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    • Walter Browne, R.I.P.

      I was shocked when I heard that Walter Browne had died in his sleep in Las Vegas at age 66.   I first met Walter Browne in 1969 at the American Open in Santa Monica.  We were good friends and played tennis together.  Many of the major tourname... | Read More

      • billwall
      • | Jun 27, 2015
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    • Cars and chess

      Cars and chess players sometime don't make very good mates.  Here are a few items about cars, car accidents, and chess players.     In 1901, Johannes von Minckwitz (1843-1901) committed suicide by stepping in front of a street car near Biebr... | Read More

      • billwall
      • | Apr 18, 2015
      • | 1198 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Benjamin Franklin and Chess Trivia

      Benjamin Franklin was born on Jan 17, 1706 or Jan 6, 1706 old style. Franklin wrote about checkers (draughts) when he sailed to and from England in 1726.  When a fair wind came up, Franklin spent much of his time onboard playing checkers.  He l... | Read More

      • billwall
      • | Aug 8, 2014
      • | 3885 views
      • | 9 comments
    • Chess Olympiad Trivia

      The first world team competition (called the Chess Olympic Games or Tournament of Nations) took place in Paris, France in July, 1924 to coincide with the 8th Summer Olympic Games. There were 55 players (one player later withdrew) from 18 countries... | Read More

      • billwall
      • | Jun 15, 2014
      • | 3100 views
      • | 10 comments
    • Diabetes and Chess

      Diabetes mellitus, or simply diabetes, is a condition in which the body cannot properly store and use fuel for energy.  To use a sugar called glucose for fuel, the body needs a hormone called insulin, which is made by the pancreas.  Diabetes dev... | Read More

      • billwall
      • | Nov 4, 2013
      • | 3890 views
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    • Deaths of Chess Players

      In 1485, Pedro Arbues (1441-1485), Dominican member of the Inquisition, ordered victims of persecutions to stand in as figures in a game of living chess. The game was played by two blind monks. Each time the captured piece was taken, the person re... | Read More

      • billwall
      • | Oct 12, 2013
      • | 7483 views
      • | 21 comments
    • "Brooklyn Castle" and I.S. 318

        I recently watched a very good documentary on chess.  “Brooklyn Castle” (originally called Chess Movie) is a 101-minute documentary about Intermediate School (I.S.) 318 Eugenio Maria de Hostos, an inner-city public school in Williamsburg... | Read More

      • billwall
      • | Sep 1, 2012
      • | 7188 views
      • | 8 comments
    • NASA and chess

      I was assigned to NASA for 6 years in my old Air Force days and still work on NASA contracts providing computer security.   I’ve played chess at Cape Canaveral, Johnson Space Center, NASA Ames, and NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC.  A lo... | Read More

      • billwall
      • | Aug 26, 2012
      • | 3313 views
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    • Comic Book Characters and Chess

      I have found about 200 comic books that feature chess on its cover or has a chess story.  Here are some comic book characters that play chess.  Are there any more? Aladdin - Disney’s Aladdin plays chess.  He appears on the Cover of Disney’... | Read More

      • billwall
      • | Apr 9, 2012
      • | 12019 views
      • | 21 comments
    • Sore Losers in Chess

      The Reverand Arthur Skipworth was a poor loser.  He had the habit of suddenly getting "ill" when he lost a few games, then would petition the tournament committee to return his entry fee due to his poor health.  He dropped out of the BCA London ... | Read More

      • billwall
      • | Mar 15, 2012
      • | 21443 views
      • | 61 comments