The Danny Gormally Column #3 GM Danny Gormally

18 April 2016

Tagged: Gorm, Opinion

Danny reports on an up and down performance at the Colin Crouch Celebration Masters.

The Colin Crouch Celebration Masters

Early April I got the coach down from Alnwick to Harrow, in North London, to play the Colin Crouch Celebration Masters. Unfortunately it didn’t take long for me to lose a game. In truth I got thoroughly outplayed by Tamas Fodor Jr. in our round four game. I could console myself to some extent with the thought that I didn’t play too badly in that game, he just played very well. In the past this might have affected me too much, and it would have lead to a spiral of loss after loss. But t-1000 Gorm is made of tougher stuff.

In the very next round I was paired against Rob Willmoth, who was having an excellent tournament. Despite getting a promising opening I was unable to get to get anything much with it, and by the time we reached the diagram position the game seemed completely equal, and I had more or less resigned myself to a draw (and a healthy loss of rating points.)

Perhaps my greatest examination came in round eight. I had already fallen behind the leader Jahongir Vakhidov by this stage and trailed by a point.

Under the circumstances I might have expected him to be in a peaceful mood and fairly happy with a draw. Not a bit of it. Jahongir has built up a huge store of confidence over the last few months, winning tournament after tournament and tends to just go for the jugular in every game. It wasn’t long before I came under severe pressure.


About the Author

GM Danny Gormally

Danny Gormally is a talented English Grandmaster. He lives in the bustling market town of Alnwick, somewhere near Scotland.

Danny’s first DVD for Ginger GM, Improve Your Practical Play was released in September 2013. His new book “A Year Inside the Chess World” is available now.