Grandmaster William Lombardy's Chess Table

TheJackalC4

Saw this on Ebay and thought it interesting. In the other pictures you can see that it really looks beat up but it is an interesting piece from a historical standpoint. https://m.ebay.com/itm/Historic-UNIQUE-International-Grandmaster-William-Lombardys-Chess-Table/123076079474?hash=item1ca7e7ef72:g:-mAAAOSwZ~ha0OAO

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GWTR

It does not come with free shipping?!?!

ffolkes
Thanks for the heads up! Definitely some mojo there. Not sure they’ll get 1K for it but we’ll see.
TheJackalC4
GWTR wrote:

It does not come with free shipping?!?!

You would think with that price that shipping would be free.  

Tungsten_DinnerMint

Probably a Dreuke from the 70s or 80s, and quite beat up.

Way over-priced in my opinion. It's not associated with a famous game or event. Something he's had but for how long? Beyond his heyday as a player, apparently.

Ronbo710

Is this Bill's Ultimate Chess set too ?!?!?  https://www.ebay.com/itm/Historic-UNIQUE-Heavy-Tournament-Chess-Set-of-Grandmaster-William-Lombardy/123071826923?hash=item1ca7a70beb:g:QHgAAOSwwq1atUeg

ghost_of_pushwood
Tungsten_DinnerMint wrote:

Probably a Dreuke from the 70s or 80s, and quite beat up.

 

That's a Dreuke?

fightingbob

Thanks, Ron.  Too bad the White king fell down and broke his crown.  Of course, that can be fixed.

Tungsten_DinnerMint

Or a Drueke.

Only Drueke did their corners like that, same as on their boards.

ghost_of_pushwood

The one in the pic just looks like a standard plastic tournament set to me.

Tungsten_DinnerMint

Or maybe the table is just coming apart.

Anyway, the USCF only sold Drueke tables for decades.

ghost_of_pushwood

Oh, you mean the table! grin.png

Tungsten_DinnerMint

Right. The set is very pedestrian.

For that matter, we don't even know if it was Lombardy's table.  The guy was homeless as he aged. Could have stored it I suppose.

I got a picture of me holding up the Tower of Pisa. You can have that tower for cheap! Free shipping.

ghost_of_pushwood

Was he really homeless?  He was a priest, right?

Tungsten_DinnerMint
ghost_of_pushwood wrote:

Was he really homeless?  He was a priest, right?

He left the priesthood, complaining that his superiors hindered his chess career. Did chess for awhile. No money (suprise).

ghost_of_pushwood

Wow.  Sounds like he'd make an interesting subject for a biography.

IpswichMatt

Looks like he was a very very good player - died last year, sadly:

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Lombardy

kindaspongey

"Only a few years ago the numbers of chess reminiscences could be counted on one hand with Edward Lasker’s Chess Secrets I Learned from the Masters and Milan Vidmar’s Goldene Schachzeiten two of the best known. These classics from the past have found worthy companions in the recent releases Understanding Chess by William Lombardy and Profession: Chessplayer by Vladimir Tukmakov. Both Lombardy and Tukmakov’s book could stand alone as first rate game collections but what sets them apart as exceptional works are the author’s recollections of memorable players and events of the past. ..." - IM John Donalson (2012)

http://dev.jeremysilman.com/shop/pc/Profession-Chessplayer-p3854.htm