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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, over 52,000 chess game I have played (1969-2017), etc)

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   wwall has kibitzed 1147 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-31-17 Karpov - Fischer World Championship Match (1975)
wwall: My wife met Bobby at Joan Targ's (his sister) home in Portola Valley and gave him all the Inside Chess magazines that he requested from Seirawan and Donaldson in 1990. No one expected him to be there, so I missed a golden opportunity. I think Bobby was proficient in Spanish and could ...
   Oct-29-17 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
wwall: <It would've been difficult to stay in good health living solo in the jungle all that time, for lack of medicines and all-around nutrition.> I was in Guam in 1972 when Shoichi Yokoi was discovered near Talofofo Falls after 29 years in the small jungle. I remember he was in ...
   Oct-27-17 James Tarjan (replies)
wwall: <Howard: Personally, I was born near the very end of the Eisenhower administration, but having been a USCF member since early 1975 (how many of such members are still out there ?!)....> Been a member since 1969. Played in the 1969 American Open. Christiansen was just a kid ...
   Oct-24-17 B Wall vs A Caruso, 1986 (replies)
wwall: I grobbed her by the horsie, fell into Annette and got spiked. 6.Qa4+ was no good. I should have just played 6.dxe6 or 6.h3 first, or even 6.Qxb7. 11.Qxa7 is a poison pawn and should not have grabbed (grobbed) it. Time to play 11.Qc2 Bb4+ 12.Nd2 Qxd4 13.Nf3 instead. 13.Bxb4?? loses. ...
   Oct-23-17 William James Lombardy (replies)
wwall: Here is a quick article on Lombardy
   Aug-27-17 Larsen vs K Darga, 1967
wwall: Looks like Larsen fell for a poisoned pawn after 28.Bxf6? He should have ignored the pawn and play 28.Re1 or 28.Qe1. After 28...Rxd6! 29.Qxd6 Rd8!, White cannot play 30.Qxc6? due to 30...Rxd1+ 31.Bf1 Qb4 and Qb1 wins the bishop. Also, 30.Qxe7? Rxd1+ 31.Bf1 Nxe7 wins for Black. Instead
   Aug-26-17 Steinitz vs Pillsbury, 1892
wwall: Looks like the losing move was 25.Kc2. White had to play 25.Qe1, and if 25...Na6, then 26.Nc2 and 27.b4 should hold for White. Instead of 26...Rd8, Black could have played 26...Qxc3, and if 27.Rc1 or 27.Qc2, then 27...Nxe4 wins.
   Aug-25-17 Pillsbury vs F Young, 1890
wwall: Not sure if this game was a sign of brilliance. Pillsbury played 9.Nc3? and should have lost after 9...d4 (threatening 10...d3) 10.exd4 cxd4 11.Nb5 d3, winning a piece. After 9.Nc6, Pillsbury as White misses the threat again (and Black misses the winning move again) with 10.a3? since ...
   Aug-18-17 Larsen vs Ivkov, 1967
wwall: Perhaps 27...Nc4 is the losing move. Black can try 27...Kg8 28.Nf4 Rh6 and hold. 29.Nxg6 doesn't work after 29...fxg6 30.Bxg6+ Kg8 31.Ne6 Rg6 Instead of 29...Kg8, if 29...fxg6, then 30.Nxg6 Qf7 31.Nxh8 Kxh8 32.Qh4+ Kg8 33.Rxc4 dxc4 34.Qd8+ Kh7 35.Qxb6 Bf3 36.g4 Bxg4 37.Ra7 Qf5 38.Qb7 ...
   Aug-13-17 B Kostic vs Tartakower, 1950
wwall: Instead of 20.Qb4, perhaps stronger is 20.Nxg7, and if 20...Qg4, then 21.Rxf7 Qxd4+ 22.Kh1 Nc6 23.Ne6, forking queen and rook. 23...bxc6?? leads to mate. Black may be able to play 23...Qxc6 24.Qxc6 bxc6 25.e6 Re8 26.Nxg7 Re7 and perhaps hold. After 24.Nd6 cxd6 25.Rb1+ Kc7 26.Qxa7+ Kd8
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  hemy: Email message I sent was returned with "Delivery Status Notification" message. Most likely mail box attachment size limit is less than 22MBytes, which is the size of the book pdf.
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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.
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  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: 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.
Dec-26-16  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.

Dec-26-16  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.
Dec-28-16  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, 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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  wordfunph: got it, thanks much!
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