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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Daniel Gormally.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your cursor from one bracket to the other.

a)
Richard O'Donovan vs Daniel Gormally, Kilkenny, 1998
r5k1/1q3rpp/Q1p5/2BpR3/1PP5/3n4/5PPP/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rff8 Rf5 Rfe8 Ba7 Qxa6 ]

b)
White mates in 5.
Daniel Gormally vs Sven Zeidler, Dyfed, 1999
r1bk4/pp1p4/n2PpbN1/2P4B/4p2Q/8/Pq4PP/2R4K w - - 0 1
[ Rf1 Nc7 Rxf6 if Qc1+ Rf1+ ]

c)
Daniel Gormally vs Jacob Aagaard, Oakham, 2000
r2r2k1/pb2bppp/4p3/q6Q/1p2P3/1n2B3/PPBN1PPP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ e5 if g6 Nxb3 ]

d)
Richard Black vs Daniel Gormally, England, 2000
r3n2k/5rpP/3p4/4pq2/7Q/8/PP1N4/K2RR3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxa2+ Kxa2 Ra7+ if Kb3 Qd3+ mates ]

e)
Black mates in 5
Colin Crouch vs Daniel Gormally, Lichfield, 2000
1r3bk1/5p1p/2b2pp1/2N5/p7/B6P/R4PP1/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rb1+ if Kh2 Bd6+ ]

Daniel Gormally puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Alfred Pfeiffer vs Daniel Gormally, London, 2000
1rb2k1r/5P2/pqpp3p/3pb3/7B/2P5/PP2Q1PP/2KR1B1R b - - 0 1
[ ...Bg4 ]

b)
Daniel Gormally vs Stefan Marotzke, Guernsey, 2001
2r1k2r/1p3ppp/1pn1pn2/bB1pNb2/N2P1B2/4P3/PP2KPPP/R6R w - - 0 1
[ b4 Bxb4 Nxb6 if Rd8 Bxc6+ or if Rb8 Nxc6 ]

c)
Daniel Gormally vs Jonathan Grant, Torquay, 2002
R3nk2/5pp1/4b2p/1p6/3r4/6P1/6BP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Bc6 if Bd7 Rd8 ]

d)
White mates in 5.
Daniel Gormally vs Elisabeth Paehtz, Wrexham, 2002
2rq1rk1/7p/3QR1pP/1p1b4/3P4/2P5/5PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg6+ ]

e)
Black mates in 3.
Stewart Haslinger vs Daniel Gormally, Edinburgh, 2003
4k3/1p3pp1/p6r/3Pp3/1R6/P1P2qp1/1P4Q1/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe3+ Kf1 Rh1+ ]

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Daniel Gormally puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Daniel Gormally vs Alexey Dreev, Caleta, 2005
2r3k1/R4p2/2r2Rb1/1Qpq2Pp/1P1p3P/6B1/6PK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qb7 if Kh7 b5 or if Qe4 Rxf7 mates ]

b)
Ian Rogers vs Daniel Gormally, Gibraltar, 2005
r6k/2p3pp/8/3Bp3/1p2n1PP/1P2P3/3P3R/4K3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ra1+ w/...Nc3+ ]

c)
Daniel Gormally vs Robin Swinkels, Liverpool, 2006
3r2k1/5q1p/1b1r2p1/1Q1p1pRP/2nP1P2/4B3/B4P1K/2R5 w - - 0 1
[ Rxc4 dxc4 Bxc4 Re6 Bxe6 Qxe6 d5 ]

d)
Daniel Gormally vs Donald Mason, Canterbury, 2010
r1k5/1p3pp1/p1bqr2p/2Q5/8/2P3P1/P2N1P1P/1R2R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxd6 if Rxd6 Nc4 ]

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