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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, and spent 6 years at NASA Ames Research Center as an ISSE. I am a chess and tennis enthusiast.

I have written over 40 books in the past.
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, 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, and 500 Grob Games. All available at Amazon, paperback or Kindle.

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   wwall has kibitzed 1310 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-22-21 G Welling vs R Verhey, 1976
wwall: 30...Rxd4?? fails to 31.Rxb6!. Black should try 30...Bb4.
   Sep-22-21 R Fontaine vs K Bomo, 2017
wwall: 75.Nxd8?? loses to 75...b2. White should have played 75.Rxa3 Bg5 76.Rxb3 Rd2+ 77.Ke1 Rxd5 78.Rxg3 Rxd7 79.Rxg5+ for a draw.
   Sep-22-21 A Sieranoja vs E Hintikka, 1996
wwall: 30.Qg3?? loses. White can draw after 30.Qxe6+ Nc3+ 31.Kc1 Na2+ 32.Kb1, draw by repetition
   Sep-22-21 Toufighi vs F Poetz, 2008
wwall: 63...c4?? is the losing move. Black should be able to draw after 63...Be4 and 64...Bd5]
   Sep-22-21 S Ostojic vs P Markovic, 2008
wwall: 60...Kc4?? looks like the losing move. Black should try 60...Kc6 and 61...Kd7 for a possible draw.
   Sep-10-21 H Malmgren vs A Cuadrado, 1950
wwall: How can a world class correspondence player play 18...Nb5?? and miss 19.Qxh6 and mate in one move? White threatens 20.Qxg7 mate or 20.Qh7 mate. If 19...gxh6, then 20.Bh7 mate. All Black had to do was play 18...Bxf6, and if 19.exf6 Qxf6 20.Nh7 Qd6 21.Nxf8 Rxf8, Black has a good ...
   Sep-10-21 Adolphe Viaud
wwall: He probably withdrew after losing 6 games in a row and not having an advantage in his other games in the event.
   Sep-10-21 M Napolitano vs A Cuadrado, 1950
wwall: After 17...Qxd2 18.Rxd2, if 18...Re8, then 19.Bb5 wins the exchange of rook for bishop. Can Black hold after 18...e5 19.Bxf8 Kxf8?
   Aug-04-21 wwall chessforum
wwall: Will have to update to include Zukertort if I can source it.
   Jun-27-21 Wardhaugh vs Schumer, 1917 (replies)
wwall: This doesn't look right. After 18.Qxb7+ Black can play 18...Qxb7 and Black should win instead of White winning.
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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.

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!
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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  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.
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  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!
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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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  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.
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