James Plaskett

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Not to be confused with James Plaskitt.
Jim Plaskett
James Plaskett (2004).jpg
Full name Harold James Plaskett
Country England
Born (1960-03-18) 18 March 1960 (age 56)
Cyprus
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2464 (December 2016)
Peak rating 2529 (July 2000)

Harold James Plaskett (born Dhekelia, Cyprus, 18 March 1960) was British Chess Champion in 1990,[1] awarded the International Grandmaster title in 1985,[2]

Biography[edit]

Plaskett was educated at Bedford Modern School.[3] He has written nine chess books and a quasi-autobiography, Coincidences. In the 1990s he was chess columnist at The New Statesman.[citation needed]

He organised and led a 1999 National Geographic expedition to Bermuda to follow up reports of "Octopus giganteus" near the island, but was unsuccessful in filming it.[4][unreliable source?]

He then appeared unsuccessfully several times on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?,[5] and drew on these experiences to write a defence of contestant Charles Ingram, who along with two supposed accomplices had been found guilty of cheating to win the £1 million top prize.

This essay led to an article by Bob Woffinden in The Daily Mail of 9 October 2004 – Is The Coughing Major Innocent?,[6] and also prompted a reconsideration of the case in The Guardian Comment is free blog on 17 July 2006 from Jon RonsonAre the Millionaire three innocent?[7] Woffinden and Ronson had both been initially sceptical.

His collaboration with Woffinden led to the publication of their book - Plaskett´s eleventh - Bad Show: The Quiz, The Cough, The Millionaire Major in January 2015.

Plaskett finally got into the hot seat on a show broadcast on 21 January 2006, becoming the seventh person to reach £125,000 without using any lifeline en route to winning £250,000.[5] He was accompanied by fellow Grandmaster Stuart Conquest.

A Deist, dualist and vitalist, he is also a critic of neo-Darwinian evolutionary theory. Married in 1995 to writer Fiona Pitt-Kethley, they have a son, Alexander, born 1996, and live in Cartagena, Spain.[citation needed]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "British Champions 1904 – present « The English Chess Federation". www.englishchess.org.uk. Retrieved 2016-07-09. 
  2. ^ Administrator. "Plaskett, H James FIDE Chess Profile - Players Arbiters Trainers". ratings.fide.com. Retrieved 2016-07-09. 
  3. ^ School of the Black And Red-A History of Bedford Modern School, by Andrew Underwood (1981); reset and updated by Peter Boon, Paul Middleton and Richard Wildman (2010)
  4. ^ "Institut Virtuel de Cryptozoologie". perso.orange.fr. Retrieved 2016-07-09. 
  5. ^ a b "James Plaskett almost became a millionaire". 2006-02-10. Retrieved 2016-07-09. 
  6. ^ "IS THE COUGHING MAJOR INNOCENT? AND NOW FOR THE [Pounds sterling]1MILLION, AN INTRIGUING - AND DISTURBING - QUESTION . . . SPECIAL INVESTIGATION". 2004-10-09. 
  7. ^ "Comment, opinion and discussion from the Guardian US". the Guardian. Retrieved 2016-07-09. 

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