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The chess blog of GM David Smerdon

Musings on chess, and lesser things


    • 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
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      • | 2 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
      • | 1484 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
      • | 1325 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
      • | 1690 views
      • | 4 comments
    • Australia: The (Un)lucky country

      Ah, Australia. The sunburnt land. The land down under. The lucky country. Well, usually. Don't worry; I promise this post isn't about the latest Federal budget, though many of you are aware how much I have to say about that. Cutting $8 billion f... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Jun 6, 2014
      • | 1141 views
      • | 6 comments
    • Geek night

      Today was a good day. The sun was not only shining but actually warm, which is a rarity for the solar mass that usually takes an aesthetic-only approach to the Amsterdam sky. In fact, shorts and flip-flops were the order of the day, for the first ... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | May 22, 2014
      • | 1027 views
      • | 6 comments
    • A long ride home

      One of my former schoolmates, Jonathan Ringrose, is going to cycle home.  'Home' is Brisbane, Queensland. His current location? Stockholm, Sweden. "Sorry, Google says no." The Jonathan I remember was a quiet, friendly, well-liked kid at Churchi... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | May 12, 2014
      • | 966 views
      • | 4 comments
    • GM norm for Mighty Molton

      Congratulations to Aussie (and Queensland!) IM Moulthun Ly for winning the very strong Sydney International Chess Open, and at the same time picking up a valuable Grandmaster norm. After this performance, and given his past history, I'm betting Au... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Apr 30, 2014
      • | 1748 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Kasparov in Australia

      Check out Garry K's eloquent interview on one of Australia's major news channels. The interviewer, like most Australians, is predictably fairly ignorant about the chess world, but the questions are above average, and the answers are insightful.  ... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Apr 21, 2014
      • | 1103 views
      • | 7 comments
    • How to use ChessBase on a Mac

      (This is a short story/guide on the best way to install ChessBase on a Mac, including Macs without a DVD drive.)   Recently, I decided to embrace my inner hipster and get a Mac. (If you don't know what a hipster is, this handy flowchart from th... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Apr 18, 2014
      • | 1174 views
      • | 6 comments