David Smerdon

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David Smerdon
Country Australia
Born (1984-09-17) 17 September 1984 (age 30)
Brisbane, Australia
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2514 (December 2014)
Peak rating 2531 (May 2010)

David Smerdon (born 17 September 1984) is an Australian chess grandmaster from Brisbane, Australia.[1] He was educated at the Anglican Church Grammar School[2] and the University of Melbourne.[3]

To qualify for the title of Grandmaster, a player must achieve three Grandmaster norm performances, and a FIDE Elo rating over 2500. Late in 2007, Smerdon achieved his third and final Grandmaster norm. In the July 2009 FIDE rating list his rating passed 2500, so he qualified for the title of Grandmaster.[4] He is the fourth Australian to become a Grandmaster (after Ian Rogers, Darryl Johansen and Zhao Zong-Yuan).[5]

Smerdon is currently the second highest ranked player in Australia and one of only three active Australian Grandmasters.

In 2009, he won the Queenstown Chess Classic tournament[6] and the 2009 Oceania Chess Championship with a score of 7½/9.[7][8] He took part in the Chess World Cup 2009 and was knocked out by Leinier Domínguez in the first round.[9]

In 2010 Smerdon was awarded the General Sir John Monash Award.[10]


  1. ^ "Smerdon, David FIDE Online Chess Personal card". Ratings.fide.com. 2011-09-01. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  2. ^ Mason, James (2011). Churchie: The Centenary Register. Brisbane, Australia: The Anglican Church Grammar School. ISBN 978-0-646-55807-3. 
  3. ^ "Player Interviews: GM David Smerdon interviewed by FM Grant Szuveges". Melbourne Chess Club. Retrieved 13 December 2010. 
  4. ^ Shaun Press (2009-06-08). "Smerdon wins NSW Open". Chessexpress.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  5. ^ "2009 Oceania Zonal, final round bulletin" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  6. ^ "Queenstown Chess Classic 2009 - Final Results". Newzealandchess.co.nz. Retrieved 11 January 2010. 
  7. ^ Oceania Zone Champions Oceania Chess Confederation
  8. ^ 2009 Oceania Zonal, final rankings chess-results.com
  9. ^ Crowther, Mark (2009-12-15). "The Week in Chess: FIDE World Cup Mini-Site 2009". Chess.co.uk. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "John Monash Scholar (Alumi)". 

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