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Daniel Gormally
D Gormally 
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 512
Years covered: 1997 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2493 (2532 rapid, 2474 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2575

Overall record: +211 -87 =213 (62.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (55) 
    B90 B40 B23 B51 B52
 Queen's Pawn Game (22) 
    A45 A40 E10 A46 A41
 French Defense (22) 
    C05 C03 C02 C10 C11
 Slav (21) 
    D15 D17 D11 D16 D18
 Ruy Lopez (17) 
    C84 C96 C69 C67 C60
 Grunfeld (15) 
    D85 D92 D73 D86 D97
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (94) 
    B90 B51 B99 B23 B50
 Sicilian Najdorf (34) 
    B90 B99 B92 B96 B91
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D86 D91 D85 D70 D97
 Nimzo Indian (18) 
    E32 E55 E42 E20 E21
 English (14) 
    A17 A15 A13 A12 A16
 King's Indian (12) 
    E94 E60 E66 E91 E75
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   D Gormally vs S Williams, 2006 1-0
   J Anderson vs D Gormally, 2007 0-1
   D Gormally vs S Meenakshi, 2002 1-0
   Y Shvayger vs D Gormally, 2014 0-1
   D Gormally vs J Cobb, 2006 1-0
   P Littlewood vs D Gormally, 2010 0-1
   J Radovanovic vs D Gormally, 2008 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hereford International (2006)
   British Championships (2015)
   Groningen Open (2012)
   British Championships (2011)
   British Championships (2012)
   British Championship (2006)
   British Championship (2009)
   100th British Championship (2013)
   European Union Individual Championships (2006)
   Gibraltar Masters (2005)
   British Championships (2016)
   Hastings Chess Congress (2010)
   Hastings Chess Congress 2015/16 (2015)
   Hastings Chess Congress (2014)
   15th European Team Championship (2005)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 2000/01 by Phony Benoni

   C Bauer vs D Gormally (Mar-04-17) 1-0
   D Gormally vs M Turner (Jan-15-17) 1/2-1/2
   A Ledger vs D Gormally (Jan-04-17) 1/2-1/2
   D Gormally vs J S Thybo (Jan-04-17) 1/2-1/2
   D Gormally vs A Das (Jan-03-17) 1/2-1/2

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(born May-04-1976, 40 years old) United Kingdom

[what is this?]
IM (1997); GM (2005).

In November 2006 Gormally was joint winner of the British Rapidplay Chess Championship. He tied for second place at the 2nd European Union Individual Championships (2006). He was a joint runner up at the British Championships (2015) alongside Nicholas Pert and David Howell, half a point behind the winner Jonathan Hawkins.

Gormally is the author of Easy Guide to the Najdorf (together with Anthony Cornelis Kosten, 1999) and Calculate Like a Grandmaster (2010). He is a former member of Charlton Chess Club and currently plays for Wood Green.

He is a member of Chessgames as User: GMDanielGormally.

Wikipedia article: Danny Gormally

 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 512  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. D Gormally vs S Williams  ½-½10 1997 CardiffA84 Dutch
2. G Welling vs D Gormally  ½-½22 1997 Taastrup jubileeD90 Grunfeld
3. C Beckett vs D Gormally  1-056 1997 Manchester opE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
4. D Gormally vs S Williams  ½-½15 1997 Newport MastersC02 French, Advance
5. D Gormally vs A J Mestel  1-075 1997 NCL978 BCM-Invicta KtsE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
6. D Gormally vs T Clarke  1-034 1997 Kilkenny MastersA40 Queen's Pawn Game
7. D Gormally vs M Quinn  ½-½31 1997 Kilkenny MastersA40 Queen's Pawn Game
8. R Bellin vs D Gormally  ½-½16 1997 Kilkenny MastersD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
9. Waitzkin vs D Gormally 1-071 1998 Match 'Europe-America'B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
10. Nunn vs D Gormally  ½-½22 1998 BunrattyB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. D Gormally vs M Houska ½-½1 1998 Hampstead III GMA00 Uncommon Opening
12. Ashley vs D Gormally  ½-½26 1998 Match, BermudaB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
13. S Conquest vs D Gormally  1-084 1998 NCL978 Invicta Kts-SloughA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
14. S Williams vs D Gormally 0-131 1998 BCF-ch 85thD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
15. D Gormally vs D Kopec  ½-½41 1998 3rd Hampstead GMD02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Tiviakov vs D Gormally  1-040 1998 Iona Tech Masters, KilkennyB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. B Lalic vs D Gormally 1-037 1998 Islington CongressD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. D Gormally vs Emms  1-021 1999 Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)B42 Sicilian, Kan
19. R Shaw vs D Gormally  0-141 1999 Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
20. F Rayner vs D Gormally  0-134 1999 Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
21. D Gormally vs Hebden  1-043 1999 Hastings ChallengersC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
22. D Gormally vs K Bischoff  ½-½48 1999 Hastings ChallengersB23 Sicilian, Closed
23. Tiviakov vs D Gormally  ½-½46 1999 Bunratty OpenB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
24. D Gormally vs S Zeidler  1-026 1999 Dyfed opA80 Dutch
25. D Gormally vs B Lalic  ½-½12 1999 4 Nations Chess LeagueD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 512  PGN Download
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  Natalia Pogonina: GM Gormally on the British Championship:
Aug-12-13  Paint My Dragon: Thanks for posting Natalia; I will visit your site more often if Mr Gormally is a regular contributor! Not sure why he didn't give Mickey Adams a mention at the World Cup though. Jones will undoubtedly enjoy the experience, but Adams could potentially win it!
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  Natalia Pogonina: <Paint My Dragon> Thanks! He is; check out Danny's new columns every week, usually on Monday. Today's one is about why the Russians are so good at chess:

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  keypusher: <It's only in recent years that Ukraine have started to challenge that, and while Armenia has cleaned up in the last few Olympiads, they have nothing like the strength in depth of Russia, and it should also be pointed out that both Ukraine and Armenia are former Soviet-bloc countries.>

Actually, Danny, they are former republics in the USSR. Hungary and Poland are former Soviet-bloc countries.

Sep-30-13  Paint My Dragon: Loving Danny's articles on Natalia's site. His sentiments range from self-doubt to poor form, from disenchantment with tournament conditions to a feeling of being lost with nowhere to turn. The outlook couldn't be much bleaker - and that's probably not untypical of life as a chess pro at the lower levels.

I shouldn't laugh ... indeed, its hard not to engage in a bit of schadenfreude ... but he informs us he has no friends, no girlfriend, wants to get out of chess and is becoming an angry nutcase - then you skip down the page slightly and there's an invitation to have Danny as your coach. Priceless!

Actually, I think his articles are a refreshing change from the usual and I look forward to each new episode! Keep up the good work Dan! And remember Alnwick was not long ago voted the best place to live in Britain!

Sep-30-13  dehanne: At the very least it should make one feel better about one's own life, unless one is even further down the deep end.
Nov-02-13  Paint My Dragon: A big welcome to GM Gormally, now active on!
Nov-06-13  waustad: Let's hope he doesn't just do something like the "Little Peasant" who found it fun for a few days and hasn't been back. Here is a plea COME BACK ALEJANDRO.
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  tamar: Currently winning as Black versus Qun Ma

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  ketchuplover: His account at is closed but expected to open after he deals with personal matter(s)
Feb-05-14  RedShield: Is that code for something mucky?
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  offramp: Judge: Please state your name.
A: Danny Gormally.
Judge:Is this the way you always behave?
A: Not normally.
Judge: My verdict is that you will be arraigned.
A: What? Formally?
Apr-11-14  RedShield: The prosecution demanded a tough sentence for Gormally, so the judge ordered him to 'Leave Lev Aronian alone!'
May-23-14  independentthinker: I'm really looking forward to Danny Gormally's new book MATING THE CASTLED KING. It's a shame this forum is full of so many jokes about the Aronian incident. Whilst that was amusing, that was years ago and I'm looking forward to seeing his efforts in this book. The preview on the Quality Chess website is awesome.
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  offramp: Has anyone read that book, CASTLING THE MATED KING?

Although I am a big fan of Nigel Short, for his humour, and John Nunn for his high intelligence and Jon Speelman for his Talmudic look and depth, it is Gormally who is my favourite British Grandmaster.

Both of us are from that much-maligned and daemonized race the London-Irish. We are unlucky enough to be paddies but not physically born in Ireland, so we are known to Irish-Irish as (gah!) Plastic Paddies.

For those of you that don't know, my full name is Alan O'Brien. One of my middle names is Larkin. LET THOSE WHO HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE UNDERSTAND THOSE THREE NAMES.

The upshot is, if you've read this far you can call me Al.

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  Check It Out: Hi Al.


Hm...what does this mean?

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  Check It Out: Aha, The Manchester Martyrs.
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  offramp: <Check It Out>, that's right. I was named for three Irish Republican Martyrs. To another Irishman the names would be instantly obvious, but to anyone else the names would seem innocuous.
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  zanzibar: Alan is nice enough, but you'll always be offramp to me.

Or should that be Al, and off?

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  offramp: My friend Dieter calls me Autobahnausfahrt.
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  perfidious: <offramp> All while remaining upwind of you, one supposes.
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  offramp: I did a drawing of this GM, at
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  moronovich: To me it is a good painting <offramp> !

Well done.

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  offramp: <moronovich>, Thanks very much! :-)
Apr-12-16  rgr459: This interview makes me grateful that I'm not nearly talented enough to make chess my living:

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