Thursday, April 29, 2010

Final Aussie Olympiad Applicants

Applications for this year's Australian Open and Womens Olympiad Teams have now closed. Below are the names of applicants as posted by ACF Selections Director, Dr Bonham over on ChessChat:

GM David Smerdon
GM Zong-Yuan Zhao
GM Darryl Johansen
IM George Xie
IM Gary Lane
IM Stephen Solomon
IM Alex Wohl
IM Igor Goldenberg

IM Irina Berezina
WIM Biljana Dekic
WFM Emma Guo
WIM Arianne Caoili
Giang Nguyen
Sarah Anton
WFM Vaness Reid

I'll stick to most of my earlier picks. Probably the only one in the men's who now has a question mark is IM Aleks Wohl. After a poor KL Open, he has just completed the 9th Asian Continental on 2.5 points from nine games! In that light I'd seriously reconsider Solo.

And on the women's side, Moylan opted not to apply, so I'm going for Giang Ngyuyen. To be clear, I think that the combo of Caoili, Berezina-Feldman, Giang, Guo and Reid should head off for Khanty-Mansiysk. That's three proven campaigners plus 2 hungry young guns who, I think, deserve to be groomed for future action.

By the way, if you haven't already, don't forget to put in a little something to this year's Olympiad Appeal.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I like to suggest the all Aussie Grandmasters get re-trained on how a knight moves, and that fact the piece is called a "Knight" a not a "Kangaroo"

Also they should be warned to watch out for little kiddie playing illegal moves (haha,

perhaps Aussie Federation could suggest GM Smerdon must remain clothed at all times - with note of his new hobby of nude bike riding (

best of luck to the Aussie Olympiad team