Good Wil Hunting

by Jake Jacobs
10 April 2013

Jake Jacobs

Not all of the matches from the good old days looked like a slugfest between punch-drunk palookas.

During the first half of the 1990s Wilcox Snellings was perhaps the world's best player. In the first three Giant 32 lists he was ranked 1st (in 1993), 2nd (in 1995), and 1st again in 1997. Then, he fell in love, moved to Costa Rica, and stopped playing. By 1999 he had dropped to 17th.

In 2001, four years after he stopped playing the memory of his greatness was enough for a valedictory appearance at 29th place.

Winning any match is nice, but winning one from Wil was nicer.

This one was played in Las Vegas when he was still at the summit..

Black (Jake) doubles at 0-0 to 11

This is a scary take, but a take nonetheless. Even if I enter with a deuce Wil may still grab my 3pt, and have a game. Not a good game, but he will have chances. That is, in fact, what happened, but his timing being worse, I was able to escape and won a plain game.

White (Wil) to play 54 trailing 0-2 to 11

This is the first blunder of the match. Wil ran 24/15, but 24/20, 11/6 is better.
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