International master David Smerdon is currently in The Netherlands, apparently on study exchange for his university diploma. But it won't all be books and long hours of essay writing for this talented master. There is also chess.
Last week, David finished equal first in a weekend tournament in Tilburg. And this week, he competes in what GM Ian Rogers describes (in his Sun Herald column) as "the most challenging round robin tournament in which Smerdon, 20, has ever competed".
The 2006 BDO Chess Tournament began well enough for Smerdon as he beat Stefan Docx in round 1.
BDO Tournament, Haarlem
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. Qxc3 b5 7. cxb5 c6 8. Bg5 cxb5 9. e3 Bb7 10. Nf3 h6 11. Bxf6 Qxf6 12. Be2 Rc8 13. Qb3 a6 14. O-O Bd5 15. Qd3 Nc6 16. Nd2 Na5 17. Bf3 Qg5 18. a4 Bc4 19. Nxc4 bxc4 20. Qc3 Rab8 21. d5 Qd8 22. Rfd1 Qb6 23. h3 Qb4 24. dxe6 dxe6 25. Rac1 Nb3 26. Qxb4 Rxb4 27. Rc2 Rxa4 28. Rd6 a5 29. Kh2 g6 30. Be2 Rb4 31. Ra6 a4 32. Ra7 Kg7 33. Kg3 Nc5 34. f3 Rcb8 35. Bxc4 Rxb2 36. Rxb2 Rxb2 37. Ra5 Nd7 38. Rxa4 Nb6 0-1