It was a black night for Australian sport last night - a complete and total disaster. The Wallabies lost to the mighty All Blacks, again! The Socceroos were upset by Japan with two Premiere Leaguers missing their spot kicks. (But somebody please just toss this Graham Arnold out!) And the Aussie women netballers (not that we normally care about this sport) were beaten by their Kiwi opposition after leading by 10 goals halfway through the third quarter! What the hell is going on?
Whatever, on the chess board at least our boys are doing us proud. In Pardubice's second round, IM David Smerdon beat Ramesa Davor while compatriot and Olympiad skipper FM Manuel Weeks drew with Aleksandar Kaminik.
David will have his first GM assignment tonight, on board 6, against Mikhailo Oleksienko (2567) of Ukraine and Manuel will play against 2285-rated Marian Sabol.
It's likely that David's game will be broadcast live. Games commence at 3PM local time which is 11PM Sydney time.