Friday, February 16, 2007

Two Draws for Smerdon

It's 2 draws so far for IM David Smerdon in the opening shots of the '07 Aeroflot Open. He faced WGM Xiaobing in the first round, followed up in the second by the Qatari IM Husein Nezad. Smerdon's Olympiad captain, Manuel Weeks, is already facing a difficult time. The Australian FIDE master, rated 2229, lost to the strong WFM Valentina Gunina (2347) and in the next game to IM Vladimir Onoprienko (2354).

But a third Australian, James Attwood, is having a better of it with a neat 2/2 scoreline. James will make a board 3 appearance tomorrow against Sergei Volkov.

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