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Harold James Plaskett
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Number of games in database: 798
Years covered: 1977 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2382 (2509 rapid, 2503 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2516
Overall record: +346 -232 =210 (57.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 10 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (105) 
    B23 B21 B52 B25 B30
 Queen's Pawn Game (41) 
    A46 A45 D02 D00 D05
 Ruy Lopez (34) 
    C63 C78 C86 C85 C92
 French Defense (29) 
    C05 C10 C04 C01 C07
 Queen's Indian (22) 
    E12 E13 E15 E16
 French Tarrasch (16) 
    C05 C07 C04 C03
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (115) 
    B40 B47 B44 B21 B93
 English (56) 
    A10 A14 A17 A15 A13
 Queen's Pawn Game (30) 
    A46 A41 A45 E00 D02
 Queen's Indian (27) 
    E15 E12 E17 E19 E14
 Modern Benoni (23) 
    A56 A57 A77 A58 A62
 Sicilian Taimanov (20) 
    B47 B48 B46 B49
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Plaskett vs Miles, 1986 1-0
   Plaskett vs K Bischoff, 2001 1-0
   Plaskett vs J Emms, 1986 1-0
   Plaskett vs M Hawelko, 1979 1-0
   Plaskett vs Short, 1985 1-0
   Plaskett vs T Hillarp Persson, 1998 1-0
   Plaskett vs M Hebden, 1987 1-0
   Plaskett vs W Hartston, 1986 1-0
   Sax vs Plaskett, 1986 0-1
   Plaskett vs Short, 1984 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Regency Masters A (1979)
   Plovdiv (1984)
   British Championship (1990)
   British Championship (1984)
   British Championship (1978)
   European Junior Championship 1978/79 (1978)
   Hastings Challengers 1988/89 (1988)
   9th European Junior Championship 1979/80 (1979)
   British Championship (1987)
   Copenhagen Open (1981)
   British Championship (1988)
   11th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1987)
   British Championship (1989)
   British Championship (1991)
   4NCL 2011/12 (2012)

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

   🏆 Cartagena
   Plaskett vs S Lara Lopez (Dec-18-22) 1-0
   A Porlan Minarro vs Plaskett (Dec-18-22) 0-1
   NN vs Plaskett (Nov-12-22) 0-1
   Plaskett vs J Plazuelo Pascual (Dec-30-19) 1/2-1/2
   Plaskett vs A Predke (Dec-30-17) 0-1

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(born Mar-18-1960, 63 years old) United Kingdom

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Harold James (Jim) Plaskett was born in Dkeliha, Cyprus. He was awarded the IM title in 1981 and became a GM in 1985. Plaskett's tournament results include first place at Plovdiv 1984 and a tie for second at Hastings 1984-85. He was British champion in 1990.

Wikipedia article: James Plaskett

 page 1 of 33; games 1-25 of 812  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Romanishin vs Plaskett 1-0141977Simul, 30bA15 English
2. M J Haygarth vs Plaskett  0-1321977British ChampionshipE14 Queen's Indian
3. Plaskett vs J E Littlewood  1-0491977British ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
4. C Pritchett vs Plaskett  1-0401977British ChampionshipB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
5. Plaskett vs C Chandler  ½-½241977British ChampionshipB02 Alekhine's Defense
6. D Cummings vs Plaskett  0-1411977British ChampionshipA14 English
7. Plaskett vs S Taulbut  0-1501977British ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
8. Plaskett vs C Cubitt  ½-½351977British ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
9. R Thomas vs Plaskett  1-0531977British ChampionshipE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
10. P H Clarke vs Plaskett  ½-½151977British ChampionshipE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
11. Plaskett vs S Webb  0-1581977British ChampionshipD97 Grunfeld, Russian
12. C W Baker vs Plaskett  1-0391977British ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
13. Plaskett vs G D Lee 1-0691978British ChampionshipC10 French
14. R Bellin vs Plaskett  0-1281978British ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Plaskett vs A J Mestel  1-0311978British ChampionshipB83 Sicilian
16. J Cooper vs Plaskett 0-1391978British ChampionshipE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
17. Plaskett vs J E Littlewood 0-1721978British ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
18. P Littlewood vs Plaskett  ½-½271978British ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
19. Speelman vs Plaskett  ½-½291978British ChampionshipA30 English, Symmetrical
20. Plaskett vs S Taulbut 1-0431978British ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
21. Plaskett vs P H Clarke 1-0441978British ChampionshipC10 French
22. S Webb vs Plaskett  1-0411978British ChampionshipA30 English, Symmetrical
23. Plaskett vs W N Watson  1-0511978British ChampionshipB23 Sicilian, Closed
24. Plaskett vs K Mokry  ½-½401978World Junior ChampionshipB23 Sicilian, Closed
25. Plaskett vs H Cordes  ½-½441978World Junior ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
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  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!
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  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 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 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

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  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:
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  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.
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  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

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  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

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


Jun-13-09  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, )
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..?

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  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  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.>

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  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 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 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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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Is this the person currently known as User: Plaskett?
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  perfidious: <GSM> While not claiming proof, my view is that <Plaskett> being the latest incarnation of <Parsifal> and <Parsifal2> is distinctly odds-on.
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  offramp: His posts about WWTBAM and its connection to the Tudors make him seem not sensible.
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  ketchuplover: He is a trainer at
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  harrylime: 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.>

Charles Ingram was/is a cheat ....

I question your sanity in trying to prove otherwise ....

Ingram was a cheat and gotta say you minting a cool 125k on the same show has splooozed your mind regarding him and his missus and her brothers ect ...

I'd love to know if you've made money from your "book" ... and it's sales stats ect ... lol

I want to contact you re this ... have you a forum in this place <PLASKETT> ?

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