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Member since Oct-10-04 · Last seen Dec-03-23
I live in Palm Bay, Florida. I retired as a senior scientist at L3Harris Corporation and worked there for over 23 years (1997-2021) as an Information Systems Security Engineer (ISSE). I provided computer security for DoD, NASA, DOC, NOAA, NWS, and other government programs. I am a retired US Air Force officer (1970-1995) who spent 4 years in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam war and spent 6 years at NASA Ames Research Center as an ISSE. I was an Intel officer and avionics engineer. I am a chess and tennis enthusiast.

I have written over 50 books in the past.
I have written 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, 600 French Miniatures, 600 English Miniatures, 500 Orangutan Games, 600 Ruy Lopez Miniatures, 800 Chess Traps, 500 Larsen's Opening Games, 500 Owen's Defense Games, 600 Italian Miniatures, 500 Grob Games, 600 Indian Miniatures, 600 Caro-Kann Miniatures and Bobby Fischer - 300 Winning Games. All available at Amazon, paperback or Kindle.

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   wwall has kibitzed 1363 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-27-23 Vasiukov vs Korchnoi, 1953
wwall: Alexander Nikitin says the game ended after 19...Ke7 20.Qh4+ when Korchnoi asked for a draw due to perpetual check coming up. Another draw would have been 19.Qh8+ Rf8 20.Qh5+ Ke7 21.Qh7+ Rf7 22.Qh4+ Ke8 23.Qh8+ with perpetual check.
   Nov-25-23 Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1954
wwall: Instead of 24.Nxg6, perhaps stronger is 24.exd7 Qxe2 (24...Qd7?? 25.Bf5) 25.Bxe2 Rcd8 (25...Rc2 26.a5 Rxb2 27.axb6) 26.Bxg4 (26.Nxg6 hxg6 27.a5 Bc7 28.Bxg4) 26...Nxh4 27.Be6+ Kh8 (27...Rf7 28.a5 Bc7 29.Rfc1) 28.a5 Bc7 29.Ba3.
   Nov-23-23 Pillsbury vs Marshall, 1894
wwall: Instead of 20.f4, perhaps better for White is 20.Qg2. If 20...Qxh2+, then 21.Qxh2 gxh2 22.Kxh2 g3+ 23.Kg2, threatening 24.d6 or 24.Bxh7 with a better game. If 20...gxf3 21.Rxf3 Qxh2+ 22.Qxh2 gxh2 23.Kxh2 and 24.Raf1 looks strong. If 20...Bf2 21.fxg4 and 22.e6 seems OK. If 20...gxh2, ...
   Nov-20-23 G Schories vs Spielmann, 1905
wwall: Spielmann wrote that 17.Be3 was better. He says that "17.Be3 Rae8 18.Bxc5 Qxc5 19.Qd5+ Qxd5 20.cxd5 Bxd5, and despite the clear advantage for black, white can still fight on." White cannot play 21.Rd1 because of 21...Rxf3 22.gxf3 Bxf3. Perhaps 21.Nbd2 Na5 22.Rc1 (22.Rfd1 Re2) 22...c6 ...
   Nov-18-23 Nimzowitsch vs Yates, 1928
wwall: Nimzowitsch wrote that 39.Qf5 was bold, but incorrect. Nimzo wrote that correct was 39.Nd6 Qd5+ (39...Qb3 40.Qf5 a5 41.Qc8+ Kh7 42.Qf5+ Kh6) 40.Qg2 Qxg2 (40...Qxc6 41.Qh8+ 41.Kxg2 with some drawing chances. But Black can play 41...Bf4 42.Nb5 (or 42.Nf5 a5) 42...a5 43.Kf3 Bxh2 with ...
   Nov-16-23 Benko vs Petrosian, 1963
wwall: After 30...Qxf5, Black threatens 31...Nxe3+. Instead of 31.Qc3, perhaps White can play 31.Kg1. Black can try 31...Qd3 (threatening 32...Qxb3) 32.Qc3 (32.Nc3 Rxa1) 32...Qe2 (threatening 33...Rxa2; 32...Qxc3 33.Nxc3 Rxa1+ 34.Nxa1 Bxb4) 33.Na5 c5 34.bxc5 (or 34.dxc5) 34...Rxa5 35.Nb4 Ra4
   Nov-14-23 Juan Carlos Obregon Rivero
wwall: He just won the championship of Mexico, scoring 7 out of 9.
   Nov-12-23 V Shiyanovsky vs Korchnoi, 1947
wwall: 20...Qa5 was played and won for Black, but Black could have played 20...Bxf3 21.Rxb4 (21.Qxf3 Qxb2 22.Rc2 Qb8) 21...Bxe2 22.Bxe2 Rfb8 23.Rxb8+ Rxb8 24.Rb1 (24.Rc1 g6 25.Rc2 Rb4) 24...Ne4 25.Rc1 (25.Bd3 Nc5) g6 26.Rc2 a5 and Black is up a pawn and should win this.
   Nov-11-23 Euwe vs Nimzowitsch, 1928
wwall: Instead of 21.Nce5, perhaps better is 21.Nfe5. Now 21...Nc5 22.b4 Nce4? (22...Na4) fails to 23.f3 Ng5 24.h4 and White wins a piece.
   Sep-01-23 A Aaberg vs D Coleman, 1991
wwall: White played 14.Rad1. Judith Polgar preferred 14.a4 and Balashov liked 14.Nd5. 14...Bb7 looks like a new move. After 20...Qd8, 21.Nc6 looks strong. After 23.f5, perhaps best is 23...e5 24...Bxf3 looks weak, leaving White with the better endgame when the queens are traded. Perhaps ...

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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!
May-26-18  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.
May-28-18  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  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.

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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 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  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  wordfunph: hi Bill, received greetings card.

Thanks my friend.

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

M Lauberte vs Lidiya Paramonova, 1950

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


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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?>

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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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What the hell is wrong with you? You need to answer for this obscenity:

Menchik vs E Pritchard, 1943

Jul-12-21  Deus Ex Alekhina: I read your article on the vices of chessplayers and you had the players listed alphabetically. I hurried to the end of the list to see what you had written about Zukertort. Zilch. Hmmm. I guess his cocaine usage was not worthy of inclusion.
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  wwall: Will have to update to include Zukertort if I can source it.
Feb-07-23  Caissanist: I'm curious about why you closed your account some years ago, when the owners had singled you out as helpful in getting it going in its early days. I enjoy that site, but many others seem to dislike it.
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  MissScarlett: You submitted a game already in the DB: B Wall vs H Hensley, 1976
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  OhioChessFan: Hello sir. A bit of help? Per

do you know if that Cosmopolitan Club was New York City, San Fransisco or somewhere else?

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  MissScarlett: You submitted a game already in the DB: J de Wit vs L Gutman, 1984
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  MissScarlett: Your submitted game <City of London CC - Midland Union CC> with the source <American Chess Bulletin, Jan 1913>. Could you provide some more detail?
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  wwall: My account (I was the first playing user and not developer there) was closed due to a name chess from Bill Wall to minichess after I took a break and was sent to the Middle East for several months. I was not active online. When I returned, I chose a new name and started all over again.

The Cosmopolitan Club was the one located in San Francisco.

I need to check the ACB source again.

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  OhioChessFan: Thank you, sir.
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  fredthebear: It's good to have you back Mr. Bill!
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