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Joseph G Gallagher
J Gallagher 
Number of games in database: 793
Years covered: 1980 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2436 (2425 rapid, 2479 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2550

Overall record: +316 -205 =268 (57.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 4 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (131) 
    B90 B30 B47 B33 B31
 French Defense (53) 
    C17 C11 C18 C05 C07
 King's Gambit Accepted (46) 
    C34 C36 C35 C39 C33
 Caro-Kann (33) 
    B18 B17 B12 B15
 French Winawer (20) 
    C17 C18 C16
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (19) 
    B67 B62 B63 B65 B68
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (138) 
    B90 B22 B92 B87 B51
 King's Indian (134) 
    E94 E67 E92 E81 E73
 Sicilian Najdorf (64) 
    B90 B92 B94 B93 B99
 Queen's Pawn Game (13) 
    A45 A46 E10 D01
 English (11) 
    A10 A15 A16
 Reti System (8) 
    A05 A04
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S Terentiev vs J Gallagher, 1990 0-1
   J Gallagher vs Korchnoi, 2006 1-0
   J Gallagher vs A Compton, 2014 1-0
   J Gallagher vs Bodelier, 1991 1-0
   J Gallagher vs M Reinhard, 1995 1-0
   J Gallagher vs S Jackson, 1988 1-0
   J Gallagher vs Balashov, 1991 1-0
   J Gallagher vs Ziatdinov, 1991 1-0
   J Gallagher vs C Crouch, 2001 1-0
   Sax vs J Gallagher, 1999 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   British Championship (2001)
   Swiss Championship (2005)
   Swiss Championship (2012)
   Biel (1994)
   BCF-ch (1987)
   GLC Masters (1986)
   Lisbon op (2001)
   Bundesliga 1998/99 (1999)
   Metz Open (2001)
   BCF-ch (1988)
   Gibraltar Masters (2013)
   Gibraltar Masters (2011)
   Turin Olympiad (2006)
   European Championship (2013)
   European Championship (2010)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   KG_Gallagher plays the KGA & KGD filed by openin by takchess
   KG-Fischer Defense by takchess
   X(C34) Fischer Defense Compiled by TAKKGA by fredthebear
   KG-Fischer Defense by Patca63
   Gallagher's Starting out: the King's Indian by Patca63
   Gallagher's Starting out: the King's Indian by Pawn N Hand
   Winning With The King's Gambit - Joe Gallagher by hyperactivemodernist
   KG-Winning With The King's Gambit - Joe Gallaghe by takchess
   Gallagher's Starting out: the King's Indian by Patca63
   Winning With The King's Gambit - Joe Gallagher by Patca63

   🏆 European Team Championship
   J Gallagher vs P Michalik (Nov-01-19) 0-1
   J Skoberne vs J Gallagher (Oct-28-19) 1-0
   O Sepp vs J Gallagher (Oct-26-19) 0-1
   J Gallagher vs Murad Abdulla (Oct-25-19) 1/2-1/2
   J Skoberne vs J Gallagher (Nov-22-15) 1-0

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(born May-04-1964, 57 years old) United Kingdom (federation/nationality Switzerland)

[what is this?]
Grandmaster Joseph Gerald Gallagher was born in Britain in 1964, but he has now settled in Switzerland. He was British champion in 2001 and Swiss champion in 1997, 1998, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2012. He is a distinguished King's Indian player and has written several books on this and other openings.

Wikipedia article: Joseph Gallagher

 page 1 of 34; games 1-25 of 832  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Gallagher vs I Wells  ½-½271980Lloyds Bank U18E18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
2. J Gallagher vs I Wells  0-1421980Jersey Lloyds Bank InternationalB83 Sicilian
3. J Gallagher vs E Schiller  1-0451981Lewisham (England)C28 Vienna Game
4. J Gallagher vs I Wells  0-1581981SCCU U21E17 Queen's Indian
5. Lengyel vs J Gallagher  ½-½401984Politiken CupD68 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical
6. Short vs J Gallagher  0-1321984OakhamB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
7. J Gallagher vs A D Martin  0-1531984BCF-chD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. T Needham vs J Gallagher  0-1771984BCF-chB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
9. J Gallagher vs R Bellin  ½-½131984BCF-chE46 Nimzo-Indian
10. N Murshed vs J Gallagher  0-1421984BCF-chE10 Queen's Pawn Game
11. J Gallagher vs D K Johansen  1-0331984BCF-chB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
12. Miles vs J Gallagher  1-0351984BCF-chA46 Queen's Pawn Game
13. J Levitt vs J Gallagher  1-0751984BCF-chA61 Benoni
14. J Gallagher vs R Ravisekhar  ½-½641984BCF-chB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
15. Flear vs J Gallagher  ½-½411984BCF-chE92 King's Indian
16. G Botterill vs J Gallagher  0-1401984BCF-chA61 Benoni
17. J Gallagher vs G W Lawton  ½-½121984BCF-chD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
18. J Gallagher vs J Bellin 1-02119848th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
19. Short vs J Gallagher 1-03019848th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. J J Ady vs J Gallagher  0-12419848th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
21. J Gallagher vs D J Strauss  ½-½2019848th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
22. J Gallagher vs M Pein  ½-½819848th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB08 Pirc, Classical
23. J Gallagher vs J C Saunders  0-1321984Mitcham v Streatham, London LeagueC11 French
24. J Gallagher vs B A Jacobs 0-12519854C35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
25. J Gallagher vs E Schiller ½-½431985International TournamentB01 Scandinavian
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Apr-03-06  Zebra: I have been trying to get hold of a copy of Gallagher's book on the Kings Gambit. Any ideas (or opinions on the book) would be interesting.
Apr-04-06  Zebra: <Greginctw: his starting out book on the caro kann was pretty bad. Very unhelpful and useless. If anyone wants to know what I specifically disliked ill be glad to mention it. Ive heard great things about his books, but I would definately stear clear of "Starting Out: The Caro-Kann".>

I would be interested to know more details. Does anybody know Kotronias' book on the Caro-Kann (recommended in BCO2)?

Jun-24-06  notyetagm: Anyone know what GM Gallagher's next book will be on? Thanks.
Jul-27-06  blueguitar322: Gallagher didn't write the Starting Out: Najdorf book (which is excellent, btw), but he did co-write The Complete Najdorf, Vol 2 (all but 6 Bg5) circa 1998 with John Nunn.

His King's Gambit book is one of the best I've read from White's point of view, though many of the important lines (3...d6, 3...g5) won't be up to date. I wish he'd write a 2nd edition, but seeing as the last King's Gambit he played was 2001 (at least according to this database - though he's only had 4 opponents respond with 1...e5; 3 Ruys and 1 4Knights) I doubt it.

Still, he wrote the King's Gambit section on NCO and there were half a dozen important novelties that he published, a few coming in the main lines. I don't think I would challenge him with 1...e5 if I played him either.

I have the book on the Caro-Kann and it's not very deep, but great for club players (not deep enough for masters) and definately not worth the maligned rep it seems to have here. Maybe some of the reason is that everything the Caro-Kann stands for from Black's perspective is the opposite of how Gallagher plays...? I've read much worse overall.

Part of the issue might be style; if one is just reading to find the " ", "=", or " " at the end of a line, he'd be hard to follow. He spends a lot of time in prose offering thoughts, suggestions, principles, lessons he's learned (and taught!), etc.

Anything he writes on the King's Indian Defense is simply inspiring. His Trompowsky book was great. The Pirc book wasn't bad, but even though he plays it I'm not sure it will convince many players to pick it up as Black. "Beating the Sicilian 3" and "Beating the Anti-Sicilians" are both great.

Looking over his games, his opening repertoire is fairly straightforward: 1 e4 as White, Najdorf/King's Indian/Pirc as Black.

Dec-11-06  notyetagm: Anyone know what GM Gallagher's next book will be on? Thanks.
Jul-17-07  SniperOnKN2: I see he has been crushed a few times by what he preaches in Starting Out:KI.
Jan-14-08  notyetagm: Has GM Gallagher stopped writing chess books? I believe his last book came out back in 2004!

Pity, he was a great author of chess literature.

Jan-14-08  whatthefat: He is a great author. I've gained a lot from every opening text of his I've read.
Jan-14-08  notyetagm: <whatthefat: He is a great author. I've gained a lot from every opening text of his I've read.>


May-04-08  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Gallagher!
Jun-15-08  Zygalski: I hope Gallagher does an update for Winning with the King's Gambit. I know Neil McDonald wrote a KG book (apparently for Black it seems!) & Gallagher pretty much refuted all of McDonald's most promising tries for Black in Nunn's Chess Openings. I think the problem is that Gallagher very rarely gets many people to play 1...e5 against him nowadays, so probably suffers from a lack of practice!
Nov-29-08  alexrawlings: I'm currently reading '101 attacking ideas in chess' by Joe Gallagher and finding it quite useful. I bought in afther a player at my chess club recommended it. Anyone else read this book?
Nov-29-08  HannibalSchlecter: Gallagher is the man! He is not afraid to take chances and explore the unknown land of chaos and confusion.
Sep-02-09  WhiteRook48: caro-kanns are weird
May-01-10  The Famous Chess Cat: <notyetagm: <whatthefat: He is a great author. I've gained a lot from every opening text of his I've read.> Agreed. >

I also agree that he's an excellent author. His King's Indian Defence books are phenomenal.

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  wordfunph: Joe Gallagher's books..

101 Attacking Ideas in Chess
365 Ways to Checkmate
Beating the Anti-King's Indians
Beating the Anti-Sicilians
Beating the Sicilian Vols. 1-3
c3 Sicilian
Play the King's Indian
Starting Out: The Caro-Cann
Starting Out: The King's Indian
Starting Out: The Pirc Modern
The Complete Najdorf - Modern Lines
The Magic of Mikhail Tal
The Samisch King's Indian
Winning with the King's Gambit

happy birthday Joe, more chess books to write!

May-04-10  pulsar: One of the best chess books authors in the business! I read and like Play the King's Indian and Winning with the King's Gambit.
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  wordfunph: <Zebra: I have been trying to get hold of a copy of Gallagher's book on the Kings Gambit. Any ideas (or opinions on the book) would be interesting.>

i recommend Winning With the King's Gambit, GM Joe Gallagher covered..

+ Fischer Defence
+ Cunningham Defence
+ Kieseritsky Gambit
+ Modern Defence
+ 3...Nc6
+ Becker Defence
+ Schallop Defence
+ Rare Third Moves
+ Falkbeer Counter-Gambit
+ Nimzowitsch Counter-Gambit
+ Classical Defence
+ Second Move Alternatives

"I know that many players have been toying with the idea of introducing the King's Gambit into their repertoire, but have not yet found the courage to push that f-pawn two squares on their second move."

- GM Joe Gallagher

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  wordfunph: "Chess cemeteries are littered with the corpses of players who have stumbled into back-rank mates."

- GM Joe Gallagher (from his book 101 Attacking Ideas in Chess)

Sep-02-12  BIDMONFA: Joseph G Gallagher


Sep-02-12  Isolani: I initially did not make the connection that he wrote a fraction of the Everyman Chess "Starting Out" opening books. I actually have been collecting these books, at least those pertaining to the openings that I play.

Personally, I do not think that beginners are the only ones who will get something out of reading the "Starting Out" series for the openings. There are a few nuances here and there, pertaining to strategy and tactics, which I previously never picked up on.

Jan-07-18  zborris8: <He also wrote a horrible book on the Caro Kann from white's(!!!) point of view. >

If it's too shallow, then supplement it with his own games against the CK:

16W 14D 1L

Jul-09-18  coolthing76: Anyone knows how can I can I contact GM Gallagher?
Premium Chessgames Member
  louispaulsen88888888: Look him up in the phone book. Or try the Yellow Pages under Grandmasters.
Premium Chessgames Member
  louispaulsen88888888: He doesn’t look like a Gallagher. More like a Petrov or Ivanov.
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