Of chess and clerics

Out of curiosity, en passant as it were, are there any Catholic clerical chess players among the readership?

I don’t mean just clerics who know how to play, but rather clerics who do play.  More often than a couple times a decade, if you get my drift.

By “clerical” chess I do not mean a variant with lots of bishops on the board… what a nightmare to even consider.

Catholic clerics who play chess, consider dropping me a line with


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  1. robtbrown says:

    The late Fr William Lombardy was a chess grandmaster and was in Reykjavik in 1972 with Bobby Fischer. He left the priesthood in 1980.

  2. Felipe says:

    I believe Fr Robert McTeigue SJ plays chess. He is the host of the radio broadcast & podcast “The Catholic Current” on the Station of the Cross network. I hope you know who he is. If you don’t know, check out his podcast. It’s right up your alley. He says the TLM for us in the Diocese of Oakland, CA. Anyway, I hear he plays.

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