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Samuel Reshevsky vs William James Lombardy
"The Lombardy Trophy" (game of the day Feb-07-2010)
US Championship (1957/58), New York, NY USA, rd 13, Jan-07
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Classical System Misc. Lines (E98)  ·  0-1

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Feb-07-10  belgradegambit: I picked the game and the pun for today. Like many others I also pick the Colts for the Lombardy Trophy.
Feb-07-10  goodevans: Like many of us on this side of the pond who aren't steeped in US culture, I often don't get the GOTD puns. Today I Googled it to discover that the Vince <Lombardi> Trophy is what's awarded to winners of the Super Bowl (showing tonight at 11:00pm GMT on at least 2 UK channels).

I much prefer baseball to either American football or basketball and have been to half a dozen games in the US including current title holders, The Yankees, back in 1994 and The Durham Bulls, made famous by the Kevin Costner / Susan Sarandon film.

Baseball's a great game full of all sorts of subtleties. American football is about as subtle as a Magnum at short range (IMHO) ;)

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  Once: <goodevans> I'm glad you can find it in you to like baseball. As far as I can see, it's just rounders with razzamatazz and tight trousers.

Mind you, american football strikes me as rugby with a stutter, and even tighter trousers, so what do I know?

As to the game itself, well it's a king's indian. So white's interest lies on the queenside and black's on the kingside. White wants to smash through on the b and c files, and then turn right. Black pushes forwards with f, g and h pawns, and then sacs pieces for a quick mate.

The Bxg3 tactic, although pretty enough, is fairly thematic in the KID, especially if there is a black pawn on g3.

As to tonight, sure the Colts are the odds on favourities, but wouldn't it be pure hollywood if New Orleans won?

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  Fusilli: <<Phony Benoni>: Explanation for those who don't get the pun: the "Super Bowl" (chanmpitonsip of US football) is being played today, and the winner receives the <Lombardi Trophy>, named after the famous coach Vince Trophy.>

Hey, <PB>, why isn't it called the "Trophy Trophy", then? :)

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  HeMateMe: Maybe they were referring to Vince's chess prowess? I have it on good authority that Vince was a tenacious fighter, especially in hard to draw endgames. he employed the hedgehog defence, and won the Green Bay city championsip several times, once with an 11-0 score!
Feb-07-10  AnalyzeThis: This victory by Lombardy was an important factor in Fischer winning his first US championship.
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  Jim Bartle: "...won the Green Bay city championsip several times, once with an 11-0 score!"

We know Lombardi played only decisive games. When offered a draw, he always told his opponent, "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing!"

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  Marmot PFL: Much different game in those days. Lombardy would run the ball down the other teams throat. Now (thanks to the rules committee and demands of TV networks) its so easy to pass you would be crazy not to. Colts throw 2 passes for every run, about the reverse of the old Packer teams. Don Shula was another Lombardy guy, and once his Dolphins beat the Skins 21-14. Now the winning team alone usually scores much more than that total, often by the end of the 3rd qtr.
Feb-07-10  AnalyzeThis: It's for that reason, that whenever we seek to compare teams separated even by only 10 years, that there are difficulties. Any 10 year span will include numerous rule changes, that will emphasize one aspect of the game more than another. For example, the 85 Chicago Bears were a great team; but if they can't do some of the stuff that they typically did on defense, they would have a problem.
Feb-07-10  chillowack: <Phony Benoni: Explanation for those who don't get the pun: the "Super Bowl" (chanmpitonsip of US football) is being played today, and the winner receives the <Lombardi Trophy>, named after the famous coach Vince Trophy.

OK. Now you can get back to commenting on the game.>

What I find so remarkable about this post isn't Phony Benoni's complete and utter massacre of the word "championship;" it's the fact that nothing else is misspelled--not even "Lombardi," which would have been an easy one to miss for someone as drunk as PB must have been when he wrote this.

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  Phony Benoni: <chillowack> Sorry, but I can't use the excuse of drink. No matter how carefully I proofread my messages--and I always go over each one several times--I generally miss a typo or two.
Feb-08-10  ughaibu: But presumably "Vince Trophy" is a mistake?
Feb-08-10  goodevans: I'm not one normally given to supporting the underdog, but I feel I really must offer my congratulations to the Saints, the new holders of the <Lombardi Trophy>. May their efforts continue to inspire those still suffering from the legacy of Katrina.
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  kevin86: I rooted for the Colts,but were glad to see the Saints win. After 42 years of frustration and Katrina,they deserved a break.

White's kingside is a shambles and black a piece ahead to boot.

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  HeMateMe: It just should have been Favre v. Manning, a QB matchup for the ages.
Feb-09-10  chillowack: <ughaibu: But presumably "Vince Trophy" is a mistake?> No, that's an intentional joke, but it might take a moment or two to "get".
Feb-09-10  chillowack: Reshevsky made a number of mistakes in this game, but 34.Na8? is truly baffling. I guess he was intending Nc7-e6, but it really seems like there are much more urgent matters to attend to on the kingside (though maybe by that point he was beyond hope). At any rate, the Na8 did him in at the end.
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  Marmot PFL: <HeMateMe> Face it, the Vikes will never win a Super Bowl, just as the Lions will never play in one.
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  Phony Benoni: <Marmot PFL> I am informed by a reliable psychic that 2013 will be the magical year when the Lions win the Super Bowl, the Cubs win the World Series, the Clippers win the NBA title, and Aruba wins the Stanley Cup.

Wait a second. What's that about the Mayan calendar?

Feb-14-10  ughaibu: Okay, I've spent a moment but still dont get it.
Nov-02-11  Hesam7: I wonder at which point in the game Fischer declared that "Reshevsky's busted."
Apr-25-12  Caissanist: Lombardy has published the annotated game as a PDF on his blog (excerpted from his recent games collection): .
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  RookFile: <Hesam7: I wonder at which point in the game Fischer declared that "Reshevsky's busted." >

I think Fischer said that Reshevsky was not going to last another 10 moves, and he was right. This doesn't exactly answer your question, but it gives an idea.

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  RookFile: <chillowack: Reshevsky made a number of mistakes in this game, but 34.Na8? is truly baffling. I guess he was intending Nc7-e6, but it really seems like there are much more urgent matters to attend to on the kingside >

He was already dead. He's getting crushed on the g file. What exactly can he do on the king side? How can he shore up his defenses over there?

He can't. So, he might as while try to get the knight to a position where it influences the play. Perhaps black will relax for a move or two and give him a chance.

Lombardy didn't, of course, his play was crushing.

Jun-22-16  ToTheDeath: Nice game by Lombardy but Reshevsky's play is truly a stone age treatment of the KID, wasting tempos and allowing Black an unrestrained attack on the kingside. Moves like 14 g4! are standard nowadays to slow Black down and fight for space.
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