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William Lombardy vs Robert James Fischer
"Forgive Me, Father" (game of the day Jul-27-2012)
United States Championship (1960/61), New York, NY USA, rd 2, Dec-19
Sicilian Defense: Prins Variation (B54)  ·  0-1

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Jul-27-12  I play the Fred: <Is it Lombardy is a priest or something?>

He was.

Jul-27-12  Llawdogg: Lombardy was Fischer's second during the 1972 WC Match.
Jul-27-12
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Is this the game where Fischer described the decisive move of the combination (here ...Bh4+!) as "the scorpion's sting at the tail's end" or something similar?
Jul-27-12  SimonWebbsTiger: @<an englishman>

<Is this the game where Fischer described the decisive move of the combination (here ...Bh4+!) as "the scorpion's sting at the tail's end" or something similar?>

"The scorpion's sting at the tail-end of the combination." It's game 25 in My 60 Memorable Games.

Jul-27-12
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  HeMateMe: Not a very good opening by Lombardy if he is already losing the exchange by move 14.
Jul-27-12  twinlark: <Phony Benoni> LOL
Jul-27-12  wordfunph: <Phony> hahaha! :-)
Jul-27-12  kasparvez: Fischer on this game:

"5.f3

A passive non-developing move which leads to nothing. White wants to gain control of Q5, establishing a Maroczy bind with c4, Nc3 etc. But after going to all that trouble he can't prevent ...d5 after all. Correct is that tired old move- Nc3

9...d5!?

Reckoning that the loss of a pawn is compensated by superior development. 9...Re8 is sound but passive.

13. Qb5?

Too intent on holding on to the pawn. Correct is 13. Be2 Bh4+! 14. g3 Bf6 15. 0-0 Bxb2 16. Rb1 =

14...Nb4

This unexpected 'discovery' jolts white back to reality.

17...Bh4+!

The scorpion's sting at the tail-end of the combination."

[From MSMG]

Jul-27-12  kasparvez: "19...Bd8

The smoke clears. Black is an exchange ahead for a pawn. But there are still great technical difficulties. White's Knight is on a dominating outpost and his pawn structure is solid.

21...f5!

Weaker would be Re8 because of g4 blocking the K-side.

22. e5

This advance is necessary, but it undermines the support of the Knight [which can now be driven away].

29...Rc4

Black has steadily improved his grip, but his winning chances are still problematic, hinging mainly on sacrificing on b4 or e5 at the right moment.

30. Re1?

A gross blunder. Correct is 30. Ra1 a6 31. Rg1

...Rxc3+!

Swapping everything leads to a won King and pawn ending."

[MSMG]

Jul-27-12  TheTamale: Oh, man, this game is just crazy. So many moves a duffer would find inferior, but it all works out.
Jul-27-12  Castleinthesky: Whose father?
Jul-27-12
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  kevin86: Fischer donates on passed pawn so he can gain another (the outside passed pawn)
Jul-27-12  SimonWebbsTiger: @<castleinthesky>

<Whose father?>

Catholic priests - Lombardy was ordained - are referred to by Catholics as "Father".

"Forgive me Father, for I have sinned" is the opening phrase a Catholic says when going to confession.

Jul-27-12
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  Once: I love the little rook stutter we get in this game: 29...Rc4/ 30...Rxc3. The rook goes from c8 to c4, waits for the white rook to commit itself, then pushes on to c3.

The point is that the exchange of rooks pushes the white king back to his home square on e1. This means that the black king has the time to grab the key c4 square. From this point on, the white king has to serve time as nursemaid to the sickly c2 pawn.

Then it's a simple matter of forcing the white king over to the queenside to stop the outside passer, at which point the black king saunters over to the kingside to commit mass prawnicide.

Beautiful play.

Jul-27-12  BarcelonaFirenze: I know it must be quite easy for him, but I can't help admiring the fact that, after his 30th move, Fischer had everything calculated...
Jul-27-12  dark.horse: I think the word that best describes Fischer's style is "economical". Zero BS, with every move directed to the desired end.
Aug-29-12  TheFocus: This is game 25 in Fischer's <My 60 Memorable Games>.
Dec-14-14  1 2 3 4: fantastic player
Dec-14-14  ChemMac: <simonwebbstiger;castleinthesky> However; Lombardy left his Priesthood and got married. As far as I know, he has ALSO not played any tournament chess for many years.
Aug-26-16  Biroldo: Interesting how Black gives away a pawn to break that Maroczy knot taking advantage of the White king's centralized position.
Aug-26-16
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  perfidious: <ChemMac....As far as I know, (Lombardy) has ALSO not played any tournament chess for many years.>

Lombardy's only tournament activity since playing four events in 1994 has been in team tournaments: once in 2006 and once in 2009.

Jan-20-17
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  GrahamClayton: Fischer trades in his slight material advantage for a decisive positional one, due to his ability to create an outside passed pawn.
Jun-23-20  pepechuy: <Banoboy>
The book "From Steinitiz to Fischer" by Euwe also gives 19. Rf1 instead of 19. Kf1
Jun-23-20
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  harrylime: Yasser Seirawan would attribute this to Karpov's endgame technique.
Mar-30-22
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  plang: 13 Be2 had been played once previously; 13 Qb5?! was new but was certainly no improvement doing nothing to further White's lagging development. 21..f5! effectively challenged the knights strong position on d5.
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