There was Smerdon vs. Carlsen (2016) 1/2-1/2, and now there is Smirnov vs. Carlsen (2022) 0-1. I'm not aware of any other games between Australian players and Carlsen.

Question: Have any Australians played Carlsen OTB, other than Smerdon and Smirnov?

ABC News suggests there have been other games:

Queensland Grandmaster David Smerdon is one of the few Australians to have faced Carlsen over the board, holding him to a draw at the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Azerbaijan.
ABC News, 2021.

I'm guessing people might be downvoting because it's basically impossible to eliminate the possibility that there were Carlsen vs. Australian-player undocumented games played e.g. in a bar. I'm mostly just interested in what's available in databases. I personally don't own a database, and I'm not sure of an efficient method to check online databases for "Australian player". The answer might very well be "there are no others recorded" (cmgchess's comment seems to suggest this), but I don't know.

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    fide profile only shows smerdon. im not sure if fide profile publicly shows records only after 2003. so only smerdon and smirnov in fide rated games?
    – cmgchess
    Aug 3, 2022 at 12:11
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    I cannot fathom why a perfectly good on-topic question like this one is downvoted so much.
    – qwr
    Aug 4, 2022 at 3:07
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    "one of the few" seems like some good weasel-wording for "we couldn't find any others but didn't really want to commit to saying 'only'"
    – Cleveland
    Aug 4, 2022 at 10:44

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Zhao Zong-Yuan played Carlsen in the first round of the 2007 World Cup, losing both games.

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