Report,
  8. ^ Australasian Masters 2011 FIDE Tournament Report,
  9. ^ 2012 Victorian Junior Championships Chess Victoria
  10. ^ Victorian Open 2012 FIDE Tournament Report,
  11. ^ 2012 Victorian Championship FIDE Tournament Report,
  12. ^ Australasian Masters 2012 FIDE Tournament Report,
  13. ^ 2012 Australasian Masters Box Hill Chess Club
  14. ^ Begonia Open 2013 FIDE Tournament Report,
  15. ^ Horrific car crash kills chess players ChessBase News,
  16. ^ Melbourne chess champ critical after car accident which killed two,
  17. ^ 2013 Victorian Open Rapid Play Championship ChessChat forum

External links[edit]

Category:Australian chess players Category:Chess International Masters Category:Sportspeople from Melbourne Category:1994 births Category:Living people