This just in. International master David Smerdon is on a hunt for a GM norm in Budapest, Hungary. He is presently participating in the famous First Saturday tournament. Our source informs me that David, sadly, began with a setback losing to Iceland's FM Gudmundur Kjartansson (FIDE 2306) in the first round.
Let's hope that David can recover and earn that all-important GM norm! It's been a while since our last homegrown grandmaster and it will be very appropriate indeed especially after today's shocking news on Shaun Press' blog. GM Ian Rogers today announced his retirement from competitive chess play.