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William James Lombardy vs Samuel Reshevsky
New York ch-Manhattan C.C. (1956), New York, NY USA, rd 3, Aug-14
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Mackenzie Variation (C77)  ·  1/2-1/2


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May-10-16  TrczkWszczinsk: What a pity that Lombardy missed 37. Rc6!! bxc6 38. b6, and the b pawn is unstoppable!
May-11-16  Granny O Doul: Nice find there.
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  sycophante: Just came across this tactical shot on chesstempo. Found it in 9 minutes! It must be very hard to find OTB.
Mar-06-18  Granny O Doul: I wonder if Lombardy ever realized what he missed here? I forgot to ask him about it the last time I saw him.
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  ChessHigherCat: That's probably why he's still talking to you.

This variation wins, too: 37. Rc6 Rxc6 38. bxc6 Be6 39. cxb7

Mar-07-18  SpiritedReposte: <37.Rc6!!> Is a stroke of genius, a true double exclam move.

Sunday puzzle?

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  Sally Simpson: Hi SpiritedReposte,

Sadly because Lombardy missed it then it cannot make the POTD.

White to play

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I'd rank it a Tuesday/Wednesday puzzle because if you have seen the idea before and 'KNOW' there is something on then you look for tactics and there is very little else on the board to suggest a tactic except that pawn on the 5th rank. "...can I get that pawn through?"

The only other tactical element worth looking at is the Black Rook which is defending the Bishop, it is short of squares (it has two) a check on d8 will reduce that to one. But there is no way to hit the Rook. However hopefully thinking along this line will get you too spotting the Rc6 idea.

It's one of them. You will get within a minute (even shorter) or if you have never seen the idea before then you will struggle to the point of thinking the diagram has been set up wrong (they very rarely are...stay with it.)

If it cropped up OTB. One would have to rely very strongly on the gut feeling kicking in and even then acknowledging that your brain has spotted a familiar face in the crowd.

In Solving you are told there is someone here you recognise.

OTB you not told when to scan the crowd, you are hoping your trained gut feeling alerts you to a critical moment.

I have to say there is 99% chance I would have missed it OTB. I'm being generous with my 1% but I have seen the idea before so hopefully I would get a '..wait a minute....STOP!" signal that I'd recognise.


This was the third game of a training match organised to get Reshevsky match fit for a match v Bronstein to take place in December 1956. The match never happened in the end due to political unrest.

This game was being played whilst the first one was adjourned. I do not know the time controls but the fad at the time was 40 moves in 2 hours so Lombardy could have been (pure speculation) in T.T. on move 37.

Apparently the weather was hot...very hot.

Chess Review, September 1956, pages 259-260.

A picture of game 2 in progress.

Mar-07-18  Petrosianic: <Apparently the weather was hot...very hot.>

Sounds like the opening of a Hemingway novel.

Mar-07-18  SpiritedReposte: Sally, I thought I've seen potd where the best move wasn't played?

I like the analogy of "a problem is like being told you know someone in a crowd"

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  Sally Simpson: Hi SpiritedReposte,

Maybe there is one in here somewhere. But usually to see the solution to POTD you click on the game continuation to see what was played.

If it was a missed shot the solution would have to be an added piece of analysis.

There is a difference between 'solving mode' and playing.

In solving mode you have been told there is someone their you recognise. It's a bit like 'Where's Wally.'

When playing Wally maybe hiding behind a rock, standing right in front of you or someone who looks like Wally giving you a wave. (don't wave back).

Also be wary of your opponent sending false Wally's to roam the board or genuine Wally's disguised as bars of chocolate.


Hi Petrosianic,

The caption under that picture mentions that the usual kibitzers had to go and get some air.

I had cut it off. The hot...very hot was meant to be a lead in. I forgot to delete it.


It was hot...very hot.

The two players were so engrossed in their game they never saw the wet old man wander passed their board carrying a sad looking marlin....

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  Sally Simpson: Hi SpiritedReposte,

As if to prove me wrong. Todays POTD was a missed mate in two.

White (Carlsen) to play.

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Carlsen vs K Holm, 2018

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