I can't believe I never picked up on this, I was just so pleased to see Lindrums name but the statement is abject nonsense.
They never beat him. He retired as undefeated world champion and hel the title 17 years.
I assumed, and we all know what that can lead to, it was a journalistic
ploy alluding to a match he once played.
Disclaimer: I read an article about this match MANY years ago, so the
details are vague at best. If you should happen to be familiar with
the event, please add any info you may have
Walter's opponent was given a 'start'(handicap) of a few thousand points.
No one thought ANYBODY had a chance of beating Lundrum even up.
So, the other player started the match with a score that was a goodly
fraction of the total requiered to win. Just for fun, they also outlawed
his favorite shot "The Anchor".
IIUC - this was conceptually like the Carom strategy of trapping all 3 balls in
a corner. Top players have been known to score touusands of points by
As Walter was nearing the match total, he was so far ahead, the decision
was made to give the opponent an additional gift of even more points than
he received at the begining.
Walter won anyway.