William (Bill) Dale Wall (born May 11, 1951 in Raymond, Washington) is an American chess
author and journalist.
He is a retired Air Force officer (1970-1995) and former NASA engineer at Ames Research Center (1985-1991),
now working at Harris Corporation in Melbourne, Florida as an Information Security
Systems Engineer (ISSE). He is a Certified Information Systems
Security Professional (CISSP). He has
degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of
He was introduced to chess by his parents, both chess players, at around age
10. He attended Clover Park
High School in Tacoma, Washington,
then entered Northrop Institute of Technology in Inglewood, California, where he became president of the college
chess team. He played his first major tournament, the 5th American Open in Santa
Monica, in November 1969. The event included Walter
Browne and Larry Christiansen and was won by Ray Martin.
Wall placed in a middle-table position.
In September 1970 Wall joined the U.S.
Air Force and the next year he was assigned to Beale AFB in Marysville, California, where he was a crew
chief on KC-135 tankers, refueling SR-71 aircraft. He organized a chess club there and wrote
a chess column for the base paper. He also played for an Air Force team called The
In December 1971 he was assigned to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa.
While off-duty he played a lot of chess at the Naha USO chess club. While on
leave, on June 30-July 4,
1973 he played in the first World Open, held at the McAlpin Hotel in New
York. There were 725 player,
a record for U.S.
chess. The event was won by Walter Browne,
who scored 9/10. Wall scored 5-3 in his 8-rounds section. Upon returning to
Beale AFB, he became a USCF certified tournament director.
In 1974 he was temporarily assigned for 5 months at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. He organized several chess tournaments on the island. In August 1974, he was inducted in the USO hall of fame for his chess
activities overseas. He was
honorably discharged in September with the rank
of Staff Sergeant and returned to the U.S., settling
in Statesville, North Carolina. In
February he won the Wilkes County chess championship. He
was elected president of the Wilkes
and Lenoir Rhyne
chess clubs, and in September 1978 he became President of the North Carolina
Chess Association. He is a past Secretary of the Chess Journalists of America and a past vice-chairman of the Southern
Chess Administration. He served as a
delegate in the US
Chess Federation from 1977 to 1983.
In March 1980 Wall was editor of the Dayton Chess Club Review and
Vice President of the Dayton Chess Club in Dayton, Ohio.
In September of the same year he was elected president of the Ohio Chess
Association. In April 1982 he co-edited the Ohio Chess Bulletin and
wrote his first book 300 King's Gambit Miniatures, published by Chess
Enterprises, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania.
In 1982, he was nominated as USCF volunteer of the year.
From 1982 to 1986 he was president of the Dayton Chess Club and from 1986 to
1991 of the Palo Alto Chess Club in California.
From 1992 to 1997, he was
president of the Kelly AFB/Lackland AFB Chess Club in San Antonio, Texas. From 1999 to 2002, he was president of the Melbourne Chess Club in Florida.
From 1995 to 2000 he served as Sysop
for Microsoft’s Internet Gaming Zone.
In 2003 he sponsored the Bobby Fischer display at the World Chess Hall of
Fame in Miami.
He is a contributor of ChessGames.com, of Black & White, a chess
magazine in India,
and of chess e-books
for the "Gambit Chess" website.
- 300 King's Gambit
Miniatures, Chess Enterprises, 1982 ISBN 0-931462-27-7
- 500 Sicilian Miniatures,
Chess Enterprises, 1983 ISBN 0-931462-24-X
- 500 French Miniatures,
Chess Enterprises, 1984 ISBN 0-931462-32-2
- 500 Queen's Gambit
Miniatures, Chess Enterprises, 1985
- Larsen's Opening,
Chess Enterprises, 1986 ISBN-931462-55-X
Defense, Chess Enterprises, 1986
- 500 Ruy
Lopez Miniatures, Chess Enterprises, 1986 ISBN-931462-56-8
- 500 King's Gambit
Miniatures, Chess Enterprises, 1986
- 500 Italian Miniatures,
Chess Enterprises, 1987 ISBN 0-931462-65-7
- 500 Sicilian Miniatures II,
Chess Enterprises, 1987 ISBN 0-931462-73-8
Attack, Chess Enterprises, 1988
- 500 Queen's Gambit
Miniatures II, Chess Enterprises, 1988 ISBN 0-931462-87-8
- The Orangutan, Chess
Enterprises, 1989 ISBN 0-931462-92-4
- 500 Indian Miniatures,
Chess Enterprises, 1990 ISBN 0-931462-99-1
- 500 English Miniatures,
Chess Enterprises, 1990 ISBN 0-945070-04-5
- The 1990 World Chess
Championship, Chess Enterprises, 1991
- 500 Caro Kann Miniatures, Chess Enterprises, 1991 ISBN
Gambit Accepted, Chess Enterprises, 1992 ISBN
Gambit Declined, Chess Enterprises, 1993 ISBN
- 500 Pirc
Miniatures, Chess Enterprises, 1993
- 500 Alekhine
Miniatures, Chess Enterprises, 1994
Opening, Chess Enterprises, 1994
- 500 French Miniatures II,
Chess Enterprises, 1995 ISBN 0-945470-54-1
- 500 King's Gambit
Miniatures II, Chess Enterprises, 1996
- 500 Scotch Miniatures,
Chess Enterprises, 1997 ISBN 0-945470-89-4
- 700 Opening Traps,
Chess Enterprises, 1998 ISBN 0-945470-71-1
- 500 Blackmar
Diemer Gambit Miniatures, Chess Enterprises,
1999 ISBN 0-945470-80-0
- 500 Center Counter
Miniatures, Chess Enterprises, 2001
- Off The Wall Chess Trivia,
- Winning with the Krazy Kat and Old
Hippo, Lulu, 2008 (co-author
with Gary Gifford and Davide Rozzoni)