Several Australians will be in action this weekend and we'd like to wish all of them the very best of luck.
In Hungary, David Smerdon will be in action against the likes of grandmasters Yu Shaoteng and Vladislav Nevednichy in the Paks GM Cup tournament. First round of that event is slated for this Sunday at 1500 local time in Budapest.
Meanwhile, the U16 World Youth Olympiad kicks off tomorrow in Singapore. We'd expect regular updates on the SCF website so do look out for those. Australia has sent in 4 teams to this event. Our top side, ranked 4th in the event, consists of this country's top juniors led by 2 IM-norm holder Moulthun Ly.
RP, by the way, has sent just one team to Singapore and they are led by the 2516-rated IM Wesley So. All the best to these guys too.
And finally in Spain our friend IM Alex Wohl began positively in the XVII Open Internacional de la Pobla de Lillet as he won in the first round. "Easy" games so far but we wish him well for when he clashes with the big names in the later rounds.