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William James Lombardy
Number of games in database: 628
Years covered: 1953 to 1994
Last FIDE rating: 2435
Highest rating achieved in database: 2540

Overall record: +238 -126 =263 (58.9%)*
   * 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 (49) 
    B40 B31 B50 B33 B51
 King's Indian (31) 
    E60 E71 E80 E63 E67
 English (28) 
    A15 A13 A10 A16 A12
 Nimzo Indian (24) 
    E46 E21 E40 E26 E28
 Ruy Lopez (16) 
    C77 C97 C73 C75 C95
 English, 1 c4 c5 (15) 
    A37 A34 A36 A31 A33
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (79) 
    B40 B94 B92 B42 B90
 King's Indian (33) 
    E95 E69 E80 E62 E60
 Ruy Lopez (32) 
    C96 C70 C95 C69 C84
 Sicilian Najdorf (22) 
    B94 B92 B90 B93 B96
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (19) 
    C96 C95 C93 C84 C98
 Dutch Defense (15) 
    A88 A89 A81 A85 A99
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Gerusel vs Lombardy, 1957 0-1
   Lombardy vs Quinteros, 1973 1-0
   Lombardy vs Polugaevsky, 1978 1-0
   Reshevsky vs Lombardy, 1958 0-1
   B Jonsson vs Lombardy, 1984 0-1
   Timman vs Lombardy, 1974 0-1
   A Planinc vs Lombardy, 1974 0-1
   Lombardy vs J Mayer, 1963 1-0
   Korchnoi vs Lombardy, 1979 0-1
   J A Grefe vs Lombardy, 1977 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)
   Monte Carlo (1967)
   US Championship (1972)
   Vestmannaeyjar (1985)
   56th US Open (1955)
   55th US Open (1954)
   Teesside (1975)
   Lone Pine (1981)
   Lone Pine (1978)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Manila 1973 by Tabanus
   US Championship 1972 by Phony Benoni
   US Championship 1975 by suenteus po 147
   US Championship 1957/58 by suenteus po 147
   US Open 1963, Chicago by Phony Benoni
   Vestmannaeyjar 1985 by Tabanus
   US Championship 1958/59 by suenteus po 147
   US Championship 1969/70 by suenteus po 147
   World Junior Championship, Toronto 1957 by FSR
   IV World Junior championship by gauer
   US Championship 1968/69 by suenteus po 147
   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 628  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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  morfishine: <zanzibar> I haven't seen that movie, looks very interesting. I'll ask my wife (she's Japanese) if she's seen it

In Japan, there's a holiday to honor the elderly


Oct-15-17  lowlife scum: He should've died in 2038, not 2017. Damn it!
Oct-15-17  ketchuplover: Bill was not impressed by the recent world championship match. See youtube. You're welcome.
Oct-15-17  Moszkowski012273: <offramp> hey thanks!

Although I really really wish I could of done more.....

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  HeMateMe: moz, are you the guy with the video camera?
Oct-15-17  chessfilmmaker: <HeMateMe: moz, are you the guy with the video camera?> That would be me.
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  HeMateMe: I should have known...
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  Joshka: With all the years and years of befriending Fischer....then being his 2nd in Iceland!!, one would think a Fischer book deal should have been out there for Lombardy.....but then again much like Bobby they never wanted to cash in, thus he died like a pauper. So sad and unnecessary.
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  Knight13: <...but then again much like Bobby they never wanted to cash in, thus he died like a pauper. So sad and unnecessary.> These guys had a sense of honor and integrity. They had character. How is that sad and unnecessary?
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  FSR: <Joshka> Fischer's first choice for his second in 1972 was Larry Evans, but Evans refused to agree to Fischer's condition that he agree not to write a book. Lombardy agreed to that condition.
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  WorstPlayerEver: You don't say.
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  Joshka: <knight13> Living like a penniless hobo in the streets qualifies you for having integrity and character? Wow..LOL Integrity in avoiding what? This guy was a grandmaster at 23!!! He had many friends who would have helped, but he was too proud too ask?? His own son saw him just twice?? Something is wrong with this picture...where is Paul Harvey to tell us the REAL story?
Oct-16-17  leroquentin: Great Lombardy! He is an important part in that victory in 1972. Rest in peace!
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  Knight13: <Joshka> I didn't say they had integrity and character in 100% of things, did I?
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  MissScarlett: Two bald men arguing over a
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  Joshka: <knight13> As a priest one is suppose to take a vow of poverty. Fine, he did, THEN, he quit the priesthood , married, had a son.....but I presume he wanted he wife and children to live in poverty as well? So he was perplexed in how to live in a capitalistic world. His choice, but SO unnecessary. Again I repeat, too many secrets within the inside baseball chess world...what was the REAL STORY!
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  john barleycorn: <Joshka> in 45 years since the 1972 WC how many times did you try to get in touch with Lombardy?
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  Joshka: <leroquentin> Yes he helped Bobby from all accounts, but like Bobby, he lived in extreme poverty even though Bobby finally cashed in in 1992. This is when Lombardy should have struck a deal with Bobby.."Hey help me out here, and at least let me write a book on the match"?,....maybe he tried to reach out to Bobby but who's amazing how someone could have such a hold on you to even stop you from earning a living!!!
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  diceman: <Joshka: <knight13> As a priest one is suppose to take a vow of poverty. Fine, he did, THEN, he quit the priesthood , married, had a son.....but I presume he wanted he wife and children to live in poverty as well? So he was perplexed in how to live in a capitalistic world. His choice, but SO unnecessary. Again I repeat, too many secrets within the inside baseball chess world...what was the REAL STORY!>

"My 61 Memorable Conversations with Fischer."

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  john barleycorn: <diceman: ...

"My 61 Memorable Conversations with Fischer.">

<Joshka> had 62 as his therapist confirmed.

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  wwall: Here is a quick article on Lombardy
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  Joshka: <wwall> Hey thanks for posting William's timeline!
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  HeMateMe: So, Lombardi (I always wondered about a possible name change) didn't learn how to play chess until age 10, didn't even see a chess book until a year or so later, didn't join a chess club until age 15? Amazing the difference between then and now, with people getting the GM title at age 12.

those are tough neighborhoods he grew up in, the south Bronx, and Hunts point, a prostitution/drug sales area.

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  Stonehenge: <Osayaba won the game with the help of the late William Lombardy. “He was singing the moves at me while I played her.>

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  HeMateMe: the harlem chess hustler mentioned above had 17 brothers and sisters, all living in one apartment?
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