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billwall
billwall
Location: Palm Bay, FL, United States
Joined: 5/18/07
Last Online: 12/25/14
Points: 3992 points

  • Chess Caviar

       One of the most interesting continual threads in the chess.com forums is called "Post Your Own Miniatures Here."  Many very good players post their less-than-thirty-moves games showing off their skill, and sometimes brilliance, in punishing... | Read More

  • The Rock Scrapbook

    Scrapbook Prologue:      The U.S. Open chess tournament has been around since 1900 when it was called the Western Chess Association Championship and first won by Louis Uedemann, the creator of the Uedemann Code which was used to send chess m... | Read More

  • Bill Addison (1933-2008)

    A few weeks ago, Joanne Addison, widow of International Master Bill Addison, saw an article I wrote at chess.com about players that quit chess.  I used a statement that Pal Benko wrote in his autobiography that wasn't quite true, and Joanne corre... | Read More

  • Terrific Tips on Ten Tricky Traps to Try

    So you want to get better.  You are a beginner or weak player, or just want to beat a certain player. But you keep on losing.  You fall for traps or play a bad opening or make bad moves.  You overlook unprotected pieces or miss comb... | Read More


    • My Games vs BillWall

      billwall is an amazing chess player. He currently has a chess.com rating of 2290. His tactical vision is extraordinary and his play is at master level. I have played 9 times and he completely destroyed the first 8 times. Then came our ninth game a... | Read More

    • The Dreaded Cunningham

      Here's a rather long and involved posting on the Cunningham that I had created for another forum a while back and which I'm reposting now for anyone who might be interested in such things:       When I first started playing the King's Gambi... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Apr 21, 2013
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      • | 15 comments
    • World Champions and World Championship Trivia for Dummies

      Feel free to fill in any blanks I may leave or correct factual errors or omissions. This article is mostly about the "official" World Champions, beginning with Steinitz. WCH = World Champion or World Championship Match Pictured, L to R: WCHs Euw... | Read More

      • NimzoRoy
      • | Nov 30, 2012
      • | 4806 views
      • | 39 comments
    • Willa and Edith

           Nowadays information lies at our fingertips.  One might even argue that there is such an overflow that the effect is numbing and that the preciousness of the information lowers in an inverse ratio to the quantity.  It's hard sometimes ... | Read More

      • batgirl
      • | Sep 2, 2012
      • | 3216 views
      • | 6 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
      • | 6001 views
      • | 8 comments

  • Building Chess.com: Part 10 - The Team

    Today Chess.com was featured in a great video news piece in which I (Erik) had a few embarrassing interview clips. In the video I was referred to as the "creator" of Chess.com, and I just wanted to let everyone know how far from true tha... | Read More

    • erik
    • | Feb 29, 2008
    • | 5593 reads
    • | Misc
  • 2 New Chess Mentor Courses from FM Eric Schiller!

    Chess.com has commited to releasing at LEAST one new course every month for Chess Mentor. In January you got awesome new courses from IM Jeremy Silman and one from our very own Bill Wall (both EXCELLENT courses!!). For February we are releasing tw... | Read More

    • erik
    • | Jan 30, 2008
    • | 4359 reads
    • | Misc
  • Game of the Week Award - Sep 1, 2007

    The first game of the week award was for the period Sunday, 26th August, to Saturday 1st September, 2007. Three games were nominated: billwall vs. chessbot3000 looked vs. Don1 weixi vs. Etienne    This made me redundant in my job of re... | Read More

  • Building Chess.com: Part 1 - Getting Started

    A lot of people have asked about how Chess.com got started, how it is doing now, and where it is going, so I thought I would share some of the inside story :) Chess.com as an online chess community was an idea I conceived a few years ago. I enjoye... | Read More

  • Computers have Solved Checkers: Is Chess Next?

    After roughly 1,000 years of total computing time (~50 computers working for last 20 years), the game of checkers is no longer a game: it is simply a puzzle. Professor Jonathan Schaeffer has proven that with perfect play from both sides, checkers ... | Read More


  • Abonyi, Istvan

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    Istvan Abonyi (1886-1942) was a Hungarian master.  He was born and died in Budapest.  In 1912, he played the Abonyi Gambit (1.Nf3 d5 2.e4) for the first time. In 1916, he played the Budapest Gambit (1.a3 Nf6 2.b3 e5) against  the Dutch surge... Read More »

  • Al Rakib, Abdullah

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    Abdullah (Abdulla) Al-Rakib was born in Bangladesh on December 2, 1980.  He became Bangladesh's fourth Grandmaster in September, 2007. He took 2nd place in the Bangladesh championship in 2003, 2004, and 2006.  He won the Bangladesh championship... Read More »

  • Aaron, Manuel

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    Manuel Aaron was India’s first modern master and first International Master.  He was born in Toungoo, Burma (now Myanmar) on December 30, 1935 and became an International Master in 1961 (the next Indian International Master was V. Ravi in 1978... Read More »

  • Barcza, Gideon

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    Gedeon (Gideon) Barcza (1911-1986), pronounced bartsa, was a Hungarian professor of mathematics and Grandmaster.  He was born on August 21, 1911 in Kisujszallas, Hungary. In 1942, he took 6th place in the first European championship in Munich... Read More »

  • Balinas, Rosendo

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    Rosendo Carreon Balinas, Jr. (1941-1998) was a Philippine lawyer and Grandmaster (1976) who was Asia’s best player in the 1960s.  He was born on September 10, 1941 in Manila, Philippines.  He learned how to play chess at the age of 7, but di... Read More »