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A Brief Tribute to Bill Wall
February 22, 2004
The internet is measured in dog-years.
When I first got wired, about 1997, there wasn't all that much offered on the web in comparison to today. But one name that was ubiquious in chess on the internet was that of Bill Wall.
I wish I knew enough about Mr. Wall to write a fitting tribute because I feel he deserves it, but I'll have to run with what little bit I do know.
First is his web site which has been there, seemingly forever. It seems to touch almost every facet of chess, from openings to history. But Mr. Wall has always been generous with not only supplying us with information, but with allowing folks to take whatever he has supplied and use it as desired. His chess timeline, a deceptively massive piece of work, has been copied and reproduced online so many times - sometimes giving credit, sometimes not. And though I've seen some of his histories of the masters published elsewhere verbatim, I know they've been most frquently used as a solid base of many people's chess knowledge. Bill Wall is the embodiment of what has been always good about the internet.
I've found Major Wall's contributions in old pages from Lisa Powell's Bits and Pieces, the newletter 'from the former IECC, the original Internet Email Chess Club.
But Bill Wall is also a chess author. I don't know how many books he's written but here's a few I found at Amazon:
Visit Bill Wall's Chess Page
Here's Bill Wall's 29 books
Here's Mr. Wall's extensive chess biography
Sarah's Serendipitous Chess Page
The Life and Chess of Paul Morphy
Sarah's Chess History Forum
chess - general
chess - history
Mark Week's History on the Web
Chess Journalists of America
Chess History Newsgroup
Chess Tourn. & Match History
Super Tournaments of the Past
La grande storia degli scacchi
Bil Wall's Chess Pages