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Daniel Gormally
D Gormally 
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 520
Years covered: 1997 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2462 (2532 rapid, 2486 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2575

Overall record: +213 -87 =219 (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 B48 B87 B50
 Queen's Pawn Game (23) 
    E10 A45 A40 A46 A41
 French Defense (22) 
    C05 C03 C18 C02 C10
 Slav (21) 
    D15 D17 D11 D16 D18
 Ruy Lopez (17) 
    C84 C96 C60 C76 C69
 Grunfeld (15) 
    D85 D92 D86 D79 D73
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (96) 
    B51 B90 B99 B50 B23
 Sicilian Najdorf (34) 
    B90 B99 B96 B92 B93
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D86 D91 D70 D85 D97
 Nimzo Indian (18) 
    E32 E38 E20 E42 E55
 English (14) 
    A17 A15 A13 A16 A12
 King's Indian (12) 
    E94 E60 E66 E75 E81
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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)
   European Union Individual Championships (2006)
   British Championships (2012)
   British Championships (2015)
   British Championship (2009)
   Hastings Chess Congress (2010)
   British Championship (2006)
   British Championships (2016)
   100th British Championship (2013)
   Gibraltar Masters (2005)
   British Championships (2011)
   Groningen Open (2012)
   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

   D Gormally vs I Sanders (May-01-17) 1/2-1/2
   David Pires Tavares Martins vs D Gormally (Apr-30-17) 0-1
   D Gormally vs D J Walker (Apr-29-17) 1/2-1/2
   A C Taylor vs D Gormally (Mar-05-17) 1/2-1/2
   C Bauer vs D Gormally (Mar-04-17) 1-0

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(born May-04-1976, 41 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 520  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. C Beckett vs D Gormally  1-0561997Manchester opE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
2. D Gormally vs S Williams  ½-½151997Newport MastersC02 French, Advance
3. D Gormally vs S Williams  ½-½101997CardiffA84 Dutch
4. G Welling vs D Gormally  ½-½221997Taastrup jubileeD90 Grunfeld
5. D Gormally vs A J Mestel  1-0751997NCL978 BCM-Invicta KtsE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
6. D Gormally vs T Clarke  1-0341997Kilkenny MastersA40 Queen's Pawn Game
7. D Gormally vs M Quinn  ½-½311997Kilkenny MastersA40 Queen's Pawn Game
8. R Bellin vs D Gormally  ½-½161997Kilkenny MastersD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
9. D Gormally vs M Houska ½-½11998Hampstead III GMA00 Uncommon Opening
10. Ashley vs D Gormally  ½-½261998Match, BermudaB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
11. Waitzkin vs D Gormally 1-0711998Match 'Europe-America'B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
12. Nunn vs D Gormally  ½-½221998BunrattyB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. S Conquest vs D Gormally  1-0841998NCL978 Invicta Kts-SloughA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
14. S Williams vs D Gormally 0-1311998BCF-ch 85thD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
15. D Gormally vs D Kopec  ½-½4119983rd Hampstead GMD02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Tiviakov vs D Gormally  1-0401998Iona Tech Masters, KilkennyB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. B Lalic vs D Gormally 1-0371998Islington CongressD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. F Rayner vs D Gormally  0-1341999Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
19. D Gormally vs Emms  1-0211999Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)B42 Sicilian, Kan
20. R Shaw vs D Gormally  0-1411999Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
21. D Gormally vs Hebden  1-0431999Hastings ChallengersC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
22. D Gormally vs K Bischoff  ½-½481999Hastings ChallengersB23 Sicilian, Closed
23. Tiviakov vs D Gormally  ½-½461999Bunratty OpenB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
24. D Gormally vs S Zeidler  1-0261999Dyfed opA80 Dutch
25. D Gormally vs B Lalic  ½-½1219994 Nations Chess LeagueD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
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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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