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Mathias Gerusel vs William James Lombardy
"Mass Lombardment" (game of the day Aug-03-2008)
World Junior Championship (1957), Toronto CAN, rd 3, Aug-05
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Zurich Variation (E33)  ·  0-1


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Feb-14-02  knight: Lombardy's queen sac is sound.
Dec-31-03  Dick Brain: It certainly looks sound. In fact, it's darn near a forced win. I also like 15.. a6! threatening to trap the Queen, and then the final shot 17... Na5!. I guess Gerusel saw the more complicated win after the obvious move 18. b4 and since 18 Qa5 loses to the fork he just threw out 18 e4.
Dec-31-03  fatbaldguy: On 18 b4, one possibility is 18 ... Nab3 19 Kb2 Na4+, regaining the queen and winding up with an exchange ahead (I didn't look furthere, but there may be even better for black). Lombardy is an ordained priest, but on the chessboard, he shows no mercy...
Dec-31-03  Dick Brain: Yes that position certainly seems to be resignable anyways. After White then retakes on c3, then Black gets extremely annoying and terminal back-rank pin with 21 ... Rd1.

I missed your clearer 19.. Na4+ fork since I saw first 19 ... Rd1 20 bxc5 Rb1+ 21 Nc1+ because it was more like how the game would have finished. Either way it pretty much amounts to the same thing.

Mar-19-04  CrusadingBishop: This is one of the most beautiful games I have ever seen. Old Bill is the man.
Aug-16-04  Kaspy2: E33 can be transposed from A50 BKT Mexican defence. watch the knights tango !
Aug-03-08  Jedithious: 17. Q-a2 is better than 16. Q-c3.
Aug-03-08  lentil: I wouldn't call 12. de a sac: more of a business transaction (spielmann's term). Black gets P,N and R for the Q, plus an exposed WK and a looming passer on f2.
Aug-03-08  newzild: A good old-fashioned butt-kicking by the priest.

I don't play the Nimzo, but I think 10.Qa5 was where this game left book. However, I'm not sure that this was an actual mistake.

Aug-03-08  Travis Bickle: Wasn't Lombardy Fischer's second in the '72 WCC Match?
Aug-03-08  RandomVisitor: 9.e3 Bf5 10.Bd3 exd4 11.Nxd4 or 11.0-0 is perhaps better here.
Aug-03-08  Jack Kerouac: Ah yes. Fischer's 'second' when he was in his prime.
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  Once: <newzild> Agree - I can't really believe in 10. Qa4. White pins the c6 knight, but black easily unpins with the kingside castling that he was going to do anyway. I suppose that white had to move the queen somewhere to avoid the discovery from the Bf5.

The net effect is that white plays four queen moves by move ten, when he really should be developing pieces and castling his king to safety.

I also don't care for, which just invites Bf5. Around here I really want to play e3, to shore up the centre, free the f1 bishop and look forward to castling.

Several mistakes for white, I think. He was pinning (!!) his hopes on 12. Rd1 as the answer to 11. ... e4. But as the game continuation shows, this was a clear mistake. Black's better developed minor pieces were much stronger than the lone white queen.

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  maxi: Bronstein had a theory that one should not try to refute a weak move, because usually it is a prelude to an even weaker move.
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  kevin86: Black sacrifices the queen to send the adverse king on a the undertaker.
Aug-04-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

M Gerusel vs Lombardy, 1957.
Your score: 27 (par = 21)


Oct-12-13  ethn: 18.e4 is suppose to be 18...b4. Gerusel obviously saw the easy mate and would never play e4.
Oct-16-13  ethn: Still no fix?!
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  FSR: <ethn> The tournament book reflects that the game concluded "18 PK4 N(R4)N6ch" - i.e., exactly as has it.
Sep-27-15  RookFile: These kinds of schemes sometimes come up in a line of the Budapest, e.g. 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 Ne4. White probably should have gone with 9. e3.
Dec-04-16  Cheapo by the Dozen: Great pun on the name of a Roman Catholic priest.

I don't see any special fit to this particular game, however.

Dec-04-17  GlennOliver: <CbtD> I think the pun is probably related to "Mass Bombardment" rather than anything liturgical.
Dec-04-17  sudoplatov: For some reason, this game reminds me of this one. Nimzowitsch vs Marshall, 1927
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