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The Australian Open Olympiad team (David Smerdon, Zong Yuan Zhao, Moulthun Ly, Anton Smirnov and Max Illingworth, captained by Manuel Weeks with Darryl Johansen as coach) has recorded another superb result in Baku. Seeded 45th, the team finished 30th with a +7-4 match record. We defeated two higher seeded teams, defeated every lower-ranked team we played, and were very competitive in matches against the very strong teams.
Highlights included Anton Smirnov’s undefeated 8.5/10 (placing him 5th on his board with a 2700+ performance rating) and David Smerdon forcing a draw against World Champion Magnus Carlsen.
Australia’s women’s team (Heather Richards, Giang Nguyen, Emma Guo, Biljana Dekic and Alex Jule, captained by Ian Rogers) had a more difficult event but finished 64th with a +5-1=5 match scoreline.
Thanks to the players, captains and coaches for representing us and thanks to all who have contributed at the Olympiad appeal website : www.acfappeal.aunz.org
Congratulations To Our Newest Grandmaster
At the recent FIDE Congress, Moulthun Ly was formally awarded the title of FIDE Grandmaster (which will appear on his card at the end of the two-month public display process). He achieved his final norm in Abu Dhabi in a lead-up event to the Olympiad.