Gary Lane

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Gary Lane
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Full nameGary William Lane
Born (1964-11-04) 4 November 1964 (age 55)
United Kingdom
TitleInternational Master
Peak rating2464 (July 2001)

Gary William Lane (born 4 November 1964) is a professional chess player and author. He became an International Master in 1987 and won the Commonwealth Chess Championship in 1988. He has written over thirty books on chess, including Find the Winning Move, Improve Your Chess in 7 Days and Prepare to Attack. There have been translations in French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. In the 1980s the ITV documentary "To Kill a King" was screened nationwide in Great Britain.It featured a young Michael Adams and Lane. This feature is shown regularly at chess film festivals.[1]

After his marriage to Woman International Master Nancy Jones, he moved to Australia, winning the Australian Chess Championship in 2004. He won the 2005 Oceania Chess Championship and represented Oceania at the Chess World Cup 2005.

He has also represented Australia in the 2002, 2004, and 2006 Chess Olympiads.[2] In the 2004 Olympiad he helped Australia score a 2–2 draw with his former country England, scoring a decisive win over Nigel Short.[3] He has been a chess coach for England or Australia at the World Junior and also European Junior championship for over a decade[when?].

In 2012 he won the George Trundle Masters in Auckland, New Zealand with a score of 7/9,[4] and the NZ South Island Championships in Dunedin, with a score of 8/9.[5] He was unbeaten in both events.

In 2015 at the Australian tournament the Doeberl Cup he beat Loek van Wely the reigning Dutch Champion and one of the world's leading players. [6] He played the Closed Sicilian which he has also written about in two books. In 2016 he came =1st at George Trundle Masters in Auckland, New Zealand with a score of 7/9,[7] and followed this up with =1st place scoring 8/9 at the NZ South Island Championships in Canterbury.[8] He did not lose any games in the two events. At the 2nd Fiji International Open Chess Tournament Lane dominated the event winning with the perfect score of 7/7.[9] A score of 9/9 and clear first place was the result at the 1st Fiji International Rapid Open.[10]

Lane is a supporter of Torquay United F.C. [11]


  • Lane, Gary (1990). The C3 Sicilian: Analysis and Complete Games. The Crowood Press. ISBN 978-1-852233-18-1.
  • Lane, Gary (1995). Blackmar–Diemer Gambit. Batsford Chess Library / An Owl Book / Henry Holt and Company. ISBN 0-8050-4230-X.
  • Lane, Gary (1996). A Guide to Attacking Chess. B.T.Batsford Ltd. ISBN 0-7134-8010-6.
  • Lane, Gary (1997). The Grand Prix Attack: attacking lines with f4 against the Sicilian. Batsford. ISBN 0-8050-2940-0.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 December 2016. Retrieved 2016-12-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Bartelski, Wojciech. "OlimpBase :: Men's Chess Olympiads :: Gary Lane". Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Gary W Lane vs Nigel Short (2004)". Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  4. ^ "George Trundle New Zealand Masters". Archived from the original on 15 April 2017. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  5. ^ 2012 South Island Championship crosstable[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Gary Lane vs Loek Van Wely (2015) -". Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  7. ^ 2016 George Trundle Masters crosstable
  8. ^ "2016 South Island Championships". Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  9. ^ 2016 2nd Fiji International Open Chess Tournament crosstable
  10. ^ 2016 1st Fiji International Rapid Open crosstable
  11. ^ "Oz chess ace Lane misses rare chance to see United". Herald Express. 15 August 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2017.[permanent dead link]

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