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D Gormally 
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Daniel Gormally
Number of games in database: 480
Years covered: 1997 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2490 (2532 rapid, 2474 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2575
Overall record: +199 -83 =197 (62.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      1 exhibition game, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (50) 
    B90 B40 B52 B50 B87
 French Defense (22) 
    C05 C03 C18 C11 C10
 Slav (20) 
    D15 D17 D16 D11 D13
 Queen's Pawn Game (19) 
    A45 E10 A46 A40 A41
 Ruy Lopez (16) 
    C84 C96 C94 C86 C78
 Grunfeld (13) 
    D85 D92 D78 D87 D73
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (91) 
    B90 B51 B99 B50 B23
 Sicilian Najdorf (33) 
    B90 B99 B92 B96 B91
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D91 D86 D85 D70 D97
 Nimzo Indian (17) 
    E32 E21 E46 E38 E55
 English (13) 
    A17 A15 A13 A16 A12
 King's Indian (10) 
    E94 E66 E61 E84 E81
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   D Gormally vs S Williams, 2006 1-0
   D Gormally vs S Meenakshi, 2002 1-0
   J Radovanovic vs D Gormally, 2008 0-1
   J Anderson vs D Gormally, 2007 0-1
   D Gormally vs J Cobb, 2006 1-0
   P Littlewood vs D Gormally, 2010 0-1

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

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

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

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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 20; games 1-25 of 480  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. D Gormally vs S Williams  ½-½10 1997 CardiffA84 Dutch
2. C Beckett vs D Gormally  1-056 1997 Manchester opE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
3. G Welling vs D Gormally  ½-½22 1997 Taastrup jubileeD90 Grunfeld
4. D Gormally vs A J Mestel  1-075 1997 NCL978 BCM-Invicta KtsE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
5. D Gormally vs S Williams  ½-½15 1997 Newport MastersC02 French, Advance
6. D Gormally vs M Houska ½-½1 1998 Hampstead III GMA00 Uncommon Opening
7. Nunn vs D Gormally  ½-½22 1998 BunrattyB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. Tiviakov vs D Gormally  1-040 1998 Iona Tech Masters, KilkennyB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. S Conquest vs D Gormally  1-084 1998 NCL978 Invicta Kts-SloughA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
10. Ashley vs D Gormally  ½-½26 1998 Match, BermudaB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
11. B Lalic vs D Gormally 1-037 1998 Islington CongressD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. Waitzkin vs D Gormally 1-071 1998 Match 'Europe-America'B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
13. S Williams vs D Gormally 0-131 1998 BCF-ch 85thD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
14. D Gormally vs Hebden  1-051 1999 Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)C96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
15. D Gormally vs A Kosten  ½-½47 1999 Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)B87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
16. Tiviakov vs D Gormally  ½-½46 1999 Bunratty OpenB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
17. J M Hodgson vs D Gormally  1-037 1999 Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
18. D Gormally vs R Burnett  1-028 1999 Coulsdon InternationalA21 English
19. Smirin vs D Gormally  1-037 1999 London MSO MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. Sasikiran vs D Gormally  ½-½41 1999 Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)D97 Grunfeld, Russian
21. D Gormally vs S Zeidler  1-026 1999 Dyfed opA80 Dutch
22. D Gormally vs B Lalic  ½-½12 1999 4 Nations Chess LeagueD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
23. D Gormally vs Emms  1-021 1999 Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)B42 Sicilian, Kan
24. D Gormally vs Speelman  ½-½43 1999 London MSO MastersB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
25. D Gormally vs J Rowson ½-½37 1999 Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
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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!
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  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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Feb-05-14  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.
Aug-07-15  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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