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The chess blog of GM David Smerdon

Musings on chess, and lesser things


    • A tale of tie-breaks and rugby

      A while ago, I wrote a post about tie-breaks in chess. It  was inspired by a research proposal I submitted on social network formation as applied to round-robin chess, which basically consisted of a lot of mathematics. One point to come out of ... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Mar 31, 2015
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      • | 2 comments
    • Thicker than water

      Many people are surprised to hear that I come from a family of extremely talented artists. They are usually even more surprised to discover that I cannot draw so much as a realistic stick figure. I think I made  flip-book once that made some sens... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Mar 1, 2015
      • | 1223 views
      • | 8 comments
    • Translating Yoga

      One of my New Year's resolutions (actually, if I'm being honest, a regular, unsatisfied customer on the list) is to do yoga. But this time, I've tried to make the resolution a bit more specific and quantifiable: I have to complete 8 weeks of cons... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Feb 4, 2015
      • | 992 views
      • | 5 comments
    • Hottest 100 Song Entries, 2015

      First (substantive) post is now up: My top-ten songs as entered in Triple J's Hottest 100 Countdown competition. Vids and reviews here: http://www.davidsmerdon.com/?p=1636 | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Jan 25, 2015
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    • 2015 – We’re Back, Baby!

      After a long hiatus, the blog is back. I decided to trial a Christmas/New Year period offline, coinciding with a much-needed trip back to Australia. I was fortunate to be invited to play in the Australian Open chess championships in Sydney, which ... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Jan 25, 2015
      • | 626 views
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    • 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
      • | 1895 views
      • | 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
      • | 867 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
      • | 2235 views
      • | 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
      • | 3650 views
      • | 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
      • | 1720 views
      • | 2 comments