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Daniel Gormally
D Gormally 
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 673
Years covered: 1996 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2479 (2534 rapid, 2543 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2575

Overall record: +272 -111 =277 (62.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 13 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (64) 
    B90 B43 B31 B50 B27
 Slav (30) 
    D15 D17 D11 D16 D18
 French Defense (27) 
    C05 C02 C03 C18 C10
 Queen's Pawn Game (24) 
    E10 A45 A46 A40 A41
 Ruy Lopez (24) 
    C84 C78 C94 C65 C96
 Grunfeld (17) 
    D85 D92 D78 D87 D86
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (120) 
    B90 B51 B99 B50 B92
 Sicilian Najdorf (49) 
    B90 B99 B92 B96 B93
 Grunfeld (22) 
    D86 D91 D97 D70 D85
 Queen's Pawn Game (18) 
    D02 A45 A46 D00 D01
 King's Indian (18) 
    E62 E66 E94 E60 E91
 English (18) 
    A17 A15 A13 A12 A16
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   D Gormally vs S Williams, 2006 1-0
   D Gormally vs J Cobb, 2006 1-0
   D Gormally vs S Meenakshi, 2002 1-0
   Y Shvayger vs D Gormally, 2014 0-1
   D Gormally vs S Zeidler, 1999 1-0
   D Gormally vs C Morrison, 2001 1-0
   A Hagesaether vs D Gormally, 2009 0-1
   D Gormally vs Hracek, 2005 1-0
   J Anderson vs D Gormally, 2007 0-1
   J Radovanovic vs D Gormally, 2008 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Ron Banwell Masters (2001)
   London Chess Classic FIDE Open (2010)
   British Championship (2000)
   British Championship (2011)
   British Championship (2009)
   British Championship (2012)
   Groningen Open (2012)
   British Championship (2016)
   Hastings 2017/18 (2017)
   European Union Individual Championship (2006)
   British Championship (2013)
   London Chess Classic Open (2019)
   Hastings 2019/20 (2019)
   British Championship (1999)
   Hastings 2015/16 (2015)

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

   🏆 Caplin Hastings Masters
   M Petrov vs D Gormally (Jan-06-23) 1/2-1/2
   D Gormally vs C E Murphy (Jan-05-23) 1-0
   B Korpa vs D Gormally (Jan-04-23) 1-0
   D Gormally vs M A Ismail (Jan-03-23) 1-0
   M Walker vs D Gormally (Jan-02-23) 1/2-1/2

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(born May-04-1976, 46 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 Championship (2006). He was a joint runner up at the British Championship (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 C Kosten, 1999); Calculate Like a Grandmaster: Learn from the World-Class Attacking Players (2010); Play Chess Like the Pros (2010); Mating the Castled King (2014); A Year Inside the Chess World; The Comfort Zone: Keys to Your Chess Success (2021); and Pandemic Shark: A Journey Through the World of Chess Improvement (2022); and a co-author of Carlsen vs. Nepomniachtchi (2022). He is a former member of Charlton Chess Club and currently plays for Wood Green.

He is a member of Chessgames as User: GMDanielGormally.

References / Sources

(1) (2017 podcast interview with Ben Johnson of Perpetual Chess).

Wikipedia article: Danny Gormally

Last updated: 2022-09-02 04:38:54

 page 1 of 30; games 1-25 of 727  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I G Kelly vs D Gormally  0-1371996British Championship Major OpenE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
2. D Gormally vs R A Barton  1-0401996British Championship Major OpenD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
3. S Pedersen vs D Gormally  ½-½301996Northumbrian MastersD97 Grunfeld, Russian
4. J Rowson vs D Gormally  0-1411996Northumbrian MastersB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
5. D Gormally vs D Bryson  1-0491996Northumbrian MastersD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. L Pliester vs D Gormally  ½-½471996Northumbrian MastersB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
7. D Gormally vs J Cobb  ½-½281996Northumbrian MastersA61 Benoni
8. D Gormally vs G Wall  1-0171996Northumbrian MastersA80 Dutch
9. C Storey vs D Gormally  0-1431996Northumbrian MastersA07 King's Indian Attack
10. D Gormally vs J Shaw  ½-½311996Northumbrian MastersD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
11. A Kosten vs D Gormally  ½-½491997BCF-chT 9697 (4NCL)A20 English
12. C Beckett vs D Gormally  1-0561997Manchester opE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
13. D Gormally vs B Kelly  ½-½241997Caledonian MastersD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. G Welling vs D Gormally ½-½221997Taastrup jubileeD90 Grunfeld
15. D Gormally vs S Williams  ½-½101997CardiffA84 Dutch
16. D Gormally vs S Williams  ½-½151997Newport MastersC02 French, Advance
17. B Kelly vs D Gormally  ½-½461997Newport MastersA48 King's Indian
18. D Gormally vs D Bisby  1-0501997British ChampionshipD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. Miles vs D Gormally  ½-½181997British ChampionshipE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
20. D Gormally vs McShane  ½-½341997British ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
21. S Conquest vs D Gormally  1-0661997British ChampionshipB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
22. D Gormally vs Sasikiran  0-1241997British ChampionshipE97 King's Indian
23. D Gormally vs A J Mestel  1-0751997NCL978 BCM-Invicta KtsE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
24. R Bellin vs D Gormally  ½-½161997Kilkenny MastersD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
25. D Gormally vs M Quinn  ½-½311997Kilkenny MastersA40 Queen's Pawn Game
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Aug-07-15  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.
Aug-07-15  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?

Aug-08-15  offramp: My friend Dieter calls me Autobahnausfahrt.
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  perfidious: <offramp> All while remaining upwind of you, one supposes.
Aug-24-15  offramp: I did a drawing of this GM, at
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  moronovich: To me it is a good painting <offramp> !

Well done.

Aug-25-15  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:

Jul-01-17  Sally Simpson: Just finished reading 'A year Inside the Chess World'.

"But essentially the essence of the book is trying to present the life of a chess pro who is struggling.

We all know about the stories of Magnus and so on, but what about 99 percent of chess pros who are making a hand-to-mouth existence, who are surviving from week to week, maybe an article here, a chess lesson there.

That’s what I wanted to convey to the reader, that it’s not all sweetness and light, that there’s this hidden struggle that we don’t always see portrayed by the chess media, who like to make out the life of a chess player to be one glorious cycle. And I hope I have achieved it in the book!"

One of the most chess depressing and very honest chess books I've read.


It is the most chess depressing and very honest chess books I've read.

He really opens up and lays himself bare. A lot of the games he gives are his losses and the reasons why.

Jul-02-17  offramp: <Sally Simpson: Just finished reading 'A year Inside the Chess World'.> He should have subtitled it <Down and Out in Coulsdon & Coventry>.

As soon as I saw that book in Chess & Bridge on Baker Street I thought it had REMAINDERED written all over it. So I bought a different book and I'll buy Gormally's oeuvre in a few months' time.

Jul-02-17  Sally Simpson: Hi offramp.

I bought mine for £2.99 in a 2nd hand shop. It's been quite a while since I bought a new chess book. I honestly cannot remember the last one bought new and I have (again) 500+ of the things. I usually manage to pick up three or four every month on my travels.

I sold 400+ of them in one go back in 1994.

I've bought one of my book twice from a 2nd hand shops. That always cheers me up.

Danny's book is a good a read, very enlightening. I've shared a few pints with him in Edinburgh, great sense of humour but inside it seems like he was (or maybe he still is) going through a mid-chess crisis.

Jul-02-17  john barleycorn: <sally simpson> the terrible truth (imo) is that even you buy brand new it is second hand information by the time it is printed. then we have all those "how to beat "xyz" on a regular day" or "secrets of the "uvw" opening revealed" barker stuff by 3rd class (even lower) GM's who seemingly have all the time to put books together instead of having tournaments invites where they could prove what they are preaching.
Jul-02-17  offramp: <Sally Simpson: I bought mine for £2.99 in a 2nd hand shop. It's been quite a while since I bought a new chess book.>

I've almost never seen a reasonable chess book in a second hand/charity shop. There was one shop I used to regularly visit that had, like clockwork, a different beginner's chess book every month. It seemed that there was some poor sod sitting nearby DESPERATE to learn chess but finding book after book just too difficult.

On Edgware Road I once got a book by Polugaevsky; that was my best result.

New books are a very dicey business. Recently I bought Cyrus Lakdawala 's book on Bent Larsen.

That book is a disaster roughly the same as a Tunguska sellotaped on top of a Krakatoa. But you can't really take back books just because they are garbage. They have to be falling apart.

Jul-02-17  Sally Simpson: Hi offramp,

There are loads of charity shops in Edinburgh. A few keep chess books aside for me.

Been lucky, the full set of Kasparov Predecessors for £10.00 and a doubler of Vol II a few days ago.

Recently Wade's 'Soviet Chess', Botvinnik's best Games, Chernev's 'The Russians Play Chess' and Kosten's book on endgames (which will join the pile of other unread books on the ending.)

Opening books, hundreds of the bloody things. I used to grab an obscure note and work that into my rep.

These days I make it up as I go along following the tried and trusted motto - 'If in doubt get a piece out.'

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  MissScarlett: Would stealing a Ray Keene book from a charity shop be considered a mortal sin or an act of mercy?
Jul-02-17  offramp: <Sally Simpson>, Flaming Nora. What a lucky git. Sorry, no offence.

<'If in doubt get a piece out.'> I have noticed that GMs don't care about theory any more. They wing it from about move 5, and they don't normally suffer disasters.

Jul-02-17  nok: <Would stealing a Ray Keene book from a charity shop be considered a mortal sin or an act of mercy?> Just tear the cover out and ta-da! it's not a Ray Keene book anymore.
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  MissScarlett: But are you taking the cover or the book?
Jul-02-17  john barleycorn: <offramp: ...I have noticed that GMs don't care about theory any more. They wing it from about move 5, and they don't normally suffer disasters.>

absolutely, in line what Bronstein used to say: "Know your openings within the first 5 moves". After that it is kismet (ok, avoid the dragon and the Marshall)

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  OhioChessFan: <Scarlett: Would stealing a Ray Keene book from a charity shop be considered a mortal sin or an act of mercy?>

It's fine if you wrote it.

Oct-18-18  JimNorCal: <OCF>: it's fine if you wrote it


Oct-19-18  JimNorCal: For any podcast listeners out there, check out The Perpetual Chess podcast. Dozens and dozens of interviews including one with GM Gormally.
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