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I live in Palm Bay, Florida. I have worked at Harris Corporation for over 21 years as an Information Systems Security Engineer (ISSE), providing computer security for DoD, DOC, NASA, NOAA, and NWS programs. Retired Air Force officer (1970-1995) and chess enthusiast. - Bill Wall's chess page (hundreds of chess articles, resources, chess history, pgn collections, over 52,000 chess game I have played (1969-2017), etc)

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   wwall has kibitzed 1186 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-03-18 E J Diemer vs W Buis, 1952
wwall: Black resigned after 19.Qf3, but Black could hold out for a few more moves after 19...Qxb5+ 20.Kc1 Qxd3 21.Qxf7+ Kd8 22.cxd3. White missed the better move of 19.Rxf7+!, forcing mate after 19...Kxf7 20.Qf3+ Kg6 (20...Kg7 21.Qf6+ Kg8 22.Rd8+ Qf8 23.Rxf8 mate or 23.Qxf8 mate) 21.Qf6+ Kh5
   May-27-18 wwall chessforum (replies)
wwall: I read the article and did not know about the Columbia University meetings. I will have to add that to my notes. Hearst was rated 2298 at the time of the two games. Fischer ended up with a 2321 rating in the Rosenwald tourney. Fischer also played Hearst on March 7, 1964 in a blitz ...
   May-19-18 M General vs Dubois, 1850
wwall: The game is found in <The Chess Monthly>, 1858, page 203, edited by Daniel Fiske. It says White was an amateur and did not say he was a general. A note at the end of the game said "The game was played at Rome in the year 1850."
   May-19-18 J Tolan vs Keene, 1964
wwall: 14...Bc5 looks wrong as White can play 15.Nb3 and threaten 16.Bxf6 and 17.Qxd7+. Black is OK after 14...O-O. If 14...Bc5 15.Nb3 Bc6, then 16.Na5 Qd4 17.Qxd4 Bxd4 18.Rxd4 Instead of 16.e5, White should be winning after 16.Bxf6. If 16...gxf6, then 17.Qxd7+ Kf8 18.Qxb7.
   May-19-18 W Ooiman vs F F Van Wijngaarden, 1960
wwall: 13...Qxf7 loses. Black should be winning after 13...g6 14.Nh6+ Kg7 15.Qf3 (15.Qe2 or 15.Qd1 should lose to 15...Qd8) 15...Na6. Instead of 15.Bd6, White mates with 15.Rxf8+ Kxf8 16.Bd6+ Kg8 17.Qe8 mate.
   May-07-18 A Pleasants vs J R Adair, 2010
wwall: Instead of 19.Nh4, perhaps best for White is 19.Nfg5+ Kg6 (19...hxg5?? 20.Qh5 mate; 19...Kh8 20.Nf4 (threatening 21...Ng6 mate) 20...exf4 21.Qxe8 should win for White) 20.Nf3 Kh7 21.Nfg5+ Kg6 and a draw by perpetual check.
   May-06-18 R Snyder vs Gordon, 1973
wwall: Black was Hyman Gordon of California. The game appeared in an article by Robert Snyder in the March 1975 issue of The Gambit, Orange County Chess Monthly.
   May-04-18 W Hanstein vs Von Der Lasa, 1843
wwall: It looks like the losing move was 13...Nf2. Better may be 13...Nxe5 14.Nxe4 Qxe4+ 15.fxe4 Bg4+. This game was printed in the Chess Player's Chronicle, vol 4, New Series, 1856, page 130. The heading says that the game was extracted from Berliner Schachzeitung in 1848, and played in ...
   May-04-18 A Oppenheim vs NN, 1921
wwall: Instead of 7.exd5, perhaps better for White is 7.Qe2 dxe4 8.Nxc6 bxc6 9.Nxe4 Nxe4 10.Qxe4+ Instead of resigning, Black could have tried 9...Qe4+ 10.Qe2 Qxe2+ 11.Kxe2 a6. Now White has: a) 12.Nd4+ axb4 13.Nxb5 Kd7 14.Bf4 c5 b) 12.Ba4 Bd7 13.Bf4 b5 14.Rhe1 Bxc6 c) 12.Na7+ axb5 ...
   Apr-28-18 J Szekely vs J Schlesinger, 1903
wwall: Instead of 12...Bh6, best seems 12...Qg5. After 12...Bh6, White should have played 13.Qf6! Rf8 14.Bxf7+ for the win.
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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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  wordfunph: Bill, Happy Birthday!
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  OhioChessFan: A chess PhD not listed:

User: Jonathan Sarfati

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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  wordfunph: got it, thanks much!
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  zborris8: Some of your earlier tournaments are held in Yuba City, Ca, but I can't find any other tournaments that were held there on Chessgames. Were you once stationed at Beale Air Force Base and did you organize those tournaments yourself? Thanks for your service, btw!
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  wwall: Yes, I was stationed at Beale AFB from Jan 1971 to late 1973 (PCS to Thailand after that, but returned in late 1974). I organized dozens of tournaments (rated and non rated) while stationed there at the Jetstar Recreation Center. I had a chess column in the base newspaper. Top players at Beale were Lt col Henry Giertych (high expert who played in several Air Force championships, including the first one) and Captain John Manson (high A player). I also played in Yuba City/Marysville, but mostly on base. From there, lots of TDY trips to Kadena, Okinawa, U Tapao, Thailand, and Guam (I was a KC-135Q crew chief refueling SR-71s).
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Bill,

Hopefully you can confirm or correct.

Fischer vs Bisguier, 1957 (kibitz #21)

Was this Fischer's first G.M. scalp?

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  wwall: Fischer beat GM Bisguier in a speed tournament in Dec 1956 at the Manhattan CC. He also beat Reshevsky, but it was a simul. He beat Bisguier at the 58th US Open in Cleveland on Aug 9, 1957, his 1st GM scalp. He beat Bisguier again on Dec 23, 1957 in the US championship in NY. He beat Lombardy on Jan 2, 1958 in the US championship, but Lombardy was not a GM yet. His next GM scalp was Bent Larsen on Aug 16, 1958 at the Interzonal in Portoroz.
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  Boomie: Curiously, Bisguier was also Seirawan's first GM scalp.

Game Collection: US Open 1975, Lincoln

The Seattle Exiteers did quite well there. Vic Pupols finished tied for 4th. Yaz was tied for 10th and Jim McCormick and I tied for 48th. I shared the Class B prize. At the award ceremony, Yaz told me to laugh all the way to the bank.

Alas, I have no idea how Yaz got to Lincoln though the rumor is he hitchhiked. I played in the Canadian Open before the US Open but Yaz wasn't there. I got a ride to Denver with John Watson and hitched to Lincoln from there. Those were simpler times.

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  Sally Simpson: Thanks Bill for confirming. (Geoff)
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  diceman: <wwall:

He beat Lombardy on Jan 2, 1958 in the US championship, but Lombardy was not a GM yet.>

Anyone know what the standard was to get a GM title back then?

I know Fischer got his at Portoroz,
but that was somewhat unique.

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  wwall: The most common standard at that time was a list of possible candidates from each country (based on performance in international tournaments with other GMs), then a vote by a Qualification Committee at a FIDE Congress. You could also get a GM title if you qualified to play in the Interzonal or score at least 33.3 percent in a Candidates Tournament. Here is a list of early grandmasters by year.
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  diceman: Thanks!
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  TheFocus: Mr. Wall, you might be interested in this: in the May 11, 2018 issue of the Mechanics Institute Library newsletter, the two tournament games played between Eliot Hearst and Bobby Fischer are presented with Hearst's annotations.

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  wwall: I read the article and did not know about the Columbia University meetings. I will have to add that to my notes. Hearst was rated 2298 at the time of the two games. Fischer ended up with a 2321 rating in the Rosenwald tourney. Fischer also played Hearst on March 7, 1964 in a blitz event in Washington DC.
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  TheFocus: I had never read anything about the Columbia University meetings either.

It was a great kindness to me that Dr. Hearst annotated his games. I bought his book on blindfold chess from him so I could get an autographed copy and asked if he had ever annotated his games against Fischer anywhere. He replied in the negative, and very graciously agreed to annotate them for me.

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