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I live in Palm Bay, Florida. I work at Harris Corporation as an information systems security engineer (helped secure and launch NOAA GOES-16) - Bill Wall's chess page (articles, resources, pgn collections, etc)

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   wwall has kibitzed 1127 times to chessgames   [more...]
   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
   Feb-19-17 F Visier Segovia vs J Betancort Curbelo, 1968
wwall: Looks like 25...Rxc2?? is the losing move, allowing 26.Be5 with mate threats. Perhaps best is 25...Qf3, and if 26.Be5??, then 26...Rxe5 27.Rxe5 Qxd1+ wins for Black. Besides 28.Rxg7, White could have won with 28.Rxc1 Rf8 (28...Rxc1?? 29.f8=Q mate) 29.Rcg1, threatening mate in a few ...
   Feb-18-17 B Kostic vs D Donaldson, 1915
wwall: Instead of 22.Ne4, White could have offered a queen sacrifice with 22.Rhf1 (threatening 23.Rf8+) 22...Rxg4 (22...cxd5 23.Nxd5 Rxd5 [23...Rxg4 24.Nxe7 mate] 24.Qf4 with a mate threat) 23.Rf8+ Qxf8 24.e7+ cxd5 and now four different ways to checkmate next move by queening either pawn ...
   Feb-16-17 V Soldatenkov vs NN, 1902
wwall: Instead of 28.Qg8+ white mates in a few moves with 28.Rdg1!, threatening 29.Qg8+ Rxg8 30.hxg8=Q mate. After 28.Rdg1, if 28...Rxh7 (28...Nf6 29.Qg8+ Nxg8 30.hxg8=Q+ Rxg8 31.Bg7 mate), then 29.Bg7+ Kg8 30.Bxe5+ Rg7 31.Qxg7+ Qxg7 32.Rxg7+ Kf8 33.Rh8 mate.
   Feb-14-17 B Kostic vs C Jaffe, 1911 (replies)
wwall: It looks like 92...Bg5?? is the losing move. Black should have played 92...f1=Q 93.Rxf1 Bg3 and it is a book draw. After 94.Rd4 Kxf1 95.Kxd2 (or 95.Rxd2) there is no win in this rook vs bishop endgame.
   Feb-13-17 Kupchik vs Capablanca, 1913
wwall: Perhaps the losing move is 42.Nd3 since White will not be able to protect the d4 pawn with his knight. Better may be 42.Kc1, and if 42...Rxh5, then 43.Rxb3 Rh4 44.Rf3 Kg6 (44...Rxd4 45.Rxf7+ Kg6 46.Rf8 looks like a draw) 45.Nc2 and White may be able to draw this endgame.
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  wwall: It is or

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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, got it!


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  wwall: You are welcome.
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  wordfunph: <Bill> Merry Christmas!
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  wwall: <wordfunph> Merry Christmas to you, too. Thanks for all the presents this year. I read every one of them.
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  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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