Joseph Gallagher

Joseph Gerald Gallagher (born in London 4 May 1964) is a British-born Swiss chess player and writer. He was awarded the title of Grandmaster by FIDE in 1990 and has been the national champion of both Britain and Switzerland.

Joseph Gallagher
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2008 Olympiad, Dresden
Full nameJoseph Gerald Gallagher
Born (1964-05-04) 4 May 1964 (age 57)
United Kingdom
TitleGrandmaster (1990)
FIDE rating2447 (January 2022)
Peak rating2558 (January 2000)


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 in 1990, and then winning the British Chess Championship in 2001[1] and the Swiss Chess Championship in 1997, 1998, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2012 and 2021.

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.[2]

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, 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


  1. ^ Crowther, Mark (13 August 2001). "TWIC 353: British Chess Championships". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 27 September 2020.
  2. ^ Joseph Gallagher team chess records at

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