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Bill Wall
B Wall 
Number of games in database: 371
Years covered: 1969 to 2016
Highest rating achieved in database: 2231
Overall record: +172 -149 =50 (53.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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A00 Uncommon Opening (20 games)
A01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack (20 games)
C30 King's Gambit Declined (16 games)
C34 King's Gambit Accepted (11 games)
B20 Sicilian (10 games)
C33 King's Gambit Accepted (10 games)
B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4 (6 games)
C36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense (6 games)
C31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit (6 games)
C02 French, Advance (6 games)

   K Martins vs B Wall (Jul-17-16) 1-0, correspondence
   Raghav Venkat vs B Wall (Apr-25-15) 1-0
   B Wall vs David Raymond (Apr-24-15) 1-0
   B Wall vs B Langford (Apr-27-13) 1-0
   B Waite vs B Wall (Apr-27-13) 0-1

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(born May-11-1951, 65 years old) United States of America

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William (Bill) Dale Wall was born in Raymond, Washington. He joined the Tacoma, Washington Chess Club in 1969 and became a USCF member and certified tournament director. User: wwall is a past Secretary-Treasurer (1976-1978) and President (1978-1980) of the North Carolina Chess Association. He is also a past President (1980-1981) and Secretary-Treasurer (1981-1983) of the Ohio Chess Association. He is a past president of the Dayton Chess Club (1982-1985) in Ohio and the Palo Alto Chess Club (1986-1991) in California. He is a past Secretary of the Chess Journalists of America (1980s). He is the author of over 30 chess books (the 500 Miniature series) and over 1,000 chess articles. He is a contributor to and other online chess sites. He is a retired Air Force officer (1970-1995) and former NASA systems engineer (1985-1991), now working at Harris Corporation in Melbourne, Florida as an Information Security Systems Engineer supporting NASA, NOAA, and DOD programs.

 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 371  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. B Wall vs A Tauber 1-012 1969 Los AngelesB44 Sicilian
2. B Wall vs J Chance 1-09 1969 Tacoma WAC70 Ruy Lopez
3. B Wall vs W Wall 1-015 1969 Tacoma WashingtonC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
4. B Wall vs W Wall 1-012 1969 Tacoma WAC10 French
5. B Wall vs E Bosse 1-011 1969 Tacoma WAC00 French Defense
6. B Wall vs H Edelstein  0-138 1969 American OpenB08 Pirc, Classical
7. B Wall vs R Means 1-016 1970 Wichita Falls TexasC33 King's Gambit Accepted
8. B Wall vs Griffin 1-017 1970 South CarolinaC34 King's Gambit Accepted
9. B Wall vs M Wick 1-011 1971 Honolulu HawaiiC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
10. B Wall vs H Murtaugh 1-011 1971 CaliforniaC02 French, Advance
11. M Wick vs B Wall 0-19 1971 OkinawaB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
12. M Torre vs B Wall 0-118 1971 Yuba City CAC30 King's Gambit Declined
13. D Smith vs B Wall 0-112 1971 Yuba City CAC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
14. Bechstein vs B Wall 0-121 1971 Wichita Falls TexasC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
15. M Torre vs B Wall 0-14 1971 San AntonioC30 King's Gambit Declined
16. B Wall vs D Smith 1-014 1971 CaliforniaC45 Scotch Game
17. B Wall vs L Martinez 1-015 1972 OkinawaC34 King's Gambit Accepted
18. B Wall vs A Brown 1-09 1972 OkinawaC02 French, Advance
19. B Wall vs D Easton 1-022 1972 Marysville CAC33 King's Gambit Accepted
20. B Wall vs R Monahan 1-09 1972 Yuba City CAB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
21. H Murtaugh vs B Wall 0-19 1972 OkinawaA02 Bird's Opening
22. B Wall vs L Martinez 1-011 1972 OkinawaD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Bob Brooks vs B Wall 0-115 1973 ThailandB20 Sicilian
24. Bob Brooks vs B Wall 0-19 1973 ThailandA16 English
25. B Wall vs F Aparasi 1-011 1973 CaliforniaC15 French, Winawer
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  wwall: Thanks wordfunph and frederick. I feel fine. Diabetes under control. Eating right and getting some exercise in. And most of all, having fun still playing chess.
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  Sally Simpson: Happy Birthday Bill.

A day late, I know, sorry.

(I recall you use to like my wife jokes on The Corner.)

I was also a day late at my wedding and ended up marrying some jilted bride who had been abandoned at the alter.

Outside the church I lifted her veil and people started booing.

She started crying, except in her case the tears where running up her face.

At the honeymoon hotel the bell boy took one look at her and gave me a tip!

Then you mix in the Chess.

She has the kind of face that could uncastle a King.

One eye has taken the other eye en passant.

When God was making up her face he forgot to say "j'adoube".

When she smiles it's like looking at a row of isolated pawns.


I love her really, she has started talking through nose. Her mouth has finally worn itself out.

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  wwall: Geoff, hope you survive Mother's Day after that. Once a pawn a time you were the best, except for your checkered past. Too much time at the Corner pub? Sounds like you found the perfect mate. Hope you didn't get rooked with your chosen Queen. Hope you had a great wedding knight, had some Scotch, and played with some defrocked Bishop. Hope you didn't up like Spassky and his first wife and were like bishops of opposite color.
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Bill.

After 38 years my marriage is now a stalemate.

I'm on the look out for a new chess set, one that does creak when it moves or smell of linament.


Thinking of submitting a picture to go on my bit - I must send them more games, some of them are quite or two actually have sound sacrifices. Most are complete swindles.

What do think of this: Me in my garden playing chess.

What do you think, does that capture me?

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  diagonal: up-date / new link @ <Jul-03-12>, posting from <HeMateMe>

Bill *Wall, not Clinton* discusses american presidents who have - and did not have - played chess: (the domain doesn't exist any longer)

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  HeMateMe: ^^Excellent story link, above, USA Presidents and chess. Just curious, why did you mention my name in this?
Jun-02-14  Granny O Doul: George Washington: wooden teeth, ivory chess men. There's a man with his priorities in order.

The version of the Lincoln vs. Judge story I'd read had the judge furious after the board upset; saying "now we'll never know whose game it was!", and Lincoln replying, "Well, let's just call it Tad's game". Of course, if either were a real player, they'd have been able to set up again even without a score.

With all these presidents who have played chess, how many game scores are extant? Seems like a hell of a cover-up is going on.

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  diagonal: <HeMateMe: why did you mention my name?>

This funny story from Bill Wall was first linked and posted for chessgames on <Jul-03-12> by you :) Many thanks!

I've just (re)established a link to <chessmaniac> to 'cause the older from <chessville> doesn't work any longer

with best regards from Switzerland (reported that at the moment one out of seven members of the Federal Government 'Bundesrat' could play chess accurately)

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  wwall: I also did an article on US Presidents for the US Chess Hall of Fame last year at
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  perfidious: <Bad moves come in waves.>

This quote from <wwall> reminds me of the aphorism which went something to the effect that one should not discourage an opponent from making a weak move, as it is often the prelude to a still weaker one.

Oct-08-14  john barleycorn: When it rains, it pours.
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  wordfunph: mate Bill, Happy Birthday!!
May-11-15  torrefan: Master B in the wall!
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  wwall: Thanks. 64 and hope there's more. Need to break Fischer's and Steinitz's record.
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  MissScarlett: Mr. Wall, you've claimed in an article, <Alekhine and the Nazis> that <In August 1939, Alexander Alekhine's brother, Alexei (1888-1939) was murdered in Russia.> What's your source for this?
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  Sally Simpson: Happy Birthday Bill,

Day late I know but I was always in time trouble.

Will be joining you on 64 in June.

Me and are going out to dinner that night, I have band lined up to sing 'When I'm 64'.

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  Sally Simpson: Hi Miss Scarlett,

There is mention here by Tomasz Lissowski that Alexey may have been murdered in a love triangle.

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  MissScarlett: Mr. Wall, you've claimed in an article, <Pillsbury was also a checkers expert, being classed among the 20 foremost checkers players in America.> What's your source for this?
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Miss Scarlett,

Here, page 124, 'The History of Checkers', Pillsbury is listed as being in the top half dozen checkers players in America.

Pillsbury when given blindfold chess simuls often played blindfold checkers at the same time.

Hi Bill,

The famous Tarrasch quote:

"When you don't know what to play, wait for an idea to come into your opponent's mind. You may be sure that idea will be wrong."

Where did he say it? I do not have my Tarrasch books on hand at the moment.

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  wordfunph: Bill, Happy Birthday!
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  wwall: Thanks wordfunph. Now I am on Medicare. Is there something like that for old chess players? We get to take a move back once during a game or something like that?
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  diagonal: <Now I am on Medicare. Is there something like that for old chess players?> You are far too young :)

Your massive piece of work and contributions have been copied and reproduced online by the chess community so many time - sometimes giving credit, sometimes not..

Hope, more annotations, background stories, chess histories and quizzes are to come:

Happy Birthday, Bill!

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  hemy: Happy Birthday, Bill!
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  wwall: Thanks, all (including Frederick and Willy). I made it past Fischer's years at 64 and will now try to pass my old friend, Walter Browne (66), next. Not ready to retire yet. My wife still wants to travel and buy things. Otherwise, I would be doing more chess playing, chess writing, and contributing what I can at
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  Jambow: Happy birthday Bill, just made 50 laps myself on the Quattro De Mayo.
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