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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Jul-24-14
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 14213 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-24-14 H Richards vs S Williams, 2003 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Looking for checks. 23.Qd6+ would be nice if the rook didn't cover. <23.Bc8+> deflects the rook. Let's check that out: <23...Kf6> (some defelection; 23...Rxc8 24.Qd6#) <24.Qxd4+ Kg6 25.Bf5+ Kh6 26.Bxg5+ Kxg5 27.Qxg7+ Kf4> Well, we gained a piece. Can we get ...
 
   Jul-23-14 N Whitaker vs J Winter, 1918 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: There is a group picture in the ACB in which Jackson Whipps Showalter is standing behind Whitaker and giving him a glare of extreme mistrust, while no doubt clutching his wallet.
 
   Jul-23-14 J D Tisdall vs Judit Polgar, 1988 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Same old stuff. Pry open the h-file and force mate.
 
   Jul-22-14 Reuben Fine
 
Phony Benoni: <perfidious> Yes, John Speights. That was the guy. At least I was half right. Better than usual.
 
   Jul-22-14 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: <Sally Simpson> Thanks, but you needn't bother; <crawfb5> came up with the information. If it wasn't for Cleveland, I might retire to Edinburgh.
 
   Jul-22-14 Fine vs B Dahlstrom, 1935
 
Phony Benoni: <crawfb5> Thanks. I must have goofed transcribing the game.
 
   Jul-21-14 J Banas vs A Ornstein, 1974 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Bishop controls g8, piece ready to sac on h7--automatic. Not Anastasia, but certainly a first cousin.
 
   Jul-19-14 Biographer Bistro (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: <HOW TYPOS OCCUR> Still plugging away at the 1966 US Open in Seattle, and came across this interesting example of different move orders in the opening. The game is Robert Byrne vs. Elod Macskasy, from round 11. It starts <1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 D5 3.Nf3 Bg4 4.h3 Bh5 5.exd5 ...
 
   Jul-19-14 F Kafka vs Hromadka, 1921 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: >morfishine> F. Kafka's player page includes this link to an article, in Spanish, about Kafka and chess: http://www.tabladeflandes.com/frank... I haven't read the article, so I don't know if it can be regarded as definitive proof that Franz Kafka the writer played this ...
 
   Jul-17-14 C Ward vs Anand, 1990 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: No pun is perfect, but this one definitely passes muster. (The reference is to the first book in C.S. Lewis' "The Chronicles of Narnia" series, <The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe>. Unfortunately, the game falls victim to the Heisenberg Uncertainty Punciple. If the ...
 
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Jul-18-14
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  WannaBe: Moratorium, is that where Jim Mora speaks in an auditorium??

Play-offs!??!

Jul-18-14
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  Travis Bickle: <WannaBe> Yes you're correct Bugs. ; P

http://youtu.be/-oSFYxDGKy8

Jul-18-14
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  Travis Bickle: Da Coach after a tough loss...

http://youtu.be/vIbNb1RZzlU

Jul-18-14
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  Travis Bickle: Psycho Ditka... ; P

http://youtu.be/X0XUWE0_J7Q

Jul-19-14
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  Phony Benoni: Okay, <JB> you sucked me in. I watched the game, and before halftime was scouring Wikipedia to find out who the heck Ken Clark was.

<Travis> Isn't it remarkable how calm and cooperative coaches are in the off-season?

Jul-19-14
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  Travis Bickle: Oh yeah Phony they answer all the questions & are polite too. ; P
Jul-19-14
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  Jim Bartle: I can't say exactly why, but this Derek Jeter farewell tour irritates me somehow. It seems artificial, not natural. I liked the Rivera tour, it seemed more real.

But really, shouldn't the ceremonies be limited to the American League teams? He played in those cities for twenty years, many games each year. But he's barely played against the National League. Where's the connection there?

Jul-19-14
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  OhioChessFan: <JB> me too on the irritating issue. I don't get the National League teams either.
Jul-20-14
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  perfidious: Sanders left football far too soon. The man could play a little.
Jul-20-14
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  Travis Bickle: The thing I never could understand about Sanders is why they didn't use him in goal line packages?? With his quickness & elusiveness he would have been very hard to stop!

Marcus Allen made a living at the goal line...

Jul-20-14
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  WannaBe: Balls!!

http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/pos...

Jul-20-14
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  Phony Benoni: Travis, to score in goal line situations you need good blocking or a running back that can create his own holes in close quarters.. The Lions never had that kind of blocking, and Sanders wasn't that kind of runner.

More important was Sanders' tendency to get tackled behind the line of scrimmage. Normally, it's worth risking a few minuses here and there when you have a chance to go 20 or 30, but in goal line situations it's an unnecessary risk.

Finally, don't forget. Lions' coaches were Matt Millen before being Matt Millen was cool.

Jul-20-14
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  Jim Bartle: Right. You need a power back at the goal line, not a elusive back. For example, when Reggie Bush was at USC he often didn't play in goal line situations. They put in the big power back instead.

I read once that Sanders held the record for most yards lost by a back ever in the NFL. Strategically his runs were more like the passing game: boom or bust.

Jul-20-14
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  WannaBe: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-b...

To that, I say:

1. It was in the 5th, how often have you seen a game (especially AL) where team puts up 4 or 5 runs on ya? 2-0 lead ain't sheet.

2. You put on the shift, and my job is to hit <INTO> the shift? So <YOU> look brilliant? I don't think so...

3. Shut up and pitch.

Jul-20-14
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  Jim Bartle: I agree entirely. Put on the shift, the guy has a right to hit 'èm where they ain't.

Say the guy had hit a single through the shift. Would that have been considered good? Of course.

Jul-20-14
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  Phony Benoni: Sounds a bit like Lewis is reworking the old argument that Ichiro hurt the Mariners by settling for singles instead of hitting with more power.
Jul-20-14
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  WannaBe: Quick, start liking this facebook page, and do it often!!

http://espn.go.com/minor-league-bas...

Jul-20-14
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  OhioChessFan: Travis, you need to give these screwheads a cab ride right out to Lake Michigan.

http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/stor...

Jul-20-14
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  Phony Benoni: <WannaBe> For that Facebook page, I think the correct response is "Poke".
Jul-21-14
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  WannaBe: This guy saved so much money on razors and shaving cream, he spends his money on Nationals tix!!!

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-b...

Jul-21-14
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  Travis Bickle: <OhioChessFan: Travis, you need to give these screwheads a cab ride right out to Lake Michigan. http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/stor... Yeah Elvis I know what ya mean... Somebody needs to take a long walk on a short pier!

The article states - "The fake mascot -- not to be confused with the team's new official mascot, "Clark the Cub" -- wears a Cubs hat and No. 78 jersey that has the name "Billy Cub" on the back. The team says the defendants are trying to pass their character off as an official representative of the team, and it accuses them of trademark infringement, injuring the team's reputation and unfair competition".

An organization that hasn't won anything since Abraham Lincoln was President has no right to be talking about injuring the teams reputation & unfair competition! LOL! When other major league teams play the Cubs it's unfair competition...

Jul-22-14
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  OhioChessFan: Awesome:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs...

Jul-22-14
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Phoney Benoni,

The Edinburgh chess club does have a copy of the Fine book - incredible. It has nearly 5,000 others.

Am tracking a lad who may have a copy.

Geoff

Jul-22-14
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  Phony Benoni: <Sally Simpson> Thanks, but you needn't bother; <crawfb5> came up with the information.

If it wasn't for Cleveland, I might retire to Edinburgh.

Jul-23-14
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  Sally Simpson: OK Cheers.

Edinburgh really is beautiful.

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