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Harold James Plaskett
Number of games in database: 378
Years covered: 1977 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2469 (2527 rapid, 2478 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2516
Overall record: +146 -125 =103 (52.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      4 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (67) 
    B23 B30 B21 B76 B52
 Ruy Lopez (22) 
    C78 C63 C86 C76 C85
 Queen's Pawn Game (19) 
    A46 D02 A45 A40 D05
 Queen's Indian (12) 
    E12 E13 E16
 French Defense (11) 
    C10 C05 C01 C04 C03
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (10) 
    C86 C85 C84 C91 C96
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (52) 
    B22 B40 B44 B47 B81
 English (22) 
    A10 A15 A14 A17 A13
 Queen's Pawn Game (14) 
    A40 A46 A41 D02 A45
 Queen's Indian (11) 
    E15 E17 E12 E18 E14
 Reti System (11) 
    A04
 Nimzo Indian (10) 
    E21 E32 E30 E34 E44
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Plaskett vs Miles, 1986 1-0
   Plaskett vs Emms, 1986 1-0
   Plaskett vs M Hawelko, 1978 1-0
   Plaskett vs K Bischoff, 2001 1-0
   Sax vs Plaskett, 1986 0-1
   Plaskett vs Short, 1985 1-0
   Plaskett vs Hartston, 1986 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1997/98 (1997)
   Hastings 1998/99 (1998)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hastings Premier 1997/8 by protean

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HAROLD JAMES PLASKETT
(born Mar-18-1960, 54 years old) United Kingdom

[what is this?]
Harold James Plaskett was born in Dkeliha, Cyprus. He was awarded the IM title in 1981 and became a GM in 1985. His tournament results include 1st place at Plovdiv 1984 and 2nd= at Hastings 1984-85. He was British champion in 1990.

Wikipedia article: James Plaskett


 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 378  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Plaskett vs J Littlewood  1-049 1977 BCF-chC77 Ruy Lopez
2. C W Baker vs Plaskett  1-039 1977 BCF-chC02 French, Advance
3. M Haygarth vs Plaskett  0-132 1977 BCF-chE14 Queen's Indian
4. Plaskett vs S Webb  0-158 1977 BCF-chD97 Grunfeld, Russian
5. P Clarke vs Plaskett  ½-½15 1977 BCF-chE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
6. Romanishin vs Plaskett 1-014 1977 LondonA15 English
7. Plaskett vs C Cubitt  ½-½35 1977 BCF-chA45 Queen's Pawn Game
8. R Thomas vs Plaskett  1-053 1977 BCF-chE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
9. Plaskett vs S Taulbut  0-150 1977 BCF-chB06 Robatsch
10. D Cummings vs Plaskett  0-141 1977 BCF-chA30 English, Symmetrical
11. Plaskett vs Chandler  ½-½24 1977 BCF-chB02 Alekhine's Defense
12. C W Pritchett vs Plaskett  1-040 1977 BCF-chB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
13. Plaskett vs P Clarke 1-044 1978 Ayr British chC10 French
14. Plaskett vs B Neuenschwander 1-042 1978 EU-ch U20 7879B29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
15. Petursson vs Plaskett  1-040 1978 EU-ch U20 7879A40 Queen's Pawn Game
16. J Cooper vs Plaskett 0-139 1978 Ayr British chE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
17. Plaskett vs M Hawelko 1-026 1978 EU-ch U20 7879B06 Robatsch
18. Plaskett vs K Mokry  ½-½40 1978 Wch U20B23 Sicilian, Closed
19. Plaskett vs S Taulbut 1-043 1978 Ayr British chB08 Pirc, Classical
20. Dolmatov vs Plaskett 1-042 1978 EU-ch U20 7879B85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
21. Plaskett vs A J Mestel  1-031 1978 Ayr British chB83 Sicilian
22. Plaskett vs B Tiller  1-031 1978 EU-ch U20 7879C07 French, Tarrasch
23. Speelman vs Plaskett  ½-½29 1978 Ayr British chA30 English, Symmetrical
24. A C Yurtseven vs Plaskett  ½-½38 1978 EU-ch U20 7879B44 Sicilian
25. R Bellin vs Plaskett  0-128 1978 Ayr British chA45 Queen's Pawn Game
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Feb-20-06
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  Parsifal: My feeling, after 24..Qc5 25 Rd3 was that white has very active play, e.g 25...b5 26 Rf7+ Ng7 and now, perhaps 27 Nf4... But there are other possibilities for white which also might be viable after 25 Rd3. Should any kibitzer here care to refute/chip in - be my guest!
Mar-18-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: <Parsifal> Happy Birthday!
Mar-21-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Parsifal: Gracias!
46... and going strong.
Mar-21-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: Nice to have you here, Mr. Plaskett!
Mar-22-06  Chesschatology: Jim- yours was the first chess book I ever read, aged 14 or so, "Play to win". I knew nothing, understood nothing, but I did use it to learn notation, and lots of impressive sounding opinions. As such I, then about 90 BCF, proudly told a friend of my parents, a master level ish player, that the opening in chess was overrated in importance, and that draws were killing the game. I would like to re-read it now I'm a bit older!
Mar-23-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  ray keene: apropos coincidences and the name shand-wasnt diana princess of wales a shand kydd on her mothers side , while camilla current consort of my old trinity college cambridge landing mate hrh the prince of wales was also a shand qua her maiden name. this might need a spot of checking but i am pretty sure its close to being right if not spot on!
Mar-23-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Parsifal: Well, you´re certainly on to something there, Raymondo.

And, should you want the full spiel, here´s example 184 from my files -

(184) Keeping it in the family
In early June 2004 a nurse from Scotland won the highest ever prize offered on ITV´s The Vault quiz show: one million Pounds. To do that she had to successfully answer six questions down a telephone line - the answers to three of which had already been given earlier in the show. At the quizzing.co.uk site certain voices were raised suggesting that some of the big TV quiz shows were deliberately excluding some applicants. I did not believe that for an instant, and noted, for the benefit of those who were determined to see conspiracy everywhere, that the first winner of the million on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, Judith Keppel, was married to a man who had written comedy scripts for Jasper Carrot, and Carrot is a director of the company that made WWTBAM? Then on June 16th 2004, I chipped in at a thread at the quizzing.co.uk site -

Posted by PLASKETT
More re innocence and coincidence
There seems to be some disagreement about this. ... ... ...The Peerage seems to think them still man and wife - ... ... ... And at Worldroots she is depicted as a descendant of Mary Tudor, and still married to Shand - Descendants of Mary Tudor, Princess of England(gen 16-1 to 16-69 of 19 generations) XVI-6 (XV-5-3) 1 Judith Cynthia Aline Keppel Born 18 August 1942 Married (1) 2 April 1964 Diss.1980 Desmond Leon Corcoran Married (2) 1985 Neil H. Shand Children, Generation XVII-5 ... ... ...
Genealogy expert, Leo van de Pas, observes -

Judith's grandfather is the first cousin of Sonia Keppel and this makes Judith and Camilla 3rd cousins. Judith (and Camilla) are descendants of Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond an illegitimate son of King Charles II and they are definitely descendants of King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. In the latest Burke's Peerage and Judith Keppel married (1) Desmond Corcoran and they have three children and then they divorced. Judith then married Neil H. Shand but seems to go about with her maiden name. Shand? You will say. Yes, that is Camilla's maiden name, perhaps Neil Shand is related to her as well. ... ... ...Leo van de Pas

Mar-23-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Parsifal: So then, for those who never tire of seeing smoke and conspiracy in who gets on or succeeds or is destroyed by UK TV Game Shows - a) The first winner was ... married to a script writer for current Celador Director, Jasper Carrott. The gentleman´s name is Shand b) She is a direct descendant of the royal mistress, Keppel. c) She is a cousin of Camilla Parker-Bowles (and could pass for her sister). d) Parker Bowles had the maiden name Shand. van der Pas speculates that she may be related to Neil Shand. e) Diana Spencer´s mother took the married name of Shand Kydd. f) Although I am not definitely sold that the death of Lady Diana was suspicious, I am also far from satisfied that it was not, and welcome the official inquiry into her death in FRANCE. g) Two contestants destroyed by winning the top prize on Millionaire (but who, in my opinion, were innocent and treated dreadfully by Celador) were CHARLES and DIANA. h) Mrs Keppel was only able to answer the One Million Pound question: "Which of these kings was married to Eleanor of Acquitaine?" because she had taken a holiday in FRANCE that summer and one day " ...whilst mooching around in a town ..." had wandered into a churchyard where she spotted Eleanor of Acquitaine´s TOMB. i) Judith Keppel (along with a few other people) is a direct descendant of Eleanor of Acquitaine. So, you see, it´s all rigged.

Then, on August 8th 2004, I noted something else, and promptly commented on it at the same thread -

Posted by PLASKETT
Another Millionaire winner called Mrs Shand
I only learn, via the post before this, that the winner of the million on The Vault was called Mrs Shand. So, if any of you STILL do NOT think it is ALL RIGGED, consider this which I posted on page 10 of this thread - (The above list) ANOTHER Mrs Shand the first winner of One Million Pounds on an ITV Quiz Show...?¿

Mar-14-07  ChesterTheJester: Anyone know where I could locate a video of GM Plaskett's game on the internet? Would love to re-watch it.
Jun-01-07  thesonicvision: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlnX...
Aug-29-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: Isn't Judith Keppel one of the "Eggheads".
Aug-30-07  mack: <Benzol> She is indeed. It seems as if it's obligatory that she gets asked the sports questions.
Aug-30-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: <mack> Thanks for the confirmation. As a result I was looking at some of the other Eggheads and found out the C J De Mooi has apparently been a Mensa chess champion. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CJ_De_...

I wonder how many other players are Mensa members?

Sep-02-07  mack: <Benzol> I found a reference to CJ in the September 2005 CHESS magazine. Very quick and not at all interesting, but it did mention that one of the posers he set for viewers at the end of a show was - 'How many knights does each player have at the beginning of a game of chess - 1, 2 or 4?'

Buggered if I know.

Jan-08-08  MichAdams: Not to be confused with David Morrissey, currently starring in the BBC mini-series, Sense and Sensibility.

Jan-29-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karpova: James Plaskett – José Clement Gómez
Beniel, 19 August 2007
Sicilian Defence

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.O-O-O Bd7 9.f4 h6 10.Bh4 Be7 11.Nf3 Qc7 12.e5 dxe5 13.fxe5 Ng8 14.Ne4 Bxh4 15.Nxh4 Nxe5 16.Nd6+ Kf8 17.Qf4 f6 [see diagram]


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18.Qxe5 1-0

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Mar-18-08  brankat: Happy Birthday Mr.Plaskett!
Mar-18-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: We haven't seen <Parsifal> recently.

:(

Jun-13-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  sultanmir:


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White to move and win

This so called 'Plaskett Puzzle' seemed to be surrounded with too many interesting stories... (Natural for such a beautiful composition. If you have not seen it before, you can see the solution and stories behind it at, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laLK... )
Its thought to have been composed by G. Van Breukelen, a dutch composer... But too many contradicting stories floating around it.. can any historians here come up with some reliable sources to find the truth..?

Jun-13-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: It seems that reality shows are a sort of descendant from quiz shows. But no one seems to be bothered that reality shows are "rigged", i.e. scripted. Or maybe the surprising thing is that people are bothered that quiz shows are rigged?
Mar-18-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: hope you write more chess books GM Plaskett..

happy birthday James!

Sep-16-10  BobCrisp: <Former Army major Charles Ingram was seen as a bad apple when he cheated his way to the £1million top prize on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Yesterday he was cursing a bad apple after slipping on one in his garden and slicing of f three toes with his lawnmower.

Dubbed the 'Coughing Major' after the ploy he used to give correct answers on the ITV quiz show, Mr Ingram told yesterday how he took his three toes with him to hospital.>

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...

Nov-07-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Parsifal2: Hi.
This is Plaskett.
My next book will be on he innocence of Charles Ingram, and not on chess.

Myfinal thoights on this queen sacrifice Vs Miles may be viewed at the KINGPIN website. The article there is headed With Chances For Both Sides. Sadly, I had to conclude that white has not enough compensation, and, therefore, 19 Nxe4? is a losing move.

Mar-18-12  brankat: Wishing you a Happy Birthday GM Plaskett!
Nov-09-12  tzar: I have to congratulate Mr. Plaskett on the series Karparov My Story...maybe one of the most remarkable chess series ever made and that will stand in history...it was a great idea... Although I don't share many of the critizism that Plaskett received on his way of handling the interviews...because I think it was a great efford...it was funny to notice a certain rivalry between the two when Plaskett wanted to compete with Kasparov in quoting facts&feats about chess history...both have great memory but I thing Kasparov with his body language was trying to tell GM Plaskett that he should restrict himself to be a disciplined admirer of his comments and not try to argue with him, being a chess titan and legend...
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