Would you like to become a millionaire?

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Kevin Williamson
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Re: Would you like to become a millionaire?

Post by Kevin Williamson » Thu Sep 29, 2016 6:59 am

Graham Borrowdale wrote:Thanks, James - sorry for being rhetorical. As a Beds player I know that we usually struggle to field a single player above 200 grade, never mind GMs
Although if James ever returns to Bedfordshire I am sure we can find a way to squeeze him in to the team :D

Jonathan Bryant
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Re: Would you like to become a millionaire?

Post by Jonathan Bryant » Thu Sep 29, 2016 7:01 pm

James Plaskett wrote: Kasparov won the top prize on the Georgian version of the show when he, partnered by his wife, played for money for an operation needed for a sick child.
Hang on, what? Is that really true?

James Plaskett
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Re: Would you like to become a millionaire?

Post by James Plaskett » Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:08 pm

Da, Tovarisch; eta pravda.

Kasparov s Daria -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nu8s9D0jRZk

He was helped by his missus, as was I.
(I phoned the wife!)

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Re: Would you like to become a millionaire?

Post by Jonathan Bryant » Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:20 pm

James Plaskett wrote:Da, Tovarisch; eta pravda.

Kasparov s Daria -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nu8s9D0jRZk

He was helped by his missus, as was I.
(I phoned the wife!)

Thanks for the link which I’m happy to accept proves your man was on some version of WWTBAM but I was more questioning the bit about playing for money to pay for an operation for a sick child - and since there’s no translation on that video it doesn’t help me.

Just to be clear, are you saying that you know for a fact that Garry Kasparov played a version of WWTBAM the point of which was to win enough money to pay for a kid’s operation?

Bonus follow-up: if so, did anybody ever ask, "So what happens if he doesn’t win enough? Do we just let the fucker die or what?"


I mean, even by Gazza’s standards this seems more than a tad crass

James Plaskett
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Re: Would you like to become a millionaire?

Post by James Plaskett » Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:42 pm

Here´s a chess question, echoed two weeks later on the German show -

https://en.chessbase.com/post/who-wants ... e-part-two

´Nigel Short´ was once the answer to an early question on the UK show, too.

Parfitt and Rossi from Status Quo actually got WRONG their first question - "How many knights are there on a chess board at the start of the game?"
But, they were playing for charity, so the company covered that up.

Don´t laugh: I made up my mind that I would take particular care on any chess-related question.
And the Millionaire? winner, Keppel, when partnered by England goalie, Seaman, got wrong a question before the 1,000 Quid point.
That too was covered up.

A lot of these charity shows are rigged.
But, as I´ve posted at quiz fora: if it is a CHARITY show well, who cares?
If some poor bastard gets found guilty of being signalled by coughs to the million when in fact he won it perfectly fairly... well.. that´s something else entirely.

You may see whole galleries of celebs on the US version, and they hardly ever fail to reach 250K.

Here´s more re Kasparov, Sñr Bryant -

http://www.chessintranslation.com/2011/ ... -kasparov/

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Re: Would you like to become a millionaire?

Post by Jonathan Bryant » Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:55 pm

James Plaskett wrote: Here´s more re Kasparov, Sñr Bryant -

http://www.chessintranslation.com/2011/ ... -kasparov/
Thanks.

And sitting in the studio were the children who needed our help – a brother and sister with a heart defect who needed an immediate operation. In such moments you feel an enormous responsibility ....

To which I can only say, bloody hell. Garry Kasparov: he’ll make a game show out of your crisis.

Gary Kenworthy

Re: Would you like to become a millionaire?

Post by Gary Kenworthy » Sat Oct 08, 2016 4:20 pm

coughing stories today in several papers and media. e.g.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... l?ITO=1490

From a Beds County Chess Player
(BTW: I played a 229 grade at Bedford chess.club. a week ago in the Corden Trophy.

Gary Kenworthy

Re: Would you like to become a millionaire?

Post by Gary Kenworthy » Sat Oct 08, 2016 4:44 pm

Patron Saints: A St Anton is a type of boxwood and ebony chess set, Check out bookstalls and chess set and catalogues
Jim knows Luton (South Beds) and thus Mad hatters and Mercury.-- (I will not tell you his joke!!) - they have St. Philip
On the show: -- GM Stuart Conquest told me the cameras pointed at him, as the guy in the audience -- so he was technically a GM "on the show".
Andrew Ledger (two GM norms) I believe last played for Beds in the close final against Norfolk, Minor Counties Final. Pushed everybody down a board and assisted in narrow last few seconds victory for Bedfordshire. Now of course he is with Yorkshire CCA (Sheffield)
GM Mariotti is news to me. - -Thank you. Although many Italians in Bedford and Bedfordshire because of the WWII ePoW camps and then the brick workers. - Very high-ish density of Italians which then attracted more Italians.

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