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The chess blog of GM David Smerdon

Musings on chess, and lesser things


    • A golden GM-norm opportunity in Melbourne

      It's this time of the year in Amsterdam - when the temperature hovers around zero during both day and night, when the wind slices your face as you cycle through the horizontal, unforgiving rain - that I start my annual pine for Australia. Fortun... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Dec 12, 2014
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      • | 4 comments
    • Hugging the world

      Here's a quick little puzzle that's kinda cool: Imagine that someone (or, probably many people) managed to tie a rope around the entire world, lying it on the ground across the equator. You could say that the rope literally hugs the whole earth, ... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Dec 11, 2014
      • | 635 views
      • | 7 comments
    • Joking with the Germans

      I've had a reasonable start to my German chess league ("Schachbundesliga"), although not as impressive as my team as a whole. Werder Bremen (the mighty Green-and-White) currently sits equal first on the ladder with the behemoth Baden-Baden on 100... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Nov 11, 2014
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      • | 3 comments
    • Carlsen-Anand, World Chess Championship 2014: My tip

      The build-up for the world championship rematch is reaching fever point. Magnus Carlsen, the undisputed world number one, and reigning classical (as well as blitz and rapid, by the way) world champion. Vishy Anand, the three-times champion, comin... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Nov 4, 2014
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      • | 13 comments
    • Braying for blood

      When you're a kid playing chess in Australia, you hear these stories about this magical, mystical place called 'Europe'. A place where some people's houses are older than the first Australian colonies, where soccer is actually considered a real sp... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Oct 21, 2014
      • | 1471 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Flashback: "Dave's Juice Fast" (2007)

      A reader asked me about my first attempt at a juice fast, which I mentioned in relation to an upcoming repeat as part of my anti-midlife-crisis. I dug up a Facebook post I wrote about it in 2007, after the second day of the fast. Unfortunately, t... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Oct 2, 2014
      • | 958 views
      • | 4 comments
    • First Contact

      As I rapidly approach - *gasp!* - thirty, it appears I've been going through some sort of premature midlife crisis. I've been aggressively travelling to new countries (three this Summer), flirting with various new hobbies and pursuits, will soon e... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Sep 13, 2014
      • | 1428 views
      • | 8 comments
    • Australian Olympiad post-mortem

      The following is more of a diary entry of my thoughts about the Australian team's performance. If you have no interest in Australia's performance at the Olympiad, or the Olympiad, or chess, or my writing in general...Well, there are some photos ... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Sep 2, 2014
      • | 1190 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Home

      After a straight month on the road, complete with four countries, 19 tournament games, one blitz tournament, a problem solving championship, a Bermuda party and an amazing wedding, only Bruno Mars can explain how I feel. | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Aug 18, 2014
      • | 1257 views
      • | 6 comments
    • Olympiad 2014: Penultimate night

      (Note: First published with better quality - and unstretched! - photos here.) A lot's happened, and I've been neglecting my updates. I guess that just means plenty of post-Tromsoø updates. For now, here are the cliff notes: Australia is having ... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Aug 13, 2014
      • | 1710 views
      • | 8 comments