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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 during the Vietnam war, 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 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, and 600 Caro-Kan Miniatures. All available at Amazon, paperback or Kindle.

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   wwall has kibitzed 1349 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-29-23 Gedeon Barcza
wwall: I was thinking more Vincent Price.
   Nov-30-22 Saltsjobaden Interzonal (1948)
wwall: another source on the attack:
   Nov-09-22 S Spencer vs B Wall, 1975
wwall: 24...Bd7? is weak. Perhaps 24...Qc7. 28...d4?? looks like the losing move, allowing the threat of 29.Re4 and 30.Rh4.
   Nov-06-22 Frank Hoffmeister
wwall: Author of Chess Theory from Stamma to Steinitz
   Nov-06-22 Joost van Winsen
wwall: Author of James Mason in America
   Oct-13-22 G Sanders vs L Storch, 1984 (replies)
wwall: When I update, I will try to include it
   Sep-03-22 C Grossguth vs Fischer, 1956
wwall: No, the first Fischer game published was Fischer - Lapikan, US Open 1956 which appeared in the Aug 5, 1956 issue of Chess Life, page 6.
   Sep-03-22 B E Owens vs Fischer, 1956
wwall: Instead of 24...Rxe4, perhaps stronger is 24...Nxe4 25.Nb3 Qxa2 26.Nc1 Qxg2+ 27.Bxg2 Ra4, and Black should be winning.
   Sep-03-22 C F Tears vs Fischer, 1956
wwall: After 35...Qd4 36.Qf8+ and it looks like a draw. Perhaps 35...Bd2 might be better, threatening 36...Be3 and 37...Qa1+. If Fischer had won this game, he would have tied for 3rd place in this US Open. He had just won the US Junior Championship 2 weeks earlier at age 13.
   Aug-24-22 Charles Kalme
wwall: <Jessicafischerqueen> you are right. I was looking at the next to the last round. The Kalme-Remlinger game appeared in Chess Life, Aug 20, 1955, page 6, as a win for Kalme.
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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.

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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