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The chess blog of GM David Smerdon

Musings on chess, and lesser things


    • 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
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      • | 1 comment
    • 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
      • | 682 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
      • | 1072 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
      • | 908 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
      • | 1042 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
      • | 1413 views
      • | 8 comments
    • Armenia-Australia 3-1

      "If you can draw with Aronian from the exchange down, you'll definitely have no problems against Magnus!" That was Aussie GM Ian Rogers' comment after my game with Levon Aronian. Quite a few people have complimented me on my 'inspired' exchange s... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Aug 4, 2014
      • | 1648 views
      • | 12 comments
    • Team Oz in Oslo

      Goodbye Denmark, Hello Norway! The Politiken Cup once again lived up to its billing as one of the most enjoyable tournaments on the European Summer calendar. This year was especially pleasant for the Aussies; as a team, we scored 4.5/5 in the f... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Jul 31, 2014
      • | 1066 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Leaving the Politiks behind

      It's not like me to write about chess politics (i.e. my last post), but I'm sure I'll have no choice at the Olympiad next week. Not to mention Australian politics; these days, it's hard for me to read the politics section of The Australian witho... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Jul 25, 2014
      • | 1021 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Cancel the Olympiad? No(r) way!

      It's hard to know what to make of the latest Olympiad drama. There are so many conflicting reports, rumours, innocent victims and different parties with skin in the game, that it reminds one of an election campaign. Oh hang on; there IS an electio... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Jul 18, 2014
      • | 1818 views
      • | 13 comments