The chess blog of GM David Smerdon

Musings on chess, and lesser things


    • Facebook Chess

      Towards the end of one of my recent economics tutorials at university, I asked my students if there were any questions. There was a brief discussion (in Dutch) among three boys in the front row and then one shot up his hand and said, "Si... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Feb 4, 2016
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    • Hottest 100: My top ten

      “You know, you’ve only got a day to go to write a certain annual post, mate.” So said my mate Fitzy at breakfast this morning. I’m on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, a serenely picturesque region that encompasses glorio... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Jan 24, 2016
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      • | 6 comments
    • Leaping into 2016

      The worst thing about taking a long hiatus from a blog is all the spam.  That aside, I'm back, and looking forward to a big year. It's always nice when the chess and regular olympics coincide, and in a leap year no less. I was trying t... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Jan 20, 2016
      • | 987 views
      • | 5 comments
    • REVIEW: 1.e4 vs The Sicilian II (Parimarjan Negi)

      Book review: “1.e4 vs The Sicilian II” – Parimarjan Negi (Quality Chess)   Even after all these years, I still get a kick when I receive a new chess book. But there’s something special about getting a ... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Dec 18, 2015
      • | 3840 views
      • | 11 comments
    • Superstars describe superstars

      Check out this awesome video from the London Chess Classic where the participants take turns describing their fellow competitors in one word. So entertaining! Honestly, I wish organisers did this sort of thing more often. They have such an opportu... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Dec 7, 2015
      • | 2334 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Computers can't blunder...right?

      The TCEC superfinal between Komodo and Stockfish is currently taking place. I have the games (a 100-game match I believe!) running in the background while I work, kind of like test-match cricket. It's somehow soothing, a silicon version of Enya if... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Nov 11, 2015
      • | 2978 views
      • | 14 comments
    • REVIEW: Understanding the Queen's Gambit Accepted

      The Queen's Gambit Accepted: A Black Repertoireby A.Delchev and S. Semkov I recently got my hands on a couple of new opening books by Chess Stars, the Bulgarian publishing house perhaps best known for the Openings For White According to Anand s... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Nov 6, 2015
      • | 3964 views
      • | 12 comments
    • Smerdon's self-promotion

      *** EDIT:  The '50 Moves' guys have kindly decided to make the webinar FREE! So register here.Well, the attention my Nakamura/Mcshane post received was overwhelming, with my website getting over ten times the normal number of comments for an ... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Oct 21, 2015
      • | 2701 views
      • | 12 comments
    • Nakamura and McShane's big mistake

      I love following this Millionaire Chess tournament. It's really quite a spectacle: untitled players can pick up tens of thousands of dollars, one top player gets to go home with $100,000, and there's even the bizarre "Win a million" lottery to kee... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Oct 12, 2015
      • | 3966 views
      • | 25 comments
    • Rapid fire

      I've had the opportunity to play a couple of rapid tournaments recently, in a weak attempt to shake off the rust before the European league season starts. There was a nice 'holiday' rapid in Luxembourg, whose chess community is super fun and soci... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Oct 2, 2015
      • | 2112 views
      • | 2 comments