RIP GM Bill Lombardy (1937-2017)
William James Lombardy (December 4, 1937—October 13, 2017) was an American chess [grandmaster](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grandmaster_(chess%29 "Grandmaster (chess)"), chess writer, teacher, and a former Catholic priest. He was one of the leading American chess players during the 1950s and 1960s, and a contemporary of Bobby Fischer, whom he coached from the time Fischer was aged 11½ through the World Chess Championship 1972. Lombardy led the U.S. Student Team to Gold in the 1960 World Student Team Championship in Leningrad. He was the only World Junior Champion to win with a perfect score.
Lombardy received his B.A. in Philosophy, an M.A. in Ethics, and an M.Div., all from [Saint Joseph's Seminary (Dunwoodie)](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Joseph%27s_Seminary_(Dunwoodie%29 "Saint Joseph's Seminary (Dunwoodie)"). He attended CUNY, and studied Educational Psychology at Saint Louis University.