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William James Lombardy
Number of games in database: 627
Years covered: 1953 to 1994
Last FIDE rating: 2435
Highest rating achieved in database: 2540

Overall record: +237 -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 B50 B31 B51 B33
 King's Indian (31) 
    E60 E71 E63 E80 E66
 English (28) 
    A15 A13 A10 A16 A14
 Nimzo Indian (24) 
    E46 E26 E40 E21 E42
 Ruy Lopez (16) 
    C77 C97 C75 C89 C95
 English, 1 c4 c5 (15) 
    A37 A34 A36 A31 A33
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (78) 
    B94 B40 B92 B42 B83
 King's Indian (33) 
    E69 E95 E80 E62 E60
 Ruy Lopez (32) 
    C96 C70 C95 C84 C77
 Sicilian Najdorf (22) 
    B94 B92 B93 B90 B96
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (19) 
    C96 C95 C84 C93 C92
 Dutch Defense (15) 
    A88 A89 A81 A99 A84
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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
   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)
   55th US Open (1954)
   Teesside (1975)
   56th US Open (1955)
   Lone Pine (1981)
   Lone Pine (1978)

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

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(born Dec-04-1937, 79 years old) United States of America

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William James Lombardy was born in New York City. He won the Canadian Open Chess Championship in 1956. That same year, at age 18, he lost a close match to Samuel Reshevsky by 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) and the only player in the 50+ year history of the event to do so with a perfect score (11-0).

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. In the same year, FIDE awarded him the GM title.

Lombardy tied for second in the 1960-61 U.S. Championship, behind Fischer. That result qualified him to play in the 1962 Stockholm Interzonal. However, he declined the invitation and entered a Jesuit seminary. He convocated as a priest from CCNY (previous studies included biochemistry, in hopes to enter 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 several Olympiads and served as the official "second" to Fischer during the Fischer - Spassky World Championship Match (1972). Lombardy later left the priesthood, married, and fathered a child. He was a long-time New Yorker, but in 2016 moved to the Chicago area. He is now retired from chess.

Wikipedia article: William Lombardy

Last updated: 2017-01-24 00:09:13

 page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 627  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
 page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 627  PGN Download
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Feb-28-17  Moszkowski012273: Still feel like he didn't give Chicago a fair shot. Two months is nothing.
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  MissScarlett: Maybe he's got a problem with wind.
Feb-28-17  savagerules: Wind and bullets. Winter is about over and he probably thinks he can manage being outside now. As the old Animals song goes "It's my life and I'll do what I want. It's my mind and I'll think what I like."
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  HeMateMe: I wonder if Bill was radicalized in Chicago. Was it difficult for him to get back into NYC?
Feb-28-17  Betterthan99: Take care William, great player and person. Way underrated, especially at blitz, truly a great.
Mar-01-17  Moszkowski012273: Gonna find out some details next time I see him.
Mar-09-17  PKNJ: Hi, <Moszkowski012273>, what would be the best way to get in touch with you off-line? I am a journalist interested in writing about Bill Lombardy. No hassles (for you or him), I would just like to discuss the idea. Please let me know.
Mar-10-17  Moszkowski012273: Hey! Call me whenever ... 703-772-5582
Mar-12-17  Moszkowski012273: Live in Brooklyn NOT VA like my area code might suggest.
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  Joshka: <Moszkowski012273> Left a message with my return phone.
Apr-05-17  Moszkowski012273: Hey Lombardy had a mild heart attack early this morning. He's awake and in good spirits. If anyone wants hospital info or his rooms phone number let me know.
Apr-09-17  fedalio: <Moszkowski012273> Very sad. How is he doing?
Apr-18-17  Moszkowski012273: Haven't seen him lately and no word... not sure just yet.
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  HeMateMe: I'll bet he didn't vote for Trump.
Jun-15-17  chessfilmmaker: Bill is in rehab, but needs a place once released (or else he'll be living on the streets):
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  Joshka: <chessfilmmaker> Wish I had deep pockets, I'd try to sponsor a head to head match between Lombardy/Spassky....Two Senior GM's who have so much rich chess history to tell/Both have tons of Fischer related stories. I know they have had health problems, but so have I and I still play chess. Someone needs to contact Rex from St. Louis, he'd be the go to when you need a guy in battle in politics ...'Get me Roger Stone"...well let's get Rex Sinqfield!!
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  ketchuplover: Hope Bill enjoys the 3,333 euros from the Association of Chess Professionals
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  HeMateMe: what is the association of chess professionals? Are the players unionized, these days?
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  MissScarlett: <The Veteran Program in cooperation with FIDE continued this year. For the fourth year running, six distinguished veterans got the award. It was a bit lower this year, but still, the amount of 3.333 Euro paid to each veteran was rather significant. We are happy that for another year we managed to help those who need our help. help. Awardees for 2017 are Abram Khasin (Germany), Eugenio Torre (Philippines), Alexander Vaisman (Ukraine), William Lombardy (USA), Tamar Khmiadashvili (Georgia), Valery Asrian (Russia).>

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  MissScarlett: Sad to see Torre and Lombardy both in the list, when Bobby died with a couple of million dollars in the bank. I think the Japanese woman (and her lawyers) got the lot.
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  Magpye: I am glad she got the money. After all, she was the only one brave enough to marry him.
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  MissScarlett: Lombardy could only have married him if Bobby's wife was Catholic.
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  HeMateMe: that's nice that Bill L. got the help, about $5K. FIDE takes 20% of the prize money from this knockout event, it's nice they give something back.

There was no money in chess when Lombardy was at his peak, just pride and grocery money.

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  WorstPlayerEver: Kind of weird idea.

One of my first chess books was 'My Seven Chess Prodigies' by J. W. Collins. Lombardy was one of them. Probably my first English book also. Hard cover, pretty old fashion, even then. In the 70s.

Although I was just a kid I found the title somewhat odd. I had to translate 'prodigies' first, obviously. Maybe that's why. Except Fischer, and the Byrnes, the names didn't ring a bell. The book had the long, mysterious, notation. Which made it even more odd to me.

There was a small pile of chess books at the local book dump store. Attention! When my father spotted how cheap they were, he bought me five. To my surprise. My first chess books. Yay!

What would I know then about writing here eventually..

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  MissScarlett: He's been a beneficiary before:

<In 2014 following veterans were awarded:

Boris Spassky (Russia)
Nona Gaprindashvili (Georgia)
Leonard Barden (England)
Viktor Kupreichik (Belarus)
Mark Tseitlin (Israel)
Igor Zaitsev (Russia)

In 2015 six more veterans received the stipends :

Yuri Balashov (Russia)
Gennady Kuzmin (Ukraine)
Mihai Suba (Romania)
William Lombardy (United States)
Jacob Murey (Israel)
Valentina Kozlovskaya (Russia)>

<Here is the list of awardees for 2016:

Arturo Pomar (Spain)
Oscar Panno (Argentina)
Milunka Lazarevic (Serbia)
Sergey Pinchuk (Uzbekistan)
Marta Litynska (Ukraine)
Evgeny Sveshnikov (Russia)>

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