Some congrats to a couple of local generation Y chessers. First, of course, to IM David Smerdon. The guy even made it to page 2 of today's Sun Herald! Well done on that norm and all the best to finally hitting the magic 2500-rating mark.
Congrats, too, to recent returnee Arianne Caoili. Hanging around with super grandmasters, including that special friend Levon Aronian, must have certainly done wonders to her chess. Arianne has just participated in this weekend's ANU Open where she managed to beat IM Gary Lane. I know it's still some distance out, but she looks hard to ignore for Olympiad duties. I wonder, however, if she'll play for Oz or switch to RP.