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William James Lombardy
Number of games in database: 630
Years covered: 1953 to 1994
Last FIDE rating: 2435
Highest rating achieved in database: 2540

Overall record: +239 -126 =264 (59.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (48) 
    B50 B40 B31 B81 B90
 King's Indian (31) 
    E60 E71 E80 E63 E66
 English (28) 
    A15 A13 A10 A16 A12
 Nimzo Indian (24) 
    E46 E26 E21 E40 E42
 King's Indian Attack (16) 
    A07 A08
 Ruy Lopez (16) 
    C77 C97 C84 C69 C95
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (76) 
    B94 B92 B45 B42 B96
 King's Indian (33) 
    E69 E95 E62 E80 E60
 Ruy Lopez (32) 
    C96 C95 C70 C84 C69
 Sicilian Najdorf (22) 
    B94 B92 B96 B90 B93
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (19) 
    C96 C95 C93 C84 C98
 Dutch Defense (15) 
    A88 A89 A81 A84 A85
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Gerusel vs Lombardy, 1957 0-1
   Lombardy vs Polugaevsky, 1978 1-0
   Lombardy vs Quinteros, 1973 1-0
   A Planinc vs Lombardy, 1974 0-1
   Reshevsky vs Lombardy, 1958 0-1
   B Jonsson vs Lombardy, 1984 0-1
   Timman vs Lombardy, 1974 0-1
   Lombardy vs J Mayer, 1963 1-0
   Lombardy vs E Schiller, 1971 1/2-1/2
   Korchnoi vs Lombardy, 1979 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   World Junior Championship (1957)
   US Championship 1957/58 (1957)
   US Championship 1958/59 (1958)
   Lone Pine (1979)
   Lone Pine (1977)
   Manila (1973)
   US Championship (1972)
   Monte Carlo (1967)
   Vestmannaeyjar (1985)
   56th US Open (1955)
   Teesside (1975)
   55th US Open (1954)
   Lone Pine (1981)
   Lone Pine (1978)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Manila 1973 by Tabanus
   US Championship 1975 by suenteus po 147
   US Open 1963, Chicago by Phony Benoni
   US Championship 1957/58 by suenteus po 147
   US Championship 1972 by Phony Benoni
   Vestmannaeyjar 1985 by Tabanus
   US Championship 1968/69 by suenteus po 147
   US Championship 1958/59 by suenteus po 147
   World Junior Championship, Toronto 1957 by FSR
   US Championship 1969/70 by suenteus po 147
   IV World Junior championship by gauer
   US Championship 1960/61 by suenteus po 147

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(born Dec-04-1937, died Oct-13-2017, 79 years old) United States of America

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William James Joseph Lombardy was born in the Bronx, New York on December 4, 1937. He became a National Master at age 14. In 1954, at age 16, he won the New York State Championship, becoming the youngest champion up until that time.

Lombardy tied for first at the Canadian Open Chess Championship in 1956. That same year, at age 18, he narrowly lost a match to Samuel Reshevsky (3.5-2.5), the best match result that anyone had achieved against Reshevsky up to that time. He became the first American to win the World Junior Championship (1957). He remains the only player in the 55 times the event has been held to win it with a perfect score (11-0). FIDE awarded him the International Master title for this victory.

1960 was an eventful year for Lombardy. He led the U.S. team to an upset victory over the Soviet Union in the 1960 Student Team Championship in Leningrad. He scored 12/13, winning as Black against future World Champion Boris Spassky in their individual game, and winning the gold medal for the best result on first board. He played second board for the United States team at the Leipzig Olympiad, drawing as Black in his game against the recently dethroned World Champion Mikhail Botvinnik. In the same year, FIDE awarded Lombardy the Grandmaster title.

Lombardy tied for second in the 1960-61 U.S. Championship, behind Fischer. That result qualified him to play in the Stockholm Interzonal (1962). However, he declined the invitation and entered a Jesuit seminary. He convocated as a priest from CCNY (previous studies included biochemistry, in hopes of entering medicine) and was ordained in 1967.

Lombardy won the U.S. Open in 1963, and tied for first with Pal Benko in both 1965 and 1975. He also represented the United States in seven Olympiads (1958, 1960, 1968, 1970, 1974, 1976, and 1980) and served as Fischer's second during the Fischer - Spassky World Championship Match (1972).

In 1974, Lombardy left the priesthood, having lost faith in the Catholic church, which he felt was too concerned with amassing wealth. Soon after, while competing in the Amsterdam IBM tournament, he met and married a Dutch woman, Louise van Valen, who moved to Manhattan to live with him. Their son, Raymond, was born in 1984. The couple divorced in 1992 after Lombardy’s wife returned to the Netherlands with their son.

Lombardy had been a lifelong New Yorker, but in 2016 moved to the Chicago area after being evicted from his Manhattan apartment. He died on October 13, 2017 while visiting a friend in Martinez, California.

Wikipedia article: William Lombardy

Last updated: 2017-10-19 04:04:49

 page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 630  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J W Collins vs Lombardy  0-1321953Practice GameB58 Sicilian
2. Mednis vs Lombardy  1-026195354th US OpenC54 Giuoco Piano
3. A Mengarini vs Lombardy  1-023195354th US OpenD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
4. M Yatron vs Lombardy  0-132195354th US OpenB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
5. Lombardy vs N Whitaker 1-070195354th US OpenD09 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3
6. W Grombacher vs Lombardy  0-134195455th US OpenA48 King's Indian
7. Lombardy vs A Sandrin 1-040195455th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
8. Popovych vs Lombardy  1-021195455th US OpenB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
9. Lombardy vs M Harrow  ½-½60195455th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
10. A Krumins vs Lombardy 0-120195455th US OpenB32 Sicilian
11. A Pomar Salamanca vs Lombardy  1-040195455th US OpenB32 Sicilian
12. Lombardy vs D Fischheimer  1-053195455th US OpenA09 Reti Opening
13. Lombardy vs J F Donovan 0-141195455th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
14. Mednis vs Lombardy ½-½18195455th US OpenB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
15. P Monsky vs Lombardy  ½-½40195556th US OpenE60 King's Indian Defense
16. Lombardy vs A Chappell  1-029195556th US OpenA83 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
17. Bruno Schmidt vs Lombardy  0-138195556th US OpenB83 Sicilian
18. Lombardy vs Santasiere  ½-½47195556th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
19. A Suhobeck vs Lombardy  0-128195556th US OpenB83 Sicilian
20. Lombardy vs R Cross  0-150195556th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
21. R Cross vs Lombardy 0-155195556th US OpenB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
22. J F Donovan vs Lombardy  0-149195556th US OpenA60 Benoni Defense
23. A Kaufman vs Lombardy  ½-½49195556th US OpenB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
24. Lombardy vs D Poliakoff 1-030195556th US OpenD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Lombardy vs I Rivise  0-155195556th US OpenE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
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Dec-09-17  Granny O Doul: I'd say that it isn't worth discussing, except that that'd be autocontradictory.
Dec-11-17  RookFile: Simply put, if Fischer wrote a book, it wasn't in his nature to keep it a secret.
Jan-04-18  fedalio: Does anyone know what happened to the copy of My 60 Memorable Games that Lombardy referred to having Fischer autograph for him as soon as he became World Champion? This is referred to in Lombardy’s 1974 Sports Illustrated article on the match. It is not listed in David Delucia’s Fischer publications.

<Paul Albert> anyone?

Jan-04-18  WorstPlayerEver: Do you guys mean Ed Trice, the super computer designer, published artificial intelligence researcher? Wrote strong chess and checkers programs. Now an author.

Wait.. Ed Trice has 0 jobs at linkedin? Don't say it's true!

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  Ron: Concerning the question why Frank Brady didn't discuss the 61 games book, it could be perhaps that Frank Brady is one of those intellectuals who dismiss internet discourse. As an example of such an attitude: years ago CBS put forth with an alleged memo about George W. Bush's National Guard service. Criticism of CBS over this came from bloggers. A CBS executive said, " It's an important moment, you couldn't have a starker contrast between the multiple layers of checks and balances, and a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas, writing what he thinks."

Granted, there is a lot of idiocy on the internet (just look at the Fischer page here), but the attitude shown above is a kind of Ad hominem.

Its a pity that Frank Brady didn't investigate the 61 games issue. Frank Brady is a journalist Brady, for example, could have interviewed Icelanders who knew Fischer, or could have contacted Icelandic papers, und so witer.

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  Ron: <WorstPlayerEver> He is a confidence trickster. See for example this consumer complaint:

This is a US website and I'm a US citizen; I'm protected by the First Amendment.

Jan-06-18  WorstPlayerEver: <Ron>

Look what I found:

Hello Dr. Hyatt,

My name is Ed Trice. I am in the process of writing a program to play the game of Gothic Chess, which is played on an 80-square board not too dissimilar from the one proposed by Jose Capablanca around 1925.

Your rotated bitboards and static exchange evaluation routines in Crafty would speed things up tremendously, and I am wondering to what extend you might be opposed to the adoption of this code for the purposing of creating something so similar, yet vastly different?

I know you have a "non-commercial use" clause in your crafty code, but it is my hope that 80 square chess with an Archbishop (knight + bishop) and Chancellor (knight + rook) would make such a creation as I am proposing outside of the domain of your intended restrictions.

Creating the rotated bitboards for this project will be very difficult, but as you have done so much excellent work this would give me a tremendous head start.

Please let me know your thoughts.

Best Regards,

--Ed Trice (


Subject: Re: For Dr. Robert Hyatt

Author: Russell Reagan

Date: 00:07:44 12/31/03

On December 30, 2003 at 19:25:45, Ed Trice wrote:

>Your rotated bitboards and static exchange evaluation routines in Crafty would >speed things up tremendously...

Hello again Ed!

I thought your program was already blazingly fast. What happened to your claims that your 80-bit bitboard program was faster than any array based program on 32-bit hardware?

If I recall correctly, your program generates 140 million moves per second on your Pentium III 2 GHz (nice overclocking job BTW). It seems like Dr. Hyatt should be the one asking you for tips, since your program apparently blows his out of the water (along with every other PC chess program everwritten). Do tell us your secrets Ed!

Jan-06-18  WorstPlayerEver:
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  Ron: There was recent discussion here about the book _My Sixty-One Memorable Games_.

An Icelander and close friend of Bobby Fischer in his dying days says that the book is bogus:

I see no reason to doubt that Icelander's credibility.

So can we agree for now that _My 61 Memorable Games_ was not created by Fischer?

Jan-21-18  ughaibu: <can we agree for now that _My 61 Memorable Games_ was not created by Fischer?>

I think pretty much everybody has been agreed about that for years.

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  MissScarlett: I agree that Fischer is very unlikely to have been the main motivating force behind the book. Whether he may have had some creative input remains to be determined. I suspect only a close study of the text will further the matter.
Jan-21-18  john barleycorn: <MissScarlett: ... I suspect only a close study of the text will further the matter.>

Ask <Joshka>, the #1 Fischer expert. He seemingly has done a thorough study without even possessing a copy of the book.

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  MissScarlett: Well, I thought he had a copy, but as a lack of perspicacity and application usually go hand-in-hand, seeking his help would be akin to asking a monkey to examine a watch.
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  offramp: William James Lombardy makes a special guest appearance in the video called <Chess Hustler Doesnt Know He is Playing World Champion Magnus Carlsen !> at

You'll spot him easily enough.

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  ChessHigherCat: <offramp: William James Lombardy makes a special guest appearance in the video called <Chess Hustler Doesnt Know He is Playing World Champion Magnus Carlsen !> at You'll spot him easily enough.>

I recognized him but he seems to have parted his hair differently in the photo at the top of the page.

Jul-10-18  RicNic: I purchased Mr.Lombardy's storage locker in NY. I have many photos, letters and score sheets that I am looking to sell as a whole. This would make a great collection.
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  MissScarlett: Ghoulish exploitation......eff much?
Jul-10-18  Howard: Well, what what YOU do with Lombardy's personal effects if you happened to have 'em? Keep 'em in your basement until your time came ?
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  MissScarlett: I'd drip feed choice morsels to Winter - think how much that would annoy Urcan.
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  Joshka: <RicNic> Think Lombardy is in the USCF Hall Of Fame, and they would surely appreciate you helping them with Lombardy Memorabilia!
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  zanzibar: <RicNic> inventory, pricelist (or bid info), and contact info?

Note: <RicNic> joined up just the other day to make this announcement. It's an example of another forum extension <CG> maybe should have... i.e. <MarketPlace>.

(<CG> should have a <FIDE> forum as well, that's for sure).

Jul-10-18  HeMateMe: Maybe there's a display area at the st louis chess club? You could photograph much of it and make a YouTube video, then send the originals to st louis or the uscf.
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  MissScarlett: Well, at least they had the decency to wait until Lombardy was dead:

US $2,000.00
Approximately £1,507.73


Incredibly unique one of a kind item. An early self publication copy of Bobby Fischer's "I was tortured in the Pasadena Jailhouse" from the estate of Chess Grandmaster William Lombardy.

Historic item, appears to be a stapled early edition of Bobby Fischer detailing his mistreatment at the hands of law enforcement years after his World Championship title, the very copy given to his close friend and coach. Hand inscribed and signed as "Ex Libris W. Lombardy; Fischer's Official and only Coach at Reykjavik"

Stored carefully and in excellent condition, little of any damage to the pages. Original hand written and signed portions are pristine as well as the homemade stapled bindings>

Jul-13-18  pazzed paun: Any copies of Lombardy book for sale?
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  MissScarlett: Try
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