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Pal Benko vs William James Lombardy
"Father Knows Best" (game of the day Apr-06-2019)
USA-ch / Zonal (1969), New York, NY USA, rd 9, Dec-14
Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical Variation (D32)  ·  0-1



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Jun-30-15  Retireborn: 9th round of the 1969 USA ch in New York. According to Lombardy's book this game won a brilliancy prize. Byrne in Informator gives 22...Bf3 two exclamation marks, but Lombardy points out that 22...Bxg2 was even stronger.

Houdini gives 21.Rad1 as the losing move, and suggests 21.Qg3 Bb8 22.f4 is the only defence, although then after 22...e5 Black has excellent compensation for the pawn.

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  Phony Benoni: This game mistakenly appears in the tournament book for the 1971 US Open in Ventura, California. The two players did meet in round 9, but the result was a draw.

Editor Jack Spence references an article by Lomarday in "Chess Life & Review", December 1971, p.684, but the game's introduction definitely states the game was from the 1969 US Championship. It appeared with Lombardy's win over Evans from Ventura, which may have caused Spence's confusion.

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  OhioChessFan: Nice pun.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Aside from the amazing (yet 2nd best!) 22...Bf3, another moment arrives with 16...Nge5, which sacrifices a pawn for the Horwitz Bishops. Wondering if White can shun the pawn with 18.Be4, but 18...Nc4 looks like a problem.
Apr-06-19  Granny O Doul: I first saw this game in Lombardy's "Modern Chess Opening Traps". I have not yet been able to spring it on anyone, alas.
Apr-06-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: Horrible blunder on Move 31. Benko's traditional time trouble?
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  HeMateMe: wonderful attack.
Apr-06-19  Granny O Doul: I think I remember that White did overstep the time limit, but he was very short of good moves by 31.
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  perfidious: Another GOTD showcasing two former opponents of my playing days.
Apr-06-19  goodevans: 32.a4 would have saved the piece but would have left white in a total bind. Not entirely surprising then that Benko chose instead to give up the B in a futile attempt to gain some freedom.
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  ChessHigherCat: I guess the pun is that Lombardy was a priest for a while. You know a kid's from an intellectual background when his parents name him William James. Didn't this guy used to hang out in Washington Square?
Apr-07-19  Granny O Doul: He got around to most of the chess spots in Manhattan, including WSP.
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  HeMateMe: I used to see him at the Chess Shop and the Chess Forum in the Village, every now and then. He wouldn't actually play, that I saw, but would watch a little, do a little kibitzing. I think he was trolling for chess students, to pay the bills...
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