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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
 page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 630  PGN Download
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  Dionysius1: Thanks <zanzibar>, and well done <Moszkowski012273> - that's a great thing to be doing!
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  HeMateMe: yes, it's nice to hear a good compassion story in chess. Lombardy is probably a bit hard to get along with, but some folks really did the nice thing.

There actually are shelters in NYC with beds, indoors, if you have fallen on hard times. And, city agencies will then try and get you into public housing, get you out of the shelters. I think Lombardy is just an outside the system sort of fellow.

The shelters can also be a dangerous place, and are policed with rent-a-cops, not real police, so there could be some danger for an 80 year old man. That may have entered into his thinking.

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  MissScarlett: NT trumps OT.
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  OhioChessFan: It's nice that family took him in.
Dec-07-16  Moszkowski012273: The Chess Forum has a few video clips taken of him a day or two before he left I'll try and find the links. Lombardy seems super duper happy and VERY appreciative.
Dec-07-16  fedalio: Thanks <moszkowski012273>. I found the videos on their Facebook forum.
Dec-07-16  Moszkowski012273: Awesome! The Forums gonna let me know any contact information when they get it.
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  Domdaniel: < If someone with an off the rails IQ can't pull any of those things off, how does the rest of the world get by?>

The logical answer is that an "off the rails IQ" is in some way detrimental to pulling those things off, while the rest of the world - lacking the confusion, distraction, and essential impracticality of high intelligence, can focus on basics.

Just look at all the chessmasters, writers, thinkers etc who have struggled to get by. Fortunately, not all of them had to live in such a crudely Darwinian society as the contemporary USA.

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  Dionysius1: One of the things I keep coming back to in thinking about high IQs is how lonely it must be to have one. Not the kind of IQ that can do party tricks, but the kind that wants to solve complicated problems and doesn't see the point in chatter. Who can they talk to?
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  zanzibar: <Dionysius1> they always have Mensa!

<Does Mensa Provide Social Interaction?

Mensa meetings are anything but dull! Local groups meet at least monthly. Often it's for dinner and drinks on a Friday night, or for get-togethers featuring a speaker or a lively, freewheeling discussion. All are with fellow members who share your intellectual interests. Some groups have special get-togethers or activities throughout the month. Others, especially the larger groups, have events nearly every day. Of course, participation in local group activities is always entirely at your option. There are also widely attended annual conventions offering workshops, seminars, and parties, plus numerous regional gatherings are held each year, offering social and intellectual excitement.>

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Dec-08-16  fedalio: <moszkowski012273> He looks very very sharp mentally in the videos and a super nice guy. People writing gibberish comments above about his letters would be well advised in my opinion to look at these videos to get a sense of the man.

I emailed him but I was told by someone he was never great at reading/responding to email, so if you come across a way would be great. And thanks once again for making me aware of these videos.

Dec-08-16  Moszkowski012273: Hey my pleasure!
Dec-19-16  chessfilmmaker:
Dec-21-16  chessfilmmaker:
Dec-24-16  chessfilmmaker: Bill gives a mini lesson on Game 3 of the 2016 World Chess Championship Match. Analysis begins at move 71:
Feb-25-17  Moszkowski012273: Weird.. Lombardy is back in NYC.. Wonder what happened.
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  HeMateMe: For some people, it's boring if you've lived here a long time then go elsewhere.

I would think he'd be happy to have a roof over his head. But, where ever he went to, there was probably no live chess element, not like here. That might be really important to him?

Feb-26-17  Moszkowski012273: Really wanted to ask him today when I saw him,,,, but didn't. He wasn't looking so great.
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  OhioChessFan: I'm with <HMM> and guessing it's the NYC chess scene.
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.
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