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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Apr-29-17
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 2938--plus or minus 1000 points.

However, I've retired from serious play--not that I ever took playing chess all that 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 US 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 16816 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-26-17 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
Phony Benoni: Yeah, it figures. Tigers got shut out tonight.
   Apr-25-17 A E Crew vs Remlinger, 1955
Phony Benoni: Just as A M Swank vs Fischer, 1956 , this was a round 1 match-up of the oldest (Crew, 79) and youngest (Remlinger, 13) players in the US Open. The possibility of a rigged pairing is apparent, but's it's not completely clear. In the rating supplement issued before the tournament
   Apr-25-17 A M Swank vs Fischer, 1956 (replies)
Phony Benoni: <Technical draw: Of course the organizers of the tournament intentionally placed together the youngest and oldest players in the first round to draw media attention. It worked.> There may well be something to this. The game A E Crew vs Remlinger, 1955 was also a first ...
   Apr-24-17 Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929
Phony Benoni: That's what happens when you get old. You become a straight man.
   Apr-21-17 R Cross vs D Leavens, 1971
Phony Benoni: <34.?> [DIAGRAM] A case of Terminal Fanciness. This had been a typical round 1 mismatch, and White, the higher-rated player, was no doubt on cruise control. He chose a bad moment to wake up and get brilliant with<34.dxe6>. No doubt he expected <34...Qxb5 ...
   Apr-20-17 Fischer vs Matulovic, 1970 (replies)
Phony Benoni: offramp> I suggested he "pun", and had something entirely different in mind. I was impressed with how Black's king and queen, after many wanderings, finally reunited far from home just before the end.. It is of course no pun at all, but just a joke.
   Apr-13-17 M Palac vs G Andruet, 1989 (replies)
Phony Benoni: [DIAGRAM] Black saw the mate in two that would follow 40...Kf8. Do you?
   Apr-10-17 S Iermito vs A H T dos Santos Fier, 2009
Phony Benoni: >66...?> [DIAGRAM] Gotta love the Ol' Reverse Swoop.
   Apr-03-17 V S Gujrathi vs V Artemiev, 2015 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Holiday for the h-pawn after <45lQxg6+>.l If Black wants to be a spoilsport and interpose a piece, then 46.Rxg7+ and mate next move.
   Apr-01-17 B Ider vs Wei Yi, 2014 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Very good, <cg>. I didn't see the point for a minute or two
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Let's play two!

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  Phony Benoni: Not Willie Mays.

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  Penguincw: Yay, Jays win for the 3rd time this season, improving to 3-11 on the year. Every other team though has reached at least 5 wins already.

Still, step in the right direction.

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  WannaBe: Kershaw just gave up a run at the top of the first...
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  WannaBe: TB fans yelling Got It distracts Tigers players.

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  OhioChessFan: There's no way to stop it, but I think there are some safety issues involved. Of course, the next TB game on the road, the same thing will happen.
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  saffuna: "Yo la tengo!" From the 62 Mets.

In "The Glory of the Times," one of the players, can't remember the name, played rightfield with Dummy Hoy in center.

Their arrangement was that if Hoy wanted to take the fly he would sort of grunt out something like Chewbacca. If he didn't make any noise, the rightfielder was supposed to take it.

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  Penguincw: < TB fans yelling Got It distracts Tigers players. >

Verbal interference? Well, I'd be pretty angry if that happened to my team, even though it's not as bad as a fan in the front row blowing a whistle at an NBA game (which has happened before).

I love how Ausmus secretly takes shots at Tampa: < "He said the sparse crowd at Tropicana Field (the announced crowd was 12,281)..." >, < "Most of the time, when you have a decent-sized crowd,..." > (although still valid points).

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  saffuna: Oops. Correct title is "The Glory of Their Times." A brilliant book. Some of the individual stories told by ex-players would make outstanding short stories.
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  Penguincw: Looks like Trevor Bauer isn't the only one that does dangerous activities during off days:

Devastating blow for the Giants, although I think they have enough depth to cover for MadBum while he's gone (even if it's only 2 starts).

While a lot of teams will enjoy Bumgarner's absence (even if it's only 2), he is a fun player to watch, on the mound and at the plate. I hope he recovers quickly.

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  MissScarlett: Submitted another Western Championship game, another from Game Collection: US Open 1909, Excelsior = 10th Western Champ.

[Event "Western Championship"]
[Site "Excelsior, MN USA"]
[Date "1909.08.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "James Frost Cross"]
[Black "George H Wolbrecht"]
[Result "0-1"]
[PlyCount "34"]
[Source "Times-Democrat (New Orleans), 1909.10.03, Pt.3 p.9"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. d4 d5 6. Bd3 Nc6 7. h3 Bd6 8. O-O O-O 9. c4 Be6 10. Nh2 Nxd4 11. cxd5 Bxd5 12. f3 Bc5 13. Be3 Ng3 14. Rf2 Bc6 15. Nc3 Re8 16. Bxd4 Qxd4 17. Qc2 Re2 0-1

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  saffuna: Something happening in Cincinnati....

Yes, 7-4 Cubs in the TOP of the second.

Five home runs already, including a Rizzo grand slam.

Could be one of those 15-12 games.

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  saffuna: Anyone have an idea?

Record for most runs scored in an inning without an extra-base hit.

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  Phony Benoni: <MissScarlett>: Many thanks.
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  WannaBe: 10-1 Cubs leading Pirates, top 6th, empty stadium...
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  WannaBe: DET putting on a major hurt on SEA, knocked out F. Hernandez early.

One day after a blow out, Chicago/Pittsburgh in a pitching duel. 1-0 Cubbies, top 8th.

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  Penguincw: Desperate times calls for desperate measures, check out this play:

And it mattered in the end, as it took the Jays 'til extras to win.

Meanwhile, Kershaw and the Dodgers leading the Giants 2-1 currently, in a game MadBum would've started.

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  OhioChessFan: I tried to google the runs without an extra base hit and couldn't come up with it. I'd guess maybe 12.
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  Phony Benoni: Tigers haven't been hitting all year, and now have four starters on various disabled lists including Miguel Cabrera.

So they score 13 on Sunday and 19 last night. Baseball is wonderful.

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  WannaBe: Just goes to show, you need to put more players on DL.
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  Phony Benoni: Naw. It just goes to show that if you can get to many teams' middle relievers, your batting average is going up.
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  Phony Benoni: Yeah, it figures. Tigers got shut out tonight.
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  WannaBe: Toronto's bullpen blooooooooows another game. 8-4 final 11 innings.
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  Travis Bickle: Yo Phony, Damn, the Bears GM Ryan Pace outright blew the #3 pick!! Imbecile, Ryan Pace screwed up taking Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina.. There is an overabundance of defensive studs & even better quarterbacks than GM Pace selected.. Plus Pace already signed tampa's bum Mike Glennon for 15 mil. for a season..?

Not only did Screwhead Pace ruin the Bears draft taking an inexperienced QB, but he traded up with San Fran & lost picks!?? That is incredibly stupid!!! I would rather see Cubs GM Theo Epstein run the Bears draft. : O

A Bears team that finished 3-13 last season that needs eveything but a clip board holding QB!!

Well after this horrendous season I hope GM Pace & old man Marine talking jackass John Fox get the BOOT!!

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  WannaBe: That would be 1 unassisted DP. (Still waiting for that 1 unassisted TP)

Even stranger coincidence, the last A's pitcher to do it, was in the stands watching!

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  WannaBe: Looks like they did break up them Reds. 4 game losing streak and 2-8 for their last 10 games.
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