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GM Smerdon crushes all in simultaneous

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Kenyan chess received a big boost with the recent private visit by GM David Smerdon of Australia.

He used the visit to meet up with members of Kenya’s small but vibrant chess community.

GM David Smerdon is a rare breed of player.  Not only is he a Grandmaster but also a Ph.D holder in Economics.  He is a professor at University of Queensland, in Applied Economics and Evolutionary Methods.

You can find out more about GM Smerdon by visiting his informative website – David Smerdon – Musings on chess, and lesser things.

He has represented Australia in 7 Chess Olympiads and written a book on the Scandinavian Opening.

One of his non chess highlights was his Maasai baptism!  He was baptised as ‘Ng’orialem‘ by the Maasai!  Ng’orialme means ‘bull with a white-and-red dotted head’.

GM Ng'orialem posing with a member of the Masai community!
GM Ng’orialem posing with a member of the Masai community!

GM Smerdon spent an afternoon at Nairobi Chess Club on 23rd June 2018.  A short report on this visit can be found here – GM Smerdon visits Nairobi Chess Club.

The following Sunday (,1st July 2018) he took on 23 young chess players at Nairobi Gymkhana Club.

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Overview of the playing hall with GM Smerdon in the corning.

Nairobi Gymkhana Chess Club has hosted 2  visiting grandmasters in the recent past.

A closer view of the action.
A closer view of the action.

These include GM Nigel Short in July 2015, and GM Maurice Ashley in 2016 (See – GM Maurice Ashely in Nairobi).

Hmmm. What do I do now?
Hmmm. What do I do now?

Nairobi Gymkhana Club presented GM Smerdon with an  engraved, brass rhino statue to commemorate his visit.

Participants pose with GM David Smerdon. Larry Kagambi who is the Nairobi Gymkhana Club chess coordinator is standing at the extreme left)
Participants pose with GM David Smerdon. Larry Kagambi who is the Nairobi Gymkhana Club chess coordinator is standing at the extreme left)
From left GM David Smerdon, Pravin Halai (Nairobi Gymkhana Executive Committee member), Nairobi Gymkhana Chess Committee members: Shekar Subramaniam, Biren Shah & Rasik Shah (Indoor Secretary - Nairobi Gymkhana).
From left GM David Smerdon, Pravin Halai (Nairobi Gymkhana Executive Committee member), Nairobi Gymkhana Chess Committee members: Shekar Subramaniam, Biren Shah & Rasik Shah (Indoor Secretary – Nairobi Gymkhana).