Postcards from the Olympiad GM Danny Gormally

21 September 2016

Tagged: Gorm, Opinion

The Chess Olympiad of 2016 took place in Baku. Although most of the comments about the organisation were positive, from a playing point of view it turned into a disaster for the Azeris. Most of their players performed at best par with their rating, at worst they had a nightmare. You only need two players to be out of form and you are going to struggle. Despite the best efforts of the captain Etienne Bacrot, who is a very good friend of one of the Azeri players Arkadi Naiditsch, the Azeri’s crashed and burned. It happens.

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The Vienna Open and how to Beat Stronger Players GM Danny Gormally

12 September 2016

Tagged: Gorm, Middlegame

Danny annotates some games from the recent Vienna Open where the Ginger GM himself played, and gives some useful practical tips for playing against stronger opponents.

The Vienna open is a tournament I always wanted to play but never got around to. By all accounts it’s one of the best tournaments in Europe. My good friends Keith Arkell and Simon Williams formed some of the British contingent this year. Apparently they were originally sharing a room, but Keith’s snoring and the fact that the accomodation was so far from the venue convinced Simon that he might as well shell out for his own room, so ended up changing hotels.

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Kings on Steroids GM Simon Williams

05 September 2016

Tagged: Middlegame

This article was first published on - My favourite chess site..

Reproduced with permission [view original article].

The most sacred of all pieces is the king, a piece we must care for and nurture. Right!?


In this article we are going to take a look at kings on steroids.

The kings below are drugged up to their eyeballs and ready to race around the pitch in a purple haze. After all, rules are there to be broken, right?

The first game that springs to my mind when I think of an amazing king march is the following encounter, perhaps Nigel Short’s most famous game.

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British Championships Part 2 - Domination of Adams GM Danny Gormally

24 August 2016

Tagged: Gorm, Opinion

Going into the second week it looked wide open. After all I was only half a point behind the leaders on 4.5/6, with Adams and Howell and a surprise name, my golfing buddy David Eggelston, on 5/6. I soon found myself in some difficulty in my round seven game against Richard Palliser. As normal Richard was very well prepared and I had to go into some grotty ending where I’m struggling to hold with a queen against two rooks.

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British Championships - Part 1 GM Danny Gormally

09 August 2016

Tagged: Gorm

Here’s the first of Danny’s two part report on the recently concluded British Championships, including three annotated games.

This years British chess championships was dominated by one player, Michael Adams, who equalled the record of his good friend Julian Hodgson, in scoring 10/11. But before we move on to the brilliant Mickey and what makes him so strong, which I’ll be focusing on in the second part, lets look at my own performance. After all it’s really all about me, right?!

I turned up on the Sunday and as soon as I left the station my first feeling was one of disappointment. I was looking forward to going to Bournemouth, I had never been before, but it just seemed like a bit of a dump. Lots of angry looking people walking around, and that was just the chess players. Admittedly that view was mainly because I had walked around the area around the station and was staying in less than glamorous accomodation.

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Scottish Championships - The One That Got Away GM Danny Gormally

03 August 2016

Tagged: Gorm, Opinion

Danny’s currently going pretty well in the British Championships. Let’s hope it finishes better for him than the recent Scottish event!

In a sense the Scottish Championships was a typical chess tournament for me. I started well, had a good middle of the tournament but just couldn’t close it out. It was very similar to the 2015 British championships. I felt like I played the best chess of anyone there but it wasn’t reflected in the final result. Time and again my poor nervous control let me down. In round one though it wasn’t so much bad nerves as a certain amount of rustiness that caused me to draw a game I really should have won.

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