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Would you like to become a millionaire?

Posted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 8:43 am
by MJMcCready
Hailing from Bedfordshire, I remembered that our top GM James Plaskett once tried his hand on Chris Tarrant's 'Who wants to be a millionaire once. I dug out the relevant clips on youtube (see below) but wondered if he was the only chess player to appear on the show?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRjAa83f-tk (please go to 5.50 to Jim in action)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyTuys_p9Eg

Re: Would you like to become a millionaire?

Posted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 8:56 am
by Roger de Coverly
MJMcCready wrote:but wondered if he was the only chess player to appear on the show?
By no means. Former local player Bob Ginger reached the quarter final.

http://www.ecfgrading.org.uk/new/player ... 11270D#top

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQv1PJgQdYU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXh6R5AiLVU

Re: Would you like to become a millionaire?

Posted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 9:01 am
by MJMcCready
Your friend did pretty well there.

Re: Would you like to become a millionaire?

Posted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 11:21 am
by Gordon Cadden
After winning £250,000 James Plaskett looked completely blank, and so did Stuart Conquest. He did not know that Crispin was the Patron Saint of Shoemakers; it was a very lucky guess.

Re: Would you like to become a millionaire?

Posted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 7:32 pm
by MJMcCready
Or that shoemakers even had a patron saint it would seem. I wonder if chess set makers have a patron saint?

Re: Would you like to become a millionaire?

Posted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 9:18 pm
by Michael Farthing
St Aunton

Re: Would you like to become a millionaire?

Posted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 9:38 pm
by NickFaulks
Michael Farthing wrote:St Aunton
!!

Re: Would you like to become a millionaire?

Posted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 4:08 am
by MJMcCready
lol yes that would work.

Re: Would you like to become a millionaire?

Posted: Wed Sep 28, 2016 2:51 pm
by James Plaskett
Alastair MacNaughton, a teacher from Edinburgh, and a member of that city´s chess club, won 125K. He bottled it on a 250,000 Question about the meaning of ´Stalin´in Russian, although he admitted to being some 80% sure that it is ´Man of Steel´. (It IS.)
Nerve counts for a heck of a lot in quizzing, as experienced quizzer and chess player, Felix Kwiatowski, assured me before I accessed the hot seat and as I told Tarrant before Question 1.
And my ´guess´on my 250K question was an ´educated´one: I had used all three lifelines to point me at it.
Indeed, I regret spunking the third one.
(Might even call it an ´OVER-educated guess´! )
A guy won the top prize in Germany who had drawn with Anand in a simul.
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.
Only other GM to make "Millionaire´s Row" was Maurice Ashley in NY City.
Short told me that his wife got to the last 100 in Athens.
The Greek rules are somewhat different and she had to answer (visiting a local studio, I believe) a question re Greek Prime Ministers. She did so inaccurately and did not qualify.
Another erstwhile Guildford One teammate, GM Antoinetta Stefanova, told me that her sister TWICE qualified for the Bulgarian version, and she accompanied her on the first time. Second time she won a small amount.

Sowray told me that a reasonable club chess player he knew called Watson made it on to the show but did not access the hot seat.
A guy called Keith Pottage, apparently not unknown in Yorks chess circles, won 125K on a show where I appeared with him in early 2005.
Inspired by me (I know, for he recruited me as Phone A Friend) Chris Jeans, a guy from Herts with a grade circa 160, got on the show. But lost out on Fastest Finger First, despite putting in an excellent time, to someone who managed a few tenths of a second quicker.

I once saw a lady whom I knew from the National Secular Society - but not through chess - Barbara Smoker, in the line up, but she too did not get into the chair.

re your mate Bob Ginger, Roger; you might wish to mention the name of Paddy Spooner... and carefully note his reaction.
A whole chapter of our book (Chapter 10.) is on Spooner... and his gang. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bad-Show-Cough ... s=Bad+Show

Oh and since, Señor de Coverley, you want to raise the topic of coincidence, as you have done on another thread about my book, do consider this one re chess players appearing on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

The details of what I now here recount may be accessed quite early on in this Diary Entry - http://james-plasketts-coincidence-diar ... -some.html
- re how I and a 61 year old retired computer programmer from Kansas were the ONLY two online chess teachers of Kelly Cottrell of Detroit and we BOTH appeared on the show on the same day, Nov 12th 1999. He in NY City. I in London.
Neither does it stop there.
Av Rosen´s daughter then got on the show and won $1,000.Then they split $500,000 on an online quiz.
And then Kelly Cottrell married another GM: Ben Finegold.

Re: Would you like to become a millionaire?

Posted: Wed Sep 28, 2016 3:36 pm
by Michael Farthing
23 months.
Suspicions confirmed.

Re: Would you like to become a millionaire?

Posted: Wed Sep 28, 2016 4:05 pm
by James Plaskett
Suspicious about what, might we learn?

Re: Would you like to become a millionaire?

Posted: Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:02 pm
by Graham Borrowdale
MJMcCready wrote:Hailing from Bedfordshire, I remembered that our top GM James Plaskett...
Just how many GMs has Bedfordshire got?

Re: Would you like to become a millionaire?

Posted: Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:34 pm
by James Plaskett
Andrew Ledger (whose uncle taught me Geography) has two GM norms.
But family life and a good job in the Civil Service in Sheffield mean, sadly, that it is unlikely he´ll make the necessary third.

Re: Would you like to become a millionaire?

Posted: Wed Sep 28, 2016 10:22 pm
by Graham Borrowdale
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

Re: Would you like to become a millionaire?

Posted: Thu Sep 29, 2016 1:04 am
by MJMcCready
Graham Borrowdale wrote:
MJMcCready wrote:Hailing from Bedfordshire, I remembered that our top GM James Plaskett...
Just how many GMs has Bedfordshire got?
Yes just one homegrown GM. We did have GM Mariotti play in the Beds. League in the 70s for a short while but he was from Italy of course. Paul Habershon played him a few times. His brother Paolo lived in Luton and worked as an engineer at SKF.

I spoke to Andy about attaining his third GM norm, he said that he wasn't too bothered about chasing it down.