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Harold James Plaskett vs William Hartston
"All Your Eggs in One Plaskett" (game of the day Apr-16-2017)
Arc Masters (1986), England
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Taimanov Variation (B46)  ·  1-0



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Nov-17-08  eaglewing: Not a nice situation for black anyway,
but how about 16. exf6 g6 ? Maybe "some" swindling chances that way? Was William Hartston the one who wrote a book themed about swindling around the chess-board?
Nov-17-08  MarkThornton: Hartston was a much better player than this game suggests. He beat Gligoric and Larsen, and drew with Spassky, Smyslov and Portisch.

In modern times, a record like that would earn GM status. I would rate him as one of the strongest post-war players to miss out on that title.

Nov-17-08  Travis Bickle: Plaskett went on the English version of The American game show 'Who Wants To be A Millionaire' a few years back and he won!
Nov-17-08  FrogC: Pedantic reply: it's a British game show and Plaskett did well but didn't win the million.
Nov-17-08  Superbull: 14...b5? followed by 15...Bb7 reminds me of Nero playing the fiddle when Rome was burning. Can anyone tell me the significance of these moves? Surely, much better moves in this situation are Be7 followed by Rf8 to give the King more protection and breathing space.
Nov-17-08  mrbasso: Apparently the game is already lost at this point, so I wouldn't call 14...b5 a mistake. I'd guess the game is already hopeless for Black after 9...Nb4?.
Nov-17-08  njchess: And Black resigned?!!? Pansy! lol

After 18. ... Qe7 you are only down a pawn and a bishop with a shattered pawn structure and your king exposed on the h-file! No problem.

<Superbull> I think Black completely missed the significance of e5, as well as completely overlooking Be5.

<mrbasso> Its not hopeless after 9. ... Nb4. Black really starts going wrong with 11. ... f6?. More accurate would have been Qb6. 12. Bf4 Kf7? gives White all the edge he needs. Better would have been d6 giving Black a difficult, but playable game .

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  kevin86: A quick knockout for white.
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  fm avari viraf: Plaskett is a good friend of mine.We played the Commomwealth, Challengers, Intenational Blitz & many prestigious events together. I was very happy after he won a jolly good amount in the British popular show"Who wants to be a millionaire" & he did become a millionaire!
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  Once: In the final position, white wins a piece - either the Bb7 or the Nc2. Black gets to choose which.

Lose the bishop by a rook fork: 18... Qf7 19. Bxg7 Qxg7 20. Qxg7+ Kxg7 21. Rxd7+ Kf6 22. Rxb7

Lose the knight by a bishop fork: 18... Qg6 19. Bxg7 Kxg7 20. Qxg6+ Kxg6 21. Bd3+ Kh6 22. Bxc2

I believe that Jim Plaskett won £250,000 on "Who wants to be a millionaire?" - two questions short of £1 million. Or as we call the show in my house: "Who wants to watch Chris Tarrant become a multi-millionaire?"

If you don't know the show, Chris Tarrant is the presenter.

Nov-17-08  HannibalSchlecter: Black was playing like he had brain damage.
Nov-17-08  newzild: William "The Caveman" Hartson gets clubbed around real good. If I didn't know Plaskett was white, I'd think the colours were reversed.
Nov-17-08  JediKush: 12 kF7 WAS A SAD SAD MOVE AS g6 would have been sufficient following g6 is the release of his dark squared bishop. to castle.. up untill then i think black had a chance 2 save himself.
Nov-17-08  mrbasso: <njchess>
11...Qb6 12.Rac1 h6 (Nd4 13.Bh5! ) 13.Bf4 Nd4 and now 14.Bd3.

The killer Nd5 is coming soon. This is just horrible for black.

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  GrahamClayton: <zev22407>12 ♘xa1 13. ♗h5+ g6 14. ♗xg6+ hxg6 15. ♕xg6+ ♔e7 16. e5!

White regains the piece after 16...d5 17. ♕xf6+ ♔d7 18. ♕xh8 ♘c2 19. ♕h7+.

Jul-25-11  wordfunph: Quote of the Game:

"I know it's bad manners, but I offer a draw."

- William Hartston (to Plaskett after 12...Kf7)

Apr-16-17  offramp: Hartston's career wound down quickly after 1981. He has no game in this database after 1987 and this is his second-to-last game. But in chess you can keep old wine in new bottles and it is surprising to see WH making some wacky moves.
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  ajk68: Neglected development.
Apr-16-17  morfishine: <offramp> Hartston had the nerve to offer a draw while admitting it was bad manners???

A much better approach would've been to have made better moves and kept his mouth shut



Apr-16-17  offramp: <morfishine: <offramp> Hartston had the nerve to offer a draw while admitting it was bad manners???>

It was actually <wordfunph> that posted the quote; although if you are asking for my reaction to that quote, then I agree with your triple-question mark indignation.

Apr-16-17  Cheapo by the Dozen: I never got to the idea of exchanging at g7 followed by the rook fork at d7 -- assuming Black protects the g7 bishop with his queen -- because I saw what looks like another way to win material:

Rd2, chasing the knight
Rd4, chasing the knight again
Bxg7, forcing Qxg7
Rg4 pinning the queen.

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  PawnSac: < AnotherNN: zooter: In the end position what happens after say 18...Qf8 or 18...Qg6? (18...Qf7 19.Bh5! Qf8) with a very strong attack for white. If 18...Qg6, then 19.QxQ followed by 20.BxB and 21.Rxd7+ to pick up the Black B on b7. The same fork works after 18...Qf8.>

True, Bxg7 will win a piece, but why bother??
Why drag it out?!

If 18...Qf8?? 19.Rxd7! directly forces
black's resignation on the move!


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  PawnSac: On 18...Qg6 then of course 19.Bxg7 Qxg7 20.Qxg7+ Kx 21.Rxd7+ etc.

Black has nothing better, and is why he resigned.

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  Breunor: I think the comments above about black's 12th are incorrect. White is threatening Bc7. If say 12 ...Nxa1? 13 Bc7, black would then lose his queen. If Qe7 then 14 Bh5 ch leads to mate (14 g6 15 Bxg6ch hxg6 16 Qxg6.) Best then is just to give up the queen but I suspect 12 Kf7 was to avoid this line, now he can hold g6.
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  Plaskett: er, I only won 250,000 Pounds on the UK version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?


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