Isle of Man - Eljanov wins without a Playoff GM Danny Gormally

20 October 2016

Tagged: Gorm, Opinion

Pavel Eljanov from the Ukraine won the third Isle of Man Masters on tiebreak from Fabiano Caruana, who also had an excellent tournament and moved up in rating to clear world number two behind Mighty Magnus. In fact their scores were tied, but Eljanov had the better tie break which was done on progressive scores.

I am apparently not alone in finding this antiquated rule completely ridiculous. Even the mild-mannered Harry Potter lookalike Caruana expressed irritation that he wasn’t given a chance to win the tournament in a tie break. It’s time these ridiculous tie-break rules were scrapped. It’s another way that chess needs to get up to date.

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How to Analyse GM Danny Gormally

01 October 2016

Tagged: Gorm, Middlegame

What is more important, getting results or having the right approach? Even if your results are good in the short term, there is a danger that eventually your luck will run out if you don’t have the right approach.

I realized that last year, that when I was up against strong players. You can’t get away with the sort of stuff that you can against players of a lower level, you quickly get found out. They analyse better. They see through your tricks. Basically I understood that I wasn’t calculating well enough, so I had to go back to the drawing board, I got the dusty old chess set out of the cupboard and trained myself to calculate again. I’d set up a sharp middlegame position from a game I’d find online or something like that, and try to work my way through the complications.

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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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