Joseph Gallagher

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Joseph Gallagher
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Full name Joseph Gerald Gallagher
Country England
Born (1964-05-04) 4 May 1964 (age 54)
United Kingdom
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2433 (June 2018)
Peak rating 2558 (January 2000)

Joseph Gerald Gallagher (born 4 May 1964) is a British-born Swiss chess grandmaster and former British Champion, as well as a chess author.


Born to Irish parents Norah and Patrick, Gallagher was the eldest child (his sisters Catherine, Noreen, Pauline and Marie, and brother Stephen also played chess). His sister Marie also played chess to an international standard at age 11.[citation needed] He played for many years on the European chess circuit, before marrying and moving to Neuchâtel in Switzerland, taking Swiss nationality, being awarded the title of Grandmaster, and then winning the British Chess Championship in 2001 and the Swiss Chess Championship in 1997, 1998, 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2012.

He has represented his adopted country Switzerland regularly at the Chess Olympiad and at the European Team Chess Championship since 1997, his best result occurring at the 2006 Chess Olympiad, when he scored 6½/10.

Gallagher is a noted author on various aspects of chess opening theory, being an expert on the King's Indian Defence as Black and the King's Gambit as White. Gallagher was one of four writers of the popular volume Nunn's Chess Openings (Everyman Chess 1999).

Gallagher is also interested in poker.[citation needed]

He has a son and a daughter.


  • Gallagher, Joe (1992), Winning With the King's Gambit, Batsford, ISBN 0-7134-6944-7 
  • Gallagher, Joe (1994), Beating the Anti-Sicilians, Batsford/Henry Holt and Company, ISBN 0-8050-3575-3 
  • Gallagher, Joe (1995), The Samisch King's Indian, Batsford, ISBN 0-8050-3902-3 
  • Nunn, John; Gallagher, Joe (1995), Beating the Sicilian 3, Batsford/Henry Holt and Company, ISBN 0-8050-4227-X 
  • Gallagher, Joe (1996), Beating the Anti-King's Indians, Batsford/International Chess Enterprises, ISBN 1-879479-36-2 
  • Gallagher, Joe (1998), The Trompovsky, Chess Press, ISBN 1-901259-09-9 
  • Gallagher, Joe (2000), 101 Attacking Ideas in Chess, Gambit Publications, ISBN 1-901983-20-X 
  • Gallagher, Joe (2001), The Magic of Mikhail Tal, Everyman Chess, ISBN 1-85744-266-0 
  • Gallagher, Joe (2002), Starting Out: the Caro-Kann, Everyman Chess, ISBN 1-85744-303-9 
  • Gallagher, Joe (2002), Starting Out: King's Indian, Everyman Chess, ISBN 1-85744-234-2 
  • Gallagher, Joe (2003), Starting Out: The Pirc/Modern, Everyman Chess, ISBN 1-85744-336-5 
  • Gallagher, Joe (2004), Play the King's Indian, Everyman Chess, ISBN 1-85744-324-1 

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