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Robert Gary Cross vs William James Lombardy
56th US Open (1955), Long Beach, CA USA, rd 8, Aug-15
Sicilian Defense: Fischer-Sozin Attack. Leonhardt Variation (B88)  ·  0-1


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  Phony Benoni: There is a mystery surrounding this game.

It was published in "Chess Life", November 5, 1955, p.7, as part of John W. Collins' column "Games from USCF Members". The game is described as having been played at the <U.S. Open Championship in Long Beach, 1955>, and has notes by Lombardy himself. If you check the crosstable at 56th US Open (1955), you will find that Cross and Lombardy did indeed play in round 8.

One tiny detail. The crosstable says that Cross won the game. This result is confirmed by (1) the daily report in the New York Times for August 17, 1955; (b) the tournament book by Jack Spence, which offers the following as the actual game played between the twoL

Lombardy vs R Cross, 1955

So there is no doubt that the game on this page was not played in the 1955 US Open Long Beach. But where was it played, and why was it published in "Chess Life" as being from this tournament?

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