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|Jun-10-09|| ||twinlark: Bonza rippa cobber! Still on the wallaby tho'.|
|Jun-10-09|| ||Open Defence: Larkers!!!! welcome back!! we really missed you here!!! open yer forum!!|
|Jun-10-09|| ||zanshin: <twinlark: Bonza rippa cobber! Still on the wallaby tho'.>|
Translation: I am doing very well my friend but still out exploring the country.
Is that close? I had to consult several Australian slang websites ;-)
|Jun-10-09|| ||supertimchan: Nothing is official, chessgames shouldn't state that he is a GM, but he isn't. He can still lose points by playing more games.|
|Jun-10-09|| ||Benzol: Congratulations to David on getting his third GM norm.|
He may be playing a match against Puchen Wang later this year in NZ.
|Jun-11-09|| ||Chnebelgrind: congratulations to this imaginative player!|
|Jun-11-09|| ||zanshin: <supertimchan: Nothing is official, chessgames shouldn't state that he is a GM>|
Do you mean in his bio? <CG> doesn't do that - its member volunteers do.
|Jun-14-09|| ||wordfunph: Congrats to David Smerdon for attaining his GM title in NSW Open!|
|Jun-15-09|| ||gazzawhite: Well done Smerdon, this is great news!|
|Jun-15-09|| ||Benzol: Someone has altered the bio again so the question I have is has FIDE actually conferred the GM title on him? Is it confirmed?|
|Jun-15-09|| ||gazzawhite: He's fulfilled all of the requirements for the GM title, so it's just a case of formalities now. I'm guessing he will officially be recognised when the next rating list comes out?|
|Jun-16-09|| ||zanshin: <Treasury checks mate with chess title
June 16, 2009
A policy analyst with Treasury has become king of the chessboard, reaching the highest level in the game following a win at the NSW Open.
David Smerdon of Treasury’s Canberra HQ was named Grandmaster by the World Chess Federation FIDE (Federation Internationale es Echecs) after the victory. Mr Smerdon, 24, has been playing chess for most of his life, having started at the age of four. He is Australia’s fourth Grandmaster, but Canberra’s first.
“It’s a sense of personal achievement,” Mr Smerdon said on his return to work. For the last 10 years, I’ve been at the second highest level, International Master. It’s taken a long time for me to jump to the top level.”
He has represented Australia in four chess Olympiads and nine world junior chess championships, as well as other international events. Mr Smerdon, who has previously fulfilled the performance requirements for the title in various Australian and international tournaments, had six wins and a draw at the NSW Open, which improved his international rating and secured him the title.
Back at Treasury, Mr Smerdon joined the Corporations and Financial Services Division’s Market Integrity Unit last year as part of the graduate intake and loves the challenging work environment.
“Working at Treasury is similar to chess,” he said. “It’s quite complex. I find it interesting.” He said the Department had been very supportive of his exploits, allowing him time off to compete in events. It’s not all chess and work for Mr Smerdon though. In his spare time he plays sport, is a keen debater and learns languages. He hopes the publicity he gets from chess will encourage other young Australians to give it a go.
“It’s important. It’s part of a well-rounded education,” Mr Smerdon said. “People should try it at least once.”
Secretary of Treasury, Ken Henry congratulated Mr Smerdon on his achievement.>
|Jun-24-09|| ||twinlark: <Benzol>
As <gazzawhite> says. FIDE will get around to formally ratifying his title in one of their regular subcommittee meetings. Sometimes it takes its sweet time doing so, but the title is always backdated with effect from when the player meets the final criterion.
To all intents and purposes, David is now a GM.
|Jun-24-09|| ||Benzol: <twinlark> That's great news!|
|Jun-26-09|| ||Ken MacGillivray: David has won the 2009 Oceania Zonal Championship; a world championship cycle qualifier; with a score of 7.5 from 9 rounds, a full point clear of the field.|
|Jun-26-09|| ||twinlark: Now the monkey's off his back, let's see what he can do!|
|Jun-27-09|| ||whatthefat: Great work, David!|
|Aug-07-09|| ||Benzol: Congratulations to David who has emerged as the winner ( +2, =4, -0 ) in the six game "Australasian Match of the Decade" against Puchen Wang which finished just yesterday.|
I have uploaded the games so they should appear sometime in the near future.
|Nov-21-09|| ||brucejavier: good luck GM david smerdon in the world cup!! do australia proud and good luck in the tornament.|
|Nov-27-09|| ||jon01: GM David Smerdon seems like a really nice guy. You can read his blog http://www.davidsmerdon.com/.|
|Nov-27-09|| ||DCP23: <jon01> Thanks for the link! An entertaining read.|
|Jul-08-10|| ||GrahamClayton: 2009 was a big year for David - as well as gaining his GM title, he was also awarded the Lajos Steiner medal by the Australian Chess Federation for Player of the Year.|
|Sep-21-10|| ||Chnebelgrind: |
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world Chess Olympiad 2010 Khanty_Mansisk
|Sep-29-10|| ||Honza Cervenka: <Czech GM Lubomir Ftacnik.> It's just a detail but Lubo Ftacnik is a Slovak GM. Well, before split of Czechoslovakia in the end of 1992 he was a Czechoslovak grandmaster.|
|Sep-20-12|| ||cro777: GM Lubomir Ftacnik was Smerdon's coach when he was 13. Recently, they met at the Olympiad in Istanbul. In the last round Australia played against Slovakia.|
"I did my best to forget about chess during the subsequent rest day, got a good night’s sleep, and was confident of holding the fort on board one in the final game against the legendary Slovakian grandmaster Lubomir Ftacnik (who once coached me back when I was 13). I reached an equal endgame where I had a whole-of-board blockade, but just when the draw was in sight, inexplicably I chose to open things up around my king. The loss saw us finish the match tied, saw me finish with three straight losses and go from four out of seven to four out of ten, and will see my rating fall below 2500 for the first time since becoming a grandmaster." (David Smerdon)
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