Bill Wall's Chess Biography (Nov 29, 2005)
Bill Wall's Chess Bio
I was born William (Bill) Dale Wall in Raymond, Washington on May 11, 1951.
My parents were William Raymond Wall and Bobbie (Brown) Wall, both chess players.
I probably learned chess from my parents when I was around 10 years old (1961).
From 1967 to 1969 I played on the chess team in High School in Tacoma, Washington.
In the summer of 1969, after graduating from High School, I joined the Tacoma Chess Club.
In September, 1969 I attended Northrop Insititute of Technology in Inglewood, California and
quickly took up chess there. I was President of the college chess team.
I entered the 5th American Open on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 1969 at the Retail Clerk's Union Auditorium on
1410 2nd Street in Santa Monica. Entry fee was $15 for me and I joined the United States Chess
Federation (USCF) for $5. It was an 8 round Swiss System event.
The tournament director was William Bragg. Top player was 20-year old
International Master (and later Grandmaster) Walter Browne (2445). The mayor of Santa Monica welcomed the players.
He played on board 1.
Time control was 50 moves in 2 hours.
The event was won by Ray Martin. Other players there included Kim Commons, Larry
Christiansen, Tibor Weinberger, Jude Acers, Charles Henin (California State Champion), Ross
Stoutenborough, Ron Gross, and Carl Pilnick. Walter Browne got knocked off by
John Davidian who sacrificed his rook to get a mating position with Queen and Bishop in 29 moves.
The youngest player was a 7-year old. The player on the last board was me.
I played on board 101 of the 202 player event.
In 1970 I returned to Tacoma, Washington and continued to play chess at the Tacoma Chess
Club. In February, I went to North Augusta, South Carolina and formed a chess club there. I played
chess in Augusta, Georgia and met several chess players in the area (Dodgen, Garris, Lee Hyder, etc).
In September, 1970 I joined the U.S. Air Force and later played for an Air Force
Team called the flying knights.
In 1971 I was assigned to Beale AFB in Marysville/Yuba City, California.
I was a crew chief on KC-135 tankers that refueled SR-71 Blackbirds and B-52s.
I organized a chess club and wrote a chess column for the base paper. The other top two players there were
Dr (LtCol) Hank Giertych (USCF expert) and Capt John Manson (Class A player)
In December, 1971 I was assigned to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa and played a lot of chess at the
Naha USO chess club where I met players like Kalish, Swaim, Pendergast, Bob Karch, etc.
In February, 1973 I played in the Central California Grand Prix in Berkeley, directed by Martin Morrison.
I took 2nd place in the under-1800 section.
On June 30 to July 4, 1973 I played in the first World Open in New York, held at the McAlpin hotel at
34th and Broadway, directed by Bill Goichberg. It was a 10 round Swiss System event.
Entry fee was $30. Walter Browne won the event (9-1). The prize fund was $15,000, a world record for an
open. There were 725 players, which was a new attendence record. I won 5, lost 3. Returning to
Beale AFB, I became a certified tournament director with the USCF and directed a few events.
In 1974 I was temporily assigned to Anderson Air Base, Guam for 5 months. I organized and directed
several chess tournaments on the island.
I was honorably discharged in September, 1974 as a Staff Sergeant and returned stateside. I went to
Statesville/Taylorsville, North Carolina and started up a chess club. I was the chess coach and trainer for
the local high school, which won the North Carolina State High School Chess Championships
three years in a row.
In December 1975, I played Walter
Browne in a simultaneous exhibition in Henderson, NC and lost in 40 moves. The next day
I beat him, 6-0. But that was in tennis. During 1975 I wrote a chess column (Pawn Power) for the Statesville
newspaper and was Vice Chairman of the Southern Chess Administration, run by Dr. Alan Lipkin.
I also directed the the Lawrence Pfefferkorn Open (LPO) in Winston-Salem.
In 1976 I was President of the Wilkes College and Mitchell College chess clubs and played board 1.
I won the Wilkes
County chess championship in February.
In September, I was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the North Carolina Chess
In 1977 I was a delegate to the USCF, representing North Carolina. I organized
and was President of the Lenoir Rhyne College chess club in Hickory, North Carolina.
In September 1978, I was
elected President of the North Carolina Chess Association.
In April 1979 I played Victor Korchnoi in a 50-board simul in Charlotte, NC and lost in 40 moves.
I joined the
Dayton, Ohio Chess Club in October and organized events for the club.
In February 1980, I played Larry Christiansen in a blindfold simul and lost. In March 1980, I was
the editor of the Dayton Chess Club Review and was the Vice President of the
Dayton Chess Club. In September 1980 I was elected
President of the Ohio Chess Association. For a few days I was President of both the
North Carolina Chess Association and the Ohio Chess Association at the same time, a first.
In September 1981, I was Secretary-Treasurer of the Ohio Chess Association. In December 1981,
I was President of the Dayton Chess Club, with over 150 members.
In April 1982, I was co-editor of the Ohio Chess Bulletin. I wrote my first chess book,
300 King's Gambit Miniatures published by Bob Dudley and Chess Enterprises.
In 1983 I wrote 500 Sicilian Miniatures. I directed tournaments in Dayton and Xenia, Ohio.
In 1984 I wrote 500 French Miniatures.
In 1985 I was Secretary of the Chess Journalists of America.
I also wrote 500 Queen's Gambit Miniatures.
In 1986 I was the President of the Palo Alto Chess Club in Palo Alto, California.
I wrote Larsen's Opening, Owen's Defense,
500 Ruy Lopez Miniatures and
500 King's Gambit Miniatures.
In 1987 I wrote 500 Italian Miniatues and 500 Sicilian
In 1988 I wrote Grob's Attack and 500 Queen's Gambit Miniatures II.
In January 1989, I was a chess journalist for the Karpov-Hjartarson World Quarterfinals Chess
Championship in Seattle. In February 1989, I drew Eduard Gufeld in a 25-board
simul in Palo Alto. In April 1989, I lost to Eugene Torre in a 20-board simul in Palo Alto.
In June 1989, I beat International Master John Donaldson in a 20-board simul in Palo Alto.
I wrote The Orangutan.
In 1990 I wrote 500 Indian Miniatures and 500 English Miniatures.
In October 1990, I was a chess journalist for the Karpov-Kasparov World Chess Championship in New York.
In 1991 I wrote The 1990 World Chess Championship and 500 Caro Kann Miniatures.
I was coach and
trainer for Jordy Mont-Reynaud and the Bhat brothers at the Palo Alto Chess Club.
Jordy and Vinay Bhat became America's youngest masters.
I ran the demo boards for Tal and Browne at the San Francisco International.
In 1992, I wrote Smith-Morra Gambit Accepted.
I ran for President of the Texas Chess Association and took 2nd place in votes.
In 1993, I wrote Smith-Morra Gambit Declined and 500 Pirc Miniatures.
In 1994, I wrote 500 Alekhine Miniatures.
In 1995, I wrote Dunst Opening and 500 French Miniatures II. I was Vice President of
the International Email Chess Club (IECC).
In 1996, I wrote 500 King's Gambit Miniatures II. I was the sysop for Microsoft's Internet
Gaming Zone and directed the first worldwide Internet chess tournament.
In 1997, I wrote 500 Scotch Miniatures. I participated in a Paragon cable TV show on
In 1998, I wrote 700 Opening Traps. I was director of the Melbourne, Florida Chess Club.
In 1999, I wrote 500 Blackmar Diemer Gambit Miniatures. I participated in a weekly
cyber-radio show on chess.
In 2000, I contributed to several web sites on chess trivia and humor.
In 2001, I wrote 500 Center Counter Miniatures and Off The Wall Chess Trivia for
2003 - sponsored the Bobby Fischer display at the World
Chess Hall of Fame in Miami; charter member of the Hall of Fame.
2004 - chess instructor at Palm Bay, Florida schools; contributor
to Black & White, a chess magazine in India; contributor to
chess e-books for Gambit Chess (www.gambitchess.com)
2005 - contributer to www.chessgames.com and chess chronicle; particpated
in several 1.b4 Internet thematic tournaments (Carel and Kucharkowski);
contributed a list of
chess and celebrities for Maurice Ashley's Chess for Success.
contributer to Chessville, Black & White chess magazine; wrote
60 chess e-books (DB books) for Gambit Chess.