After a less than successful stint in Budapest, IM David Smerdon is now off to the Czech Open for another try at that GM norm. This is a huge event and Smerdon will face off against much tougher opponents than in the First Saturday. As at this morning there are some 48 players rated over 2500+ with Viktor Laznicka, 2608, as the top seed; David is seeded 84th.
While the actual festival began about a week ago, David's section is due to commence this Friday, 20 July. Live games should be available here. Good luck David!