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wwall
Member since Oct-10-04 · Last seen Oct-19-20
I live in Palm Bay, Florida. I am a senior scientist at L3Harris Corporation and have worked there for over 23 years as an Information Systems Security Engineer (ISSE). I provide computer security for DoD, NASA, DOC, NOAA, and NWS programs. I am a retired Air Force officer (1970-1995) and spent 6 years at NASA Ames Research Center as an information security engineer. I am a chess and tennis enthusiast.

I recently published 700 Opening Traps, Mate in Three, Chess Opening Blunders, Oddities in Chess (also Oddities in Science and Oddities in History), 600 Sicilian Miniatures, 600 King's Gambit Miniatures, 600 Queen's Gambit Miniatures, and 600 French Miniatures. All available at Amazon. Check it out.

http://www.billwallchess.com/ - Bill Wall's Chess Page

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   wwall has kibitzed 1259 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-17-20 A Ismagambetov vs K Sek, 2019
 
wwall: Black must have lost on time. Black threatens 24...Bxg2 and 24...Bxe4, pinning queen and king.
 
   Oct-16-20 Andres Merario Alarcon vs D Lemos, 2017 (replies)
 
wwall: Why did White resign? It looks even.
 
   Oct-14-20 Marcel Martinez
 
wwall: He was portrayed very well by Cuban-American actor Jeffry Batista in the movie "Critical Thinking," an excellent film.
 
   Oct-14-20 A Heimann vs B S E Ramirez, 2019 (replies)
 
wwall: 22...Be6?? makes no sense. 22...Rd7 looks best.
 
   Oct-10-20 L L Davis vs Motylev, 2005
 
wwall: I don't see why White resigned here. After 22.Rh1, followed by 23.Rdg1, it looks even to me. Better would have been 21...Qxf5+ (instead of 21...Bxf5) and 22...Bxf1.
 
   Oct-07-20 Arif Zinal vs A Akhavan Rad, 2001
 
wwall: Why is White resigning here? It looks dead even.
 
   Oct-04-20 G Tsivelekidis vs T Bazouras, 2000
 
wwall: Why is Black resigning here? After 19...Bd4+ 20.Kf1 Bg4 and Black has the better game.
 
   Oct-04-20 N Miezis vs M Sagafos, 2006 (replies)
 
wwall: Not sure why White resigned here. White should still have play after 25.Rb8+. Black doesn't look like he has overwhelming attack.
 
   Sep-27-20 Vitaley M Radaikin
 
wwall: The Radaikin games were published in the July-August 1951 issue of the Nebraska Chess Bulletin and the Oct 4, 1951 issue of the Sacramento Chess News.
 
   Sep-25-20 Bill Wall (replies)
 
wwall: It was coined by Johann Allgaier in the 1790s. HJR Murray referenced Greek chess and Allgaier in his book A History of Chess, page 168. Allgaier got the term from Viennese chess players
 
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Dec-26-16  zanzibar: <jnpope> right you are.

My mistake for just reading the article quickly and confusing 4-5th tiebreak with last prize place. Thanks.

Dec-28-16
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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.

May-11-17
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  wordfunph: Bill, Birthday Happy!
Jul-19-17
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  wordfunph: got it, thanks much!
Apr-07-18  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!
Apr-08-18
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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).
May-23-18
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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?

May-24-18
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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.
May-25-18  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.

May-25-18
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  Sally Simpson: Thanks Bill for confirming. (Geoff)
May-25-18
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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.

May-25-18
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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. http://billwall.phpwebhosting.com/a...
May-25-18
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  diceman: Thanks!
May-26-18
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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.

https://chessclub.org/news.php

May-27-18
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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.
May-28-18
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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.

Jul-01-18
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  Phony Benoni: <wwall> I have been compiling game collections and information for US Opens, and am currently working on Columbus 1977. This one is difficult because I have no crosstable available, and have to compile what information I can from the tournament bulletins.

The <cg> database has six of your games from that tournament, and I have three more from other sources. The opponents were:

Mariano Acosta
Jack Gersho
Randall Hough
Tim Kras
(Andy?) Martin
John Milton
Sam Reisinger
E Schroeder
Mark Wintering

Unfortunately none of these games appear in the tournament bulletins, so I have no idea in which round they were played.

I realize it's a long shot to ask about games from forty years ago, but would you happen to have a record of if which rounds these and any other games from the tournament were played>

Thanks for your time.

Jul-02-18
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  wwall: Mariano Acosta - Rd 1
Jack Gersho - 5
Randall Hough 8
Tim Kras - 6
Andy Martin - 7
John Milton - 3
Sam Reisinger - 4
E Schroeder - 2
Mark Wintering - 9

All me games are in my Bill Wall's games (pgn file) from 1969 to 2017 at http://billwall.phpwebhosting.com/. It has all the rounds and dates and games.

US Open crosstables were in the 1978 USCF chess yearbook, p. 36. I won the putt putt championship, beating out Ed Edmondson in the final round. The tournament was over on the 19th of August and I got married the 20th back in North Carolina. I was a delegate representing NC. The biggest fight was which zone did each state belong to. Biggest news event was Elvis died on Aug 16 during the tourney. Sneaky Pete wasn't that strong of a computer there. 13-year-old Joel Benjamin got lots of attention there and became the youngest master after the event (now we have 12 year old GMs).

Jul-02-18
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  Phony Benoni: Thanks for the information. Only those nine games were in the file, but the important the important oint was verifying there were indeed played in the US Open. Quite often, I find that online databases include games from the daytime side events, si I try to be careful.

Unfortunately, I no longer have that yearbook issue.

Columbus was one of my best US Opens results-wise, but I still regret losing a better position in round 1 against Hugh Tobin. At least I wasn't alone.

Jan-03-20
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  wordfunph: hi Bill, received greetings card.

Thanks my friend.

Feb-04-20
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  jessicafischerqueen:

Great success! Thanks to <Annie> processing our correction slip, the game you published on your web page so long ago has emerged at cg.com as well:

M Lauberte vs Lidiya Paramonova, 1950

May-22-20
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  takchess: Bill. I hope you are well. Any chance of you publishing your Halloween Gambit Games?

Regards,
Jim

Sep-18-20
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  OhioChessFan: Hello. Someone asked this at the Kibitzers Cafe. I figured you know.

<Somebody knows why Owen Defense is called Greek Defense too?>

Sep-19-20
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  wwall: Yup. saw it. Looks like it was coined by Johann Allgaier in the 1790s. Murray referenced Greek chess and Allgaier in his book A History of Chess, page 168. Allgaier got the term from Viennese chess players
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