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Daniel King
Number of games in database: 538
Years covered: 1977 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2466
Highest rating achieved in database: 2543

Overall record: +176 -130 =223 (54.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 9 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (55) 
    B40 B30 B52 B23 B92
 Ruy Lopez (27) 
    C91 C84 C73 C77 C80
 French Defense (26) 
    C05 C11 C18 C02 C19
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (16) 
    C91 C84 C85 C86 C88
 Uncommon Opening (15) 
    A00 B00
 Caro-Kann (13) 
    B14 B13 B17 B15 B16
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (83) 
    B90 B33 B22 B92 B93
 Sicilian Najdorf (34) 
    B90 B92 B93 B91
 English (29) 
    A10 A13 A14 A12 A17
 Queen's Pawn Game (25) 
    E00 A41 A46 A40 D01
 French Defense (19) 
    C11 C01 C12 C03 C02
 Queen's Gambit Declined (19) 
    D37 D36 D35 D31
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   D King vs D Howell, 2003 1-0
   D Mayers vs D King, 1978 0-1
   N Berry vs D King, 2003 0-1
   R A Allicock vs D King, 2005 0-1
   D King vs Larsen, 1991 1-0
   G Gruen vs D King, 1987 0-1
   D King vs K Mueller, 2001 1/2-1/2
   J Emms vs D King, 2003 0-1
   D King vs Shabalov, 1994 1-0
   S Knott vs D King, 2006 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   British Championship (1989)
   Dortmund-A (1988)
   Bern (1988)
   Lucerne (1989)
   British Championship (1987)
   British Championship (1990)
   British Championship (1986)
   Commonwealth Championship (1985)
   British Championship (1985)
   5th Manchester Benedictine Open (1982)
   British Championship (1981)
   18th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1994)
   British Championship (1984)
   17th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1993)
   British Championship (1988)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Staunton Memorial 2004 by Tabanus

   🏆 Simul
   D King vs C Portman (2013) 1/2-1/2, exhibition

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(born Aug-28-1963, 59 years old) United Kingdom

[what is this?]
Daniel John King was born in Beckenham, UK. He was awarded the IM title in 1982 and the GM title in 1989. In tournaments he was 4th= at Bern 1987, 4th= in the British Championship 1987, 5th= at London 1988, 2nd= at Dortmund 1988 and 2nd after Bent Larsen at London 1989.

Wikipedia article: Daniel J. King

 page 1 of 24; games 1-25 of 591  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D King vs Karpov 0-1721977Lloyds Bank Junior Clock SimulB40 Sicilian
2. G H James vs D King  ½-½3219771st Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
3. D King vs C Crouch  0-12119771st Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
4. D King vs S Caldwell  1-02819771st Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB30 Sicilian
5. S Webb vs D King  1-03119771st Lloyds Bank Masters OpenD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. D King vs R Bailey  ½-½1619771st Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
7. D I Patrick vs D King  ½-½4219771st Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB33 Sicilian
8. M Marlow vs D King  1-02319771st Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
9. D Mayers vs D King 0-14019782nd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA22 English
10. D King vs M Macdonald-Ross 1-0251979Aaronson MastersB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
11. D King vs R Britton  0-1451979Aaronson MastersB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
12. D King vs R Bellin  0-1491979Aaronson MastersB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
13. J G Nicholson vs D King  0-1451979Aaronson MastersB33 Sicilian
14. D King vs G D Hillyard  1-03119793rd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
15. M Fuller vs D King  0-14819793rd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA04 Reti Opening
16. D King vs Kraidman  ½-½4419793rd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
17. Chandler vs D King  ½-½431979Charlton v HayesD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
18. D King vs Plaskett  ½-½241980London Phillips&Drew opB30 Sicilian
19. D King vs Hodgson  0-1351980British ChampionshipA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
20. T Milligan vs D King  1-0771980British ChampionshipB20 Sicilian
21. D King vs G Lane  1-0291980British ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
22. D King vs P Adams  1-0471980British ChampionshipB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
23. B Cafferty vs D King  0-11001980British ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
24. D King vs V W Knox  ½-½271980British ChampionshipA27 English, Three Knights System
25. R Bellin vs D King  1-0511980British ChampionshipB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
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Feb-05-11  KingG: Does anyone know how many languages this guy speaks? I've seen him present a chessbase video in German, and his French accent seems pretty good when he reads out French names and places, so it's very possible he speaks that as well.
Mar-10-11  wordfunph: GM Daniel King co-authored "Kasparov Against the World" with Kasparov..

Jun-27-12  SimonWebbsTiger: A couple of links to Danny King related news and stuff which will be of interest:

Aug-28-12  Llawdogg: Happy Birthday!
Aug-29-12  waustad: A belated happy b'day to Daniel King.
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  Richard Taylor: All the best Daniel!

<wordfunph -

He knows 1 million languages.>

Aug-29-12  jahhaj: Can't believe there's no photo of Danny. Longtime Guardian TV critic Nancy Banks Smith once described him as 'the kind of man for whom the adjective Byronic was invented'.
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  HeMateMe: I noticed a recent story on chessbase saying that Daniel King sings and plays guitar, as well as all of his chess activities. I searched utube for a jam session, but only found chess videos. More's the pity.


Oct-03-13  jancotianno: One of the best chess analysers. His youtube channel is fantastic.
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  HeMateMe: You suppose he gets laid much? He looks very confident, and seems to have a lot of Interests outside of chess. Girls like that. You don't have to be a GM to be a babe magnet, do you?
Oct-12-14  crazyim5: One of the greatest Chess commentators of all time and his profile gets no photo?!
Nov-26-14  SimonWebbsTiger: Danny and Simon Williams will be commentationg on the Qatar Open 2014, which features Kramnik(!!) amongst others.
May-11-15  TheFocus: <Having spent alarmingly large chunks of my life studying the white side of the Open Sicilian, I find myself asking, why did I bother?> - Daniel King.
Jun-12-15  waustad: This year he'll be doing summaries of the day's events at the Mitropa Cup. I'd seen that it is being broadcast via chess-results, but chessbase will be doing commentary too.
Apr-03-16  Octavia: <Can't believe there's no photo of Danny.> I agree
Apr-03-16  mckmac: <Octavia> <Can't believe there is no photo of Danny> I agree too. Surely GM King deserves his high profile on the media side of contemporary chess.
Aug-18-16  mckmac: <jahhaj> Crikey, Your call for a photo for Daniel King was four years ago...I think we need to get up a petition. I know there are hardworking volunteers who look after this sort of thing, but one hesitates before imposing.

<...for whom the adjective Byronic was invented.> Of course blokes can't get away with this kind of journalistic malarkey these days:) Probably a good thing too.

But Byron did say "In play there are two pleasures for your choosing; The one is in the winning and the other the losing", which is quoted in a book by IM Angus Dunnington.

Aug-28-16  diagonal: Happy birthday Dan, best wishes from Switzerland!

Dan beating Anand, <winning at Goodricke Open in Kolkota>: Anand vs D King, 1992

Watch and enjoy this interview by Daniel King with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, record winner at the traditional Biel Festival: (16 minutes, excerpt of a Master Class in 2016, all Q&A provided in a compact format).

Biel / Bienne is regularly hosted by star presenter Daniel King, grandmaster, author and chess reporter who covered many World Chess Championships, especially well known from the London Chess Classic and chessbase lectures.

Dan being with a bunch of young Brits a regular and popular player in chess events in Switzerland during the 1980s and 1990s.

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  HeMateMe: Didn't King represent England in one or two Olympiads? I think I saw that in Walter Browne's book.
Aug-29-16  diagonal: European Team Championship yes, in Haifa (1989) on board four - but apparently not at Chess Olympiads: (ETCC),
Aug-30-16  JimNorCal: re: getting a photo posted. Access any search engine, such as, enter a search string like "gm daniel king photo" and a nice set of images will display. However, most/all will be annotated "may be subject to copyright". I wonder if that could be an issue.
Aug-26-18  Returning Native: There's a good picture in the book 'Sveshnikov vs the anti Sicilians' plus many other more or less hilarious pictures of past and present chess greats.
Jan-20-19  login:

... which King personality is strongest

Jan-06-22  Albertan: World Championship Blunders: GM King has 760 chess videos on his YouTube page:

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  RadioBoy: Does anyone know in which three tournaments he made his GM norms?
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