If I were TDV, I would not dishearten at Morphy's apparent oh-so-close victory. In fact, he needs to conquer 5 VP's in order to win (I guess Morphy's next objective is either Gorki and/or Stalingrad, or both, but certainly he's running out of time.
However, I can tell TDV that as German player against Zhukov43, I was able to take both Leningrad and Moscow and I was besieging Stalingrad in Fall 1941 with one of my Panzerkorps belonging to 1st Panzergruppe on the city hex on the eastern bank of the Volga river already.
So, the situation as of end November was that I had scored 4 points (Leningrad and Moscow in full supply) and Stalingrad surrounded at zero supply level.
Then the next turn the blizzards commenced and my opponent threw into the battle for Stalingrad ALL of his best, although depleted, tank corps and started his winter counter offensive just from Stalingrad.
During the third blizzards turn, Moscow fell back into Soviet hands, despite its German defenders were at entrenchment level 3 already.
At present, blizzards are over and mud has set in, and the German defensive lines runs from Leningrad/Rzhev/Smolensk/Orel/Bryansk/Kharkov down to Dnjepropetrovsk and Zaporozhe. Also Sevastopol is still mine since my opponent did not bother to try and retake it.