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The chess blog of GM David Smerdon

Musings on chess, and lesser things


    • Book reviews: "Liquidation on the chessboard" and "Taimanov: The English Attack"

      That title is pretty horrible, but I'm told it's very "googleable". Let's go with that. I recently received three books from New in Chess. Two of them are your run-of-the-mill chess books: well written, somewhat typical and, simply, good bo... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | May 24, 2015
      • | 2560 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Micro movie review: 'Jupiter Ascending'

      My ten-word review of the much-hyped Wachowski brothers' sci-fi flick Jupiter Ascending:   Expectation:  The Matrix meets Star Wars. Reality:  Sharknado meets Frozen. | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Apr 29, 2015
      • | 1430 views
      • | 21 comments
    • Men, Women and Nigel Short 2: An academic response

      SUMMARY: Short’s article was not as controversial as it has been made out to be Short based his claims on two recent academic contributions – one statistical comment and one study on FIDE data – that suggested that gender gaps cannot be exp... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Apr 24, 2015
      • | 3091 views
      • | 21 comments
    • Men, Women and Nigel Short

      (See also the second, more technical follow-up: Men, Women and Nigel Short 2: An academic response)   Much to my amazement, chess has hit the front pages of the mainstream media for the third time in a fortnight. This time, however, it's mor... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Apr 20, 2015
      • | 1678 views
      • | 11 comments
    • So What?

      For the past week, the chess world has been abuzz with reports of GM Wesley So's involuntary forfeit at the recent US Chess Championships. For the non-chess readers of my blog, the short version of the story basically goes like this: So, the numbe... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Apr 18, 2015
      • | 1588 views
      • | 8 comments
    • 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
      • | 1247 views
      • | 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
      • | 1396 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
      • | 1150 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
      • | 726 views
      • | 0 comments