RIP GM Bill Lombardy (1937-2017)

I am sad to report that American Grandmaster Bill Lombardy just passed away at the age of (almost) 80. In the above picture, he was photographed with some members of the Collins Kids.

William James Lombardy (December 4, 1937—October 13, 2017)[3] was an American chess grandmaster, 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.[4][5] He was the only World Junior Champion to win with a perfect score.[6][7]

Lombardy received his B.A. in Philosophy, an M.A. in Ethics, and an M.Div., all from Saint Joseph's Seminary (Dunwoodie).[8][9] He attended CUNY,[10][11] and studied Educational Psychology at Saint Louis University.[12]

Source: Wikipedia

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