Hope for our society!

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Re: Hope for our society!

Post by IM Jack Rudd » Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:51 pm

I've been on Eggheads, but got all my questions wrong.

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Re: Hope for our society!

Post by Alex Holowczak » Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:57 pm

Paul Cooksey wrote:It was actually a bit surprising to see someone I knew back then, before quiz shows really took off.
Really? I thought the "golden era" of quiz shows was the 1980s and 1990s; certainly 1994 was well within it. There are far fewer quiz shows these days, and they've been overtaken by Reality TV like X Factor, and panel shows like Mock the Week.

In those days you had Bullseye, Big Break, Strike it Lucky/Rich, Crystal Maze, Generation Game, Price is Right, Play Your Cards Right, Sale of the Century, Going for Gold, Blockbusters, Catchphrase, Wipeout... I can remember all of those in my own lifetime!

Nowadays all that's left really is things like Eggheads, Countdown, Who Wants to be a Millionnaire? and Weakest Link (which is about to be killed off).

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Re: Hope for our society!

Post by Alistair Campbell » Sun Nov 06, 2011 11:51 pm

Kevin Thurlow wrote:Perhaps I can answer!
Apologies Kevin, I wasn't aware of your celebrity :oops: (I have rectified now this through Google :) and offer my belated congratulations... )

One of my ex-(chess) team mates won £125,000 on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire". His £250,000 question was something like "which ex-Soviet leader's name translates as 'Man of Steel' ?". It was too bad that he didn't have a phone-a-friend lifeline left or he could have phoned Keti Arakhamia, another team-mate...

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Re: Hope for our society!

Post by Phil Makepeace » Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:52 am

I appeared on Countdown 4 years ago. That's your lot. Reckon Only Connect would be a laugh though.

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Re: Hope for our society!

Post by E Michael White » Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:04 am

Alex Holowczak wrote:In those days you had Bullseye, Big Break, Strike it Lucky/Rich, Crystal Maze, Generation Game, Price is Right, Play Your Cards Right, Sale of the Century, Going for Gold, Blockbusters, Catchphrase, Wipeout...
---- you started the list so why didn't you finish ?

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Re: Hope for our society!

Post by John Clarke » Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:45 am

Stewart Reuben wrote:A list of people would be quite interesting on those who have been, or are, ECF graded or FIDE Rated, who have appeared on quiz shows.
How far back do you want to go? And how far down the grading list?? I ask because my peak rating, way back in 1973/4, was no higher than 164. Which some might say is too low and too long ago.

However ..... I did win the New Zealand Mastermind title in 1981, taking as my main specialist subject The History of Chess, 1450-1972! (And let's immediately offset that gross bit of skiting by remarking that my appearance the following year in the international was an unmitigated disaster.)

I've been on several other shows as well in NZ and Oz, making a handy few thou along the way, but no six-figure jackpots as yet.
"The chess-board is the world ..... the player on the other side is hidden from us ..... he never overlooks a mistake, or makes the smallest allowance for ignorance."
(He doesn't let you resign and start again, either.)

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Re: Hope for our society!

Post by Alex Holowczak » Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:50 am

E Michael White wrote:
Alex Holowczak wrote:In those days you had Bullseye, Big Break, Strike it Lucky/Rich, Crystal Maze, Generation Game, Price is Right, Play Your Cards Right, Sale of the Century, Going for Gold, Blockbusters, Catchphrase, Wipeout...
---- you started the list so why didn't you finish ?
I couldn't think of any more, but reckon there were some. :P

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Re: Hope for our society!

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Mon Nov 07, 2011 12:23 pm

"Apologies Kevin, I wasn't aware of your celebrity"

No problem!

Dave Ledger lost (I think) on Countdown, having a word disallowed which later became legal. But he did win £3000 on Brainteaser. Simon Gillam was on Countdown years ago. There is a very useful site; http://www.thecountdownpage.com/series.htm and if anyone wants to trawl through that, they will probably find a few more chessplayers. I believe Ken Norman did rather well on Brain of Britain (which is radio, but nonetheless impressive.)
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Re: Hope for our society!

Post by Alistair Campbell » Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:33 pm

Kevin Thurlow wrote: Simon Gillam was on Countdown years ago.
He was also on Only Connect in 2008 as part of the "Edinburgh Scrabblers" - he has an IMdb entry on the back of it.

And as a scrabbler (is that a real word?) he recently competed in the World Championships mentioned here

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Re: Hope for our society!

Post by Peter Shaw » Mon Nov 07, 2011 4:00 pm

I remember seeing an Only Connect where one of the teams was called 'The chessplayers'. I couldn't find any of them in the grading list. In one of the questions they had to complete the following sequence:

QR,QN,QB,?

They got it wrong!

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Re: Hope for our society!

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Mon Nov 07, 2011 4:15 pm

There was also a chessboxing team on Eggheads - oh, sorry, Stewart was asking about graded/rated players, "real chessplayers" ...

There was a chess team some five or six years ago of Pein, Cox, Jacobs and Hartston which lost to another random team of friends who played under some banner or other on TV. Sorry, I've even forgotten the name of the programme. The chess players were winning until the end (!)

Felix Kwiatkowski apparently once went very far on 15-1 but could not answer how far the penalty spot should be from the goal.

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Re: Hope for our society!

Post by Stewart Reuben » Mon Nov 07, 2011 4:31 pm

Peter Shaw >I remember seeing an Only Connect where one of the teams was called 'The chessplayers'. I couldn't find any of them in the grading list. In one of the questions they had to complete the following sequence:
QR,QN,QB,?
They got it wrong!<

CJ solved that mystery for me. It was a team of quizzers. They simply chose the name without actually being real chessplayers. One team member muttered that he was only familiar with algebraic notation. The opposing team found it hilarious as they gave the answer Q immediately. Quizmaster Victoria Coren said to me she thought perhaps the question was a little unfair, but I disagreed.

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Re: Hope for our society!

Post by Ian Kingston » Mon Nov 07, 2011 4:35 pm

I think (and he'll no doubt correct me if I'm wrong) that Neil Graham was on Fifteen to One.

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Re: Hope for our society!

Post by Roger de Coverly » Mon Nov 07, 2011 4:36 pm

Jonathan Rogers wrote:There was a chess team some five or six years ago of Pein, Cox, Jacobs and Hartston which lost to another random team of friends who played under some banner or other on TV. Sorry, I've even forgotten the name of the programme.
A special "professionals/occupations" series of University Challenge I believe.

Former local club member Bob Ginger http://grading.bcfservices.org.uk/getre ... ef=111270D did well on "Millionaire" a few years back.

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Re: Hope for our society!

Post by Phil Neatherway » Tue Nov 08, 2011 1:14 pm

Felix Kwiatkowski apparently once went very far on 15-1 but could not answer how far the penalty spot should be from the goal.
I believe Feliks also did well on Brain of Britain many years ago.

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