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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Dec-22-14
Greetings, O Seeker After Knowledge! You have arrived in Detroit, Michigan (whether you like it or not), and are reading words of wisdom from a player rated 2950--plus or minus 1000 points.

However, I've more or less retired from serious play--not that I ever took chess really seriously. You only have to look at my games to see that. These days I pursue the simple pleasures of finding games that are bizarre or just plain funny. I'd rather enjoy a game than analyze it.

For the record, my name is David Moody. This probably means nothing to you unless you're a longtime player from Michigan, though it's possible that if you attended any U.S. Opens from 1975-1999 we might have crossed paths. Lucky you.

If you know me at all, you'll realize that most of my remarks are meant to be humorous. I do this deliberately, so that if my analysis stinks to high heaven I can always say that I was just joking.

As you can undoubtedly tell from my sparkling wit, I'm a librarian in my spare time. Even worse, I'm a cataloger, which means I keep log books for cattle. Also, I'm not one of those extroverts who sit at the Reference Desk and help you with research. Instead, I spend all day staring at a computer screen updating and maintaining information in the library's catalog. The general public thinks Reference Librarians are dull. Reference Librarians think Catalogers are dull.

My greatest achievement in chess, other than tricking you into reading this, was probably mating with king, bishop and knight against king in a tournament game. I have to admit that this happened after an adjournment, and that I booked up like crazy before resuming. By the way, the fact I have had adjourned games shows you I've been around too long.

My funniest moment occurred when I finally got a chance to pull off a smothered mate in actual play. You know, 1.Nf7+ Kg8 2.Nh6+ Kh8 3.Qg8+ Rxg8 4.Nf7#. When I played the climactic queen check my opponent looked at the board in shocked disbelief and said, "But that's not mate! I can take the queen!"

Finally, I must confess that I once played a positional move, back around 1982. I'll try not to let that happen again.

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   Phony Benoni has kibitzed 14633 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-22-14 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: That #83 on Seattle is both fast and nasty. I counted at least four blocks, including the one out of bounds.
 
   Dec-22-14 Biographer Bistro
 
Phony Benoni: <Replayed draws at Game Collection: New York 1889 > Round 20 (April 18): draws replayed on April 25 Round 21 (April 19): draws replayed on May 2 Round 22 (April 20): draw replayed on April 25 Round 23 (April 22): draws replayed on April 25 Round 24 (April 23): draws ...
 
   Dec-22-14 D Charochkina vs B Khotenashvili, 2014 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: <Steve.Patzer: So the question remains, which rook do you prefer to give mate?> The rook on the 8th rank, of course. When you're as Deft Challenged as I am, you move the piece that travels the shortest path. Fewer chances of accidentally dropping a rook.
 
   Dec-20-14 G H Wolbrecht vs B Jefferson, 1914
 
Phony Benoni: <Morphized> That's surely right. "American Chess Bulletin", Septebmer 1914, p.204, gives <17...Bh5>. I probably submitted this game based on ACB, and my records have 17...Bh5, so I don't know what happened. But I must have goofed somehow, and will try to get it ...
 
   Dec-19-14 Edward Schrader
 
Phony Benoni: Also part of a four-way tie for first in the 1914 Western Championshp, but finished last in the play-off.
 
   Dec-19-14 H Vatter vs H Langrock, 2002 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: White finds a clever way to retain his extra pawn. He gets what he want, but even Admiral Halsey can't save the ship from going down.
 
   Dec-18-14 Ivanchuk vs Yusupov, 1991 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: It takes a player of Ivanchuk's skill and imagination to produce such a game.
 
   Dec-18-14 G Milos vs P Carlsson, 2012
 
Phony Benoni: Aha! I knew I'd seen this idea before: Ivanchuk vs Yusupov, 1991 [DIAGRAM] 28...Rg6!, with the idea of 29...Qh1+!. Fabulous game. If you've forgotten it, take a look.
 
   Dec-18-14 R Potter vs N Weinstein, 1967
 
Phony Benoni: After <50...f2>: [DIAGRAM] Yet another example of why you should never snatch the b-pawn with your queen. Black wins here after <51.h7 f1Q 52.h8Q Qf4+ 53.Kh3 Kf2!>. If White's b-pawn were off the board, he could draw with 54.Qb2+.
 
   Dec-18-14 Nijboer vs A Zhigalko, 2004 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Well, I hadn't planned to say anything more, but I mightd point out that after 31...Rxf7, White still has a mate: 32.hxg6+ Kg8 33.Rh8+! Kxh8 34.gxf7 [DIAGRAM] And Black is reduced to delaying tactics.
 
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Dec-19-14
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  WannaBe: Trivia Time, and I hope I phrased this question so it's not confusing.

____ played in the first seven consecutive (editions) of the _____ Bowl, winning the National Championship in _____.

As a hint: This school did not return to play in this bowl again until 1989, where it lost to Penn State.

Dec-20-14
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  Phony Benoni: George Costanza's password.
Dec-20-14  Jim Bartle: There was a Bowl game designed for the champion of the WAC for a number of years. BYU won the WAC for the first few years.
Dec-20-14
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  WannaBe: <Jim Bartle> got the school (first blank) right.
Dec-20-14  Jim Bartle: Can't get the rest without googling. I think BYU won a controversial national championship in the mid80s by beating a mediocre Michigan team in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego. They'd played a weak schedule but were the only undefeated team.
Dec-20-14
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  WannaBe: <JB> That's the answers, BYU played in the first 7 Holiday Bowls with a miracle come back against SMU as one of them, and beat UM to win a National Championship!
Dec-20-14
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  Phony Benoni: Hey, Travis, the Bears have new life for the game tomorrow! The Eagles' loss just clinched a playoff spot for the Lions, who won't care about the game any more.
Dec-20-14
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  Travis Bickle: When your Lions went 0-16 I didn't kick your face in about it.
Dec-21-14
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  Phony Benoni: Sorry, Travis; I didn't mean it that way. I was trying to emphasize tha the Lions make are liable to play poorly today, and shouldn't have made such a big fuss about the other team.
Dec-21-14
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  Travis Bickle: Hey Phony don't worry about it. I've had a bad year... : O

You probably were just celebrating the Lions Clinching & why not.

The Bears are so mismanaged, miscoached that it's out right embarrassing to Chicago fans.

P.S. With Jimmy Clausen starting at QB Sunday & that un'bear'able defense bet your house on the Lions!

Dec-21-14
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  WannaBe: Few shockers, NE barely won, once formidable (at home) 'Aints drop another game at the dome.
Dec-21-14
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  WannaBe: If Baltimore drops their game, it will give huge boost/incentive for Bills (plays at Traiders), Miami (who is losing to Minnesota), and the already victorious San Diego 'Bolts.
Dec-21-14
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  WannaBe: Well, Ravens lost, both Detroit and Green Bay have clinched a spot, guess the winner next week will be the Div. Champion and possible 2 seed.
Dec-21-14
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  WannaBe: Guess them Traders are gonna win another one. Who gnu???
Dec-21-14
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  Shams: Man, what a satisfying win tonight for the Seahawks. Young guys stepping up, vets making big plays.
Dec-22-14
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  Phony Benoni: No doubt about the best team in the NFC right now. Saw Lynch's run, or was that a flashback?
Dec-22-14
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  perfidious: Seattle are coming together at the right time and will be a tough out.
Dec-22-14  hangingenprise: The lions playing for a first round bye?!
Dec-22-14  hangingenprise: Beastmode oakland will show you the love if seattle wont
Dec-22-14  hangingenprise: And lynch is a "bear"
Dec-22-14
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  Phony Benoni: http://deadspin.com/holy-crap-marsh...

The Spanish call isn't so special, but you gotta love the local radio guy.

Dec-22-14
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  Shams: <Phony Benoni> That local guy is Steve Raible, who was a member of the first-ever Seahawks draft class. Played with Largent at WR.
Dec-22-14
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  perfidious: Largent could play a little.
Dec-22-14
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  Phony Benoni: That #83 on Seattle is both fast and nasty. I counted at least four blocks, including the one out of bounds.
Dec-22-14
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  Deus Ex Alekhina: Lions only need a tie against Green Bay to win the division, so if it goes into OT with little time left in quarter #5, Lions should try to run the clock out, Packers have no choice but to try to score. Lions have lost 23 in a row in Wisconsin. Twenty-three. Ouch.
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