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Norm Barsalou vs Bill Wall
Dayton (1980)
Bird Opening: From Gambit. Declined (A02)  ·  0-1
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Jan-26-15
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  Penguincw: Saw the puzzle right away. Just remove the bishop that's guarding f2 and then checkmate on that square.

BTW: If white happened to play 9.g3, then I'm going for "style": 9...Qxg3+ 10.hxg3 Bf2# 0-1.

Jan-26-15  goodevans: <PhilFeeley: All of 4 games in the database for N Barsalou, all losses and all against Bill Wall.>

Bill Wall on the other hand has 358 games in the cg.com database. When you look closely at these you notice that a high proportion are (mostly very quick) wins against complete nobodies. It's as if every offhand game he ever played at the Tacoma, Washington Chess Club has made it into the database. Hmmm.

I guess that goes some way to explaining how a 2200 player has an overall percentage of 53.7%, similar to the likes of Loek van Wely.

Jan-26-15  CHESSTTCAMPS: This position is a Bird's Opening gone wrong. White has misplaced his pieces and left big holes at e3 and f2. Black can finish quickly by eliminating the dark-square defender with 8... Qxh4+ 9.Nxh4 (or g3) Bf2#. This is the kind of mate that you have to spot immediately in bullet chess.
Jan-26-15  Cheapo by the Dozen: <goodevans>,

One could add that Mr. Wall is one of the weaker players in the database to actually have a bio.

Jan-26-15  mel gibson: This is beginners chess. LOL
Jan-26-15  RookFile: Nice game by Mr. Wall. I've found his games to be entertaining and helpful over the years.
Jan-26-15
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  Sally Simpson: Bill's games are ideal for showing beginners the perils that await weak moves and blunders. His refuatations are dramtic and perfect.

I've often used them to highlight a point. The fact these wee gems are on a database and came from an actual game, rather than some throw away note, make them all the more instructive.

To a beginner or student of the game playing over and getting them to note up a game from Bill's DB. will do them a lot more good than sending them to Carlsen's DB.

Jan-26-15  TheaN: Monday 26 January 2015 <8....?>

Bird gone wrong, From gone right. This is exactly the reason why I like to play the Bird occasionally, but find myself struggling against the pressure from the From. Not that black is immediately better, it gives some unnerving feeling that black goes all-in right away.

Here, white thought Bh4 was an adequate defense against Bf2#. The most logical originating square is Bg5, as 8.Bxd8 Bf2#. However, white forgot the queen sac did not lose any power.

<8....Qxh4+> with <9....Bf2# 0-1>. For the jokers among us, you can prove a point with 8....Qxh4+ 9.g3 Qxg3+ 10.hxg3 Bf2#.

Jan-26-15
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  Bubo bubo: Monday's ♕-sac is back again! White falls victim to a kind of fool's mate: 8...Qxh4+ and 9...Bf2#
Jan-26-15  TheaN: Besides the actual combination, white's 5.c3 is also a typical continuation. If white was so afraid of the bishop-knight tandem invading d4 and keeping control over a7-g1, white should have played 5.d4 right away, or 5.Nc3 intending Ne4 at some point. 5.c3 just condemned the queen side knight to d2, where it eventually caused the king's demise.

After 5....d6, 6.d4 was better, as was 7.d4. And in fact, 8.d4 was probably the only way to save the game... maybe we should ask Wall or Barsalou whether there was glue on the d3 square.

Jan-26-15  Castleinthesky: Whambulance! It's a Monday,and in less than 10 seconds, I've gotten a small boost of ego. This puzzle is akin to the classic four mate.
Jan-26-15  WDenayer: I don't get it. Why doesn't White play d4 and e4? Why d3? Incomprehensible.
Jan-26-15
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  playground player: It must be fun to be Bill Wall. It's certainly fun to peruse his games.
Jan-26-15
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  YouRang: Proposed new chess notation:

<1. f4 e5 2. d3 exf4 3. Bxf4 Nc6 4. Nf3 Bc5 5. c3 d6 6. Nbd2 Nf6 7. Bg5 Ng4 8. Bh4[LOL!] Qxh4+ 9. Nxh4 Bf2# 0-1>

Jan-26-15  BOSTER: The square "f2" requires the <close attention>.

This is an other example when the player "forgot" about "f2".


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Black to play 7...

<CHESSTTCAMPS: This is the kind of mate that you have to spot immediately in bullet chess>.

But I think that you can <setup> such pos. even with time control 2hours.

Jan-26-15  BOSTER: Correct is : I don't think that
Jan-26-15  Jim Bartle: <playground player: It must be fun to be Bill Wall.>

Yes, but there's the hassle of teaching the opponent how the pieces move before each game.

Jan-26-15
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  patzer2: <Sally Simpson: Bill's games are ideal for showing beginners the perils that await weak moves and blunders. His refuatations are dramtic and perfect.> Thanks for the tip. I've been using some of Paul Morphy's games to help teach my grandchildren, but Bill Wall's games are also an excellent suggestion.
Jan-26-15
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  Longview: Geez, how did one of my games get in the DB?!

I found the end, saw the trap doors, did not think much about the played moves except to think f4 was not a good way to start whites pieces are on his elbows because of it.

Jan-26-15
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  Longview: Geez, how did one of my games as white get in the DB?!

I found the end, saw the trap doors, did not think much about the played moves except to think f4 was not a good way to start whites pieces are on his elbows because of it.

Jan-26-15  Shams: <Longview> Wear it like a badge! :)
Jan-26-15
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  Once: Sally, Patzer2 ... I think the best games to use as teaching aids are grandmaster simuls against weaker players. Grandmaster versus grandmaster can be too complicated. Novice versus novice can be too ... well, rubbish. But GM vs novice can be in the Goldilock's zone where good technique is displayed the most clearly.

Who knows? Someday, someone might even write a book about it ...

Jan-26-15  BOSTER: The same idea like in the POTD was met
about 50 years before.
This is the pos.


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Black to play, mate in 4.

Jan-26-15
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  whiteshark: We see things based on <autopilot>. Our mind identifies something in a certain way, no matter what the eye sees. The eye tells you one thing and the brain tells you another...
Jan-26-15
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  wwall: <playground player: It must be fun to be Bill Wall.>

<Yes, but there's the hassle of teaching the opponent how the pieces move before each game.>

And the hassle of taking all the moves back until we get out of the opening trap stage. And the hassle of showing them how to do chess notation and read a chess book.

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