Monday, July 23, 2007

Smerdon Beats GM Oleksienko

Playing on board 6 last night IM David Smerdon defeated GM Mikhailo Oleksienko of Ukraine in the 3rd round of Pardubice. The win would have delighted many Aussie fans who might have stayed up late to watch the live broadcast. Smerdon is so far undefeated after 3 rounds and now plays another grandmaster in Polish player Grzegorz Gajewski (2556).

Manuel Weeks, playing in the same tournament, drew with Marian Sabol. His next opponent is FM Boris Furman.


Anonymous said...

Hopefully David can secure his final norm. With Ian now retired we need someone to fly the aussie flag. Go Smerdon!

Anonymous said...

Best of luck Smerdon. Even though we're all excited about the chance to have a 3rd GM, try not to feel the pressure- just enjoy yourself and do what you do best and the norm will come! :-)