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Member since Oct-10-04 · Last seen Jun-26-17
I live in Palm Bay, Florida. I work at Harris Corporation as an information systems security engineer (ISSE) - Bill Wall's chess page (hundreds of chess articles, resources, pgn collections, 50,000 chess game I have played, etc)

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   wwall has kibitzed 1130 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-04-17 T Magee vs C Aker, 1981
wwall: It was a friendly correspondence game. Magee (NC), Aker (IN) and Wall (OH) all of us were playing several postal games together during this period. I have to admit, both Magee and Aker were beating me more than I was beating them, and a few chess miniatures and traps came out of our ...
   May-21-17 V Petrov vs Flohr, 1937
wwall: Reuben Fine called this an equal game after 19 moves, but it looks like White is winning after Black played 14...Bf8. Instead of 20.g4, White may have stronger moves such as 20.Bf4 or 20.Qd3. Instead of 22.Bxh6, perhaps 22.Nh4 Kh7 23.f3 is stronger. Instead of 25.Ne2, perhaps 25.Nh4 ...
   May-12-17 Bronstein vs I Rudakovsky, 1945
wwall: Perhaps the losing move is 22...exd5, which allows the attack on the black rook with 23.Bg4. Better seems 22...f5, threatening 23...Qxh4. 28.Qh6 was strong, threatening 29.Be6+ Rf7 30.Bxf7+ Kxf7 31.Qxh7+ and 32.Qe7 mate
   May-12-17 wwall chessforum
wwall: Thanks again wordfunph. I celebrated by watching Queen of Katwa, Hidden Figures, and reading one of your books
   May-11-17 Bill Wall
wwall: Geoff, you are the funniest. My wife got her credit cards stolen a few months ago, but I didn't report it. The thief is spending less than my wife. And in this country we have to deal with the firing of the FBI Director. My dad was an FBI agent and I worked for years with them in my ...
   Apr-09-17 Robert James Fischer (replies)
wwall: I remember that picture of Fischer performing with that Alpine dance troupe, but later read it was fake and not really Bobby Fischer, but someone that looked like him. I have not confirmed if that was really Fischer or not.
   Apr-08-17 O Bernstein vs Najdorf, 1954
wwall: A link on my article of older players. I need to update it. It's getting old.
   Feb-24-17 R Frick vs T Magnusson, 2013
wwall: Tal - E. Jaggs, London simul 1964, went 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 cxd4 7. cxd4 Ne7 8. Bd3 O-O 9. Nf3 Nbc6 10. Bxh7+ Kh8 11. Bd3 Ng6 12. Ng5 1-0
   Feb-23-17 A Hild vs H Goering, 1900
wwall: 9...O-O? loses a piece after 10.cxd5, threatening 11.dxc6. If 10...Qxd5, then 11.Bxe4. Instead of 9...O-O, Black had to play 9...Nf6 or 9...Bxf3. 17.Qxd4! was clever. After 17...Bc5 (pinning queen and king) 18.Bxg4 Bxd4+ 19.Kf1, and of 19...Rxe1+, then 20.Rxe1 Qc5 21.Re8+ Qf8 22.Rxf8+
   Feb-22-17 I Gudju vs K Behting, 1924
wwall: Besides 24...Qd4, Black could have won with 24...Nd4+ 25 Kc3 (25.Ka4 Qa6 mate) 25...Bb4+ 26.Kxb4 Nc2+ 27.Ka4 Qa6+ 28.Kb3 Nxa1+ 29.Kb4 (29.Kc3 Qa5+ 30.b4 Qe5 mate) 29...Qb6+ 30.Ka4 a5, threatening 31...Qb4 mate
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  TheFocus: Mr. Wall, can you please provide <hemy> with your e-mail address. I gave him the one in your bio, and neither of us was able to send you an e-mail.
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  wwall: It is or

22MB may be too big for an email attachment.

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  hemy: I'm on my 4 weeks trip in Israel.
Will return to Toronto on June 3rd.
I will enter this file in public folder of Dropbox on my machine and update you with url to download it. Other option is to open by you gmail or hotmail account. If you wish I can olso share with you big library of electonic chess books and magazines. Books are in english and russian, magazines in russian.
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  wordfunph: amigo, maligayang kaarawan!
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday Bill Wall!
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  wwall: Thanks all. Just like a chessboard - 64 and hope for more.
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  wordfunph: <Bill> Merry Christmas!
Dec-24-15  chessmoron: <wwall> Merry Christmas and happy new year. Wishing you health and happiness.
Jan-17-16  mistermac: Belated best wishes for Christmas and Epiphany to a real Chess Gentleman, Mr. Bill Wall.
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  wordfunph: got it, muchas gracias!
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  wwall: Thanks chessmoron, mistermac, wordfunph. I can now join the Medicare group this year. Hope to add more years than Fischer and pass the late Walter Browne.
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  wordfunph: hi Bill, pls check your mail.
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  wordfunph: Bill, Happy Birthday!
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  OhioChessFan: A chess PhD not listed:

User: Jonathan Sarfati

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  wwall: OCF, thanks. Any more chess masters with a doctorate or medical doctor degree not nn my list at please let me know and I will add to the list.
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  jnpope: In your July 8th, 2007, article on Steinitz: make the statement: <He was awarded the brilliancy prize of the tournament from his win over Augustus Mongredien, a Center Counter game.> Apparently meaning this gem of a game: Steinitz vs Mongredien, 1862

I find no mention of such a prize being offered in any edition of Lowenthal's tournament book, nor in the German tournament book by Suhle. Nor have I found any mention of a brilliancy prize being offered (let alone of Steinitz winning such a prize) in the contemporary accounts found in the Chess Player's Chronicle, Illustrated London News, London Daily News, London Morning Post, London Era, or London Field. Nor is there any mention made of Steinitz winning such a prize in Landsberger's well-researched biography, "William Steinitz, Chess Champion".

A tangential check of "brilliancy prize" in the "Oxford Companion To Chess", 1992 edition, p59, states: <The first brilliancy prize was given by the proprietor of the Cafe International, New York, where a tournament was held in September and October 1876.> Allegedly for the game: Bird vs J Mason, 1876

I've searched the 'net for how this claim about Steinitz v Mongredien being a brilliancy prize game got started and all roads lead back to your article. I do not wish to appear as attacking the veracity of your statement but I would be curious as to the source from which you gleaned this particular "brilliancy prize" piece of information.

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  TheFocus: I would also like to know. I am currently researching <London 1862> and have found no Brilliancy Prize being awarded.
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  zanzibar: The relevant section of Lowenthal's tournament book can be found online here:

There is no mention of any other prizes awards aside from 1st-4th leaderboard prizes.

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  jnpope: <z> I think you meant 1st-6th, which were planned from the start, see Lowenthal's book, p(xlvi):

And all six were awarded, see p172:

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  zanzibar: <jnpope> right you are.

My mistake for just reading the article quickly and confusing 4-5th tiebreak with last prize place. Thanks.

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  wwall: I'll check my sources again, but so far you are right, no 1862 brilliancy prize. I had to originally see it somewhere and that source had to be wrong.
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  jnpope: <<wwall:> I'll check my sources again, but so far you are right, no 1862 brilliancy prize. I had to originally see it somewhere and that source had to be wrong.>

Great. Thanks for looking into this.

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  wordfunph: Bill, got it.


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  wordfunph: Bill, Birthday Happy!
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  wwall: Thanks again wordfunph. I celebrated by watching Queen of Katwa, Hidden Figures, and reading one of your books
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