David Smerdon

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David Smerdon
Full name David Craig Smerdon
Country Australia
Born (1984-09-17) 17 September 1984 (age 32)
Brisbane, Australia
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2533 (March 2017)
Peak rating 2531 (May 2010)

David Craig[1] Smerdon (born 17 September 1984) is an Australian chess grandmaster from Brisbane, Australia. He is currently the second highest ranked player in Australia and one of only five active Australian Grandmasters.

He was educated at the Anglican Church Grammar School[2] and the University of Melbourne,[3] where he was a resident student at Trinity College.[4]

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.[5] He is the fourth Australian to become a Grandmaster, after Ian Rogers, Darryl Johansen and Zhao Zong-Yuan.[6]

In 2009, he won the Queenstown Chess Classic tournament[7] and the 2009 Oceania Chess Championship with a score of 7½/9.[8][9] He took part in the Chess World Cup 2009 and was knocked out by Leinier Domínguez in the first round.[10]

Smerdon played for the Australian team in the Chess Olympiads of 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 and has also been selected to play board 1 for Australia in 2016.[11]

Smerdon is the recipient of a 2011 John Monash Scholarship, awarded by the General Sir John Monash Foundation. [12]


  • Smerdon, David (2015). Smerdon’s Scandinavian. Everyman Chess. ISBN 9781781942949. 


  1. ^ "25th Asian Junior Chess Championship". Tripod. Retrieved 2015-11-08. 
  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. ^ "Smerdon's Scholarships", Trinity e-news, Dec. 2010.
  5. ^ Shaun Press (2009-06-08). "Smerdon wins NSW Open". Chessexpress.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  6. ^ "2009 Oceania Zonal, final round bulletin" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 January 2012. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  7. ^ "Queenstown Chess Classic 2009 - Final Results". Newzealandchess.co.nz. Archived from the original on 15 May 2010. Retrieved 11 January 2010. 
  8. ^ Oceania Zone Champions Oceania Chess Confederation
  9. ^ 2009 Oceania Zonal, final rankings chess-results.com
  10. ^ Crowther, Mark (15 December 2009). "The Week in Chess: FIDE World Cup Mini-Site 2009". Chess.co.uk. Archived from the original on 20 October 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  11. ^ Men's Chess Olympiads: David Smerdon OlimpBase
  12. ^ "John Monash Scholars". 

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