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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Sep-25-16
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 16527 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-25-16 K Williams vs K Haegg, 1928
Phony Benoni: This game was part of a thematic match between the two players, both of whom played the opening. Williams won the series +3 -2 =1 (Los Angeles Times, August 5, 1928, p. 23).
   Sep-24-16 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
Phony Benoni: Around here Travis, probably next year. As usual.
   Sep-23-16 I Gudju vs Bogdanovsky, 1927
Phony Benoni: This game had been dated as 1929, but I found it in the "Los Angeles Times" January 1, 1928, p.20. The columnist, Cliff Sherwood, attributed it to the Paris Championship of 1927.
   Sep-23-16 Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1927 (replies)
Phony Benoni: <Paarhufer> Thanks for looking. Again, the only instance found of 60.Rb2+ was within a few days of the game. (By the way we can add "Tidskrift för Schack", April-June 1928, p. 57, to the list of sources with 60.Rb2+. With all the research done on these players and this ...
   Sep-22-16 Biographer Bistro (replies)
Phony Benoni: If anyone feels like taking on a question from the final game of the Alekhine - Capablanca match: Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1927 (kibitz #81)
   Sep-21-16 Blom vs Jensen, 1934
Phony Benoni: I've changed the date to 1934, in line with >sneaky pete>'s kibitz, after finding this game in Herman Steiner's column from the "Lost Angeles Times", November 4, 1934, p. 32. Steiner also has the version with Black resigning after 9.Bxh7, and mentions his source was the ...
   Sep-21-16 Tartakower vs E Steiner, 1921 (replies)
Phony Benoni: I didn't think of anything besides <25.Rb8+>, when 25...Rxb8 unpins the knight and allows 26.Nxd7, and 25...Kxb8 allows 26.Nxd7+. Perhaps I was too familiar with the finish of Duras vs Spielmann, 1907 : [DIAGRAM] 25.Rd8+, when 25...Rxd8 unpins the knight and 26...Kxd8 ...
   Sep-20-16 Factor vs N Whitaker, 1929 (replies)
Phony Benoni: And, just for the record, White forces a draw in the final position with <33.Kg2!>, forcing Black to return with >33.Qg4> and settle for a perpetual check.
   Sep-20-16 Factor vs F M Currier, 1923 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Now this is the sort of GOTD I don't like. Not necessarily because Black plays badly, but because White doesn't have to play well or do anything extraordinary. In other words, there is nothing memorable about the game. I wonder if I can tempt you into looking at a different ...
   Sep-20-16 G Lambert vs Nunn, 1977 (replies)
Phony Benoni: 44...Qg2+ 45.Nxg2 hxg2+ doesn't just regain the queen, but eliminates White's defenses to the b-pawn without loss of time. 45.Qxg2 makes no difference, since once again Black retakes with check and White has no time for moves dealing with the b-pawn.
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Sep-24-16  saffuna: Stanford playing its second game at the Rose Bowl this year. They'd be satisfied with the same result, when they led Iowa 35-0 at halftime in January.
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  Travis Bickle: <saffuna> Besides pre-historic football when Sid Luckman slung passes to slow footed honkies the Bears have never had a good QB except Jim McMahon who's numbers weren't all that great but he had a really good offensive line with good receivers like Dennis McKinnon, Willie Gault & slot man Dennis Gentry. They also had a TE that could go deep across the middle with Emory Moorehead and we had Hall of Famer Walter Payton.

The Superbowl Champs from the 85' defense might have scored more than the Bears offense that year. lol

P.S. Jay Cutler has the most TD's for a Bears QB. That says it all.

Sep-24-16  saffuna: When I first started following the NFL around 1960 the Bears had two really good running backs, Willie Galimore and Rick Casares, plus a pretty good tight end, can't remember his name. Later they had Gale Sayers for a few years, and he was virtually unstoppable.
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  Travis Bickle: <saffuna> Saffy, you must have meant this Grobowski at TE but it was 1961 the Bears signed him up.

The Chicago Bears drafted Ditka fifth overall in the 1961 NFL Draft, while the Houston Oilers drafted him eighth overall in the first round in the 1961 AFL Draft. He signed with the Bears and his presence was immediately felt.

Sep-24-16  saffuna: No, I meant Ditka. I thought he was on the team in the late 50s.
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  Travis Bickle: <Saffuna> That is Ditka the player, here's Ditka Da Coach who coined the phrase Grobowski's as tough unselfish players who get down & dirty...

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  WannaBe: Looks like SFG want to delay LAD from clinching NL West for at least one more day.

Both teams are winning, right now.

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  WannaBe: Giants 6, Padres 5, I may have exercised my jinx with my previous post.
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  WannaBe: 6-6 now, between Padres and Giants.
Sep-25-16  saffuna: A while back I was asking what would happen if a catcher couldn't catch popups.

Here Buster Posey loses the ball and third baseman Eduardo Nuñez charges in to catch the ball at full speed. It was a really tough play, harder than I had imagined.

Great hustle play by Nuñez, who saw immediately that Posey had lost the ball and came charging.

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  Penguincw: Unbelievable, Jose Fernandez killed in boating accident:

In respect, the Marlins have cancelled today's game vs. the Braves.

Was looking forward to the Colon-Fernandez matchup tomorrow, but Sep/20/2016 is the last time this young man would pitch. He had such an amazing career ahead of him.


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  YouRang: Wow, terrible news about Fernandez. :-(
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  WannaBe: I just got up, and saw the news! =(
Sep-25-16  saffuna: I guess they hit a jetty at high speed, not far off the coast. I'm surprised those jetties don't have lights.
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  YouRang: Still, driving a boat at high speed near a rocky shore at night...
Sep-25-16  saffuna: Definitely. In the 90s Indians pitchers Steve Olin and Tim Crews were killed in a boating accident on a lake during spring training.
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  WannaBe: New record, 11Ks in a row:

Sep-25-16  saffuna: Seems to me 21 Ks in nine innings for the first time ever is just as big a story. But 11 straight, amazing. And I didn't know Seaver had struck out 10 in a row.
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  WannaBe: Thank you ESPN:

<NFL on ESPN Verified account  ‏@ESPNNFL
What a day for the Chiefs D!

Kansas City picked off Ryan Fitzpatrick 6 times. The last Jet to throw 6 Int in a game was Joe Namath in 1975>

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  WannaBe: LAD have defeated COL bottom 10th, and clinched NL West. At home, on Vin Scully's last home broadcast.

I fully expect another first round flame-out. At the hands of Washington Nats.

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  WannaBe: BOS/TEX are tied in wins, at 92; with CLE 2 back, LAD one game back of WAS for National League second seed and home field in first round.

BOS will have @NYY (3 games) vs TOR (3)
TEX will have MIL (3) and TB (3)
CLE will be @DET (4) and @KC (3)

LAD will have @SD (3) and then @SF (3)
WAS will have ARZ (4) and MIA (3)

LAD won the season head-to-head against WAS.

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  WannaBe: TV sets are flying out of windows in Chicago... 17-0 Cowboys.

In other gnus, LSU and Oklahoma are not in the top 25 ranking, but San Diego State and Boise State are.

Sep-25-16  saffuna: Why are the traditional top teams not dominating as they used to, while teams from smaller schools are moving up? Number of scholarships? Better scouting?
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  WannaBe: I don't understand all this talk about playing in October. Season don't end until Oct 2, so doesn't every team gets to play in October?


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  WannaBe: <Adam Rubin
ESPN Staff Writer

Mets farmhand Josh Zeid tossed three no-hit relief innings and Israel advanced to next March's World Baseball Classic with a 9-1 win against Great Britain on Sunday in Brooklyn.

Former major leaguer Jason Marquis opened the game with four no-hit innings. Ike Davis went 0-for-3.>

I heard some ol' guy named Sandy might make a come-back appearance for Israel.

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