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William Lombardy vs Miguel Quinteros
"I'm Just a Bill" (game of the day Aug-17-2009)
Manila (1973), Manila PHI, rd 13, Nov-03
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Browne Variation (B98)  ·  1-0



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Nov-15-04  kostich in time: This won the first brilliancy prize at Manila..Marcos gave it to Lombardy personally. It is an object lesson of what happens when Black keeps his king in the center in the Sicilian. This particular line in the Najdorf(with h6) has been a little shaky ever since the memorable 'Goteborg massacre" when Spassky, Geller, and Keres wiped out the Argentinian contingent.Fischer tried to resuscitate it, but this game may have been the "Coup de Grace"
Apr-30-05  Greginctw: i dont get it. why did he get a brilliancy prize? it was simply bad defense by his opponent that led to victory. Ultimately wouldnt his sacrifice be considered unsound because the only reason he wins is due to the blunder 21...Rb6? I saw this game in a book of sacrifices and i was unclear as to what it was trying to teach me. Opening lines is great and all and i wouldnt hesitate to play nxe6 in a blitz game, but i just do not see how it worthy of a brilliancy prize or study when it could be refuted.
Jan-30-08  zev22407: Black could save himself by playing 20)..Q-e6! , even 21 Q-e6 would be better.
Jan-30-08  Riverbeast: <Black could save himself by playing 20)..Q-e6! , even 21 Q-e6 would be better.>

After 20..Qe6, 21. Bg4 leads to more hot water.

Black is in the yoke.

Aug-17-09  think: If anyone misses the pun, it refers to a segment of Schoolhouse Rock by the same name, which many schoolchildren are forced to watch when the regular teacher is gone:
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  Sneaky: Awesome pun, although for anybody born in the 1980's or later Schoolhouse Rock will be "before their time". This was back from the days when American "Saturday Morning Cartoons" was a presentation of the finest artistry... an event that every youngster looked forward to. "Overture, curtains, lights ..."
Aug-17-09  Samagonka: If that's not the perfect mate!
Aug-17-09  DarthStapler: I was born in 1987 and I remember it
Aug-17-09  birthtimes: 20...Qe6 21. Bg4 Qe8! and now White is in hot water...22. Rxf6 gxf6 23. Qf5 Rg5 24. Qf3 e4!
Aug-17-09  Garech: Hi all - I've done a ten minute youtube video on this game using Fritz where I go through several of the key variations/blunders/general themes etc of the game. Please check out

if you are interested! Thanks.

Aug-17-09  whiteshark: <I'm Just A Bill>
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  Phony Benoni: For this particular game, I think this one might be more appropriate:
Aug-17-09  kevin86: Presto! You're dead:Chucky (Child's Play 3.

Black gets mated-seemingly by surprise.

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  Peligroso Patzer: <kostich in time: This won the first brilliancy prize at Manila. Marcos gave it to Lombardy personally. <It is an object lesson of what happens when Black keeps his king in the center in the Sicilian.> *** >

More accurately, this game is an example of what <sometimes> happens when the King stays in the center. At other times, the Black King is quite safe in the center. Here is a famous example : Matulovic vs Fischer, 1968. (Note especially 13. ... Kxe7.)

Aug-17-09  MaxxLange: The safety of the King left in the center in these sharp Najdorf 6 Bg5 positions is a function of a whole lot of sharp analysis in each distinct line, and it's not profitable to appeal to general principles about it.

When it works, it works well. When it doesn't work, you get this kind of game.

Perhaps 13...b5 was wrong? Maybe 13...Nc5 instead. It seems that Lombardy didn't think that the sac on e6 was good until he had prepared it with 13. Rhf1

Aug-17-09  Dredge Rivers: Forgive me, Father, for I have mated! :)
Aug-17-09  MaxxLange: <Dredge> lol
Aug-17-09  Travis Bickle: No wonder Lombardy was Bobby's pal, he could play a little chess too!
Aug-17-09  Dredge Rivers: Why doesn't the tournament this game is from have a listing in the Games Collections? Not only was Manila 1973 a fine tournament, it featured a rare public appearence from Bobby Fischer.
Aug-17-09  WhiteRook48: send a bill
Feb-10-11  wordfunph: Lombardy - Quinteros

after 13...b5

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Bent Larsen: after making his move, Quinteros got up and said to me 'I don't know, maybe he can sacrifice everything.'

Lombardy pondered almost an hour and decided in favor of the very plausible knight sacrifice 14.Nxe6!

(Source: Chess Life & Review 1973)

Nov-29-14  tranquilsimplicity: <Dredge Rivers> "Forgive me Father for I have mated!" - he..he..he..he..excellentè!#
Nov-29-14  alfiepa: Lombardy and Quinteros was the helpers of Fischer in match of 1972 . May be a pre - arrangated match for win the money for the beauty prize ? It's only a my little suspicius....
Oct-02-18  DustBuster: I just saw this game today in a lecture by Ben Finegold on Bill Lombardy.

Beautiful game!

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  GrahamClayton: <bishop>It seems that Quinteros was so punch drunk from so many blows from Lombardy that he missed a mate in one.

Maybe Quinteros didn't want to defend a lost game for more moves and decided that he wanted to end the game quickly and get out of the playing arena!

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