How to beat a GM Game 5 – from the games of IM Gary Lane

In this game IM Gary gets control of the h file.

Opposite side castling dictates that the first attack has a good chance of taking home the bikkies.

Black’s Q side attack never gets off the ground.

Lesson from this game – Make sure you get to the buffet early!

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  Lane Gary W (AUS) – Plaskett Jim (ENG)  
1:0, 1988.


  1. e4 d6 2. d4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. Be3 Nc6 5. Qd2 Nf6 6. f3 a6 7. O-O-O e5 8. Nge2 O-O 9. g4 ed 10. Nxd4 Re8 11. Nxc6 bc 12. Bg5 Rb8 13. h4 d5 14. Bc4 Qd6 15. Bb3 Bb7 16. h5 Nd7 17. hg hg 18. Bf4 Ne5 19. Qh2 g5 20. Qh7 Kf8 21. Bxg5 Nxf3 22. Be3 Qf6 23. Bc5 Re7 24. Qf5 d4 25. Ne2 Rd8 26. Qxf6 Bxf6 27. Rdf1 Bg5 28. Kd1 Nh4 29. Rxf7 Ke8 30. Bxe7 Bxe7 31. Rxe7 [1:0]




Chess career of GM James Plaskett

At the European Junior Chess Championship 1978/79, which was won by John van der Wiel, Plaskett became third with 8 points out of 13 games.[6] At the Junior EC 1979/80 Plaskett reached a shared fourth place with 8.5 points out of 13 games.[7]

Plaskett achieved the title of International Master in 1981,[8] and became an International Grandmaster in 1985.[8] At the Hastings tournament in 1986/87 he achieved 7 points out of 13 games, one point less than the winner Murray Chandler.[9]

He became British Chess Champion in 1990, with 9 points out of 11 games.[10][11] In 1998 he played in the 73th Hastings tournament, which was won by Matthew Sadler; James Plaskett reached fifth place with 4.5/9.

As of 2018 he continues to be active in chess in Spain.[12][13][14]

He has written nine chess books.[1]

In 1987, at a top-flight chess tournament in Brussels, he presented an endgame study composed circa 1970 by endgame composer Gijs van Breukelen. As a result, the famous study is now known as Plaskett’s Puzzle.


Plaskett has been recording his own experiences of coincidences since the 1980s. He has said that the coincidences have seemed to proliferate in response to his own study, and have been seemingly interlinked by recurrent themes or motifs, which he felt may be “an indicator of something glimpsed but yet to be clearly seen or understood.”[3] He is the author of a semi-autobiographical book, Coincidences.[1]

Giant Octopus

Another of Plaskett’s interests has been the pursuit of the cryptid, the “Giant Octopus“.[15][16] He undertook a three-week expedition in search of it in the waters off the Bermudan coast in August 1999, in collaboration with Cliff Stanford of Demon Internet.[17]

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

After appearing four times at the qualifying stage of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?,[18] Plaskett, who had arrived with fellow grandmaster and friend Stuart Conquest, got into the hot seat on the show broadcast on 21 January 2006. After becoming the seventh and last person to reach £125,000 without using any lifelines, he went on to win £250,000.[1]

He has been public in his defence of contestants Charles IngramDiana Ingram, and Tecwen Whittock, who were found guilty of cheating to win the £1 million top prize by means of cough signals. Plaskett told journalist Jon Ronson that the alleged cough signals were simply nervous, responsive coughing caused by unconscious triggers, and that they had also occurred during the legitimate win by Judith Keppel.[18] In 2015, Plaskett and journalist Bob Woffinden collaborated on a book asserting that the Ingrams were innocent.[19] The book, titled Bad Show: The Quiz, The Cough, The Millionaire Major, was published in January 2015.[20] Plaskett’s book on the Ingram affair inspired a stage play by James Graham, called Quiz. That later spawned a three part TV Drama of the same name directed by Stephen Frears.

Source: Wikipedia

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