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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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   Mar-04-18 Kavalek vs Fischer, 1967
wwall: According to an article in the South African Chessplayer (SAC) chess magazine and reported by GM Alexander Matanovic, the photographer was the official photographer for the Soviet embassy in Tunis. Fischer stopped the clock on his game and demanded that the photographer leave the ...
   Feb-18-18 Capablanca vs C Echevarria, 1901
wwall: After 25...Nc4, Capa played 26.Kf2? to protect the pawn. He should have tried 26.Rf4 Nxe3 27.Ne5 Nd5 28.Rxe4. Now, after 26.Kf2, Black should have played 26...Rd8! 27.Ne5 Nxe5 28.dxe5 Rf8+ 29.Ke2 Rxf1 30.Kxf1 Kf7, ...Ke6, and ...Kxe5. In the game, after 26...Re7, threatening the White
   Feb-17-18 J A Blanco vs Capablanca, 1901
wwall: 45.Kg3? is probably the losing move, allowing Black to play 45...Ke4 and the White king is too far away from the queenside. White should have tried 45.Ke2 Ke4 46.Rxc3, and if 46...Kxf4, then 47.Re3 might hold for White. Capa had an earlier win with 51...Kc3! (51...Kb3 should have ...
   Feb-16-18 Capablanca vs M M Sterling, 1901
wwall: After 14.Ne3, White threatens 15.Qb6, but Black can play...Rb8 and ...Rxb2 to get the pawn back. Instead of 14...Rae8, perhaps best is 14...Nc5, threatening the White queen and protecting the b6 pawn. But now Capa plays 15.Nf5, attacking the Black queen. After 15...Qh5 16.Rae1 (White ...
   Feb-13-18 Capablanca vs A Gavilan, 1901
wwall: After 17...Qxd5? (instead of 17...Bxd5) Capa could have won a pawn after 18.Bb3 (instead of his 18.Rxe5?) 18...Qd7 19.Bxe6 Qxe6 20.Rxe5. Instead of 21...Rd5, better may be 21...Bc5 first, then 22.Kh1 (22.Kf1? Rf8+ 23.Ke1 Rf2) 22...Rd5 24...Bd5?? loses the rook after 25.Bg4+ and ...
   Feb-13-18 wordfunph chessforum (replies)
wwall: wordfunph, hope you are getting better. Check your email and see if you are getting everything. I appreciate all you are doing and thanks for your contributions.
   Feb-11-18 Capablanca vs Leon Paredes, 1901
wwall: After 13...Nf5, Capa played 14.Bf2? (better was 14.Be2). Now, instead of 14...Na7, Black should have played 14...Nxb4! 15.axb4 Bxb4 (threatening 16...Bxc3+ or 16...Rxc3) 16.Nd2 Qa5 17.Na2 Bb5. In the game, after 15.g4, Black should simply play 15...Nh6 so as not to lose the knight. ...
   Feb-10-18 E Delmonte vs Capablanca, 1901
wwall: After 23...Nd3, instead of 24.Qd2, perhaps better is 24.Qa5 25.Rd1?? loses quickly after 25...Rxd4! and Black soon forks White's king and queen. White had to try 25.Qc3, but still in a bad position.
   Feb-10-18 Capablanca vs J A Blanco, 1901 (replies)
wwall: 36...Rd5?? is the losing move. Once the rooks come off the game, White will win. Black had to play almost anything else but ...Rd5. In the endgame, after 46...Ke4, 47.h4! was the only move to win. Then, after 47...Kf4, 48.h5! was the only move to win. Then, after 48...Kg5, 49.Kf7! was
   Feb-09-18 Capablanca vs M Marceau, 1901
wwall: After 5...Bb4, Capa played 6.Nf5? which should have lost a pawn after 6...O-O 7.Bd3 d5 8.exd5 Re8! (instead of 8...Qxd5 as in the gaem) 9.Ne3 (9.Be3 Qxd5; 9.Kf1 Bxc3 10.bxc3 Nxd5) 9...Nxd5 After 24.Re3 f5? looks like the losing move. Black should play 24...Kf8 or 24...Rg5+, then ...
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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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