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Chess players on gameshows
Compiled by mack
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A destined-to-die collection of notable games by chess masters who have also appeared on quiz shows and the like - if any of you crazy American lads could supply a few examples from across the pond, that would be much appreciated.


Jim Plaskett (Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?)
Plaskett vs Short, 1985 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 37 moves, 1-0

William Hartston (University Challenge, Mind Games)
Hartston vs Gligoric, 1966 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 25 moves, 1-0

Malcolm Pein (University Challenge)
M Pein vs G Hernandez Guerrero, 1991 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 12 moves, 1-0

John Cox (University Challenge)
Karpov vs J Cox, 1982 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 34 moves, 0-1

Byron Jacobs (University Challenge)
B Jacobs vs Hebden, 1988
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 48 moves, 1-0

Kevin Thurlow (Countdown)
K Thurlow vs J Dekker, 2001
(A04) Reti Opening, 18 moves, 1-0

Matthew Turner (Countdown)
M Turner vs A Hunt, 1999 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 33 moves, 1-0

Maxim Devereaux (Faking It)
M Devereaux vs P Mercs, 1999
(E12) Queen's Indian, 15 moves, 1-0

Bobby Fischer (I've Got A Secret)
Fischer vs Feuerstein, 1957 
(B40) Sicilian, 44 moves, 1-0

Stuart Conquest (audience, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?)
S Conquest vs Petursson, 1992 
(B50) Sicilian, 38 moves, 1-0

Charles Storey (Dragons' Den)
C Storey vs M Waters, 2005 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 14 moves, 1-0

Richard Farleigh (Dragons' Den)
R Farleigh vs de Firmian, 1995 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 31 moves, 0-1

Jerry Asquith (Mastermind; specialist subject= Alekhine)
J Asquith vs F Piccoli, 2001
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ken Coates (Eggheads)
K Coates vs N E Povah, 1978
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

Danny King (Moment of Truth)
D King vs D Howell, 2003 
(C88) Ruy Lopez, 25 moves, 1-0

Cathy Forbes (Eggheads)
C Forbes vs M Flores, 2006 
(A48) King's Indian, 32 moves, 1-0

Isaac Kashdan (You Bet Your Life)
Kashdan vs Flohr, 1930 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 75 moves, 1-0

Justin Horton (Fifteen to One)
J Horton vs S Kozhuharov, 2007
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 55 moves, 1-0

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