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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:54 pm 
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Richard I do know; he used to play for Thornbury in the Bristol League.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 2:56 pm 
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John Saunders wrote:
Whenever some non-chess person tells me that they know someone who plays chess, for some reason they always refer to them as a 'chess champion'. Ditto, the general media. 'Chess champion' is usually just hyperbole for 'keen chess player'.


It's not just chess, by the way. If you've read Fever Pitch you may recall the passage in which Hornby says he's always being introduced to people on the basis that they're a mad-keen Arsenal fan and it almost always transpires (until he meets his future wife) that they occasionally see a game on the telly or once went to Highbury or something. In the media this syndrome usually manifests itself as a mention of some celeb's "beloved Tottenham" (or whatever team it may be) which usually means they haven't been to a game in years.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:02 pm 
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Against my better judgement I have joined "The Apprentice" Facebook group and posted an item on their fascinating discussion forum.

I've informed them of our discussions here but I doubt if anyone will be in slightest bit interested if any or all of the egotists are fake or not.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 10:30 pm 
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I've now heard his being a chess prodigy being referred to on 'The apprentrice - you're fired!'.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 12:22 pm 
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Lorraine Tighe - if she wins Ill be in disbelief.

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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 9:01 pm 
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Found your 'sceptical' post via google so this is me posting to verify that I exist and did indeed represent England juniors a few times. Though at least one was 'The rest of England vs London', to be fair. :)


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 6:05 pm 
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Reverting to the original topic of this thread, tonight is the big moment. James McQuillan has survived to the final five candidates, and in tonight's episode (BBC1, 9 pm) the contenders will each have an in-depth grilling designed inter alia to find inconsistencies and misstatements in their CVs. Will James's child chess prodigy credentials (presumably fake, in view of previous comments on this thread) be demolished?


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 6:41 pm 
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Leonard Barden wrote:
Will James's child chess prodigy credentials (presumably fake, in view of previous comments on this thread) be demolished?

If I remember correctly last year's winner had fake University credentials so I doubt if AS will worry that James overstated his chess achievements from primary school.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 7:03 pm 
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Neither would I, to be honest.

What bothers me is that everybody went ahead and published what they were told without asking questions.

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