The chess blog of GM David Smerdon

Musings on chess, and lesser things


    • A guide to the chess Olympiad – Part II

      Foar Part 1, click here.     In the last article I described the basics of the chess Olympiad, and mentioned that it used to be dominated – almost tediously so – by the USSR. But the chess world is different now an... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Aug 21, 2016
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    • A guide to the chess Olympiad – Part I

      NOTE:  This was supposed to be a small note, but once I assembled all the questions I’ve been asked over the years, it quickly turned into quite a long article. So I’ve broken it up into two parts, vaguely along the li... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Aug 19, 2016
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    • Book Review: Insanity, Passion and Addiction

      BOOK REVIEW:  “Insanity, Passion and Addiction: A year inside the chess world” (Danny Gormally)   Most chess books are more or less the same. An opening treatise, an instructional book on endgames or middlegames, a t... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Jul 21, 2016
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    • Arbitrary achievements

      How many seconds have you been alive in your life? Seriously, take a guess. Just pick the closest number that feels right. What did you think? One million? Ten million? A hundred million?! This question is hard. As humans, we're not used... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | May 27, 2016
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    • German gems

      No, I'm not talking about my girlfriend (though she also counts). Last weekend was the final installment of the German chess league, which is the strongest in the world. After each weekend I can't resist quickly going through the 64 games (which i... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Apr 26, 2016
      • | 2083 views
      • | 4 comments
    • When I'm not playing chess...

      Recently someone asked me what I did "when you're not playing chess." I found the question quite comical because I'm not playing chess the vast majority of the time. Still, occasionally I get mistaken for a professional player (albeit a weak one).... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Apr 15, 2016
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    • The rhythm of the knight

      Here's a quick little chess coincidence from the weekend. As I was strolling around to look at the other games in the German Bundesliga matches in Mulheim, I noticed a cute endgame finish in the Dortmund-Emsdetten clash. Black seemed to be holding... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Apr 11, 2016
      • | 2195 views
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    • Candidates Wrap: Top 5 moments of the final day

      The World Chess Candidates tournament was awesome. Action-packed, drama-filled, and suspense-ridden right up until the end. I've read a lot of reports from the chess side, and naturally about Karjakin's fabulous win. But I haven't read anything ab... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Mar 29, 2016
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    • Live Blog! - 2016 World Chess Candidates, Final Round

      I'm going to again run a live blog of the final round of the Candidates today. If you're interested, head to www.davidsmerdon.com (or here) to read some random thoughts about the games as we move closer to finding out who'll challen... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Mar 28, 2016
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    • Book Review: Playing 1.e4 e5

        Book Review: “Playing 1.e4 e5 – A Classical Repertoire”(Nikolaos Ntirlis, Quality) You’ve probably not heard of Nikolaos Ntirlis. But you should! Ntirlis may not have a FIDE rating (at least as far as I could t... | Read More

      • GM smurfo
      • | Mar 19, 2016
      • | 3880 views
      • | 14 comments