William Lombardy
William Lombardy

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Name: William Lombardy
Occupation: Chess Player
Gender: Male
Birth Day: December 4, 1937
Age: 85
Birth Place: New York City, United States
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

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William Lombardy

William Lombardy was born on December 4, 1937 in New York City, United States (85 years old). William Lombardy is a Chess Player, zodiac sign: Sagittarius. Find out William Lombardynet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


He was first board for the U.S. Team that won the 1960 World Student Team Championship.

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Before Fame

He burst onto the chess scene by winning the 1956 Canadian Open Chess Championship at the age of 18.

Biography Timeline


In 1957, Lombardy became the first American to win the World Junior Chess Championship. He won the tournament in Toronto with a perfect score of 11–0, a record that "still stands today". He was the first U.S. citizen since Steinitz to win an individual world chess title. Based on his performance, he was automatically awarded the International Master title.


In 1958, he played in the Mar del Plata tournament and went "undefeated in second place", scoring 11/15.


In 1959, he took first place in the U.S. Log Cabin Invitational, scoring 7/10.


In 1960, he was awarded the title of International Grandmaster.


In 1962, Lombardy tied for second at the U.S. Open, then won the New England Championship, and, shortly thereafter, gave a lecture at the Manhattan Chess Club in which he analyzed the game: Lombardy–Lyman, New England Championship, Haverhill, September 1962 Ruy Lopez [C93](1–0).


In 1963, Lombardy won the U.S. Open Chess Championship, along with Robert Byrne, scoring 11/13. Lombardy also became U.S. Speed champion.


In 1965, Lombardy tied with Robert Byrne for first at the Western Open in St. Louis, and shared first place with Pal Benko at the USA Open Championship in Puerto Rico.


In 1966, Lombardy took clear first at the Southern Open in Atlanta, and tied with Ivkov for second at the Canadian Open.


Lombardy was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in June 1967.


In 1969, Lombardy tied for second with Vlastimil Hort, going undefeated at Monte Carlo, scoring 7/11. In the same year, Lombardy tied for second with Benko and Mato Damjanović at Netanya, Israel.


In 1971, Lombardy gave a simultaneous exhibition and lecture at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.


In 1974, Lombardy tied for second in The USA Open Championship, with 9½/12, going undefeated.


Lombardy tied for first with Pal Benko in The USA Open Championship in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1975.


In 1976, Lombardy was on the U.S. team that won a Gold medal at the 22nd Chess Olympiad in Haifa.


Lombardy tied for fifth–sixth place with 6/9 in The Lone Pine Open in 1977.


In 1978 and 1979, Lombardy served as the lead instructor at an "all day", week-long chess camp at Michigan State University. This was perhaps the first camp of its type in the United States and attracted juniors from all over the country.


In 1979 Lombardy equaled his earlier score at Lone Pine, tying for fifth–tenth, and winning an upset against tournament favorite (and then World Number 2 player) Victor Korchnoi.


Lombardy left the priesthood in 1980, married and had a son.


In 1982, Lombardy took "equal first in Caracas", Venezuela.


In 1984, Lombardy took second place in Neskaupstaður, Iceland, scoring 7/11.


By 2010, Lombardy was retired from chess and lived in the East Village of New York City, where he focused on his writing and offered chess lessons by appointment.


In November 2011 Lombardy self-published his autobiographical game collection: Understanding Chess: My System, My Games, My Life.


On September 16, 2015, the American biographical film Pawn Sacrifice was released, starring Tobey Maguire as Bobby Fischer, Liev Schreiber as Boris Spassky, Lily Rabe as Joan Fischer, and Peter Sarsgaard as Lombardy.


In March 2016, The New York Times reported that Lombardy was embroiled in an eviction battle against his landlord, allegedly being several thousand dollars behind in rent.

Family Life

William was one of Bobby Fischer's earliest and most influential coaches, and considered him for a time to be like family.

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