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J Gallagher 
 
Joseph G Gallagher
Number of games in database: 689
Years covered: 1981 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2466 (2522 rapid, 2479 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2550
Overall record: +280 -170 =236 (58.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      3 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (114) 
    B90 B30 B47 B33 B31
 French Defense (46) 
    C11 C17 C18 C00 C16
 King's Gambit Accepted (45) 
    C34 C36 C35 C39 C33
 Caro-Kann (31) 
    B18 B17 B12 B15 B19
 Sicilian Najdorf (19) 
    B90 B92 B97 B93
 French (18) 
    C11 C00 C10 C12
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (120) 
    B90 B22 B92 B51 B94
 King's Indian (116) 
    E94 E67 E81 E92 E73
 Sicilian Najdorf (54) 
    B90 B92 B94 B93 B99
 English (11) 
    A10 A15 A16
 Queen's Pawn Game (10) 
    A45 A46 E10
 Pirc (8) 
    B07 B08
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Terentiev vs J Gallagher, 1990 0-1
   J Gallagher vs Korchnoi, 2006 1-0
   J Gallagher vs Bodelier, 1991 1-0
   J Gallagher vs R Fontaine, 1994 1-0
   J Gallagher vs P Morris, 1990 1-0
   J Gallagher vs R Ziatdinov, 1991 1-0
   Salgado vs J Gallagher, 1992 0-1
   J Gallagher vs C Crouch, 2001 1-0
   J Gallagher vs Balashov, 1991 1-0
   J Gallagher vs S Jackson, 1988 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Swiss Championship (2004)
   Swiss Championships (2005)
   Swiss Championship (2006)
   32nd Rilton Cup (2002)
   Gibraltar Masters (2004)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2013)
   21st European Club Cup (2005)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2011)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)
   European Individual Championships (2013)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Gallagher plays the KGA & KGD filed by opening by TAKKGA
   Fischer Defense by TAKKGA
   Winning With The King's Gambit - Joe Gallagher by hyperactivemodernist
   Starting out the Kings Indian by Takqueen
   Starting out with the Pirc ...book by Gallagher by howardb86

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JOSEPH G GALLAGHER
(born May-04-1964, 50 years old) United Kingdom (citizen of Switzerland)

[what is this?]
Grandmaster Joseph Gerald Gallagher was born in Britain in 1964, but he has now settled in Switzerland. He was British champion in 2001 and Swiss champion in 1997, 1998, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2012. He is a distinguished King's Indian player and has written several books on this and other openings.

Wikipedia article: Joseph Gallagher


 page 1 of 28; games 1-25 of 689  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J Gallagher vs E Schiller  1-045 1981 Lewisham (England)C28 Vienna Game
2. Short vs J Gallagher 1-030 1984 London LBB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. J Levitt vs J Gallagher  1-075 1984 BCF-chA61 Benoni
4. J Gallagher vs J Bellin 1-021 1984 LondonB12 Caro-Kann Defense
5. Miles vs J Gallagher  1-035 1984 British chA46 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Short vs J Gallagher  0-132 1984 OakhamB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
7. G Botterill vs J Gallagher  0-140 1984 BCF-chA61 Benoni
8. J Gallagher vs E Schiller ½-½43 1985 International TournamentB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
9. J Gallagher vs R Bellin  0-146 1985 London opC34 King's Gambit Accepted
10. J Gallagher vs B Jacobs 0-125 1985 4C35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
11. J Gallagher vs Nunn 0-132 1985 Commonwealth-chB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
12. J Gallagher vs Plaskett 0-124 1986 London opB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
13. J Gallagher vs C Flear  ½-½30 1986 ClermontC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
14. J Gallagher vs I Thomas  0-130 1986 Lloyds BankA80 Dutch
15. J Gallagher vs E Schiller  1-042 1986 It (young masters)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
16. A J Whiteley vs J Gallagher  1-053 1986 London NWYMA46 Queen's Pawn Game
17. J Gallagher vs I Rogers  ½-½36 1987 06B01 Scandinavian
18. Short vs J Gallagher  ½-½43 1987 Swansea GBR chB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
19. J Gallagher vs Nunn 0-141 1987 London m/1C31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
20. J Gallagher vs C Landenbergue  1-040 1987 GenevaB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
21. J Gallagher vs R de Coverly 1-034 1987 Leighton BuzzardC34 King's Gambit Accepted
22. Speelman vs J Gallagher  0-138 1987 Ch Great BritainE92 King's Indian
23. J Gallagher vs F J Sanz Alonso 1-020 1988 GijonC34 King's Gambit Accepted
24. Murey vs J Gallagher  1-036 1988 It, HaringeyE86 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6
25. J Gallagher vs Adorjan  ½-½61 1988 It (open)B17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
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Apr-03-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: Anyone know what books/videos GM Gallagher is working on right now? I believe he has Starting Out: The Najdorf from Everyman due out very soon.
Apr-03-06  wallytherhino: What does the Caro-kann offer over the scandinavian?
Apr-03-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: If you play the Caro, you have to be prepared to face the Panov-Botvinnik Attack. No such things against the Scandinavian.
Apr-03-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  IMlday: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 avoids Panov-Botvinnik by transposing to a Scandinavian. But why learn 3.e5 lines when 1.e4 d5 avoids them?
Apr-03-06  Zebra: I have been trying to get hold of a copy of Gallagher's book on the Kings Gambit. Any ideas (or opinions on the book) would be interesting.
Apr-04-06  Zebra: <Greginctw: his starting out book on the caro kann was pretty bad. Very unhelpful and useless. If anyone wants to know what I specifically disliked ill be glad to mention it. Ive heard great things about his books, but I would definately stear clear of "Starting Out: The Caro-Kann".>

I would be interested to know more details. Does anybody know Kotronias' book on the Caro-Kann (recommended in BCO2)?

Jun-24-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: Anyone know what GM Gallagher's next book will be on? Thanks.
Jul-27-06  blueguitar322: Gallagher didn't write the Starting Out: Najdorf book (which is excellent, btw), but he did co-write The Complete Najdorf, Vol 2 (all but 6 Bg5) circa 1998 with John Nunn.

His King's Gambit book is one of the best I've read from White's point of view, though many of the important lines (3...d6, 3...g5) won't be up to date. I wish he'd write a 2nd edition, but seeing as the last King's Gambit he played was 2001 (at least according to this database - though he's only had 4 opponents respond with 1...e5; 3 Ruys and 1 4Knights) I doubt it.

Still, he wrote the King's Gambit section on NCO and there were half a dozen important novelties that he published, a few coming in the main lines. I don't think I would challenge him with 1...e5 if I played him either.

I have the book on the Caro-Kann and it's not very deep, but great for club players (not deep enough for masters) and definately not worth the maligned rep it seems to have here. Maybe some of the reason is that everything the Caro-Kann stands for from Black's perspective is the opposite of how Gallagher plays...? I've read much worse overall.

Part of the issue might be style; if one is just reading to find the " ", "=", or " " at the end of a line, he'd be hard to follow. He spends a lot of time in prose offering thoughts, suggestions, principles, lessons he's learned (and taught!), etc.

Anything he writes on the King's Indian Defense is simply inspiring. His Trompowsky book was great. The Pirc book wasn't bad, but even though he plays it I'm not sure it will convince many players to pick it up as Black. "Beating the Sicilian 3" and "Beating the Anti-Sicilians" are both great.

Looking over his games, his opening repertoire is fairly straightforward: 1 e4 as White, Najdorf/King's Indian/Pirc as Black.

Dec-11-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: Anyone know what GM Gallagher's next book will be on? Thanks.
Jul-17-07  SniperOnKN2: I see he has been crushed a few times by what he preaches in Starting Out:KI.
Jan-14-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: Has GM Gallagher stopped writing chess books? I believe his last book came out back in 2004!

Pity, he was a great author of chess literature.

Jan-14-08  whatthefat: He is a great author. I've gained a lot from every opening text of his I've read.
Jan-14-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: <whatthefat: He is a great author. I've gained a lot from every opening text of his I've read.>

Agreed.

May-04-08  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Gallagher!
Jun-15-08  Zygalski: I hope Gallagher does an update for Winning with the King's Gambit. I know Neil McDonald wrote a KG book (apparently for Black it seems!) & Gallagher pretty much refuted all of McDonald's most promising tries for Black in Nunn's Chess Openings. I think the problem is that Gallagher very rarely gets many people to play 1...e5 against him nowadays, so probably suffers from a lack of practice!
Nov-29-08  alexrawlings: I'm currently reading '101 attacking ideas in chess' by Joe Gallagher and finding it quite useful. I bought in afther a player at my chess club recommended it. Anyone else read this book?
Nov-29-08  HannibalSchlecter: Gallagher is the man! He is not afraid to take chances and explore the unknown land of chaos and confusion.
Sep-02-09  WhiteRook48: caro-kanns are weird
May-01-10  The Famous Chess Cat: <notyetagm: <whatthefat: He is a great author. I've gained a lot from every opening text of his I've read.> Agreed. >

I also agree that he's an excellent author. His King's Indian Defence books are phenomenal.

May-04-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: Joe Gallagher's books..

101 Attacking Ideas in Chess
365 Ways to Checkmate
Beating the Anti-King's Indians
Beating the Anti-Sicilians
Beating the Sicilian Vols. 1-3
c3 Sicilian
Play the King's Indian
Starting Out: The Caro-Cann
Starting Out: The King's Indian
Starting Out: The Pirc Modern
The Complete Najdorf - Modern Lines
The Magic of Mikhail Tal
The Samisch King's Indian
Winning with the King's Gambit

happy birthday Joe, more chess books to write!

May-04-10  pulsar: One of the best chess books authors in the business! I read and like Play the King's Indian and Winning with the King's Gambit.
Mar-08-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: <Zebra: I have been trying to get hold of a copy of Gallagher's book on the Kings Gambit. Any ideas (or opinions on the book) would be interesting.>

i recommend Winning With the King's Gambit, GM Joe Gallagher covered..

+ Fischer Defence
+ Cunningham Defence
+ Kieseritsky Gambit
+ Modern Defence
+ 3...Nc6
+ Becker Defence
+ Schallop Defence
+ Rare Third Moves
+ Falkbeer Counter-Gambit
+ Nimzowitsch Counter-Gambit
+ Classical Defence
+ Second Move Alternatives

"I know that many players have been toying with the idea of introducing the King's Gambit into their repertoire, but have not yet found the courage to push that f-pawn two squares on their second move."

- GM Joe Gallagher

Nov-11-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: "Chess cemeteries are littered with the corpses of players who have stumbled into back-rank mates."

- GM Joe Gallagher (from his book 101 Attacking Ideas in Chess)

Sep-02-12  BIDMONFA: Joseph G Gallagher

GALLAGHER, Joseph
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Sep-02-12  Isolani: I initially did not make the connection that he wrote a fraction of the Everyman Chess "Starting Out" opening books. I actually have been collecting these books, at least those pertaining to the openings that I play.

Personally, I do not think that beginners are the only ones who will get something out of reading the "Starting Out" series for the openings. There are a few nuances here and there, pertaining to strategy and tactics, which I previously never picked up on.

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