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Mastering Queen Play in the Middlegame GM Danny Gormally

06 July 2018 | 0 Comments

How we use our queen is often taken for granted because it’s such a powerful piece. In this article I want to look at games where the queen played a crucial role.

The following game is a real classic.

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Middlegame Masterclass GM Danny Gormally

28 June 2018 | 0 Comments

In this series, which will hopefully form the backbone of a future video series, I’m going to focusing on middlegame ideas and concepts which turn up on a regular basis.

Editor’s note: Danny’s new video series has been recorded and will be available soon exclusively for Ginger GM.

And not just strategical concepts either, but also more psychological ones, like what to do in certain situations when you’re under pressure, for example. In this first part we’re going to be focusing on mastery of knight play in the middlegame.

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Solutions to Danny’s Puzzles #1 GM Danny Gormally

31 May 2018 | 0 Comments

[The first part of this article can be found at Danny’s Puzzles #1]

I was impressed by the response that I got to my problem solving article. Unlike most of the articles I tirelessly put up on gingergm.com, I actually got some responses!

Unfortunately there were one or two problems. Firstly it was impossible to tell if people were using an engine or not, so the answers had to be taken on trust. Clearly the other problem is the higher rated players will come up with the best answers. As I stated in the original article, the prize won’t always be awarded to the player who comes up with the technically best answers.

In the first game, I asked what was White’s best continuation here.

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Final 4NCL Weekend 2017-18 GM Danny Gormally

11 May 2018 | 0 Comments

Why I’m Quitting Team Chess

It’s become an almost running joke inside my 4NCL team, Blackthorne Russia. Why this is the last weekend, why I’m fed up with these atrociously long train journeys and getting battered and losing rating points everytime I play.

A lot of the problem I have with 4NCL is that there is often a gap between the previous weekend of a month or so. In some other countries, they play the whole league format at the same time, which I believe is a fairer format. It was extremely noticeable in the final weekend, which was played in the glamorous location of a hotel in Telford, how out of shape I was chesswise. I don’t train at home really, so the only way I can get “into shape” is to play tournaments. So everytime I’ve turned up at the 4NCL the last few years, I’ve struggled. And I’m fed up with it.

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