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The chess blog of GM David Smerdon

Musings on chess, and lesser things


    • 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
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      • | 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
      • | 652 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
      • | 868 views
      • | 3 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
      • | 1215 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
      • | 1560 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
      • | 953 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
      • | 948 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
      • | 1747 views
      • | 13 comments
    • Getting cooked by Swedish chefs

      Yeh I know, I need new material. But come on, I love this guy. My tournament in Växjö (pronounced "Vair-kshh", as I was quizzed on by the organisers in the opening ceremony) was not an overwhelming success. I finished middle of the field on a... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Jul 11, 2014
      • | 1504 views
      • | 6 comments
    • Full tilt

      0-0-0. Queenside castling - again! I'm in Växjö, a sleepy little Swedish town. Well, it seems sleepy, although I'm told it's a lively student joint outside of the summer. Just my luck: you can have the sun, or fun, but not both. I'm here for a... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Jun 26, 2014
      • | 1892 views
      • | 4 comments