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Samuel Reshevsky vs William Lombardy
"The Lombardy Trophy" (game of the day Feb-07-2010)
United States Championship (1957/58), New York, NY USA, rd 13, Jan-07
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Classical System Misc. Lines (E98)  ·  0-1



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Feb-07-10  Marmot PFL: Much different game in those days. Lombardy would run the ball down the other teams throat. Now (thanks to the rules committee and demands of TV networks) its so easy to pass you would be crazy not to. Colts throw 2 passes for every run, about the reverse of the old Packer teams. Don Shula was another Lombardy guy, and once his Dolphins beat the Skins 21-14. Now the winning team alone usually scores much more than that total, often by the end of the 3rd qtr.
Feb-07-10  AnalyzeThis: It's for that reason, that whenever we seek to compare teams separated even by only 10 years, that there are difficulties. Any 10 year span will include numerous rule changes, that will emphasize one aspect of the game more than another. For example, the 85 Chicago Bears were a great team; but if they can't do some of the stuff that they typically did on defense, they would have a problem.
Feb-07-10  chillowack: <Phony Benoni: Explanation for those who don't get the pun: the "Super Bowl" (chanmpitonsip of US football) is being played today, and the winner receives the <Lombardi Trophy>, named after the famous coach Vince Trophy.

OK. Now you can get back to commenting on the game.>

What I find so remarkable about this post isn't Phony Benoni's complete and utter massacre of the word "championship;" it's the fact that nothing else is misspelled--not even "Lombardi," which would have been an easy one to miss for someone as drunk as PB must have been when he wrote this.

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  Phony Benoni: <chillowack> Sorry, but I can't use the excuse of drink. No matter how carefully I proofread my messages--and I always go over each one several times--I generally miss a typo or two.
Feb-08-10  ughaibu: But presumably "Vince Trophy" is a mistake?
Feb-08-10  goodevans: I'm not one normally given to supporting the underdog, but I feel I really must offer my congratulations to the Saints, the new holders of the <Lombardi Trophy>. May their efforts continue to inspire those still suffering from the legacy of Katrina.
Feb-08-10  kevin86: I rooted for the Colts,but were glad to see the Saints win. After 42 years of frustration and Katrina,they deserved a break.

White's kingside is a shambles and black a piece ahead to boot.

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  HeMateMe: It just should have been Favre v. Manning, a QB matchup for the ages.
Feb-09-10  chillowack: <ughaibu: But presumably "Vince Trophy" is a mistake?> No, that's an intentional joke, but it might take a moment or two to "get".
Feb-09-10  chillowack: Reshevsky made a number of mistakes in this game, but 34.Na8? is truly baffling. I guess he was intending Nc7-e6, but it really seems like there are much more urgent matters to attend to on the kingside (though maybe by that point he was beyond hope). At any rate, the Na8 did him in at the end.
Feb-09-10  Marmot PFL: <HeMateMe> Face it, the Vikes will never win a Super Bowl, just as the Lions will never play in one.
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  Phony Benoni: <Marmot PFL> I am informed by a reliable psychic that 2013 will be the magical year when the Lions win the Super Bowl, the Cubs win the World Series, the Clippers win the NBA title, and Aruba wins the Stanley Cup.

Wait a second. What's that about the Mayan calendar?

Feb-14-10  ughaibu: Okay, I've spent a moment but still dont get it.
Nov-02-11  Hesam7: I wonder at which point in the game Fischer declared that "Reshevsky's busted."
Apr-25-12  Caissanist: Lombardy has published the annotated game as a PDF on his blog (excerpted from his recent games collection): .
Apr-25-12  RookFile: <Hesam7: I wonder at which point in the game Fischer declared that "Reshevsky's busted." >

I think Fischer said that Reshevsky was not going to last another 10 moves, and he was right. This doesn't exactly answer your question, but it gives an idea.

Apr-25-12  RookFile: <chillowack: Reshevsky made a number of mistakes in this game, but 34.Na8? is truly baffling. I guess he was intending Nc7-e6, but it really seems like there are much more urgent matters to attend to on the kingside >

He was already dead. He's getting crushed on the g file. What exactly can he do on the king side? How can he shore up his defenses over there?

He can't. So, he might as while try to get the knight to a position where it influences the play. Perhaps black will relax for a move or two and give him a chance.

Lombardy didn't, of course, his play was crushing.

Jun-22-16  ToTheDeath: Nice game by Lombardy but Reshevsky's play is truly a stone age treatment of the KID, wasting tempos and allowing Black an unrestrained attack on the kingside. Moves like 14 g4! are standard nowadays to slow Black down and fight for space.
Oct-15-17  RookFile: I would have played 14. g4 myself. But Reshevsky made a career out of grabbing stuff and then beating off the counter attack. Lombardy's play was really profound. I think this was a must win game for Reshevsky (to catch Fischer) - a draw as a good as a loss for him. That may have had some influence on Reshevsky's play.
Oct-15-17  Granny O Doul: Fischer went into the last round with a half-point lead over Reshevsky, made a quick draw with Abe Turner, and so needed Lombardy to not lose. According to Chess Life or Chess Review, Fischer went back into the playing room to check the progress of this game, then came back out with the comment "Lombardy's playing like a house!"
Oct-15-17  JPi: "g file" could be a title of this memorable game.
Jun-27-18  JohnDMaster: ToTheDeath , I loved your pun on the Geller game where he sacked his queen on g3, very nice!!
Jan-08-20  Everett: Na8!!!! She apparently was given a time out
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  perfidious: White's curious 34th move, unlike the ...Ng6-h8 of Korchnoi-Fischer, Herceg Novi 1970, did not mark the beginning of a sequence which would spell ruination for the enemy monarch.
Jan-08-20  Granny O Doul: I'm reminded of the ...Na8 toward the end of the following ignominious encounter: Judit Polgar vs Short, 1994
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