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D Gormally 
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Daniel Gormally
Number of games in database: 455
Years covered: 1997 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2484 (2532 rapid, 2474 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2575
Overall record: +189 -79 =186 (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 (49) 
    B90 B40 B52 B50 B87
 French Defense (20) 
    C05 C18 C11 C10 C03
 Queen's Pawn Game (19) 
    A45 E10 A46 A40 A41
 Slav (18) 
    D15 D17 D16 D13 D18
 Grunfeld (13) 
    D85 D92 D78 D87 D73
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C96 C84 C94 C78 C67
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (86) 
    B90 B51 B99 B23 B50
 Sicilian Najdorf (31) 
    B90 B99 B92 B96 B91
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D91 D86 D85 D70 D97
 Nimzo Indian (15) 
    E21 E46 E38 E55 E42
 English (13) 
    A17 A15 A13 A16 A12
 Slav (10) 
    D15 D11 D16 D13 D10
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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 Anderson vs D Gormally, 2007 0-1
   P Littlewood vs D Gormally, 2010 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hereford International (2006)
   British Championship (2006)
   European Union Individual Championships (2006)
   British Championship (2009)
   Groningen Open (2012)
   British Championships (2012)
   British Championships (2011)
   Gibraltar Masters (2005)
   Hastings Chess Congress (2010)
   100th British Championship (2013)
   Hastings Chess Congress (2013)
   15th European Team Championship (2005)
   Smith & Williamson British Championships (2004)
   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, 39 years old) United Kingdom

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Daniel Gormally became an IM in 1997 and was awarded the title of GM in 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). 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 19; games 1-25 of 456  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. D Gormally vs A J Mestel  1-075 1997 NCL978 BCM-Invicta KtsE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
2. D Gormally vs S Williams  ½-½15 1997 Newport MastersC02 French, Advance
3. D Gormally vs S Williams  ½-½10 1997 CardiffA84 Dutch
4. C Beckett vs D Gormally  1-056 1997 Manchester opE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
5. G Welling vs D Gormally  ½-½22 1997 Taastrup jubileeD90 Grunfeld
6. S Williams vs D Gormally 0-131 1998 BCF-ch 85thD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
7. D Gormally vs M Houska ½-½1 1998 Hampstead III GMA00 Uncommon Opening
8. Nunn vs D Gormally  ½-½22 1998 BunrattyB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. Ashley vs D Gormally  ½-½26 1998 Match, BermudaB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
10. Tiviakov vs D Gormally  1-040 1998 Iona Tech Masters, KilkennyB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. S Conquest vs D Gormally  1-084 1998 NCL978 Invicta Kts-SloughA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
12. B Lalic vs D Gormally 1-037 1998 Islington CongressD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. Waitzkin vs D Gormally 1-071 1998 Match 'Europe-America'B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
14. F Rayner vs D Gormally  0-134 1999 Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
15. N Davies vs D Gormally  1-038 1999 Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)A05 Reti Opening
16. D Gormally vs K Bischoff  ½-½48 1999 Hastings ChallengersB23 Sicilian, Closed
17. D Gormally vs Hebden  1-051 1999 Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)C96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
18. D Gormally vs A Kosten  ½-½47 1999 Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)B87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
19. D Gormally vs Hebden  1-043 1999 Hastings ChallengersC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
20. J M Hodgson vs D Gormally  1-037 1999 Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
21. Sasikiran vs D Gormally  ½-½41 1999 Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)D97 Grunfeld, Russian
22. Tiviakov vs D Gormally  ½-½46 1999 Bunratty OpenB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
23. D Gormally vs R Burnett  1-028 1999 Coulsdon InternationalA21 English
24. D Gormally vs Emms  1-021 1999 Ch Great Britain, Scarborough (England)B42 Sicilian, Kan
25. Smirin vs D Gormally  1-037 1999 London MSO MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
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Apr-10-10  dragonsden: Does Gormally play for England? Or have I gone 'punchdrunk' with that suggestion?
Jun-19-10  splatty: <cotdt: GM Gormally is a good chess player, he should face Aronian over the board in a grudge match.> lol
Jul-11-10  splatty: Gormally stated that he was around 200 in the world; this is a major exaggeration as he is only 991 in the world out of active players, and 27th in England, and 790th in Europe. Compare that to Aronian, 5th in the world, 4th in Europe, 1st in Armenia. It's the difference between Carlos Tevez and an amateur who plays football for their local village.
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  wordfunph: i read that GM Gormally just made a book, i forgot the title..

title and review please?

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  wordfunph: ahhh...."Calculate Like a Grandmaster"

Jul-31-10  Dredge Rivers: <wordfunph> <Calculate Like a Grandmaster>

Then sting like a bee?

Mar-28-11  Everett: Perhaps he and Aronian could resort to this option.
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  wordfunph: "I've never met a grandmaster that was easy to beat."

- GM Danny Gormally (from his book Play Chess Like the PROs)

Aug-13-11  BobCrisp: Depends on how much you're willing to pay.
Aug-01-12  shadowleaf04: Here's The Danny Gormally Show!

I hope he does an impression of his nemesis, Levon Aronian!

Mar-31-13  IndigoViolet: His impression of Mickey is spot on, but his Kramnik is rubbish.
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  Natalia Pogonina: GM Gormally on the British Championship:
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  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.

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  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.
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  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?
Premium Chessgames Member
  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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