Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Some endnotes on Bill Lombardy

William Lombardy (1937-2017) is remembered in several articles in this month's Chess Life magazine. I haven't read the entire issue but I especially enjoyed the G-rated account of the R-rated adjournment in Lombardy's game with Edmar Mednis at the 1978 US Championship in Pasadena.

I saw an inexpensive copy of Lombardy's Modern Chess Opening Traps at a local used book store, and I regret now not having scarfed it up.

This morning I was looking at some variations of the Sicilian defense and I came across the following Lombardy game in the database of my new Fritz 16 (Did I mention that I recently purchased Fritz 16 through the Rochester Chess Center?).

Lombardy-Langeweg,   1/2 - 1/2
OHRA-B Amsterdam1978
Sicilian Alapin


So what the heck is with Black's 13...Re8? Doesn't this completely drop the bishop on b7? There must be a transcription error but I can't figure out where it is. Let me know if you have any ideas.

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