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William Addison
W Addison 
Photograph from cover of Chess Life, October 1967  

Number of games in database: 172
Years covered: 1950 to 1970
Last FIDE rating: 2490
Overall record: +63 -46 =62 (55.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (21) 
    E72 E69 E92 E60 E95
 Nimzo Indian (15) 
    E54 E46 E55 E49 E52
 Modern Benoni (6) 
    A56 A62
 Sicilian (6) 
    B44 B50 B51 B52 B40
 Grunfeld (5) 
    D95 D99 D72 D96
 Orthodox Defense (4) 
    D61 D55 D50
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (15) 
    C98 C72 C81 C77 C84
 Sicilian (13) 
    B56 B63 B58 B30 B21
 Slav (11) 
    D16 D12 D11 D10 D19
 English (8) 
    A15 A12 A11
 Caro-Kann (7) 
    B10 B13 B18 B12 B14
 English, 1 c4 e5 (6) 
    A22 A29 A25
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   W Addison vs J F Donovan, 1955 1-0
   W Addison vs Fischer, 1965 1/2-1/2
   Fischer vs W Addison, 1966 1/2-1/2
   Kavalek vs W Addison, 1970 1/2-1/2
   W Addison vs D Byrne, 1963 1-0
   W Addison vs Lombardy, 1969 1-0
   Taimanov vs W Addison, 1970 1/2-1/2
   E McCormick vs W Addison, 1957 0-1
   Matulovic vs W Addison, 1970 1/2-1/2
   L Levy vs W Addison, 1955 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USA-ch / Zonal (1969)
   United States Championship (1962)
   Tel Aviv Olympiad qual-4 (1964)
   United States Championship (1965)
   62nd US Open (1961)
   United States Championship 1966/67 (1966)
   Havana Olympiad qual-3 (1966)
   US Championship 1963/64 (1963)
   Maribor (1967)
   Caracas (1970)
   58th US Open (1957)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   56th US Open (1955)
   Havana Olympiad Final-A (1966)
   Tel Aviv Olympiad Final-A (1964)

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(born Nov-28-1933, died Oct-29-2008, 74 years old) United States of America

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William (Bill) Grady Addison was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and moved to San Francisco in 1952. FIDE awarded him the International Master title in 1967.

Addison played in five U.S. Chess Championships (1962-63, 1963-64, 1965, 1966, and 1969), ending up with a plus score overall. His best tournament result was second place (+6, =3, -2) behind Samuel Reshevsky at the USA-ch / Zonal (1969). This qualified him to compete in the Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970), where he took 18th place.

After the Interzonal he gave up chess, drove a taxi in the Bay area, and later found employment at the Crocker National Bank in San Francisco. His last FIDE rating was his peak at 2490 and his peak USCF rating was 2595. He served as the director of the San Francisco Mechanics' Institute Chess Room from 1965 through 1969. He was survived by his wife, Joanne, who was born on the exact day, month, and year as Bill.

Wikipedia article: William Addison (chess player)

Last updated: 2022-03-23 05:29:55

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 172  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. W Addison vs W F Gladney 1-0661950Baton RougeD02 Queen's Pawn Game
2. D Fischheimer vs W Addison  0-164195556th US OpenC14 French, Classical
3. W Addison vs Dake  ½-½23195556th US OpenA48 King's Indian
4. Evans vs W Addison  1-032195556th US OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
5. W Addison vs I Zalys  ½-½51195556th US OpenB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
6. W Addison vs J F Donovan 1-025195556th US OpenD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. H Steiner vs W Addison  0-141195556th US OpenD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. W Addison vs R Martin  ½-½21195556th US OpenA15 English
9. L Levy vs W Addison  0-124195556th US OpenB32 Sicilian
10. J Sherwin vs W Addison  1-036195556th US OpenC78 Ruy Lopez
11. W Addison vs H Seidman  0-124195556th US OpenD72 Neo-Grunfeld,, Main line
12. H Steiner vs W Addison ½-½621955CA State Champ.D51 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. E McCormick vs W Addison  0-121195758th US OpenB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
14. W Addison vs A Bisguier  1-051195758th US OpenE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
15. H Berliner vs W Addison  0-142195758th US OpenE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
16. D Byrne vs W Addison  1-051195758th US OpenA15 English
17. W Addison vs A Di Camillo  1-041195758th US OpenA53 Old Indian
18. W Addison vs A Saidy  ½-½25195758th US OpenA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
19. Fischer vs W Addison 1-036195758th US OpenB10 Caro-Kann
20. T Weinberger vs W Addison  ½-½321960California ChB58 Sicilian
21. W Addison vs B F Brodersen  1-026196162nd US OpenA52 Budapest Gambit
22. W Hendricks vs W Addison  0-139196162nd US OpenB30 Sicilian
23. W Addison vs R Wilcox  1-031196162nd US OpenA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
24. E Osbun vs W Addison  ½-½40196162nd US OpenB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
25. W Addison vs H Fajans  1-034196162nd US OpenD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
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Nov-11-08  malthrope: I'm very sad to report that International Master - William "Bill" Grady Addison - passed away on October 29, 2008.

Bill was an old friend and quite instrumental as my mentor having learning just a few of the many secrets of chess from him. When I was sick he came to visit me in the hospital as a teenager. The info posted by <WannaBe> is quite correct. The link however is no longer valid.

A fond remembrance by IM John Donaldson written on November 11th for the USCF:

William Addison, 1933-2008 //

Here is a beautiful drawing that I saved of Bill... //

It's quite reminiscent of Bill and I can even see his feet pumping up and down below the chess table (a trademark of his which I also adopted).

I'll always remember what he taught me, his cheerful smile and all the colorful and entertaining chess stories & anecdotes that he would tell us both from his International and American Chess adventures... :)

R.I.P. my friend...

Sincerely, Alan Benson
(aka: Malthrope)
Berkeley, CA

Nov-11-08  malthrope: PS: The fond remembrances of Bill posted on the USCF web pages also include stories written by GM William Lombardy and Robert E. Burger. Sorry, I forget them. John and Robert are both old friends and Lombardy I had the distinct pleasure of meeting him in Lone Pine, CA.

William Addison, 1933-2008 //

Nov-11-08  whiskeyrebel: mal, thanks for the links and info. I'm impressed at the active life he lived. It seems like he peaked later in life chess wise than most. I admire that! I'm gonna go look at some of his games now.
Nov-11-08  savagerules: I thought I read where after the 1970 interzonals where he didn't advance he disgustedly quit chess and went into banking. Apparently this wasn't the whole truth and he kept playing for a few years more. Only reason I remember this is where Addison played the Scandinavian against Fischer in the interzonal and Fischer apparently grinned mischievously when he saw this defense.
Nov-11-08  malthrope: <savagerules> - what you just said <"Apparently this wasn't the whole truth and he kept playing for a few years more. Only reason I remember this is where Addison played the Scandinavian against Fischer in the interzonal...> is simply not true.

You are dealing with people who actually knew this man as a friend. The chess game that you are referring too - Fischer vs W G Addison, 1970 - was played at the 'Palma de Mallorca' Interzonal in Spain, 1970. This was Bill's last chess tournament and so far as we know he never played competitive chess ever again. May I also suggest that you read my reply back to <Eyal> in my - malthrope chessforum - where I discuss this very fact. :)

Sincerely, - Mal

Nov-11-08  savagerules: <malthorpe> I wonder, did he ever regret quitting before the Fischer chess boom took off a couple years later? Did he quit playing offhand or club games too or just rated games? In the uscf link it said he played in 1974 olympics and it should have been 1964 instead, that's accounts for the misunderstanding.
Nov-11-08  malthrope: <savagerules: <malthorpe> I wonder, did he ever regret quitting before the Fischer chess boom took off a couple years later? Did he quit playing offhand or club games too or just rated games? In the uscf link it said he played in 1974 olympics and it should have been 1964 instead, that's accounts for the misunderstanding.>

First, I never saw or heard of Bill playing any kind of chess game after he returned from the 'Palma de Mallorca' Interzonal in Spain, 1970 - rated, offhand or otherwise. Second, in the Chess Olympics, Bill played in 2 of them as a participant for the USA team in Tel Aviv 1964 and Havana 1966 (Note: Not 'Leipzig 1970' as I first reported from memory in my response back to <Eyal>).

Today has not been a particularly good day for me... :( Sincerely, - Mal

PS: <whiskeyrebel> - you're quite welcome! :)

Nov-11-08  AnalyzeThis: Thanks for the very interesting info on William Addison. Life goes by too fast.
Nov-12-08  malthrope: <AnalyzeThis: Thanks for the very interesting info on William Addison.>

You're welcome <AnalyzeThis> ! :)

Thought to share one last reminisce coming directly from Bill... On select Sunday afternoons when he was the acting Director of the Mechanics' Institute Chess Club (late 60's) all the talented Juniors would gather along with Bill and analyze the latest GM games with him. This was a very rewarding experience for us as we could see into his mind and how he thinks about chess as well as how he goes about constructing his master plans. Of which we all tried to emulate, of course! ;)

One day we were analyzing a chess game of Petrosian's in which he was attacking. <Go Tiger!> Bill told us (and I quote verbatim):

<"Petrosian making threats is like facing cream puffs at twenty paces!">

I'll never forget that one. <grin> The more you think about it the deeper it is! ~lol~

<Life goes by too fast.>

It sure does as we are only here for just a brief spec in time... :^) - Mal

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  tpstar: Here's a nice win by Addison featuring a decisive cross-pin = W G Addison vs R Steinmeyer, 1962
Nov-13-08  brankat: Thank You CG for designating IM W.Addison the Player of the Day!
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  ketchuplover: R.I.P. Herr Addison

Thanks for your contribution to chess :)

Nov-19-08  Resignation Trap: Thanks to for adding the photo!
Mar-12-10  arthurp: It was in 1962 in Fitchburg,MA.There was a tourney.The local master and NE champ hardly ever lost.This CA crew cut man beat him in 30+moves.I was shocked!Looking closely at the board he was playing on I noticed that he wore slippers,smoked a pipe with Rum&Maple tobacco.Later I was going over an ending with my friends and the CA player suggested I use some books he had.He went out to his car and brought in Cheron's 3 vol. on the endgame!What person would care about a group of B players?Later I found out it was IM William Addison on his way to NY after this weekend tournament.When I got home I had a pipe,got some Rum&Maple tobacco and wore slippers to my next tournament.Strange to say I didn't play like IM William Addison!
May-31-10  Vollmer: I am fairly confident that Mr. Addison was quite amused that he quit competitive chess at his peak rating . I am also amused . Well done . RIP
Jun-01-10  malthrope: It's good to see the light shinning down on Bill for <"Player of the Day"> once again! (on Memorial Day - May-31-10) :D

He was quite an accomplished player and for all those that knew him we collectively considered him Grandmaster strength even though he was only an International Master by title. He played many fine Chess games much more than the <"Notable Games"> list would suggest (his victory over Donald Byrne in 1963 and his draw with Bobby Fischer in 1965).

This one immediately comes to mind (uncovered by <achieve> which he kindly shared with me after Bill had passed away)...

W G Addison vs G Sigurjonsson, 1968

A wonderful tactical skirmish in the middlegame. My comment back to Niel's at the time was:

<"Yes, that was a great Chess game! (BTW: I've also met GM Gudmundur Sigurjonnson). All of us considered Bill Addison a GM with an IM title. His highest FIDE rating achieved was 2595 which speaks for itself (considering it was pre-inflation). Don't think there is anyone that knew him that thought otherwise... ;)">

You can read the entire post here (posted Nov-15-08): malthrope chessforum

Perhaps this year I'll make it a 'personal task' to review some more of his best efforts and suggest to <> that they be duly added to the list! ;)

R.I.P. my dear old friend...
I think of you often. :)

Sincerely, - Al
Berkeley, CA

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  wwall: Just finished a bio on Bill Addison on the second anniversary of his death.

Nov-05-10  TheFocus: <wwall> Excellent article. Bravo!
Nov-05-10  jackpawn: Yes, very informative article. Thanks!
Nov-28-10  wordfunph: <Mr. Benko had incorrect information about Bill and his wife. Bill Addison was already married to his wife, Joanne, and she never made any such statement. She never asked Bill to give up anything. Bill Addison went to Palma de Mallorca with it totally agreed that if he did well, he would continue with chess; if not, not.>

that clears everything, thanks <wwall>..

Nov-28-11  talisman: happy birthday. one of the best from Baton Rouge!
Oct-27-13  whiteshark: In Memoriam: (by George Mirijanian)
May-23-15  TheFocus: <Bill Addison was a model of what a chess master should be. Yes, I well remember when he came to the Koenig Memorial last year. He regaled us with stories of the old days...His description of Kurt Bendit was a priceless tribute. And he was clearly following the international scene. But he was so vigorous, so animated that day that I can't believe he can be gone. I can say quite honestly that there is no person I have ever played -- and I played against him often in 1953-1969 -- that made such an impression on me and brought so much enjoyment, win or lose, from the experience> - Bob Burger.
Nov-28-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, William Addison.
Jul-14-19  jinkinson: Wikipedia page for Addison:
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