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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Nov-21-14
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 14527 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-21-14 Phony Benoni chessforum
Phony Benoni: Hey, if they can have NFL football in London, why not Detroit? (Sorry; having a Matt Millen flashback.) By the way, <WannaBe>, how much did you have riding on KC last night?
   Nov-20-14 L H Wight vs R Scrivener, 1926
Phony Benoni: According to the "Chicago Daily News" 24 August 1926, the game actually conclude <9...Bc5+ 10.Nd4 Bxd4+> 0-1. White can save his queen with 11.Kf3, but after 11...Qf6+ Black's attack is overwhelming. 9...Bc5+ isn't that bad a move. Maybe it doesn't win the queen ...
   Nov-18-14 J Grommer vs R T Black, 1913
Phony Benoni: Score error reported: Black's 15th move was <15...f6>.
   Nov-18-14 S Kun vs G Merenyi, 1997 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Zugmate!
   Nov-17-14 Duras vs Capablanca, 1913
Phony Benoni: <wwall> It appears that <68...Rxe3> is a mistake in our game score, and that <68...Kxe3> was actually played. Sources: <Brooklyn Daily Eagle>, July 31, 1913 <New York Sun>, August 3, 1913 <American Chess Bulletin>, September 1913, p.196.
   Nov-17-14 P Haba vs B Kokes, 2003 (replies)
Phony Benoni: American commercial jingle: "Have a Coke and a Smile" Just about every player who faces the Philidor is hit by the Opera Box Bug. It never happens, since Black knows the tune as well. But there are plenty of other traps available.
   Nov-17-14 Csom vs G Gaertner, 1994 (replies)
Phony Benoni: "I must be in the back row!" If Black gets stubborn with <26.Qxe8+ Ng8 27.Qxg8+ Kxg8 28.Rd8# does the trick.
   Nov-16-14 J W Collins vs R Weinstein, 1960
Phony Benoni: After <20.b4>: [DIAGRAM] Apparently, White's h-pawn was the Designated Driver.
   Nov-15-14 D Moody vs S Bender, 1977 (replies)
Phony Benoni: This game illustrates one reason I grew to dislike correspondence chess. I ruined several days worrying if he would take the queen.
   Nov-15-14 L Blonarovych vs K Smith, 1960
Phony Benoni: 17.Bh3 does win the exchange, but White seems reluctant to take it. Those two bishops are just so lovely! Besides, the light squares around the king might become weak, though it's hard to see how. Eventually Black issues an ultimatum, and White takes the rook. The players then ...
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Let's play two!

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  WannaBe: This is for <travis>:

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  Travis Bickle: <WannaBe> Thanks Mr Bunny. If cheapskate Michael McCaskey didn't get rid of The Chicago HoneyBears maybe she would be on The Bears sideline...
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  OhioChessFan: <Badminton's top-ranked player Lee Chong Wei has failed a doping test, a senior Malaysian sports official said Saturday.>

Nov-09-14  Jim Bartle: Amybody see the crazy TD in the Oregon-Utah game? A Utah receiver was clear for a long touchdown and the team was celebrating. But he had dropped the ball on the one, the ref didn't signal TD or blow the whistle, and after a few seconds an Oregon player finally picked it up and ran 99 yards for the score.

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  WannaBe: That's gotta be the easiest TD, ever, wide open white guy. I tell ya, them honkies get no respect, just like Rodney.

21-0, have <travis> tossed his TV out the window, yet? =))

Nov-09-14  Jim Bartle: Green Bay's punter has taken his uniform off and is watching in street clothes.
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  WannaBe: Will the NFL let the second half be played with a running clock?
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  OhioChessFan: <If cheapskate Michael McCaskey didn't get rid of The Chicago HoneyBears maybe she would be on The Bears sideline...>

Hey Travis, I heard they <were> bringing the HoneyBears back. To play defense!

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  keypusher: Congrats on the Lions, PB. The Dolphins gave Stafford one chance too many.
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  Phony Benoni: <keypusher> Thanks. But they can't keep making a living on last-minute comebacks.

<Buys> Hey, let up on the Bears. They still play the Lions twice, and I don't want them to get mad.

Nov-10-14  hangingenprise: the bear's defense need to be drug tested,
and what is with the safeties? they should be suspended for impersonating nfl defensive players
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  WannaBe: Throws right into double-coverage, easy INT. What was Newton thinkin'??
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  WannaBe: This MNF is almost as good as that SNF...
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  WannaBe: Showalter wins his third Manager of the Year Award (MotY):

Previous he won in '94, '04 and now '14. He will win his fourth in '24 with the London Barristers, or maybe the Mars Marvin Martians...

Possibly in '34 with the Venus Flytraps, or the Uranus... Oh, never mind.

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  WannaBe: M. Williams wins National League Manager of the Year Award, in his first season at the helm:

Joining H. Lanier (Astros), D. Baker (Giants), J. Girardi (Marlins) as the fourth ever to win the award in first year as manager.

(Girardi lasted one year in Miami, Lanier lasted 3 years in Houston, Baker lasted 10 years in San Francisco)

So, we'll see how long Matt stays in D.C.

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  Phony Benoni: Sounds like Showalter is Manager of the decade.
Nov-12-14  Jim Bartle: Heavy Giants influence there: Lanier and Williams began and played most of their careers with SF, and Baker was Giants manager for ten years.
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  WannaBe: "I'm Sparticus", "I'm Sparticus", "I'm Sparticus", "I'm Sparticus", no "I'm Sparticus",

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  WannaBe: Need a miracle from them Lions... Am I gonna get my wish??
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  Phony Benoni: Congratulations, Travis! I hear the Bears now have as many wins in 2014 at Soldier Field as the Blackhawks!
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  Travis Bickle: Thanks Phony! I think this year The Cubs will have more wins than the Bears! ; P
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  Travis Bickle:
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  Phony Benoni: The 2008 Detroit Lions break out the beer and pretzels.

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  WannaBe: Detroit is so lucky, NFL have chosen them as the host of Snow'd out Bills game on Monday Night!!

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  Phony Benoni: Hey, if they can have NFL football in London, why not Detroit? (Sorry; having a Matt Millen flashback.)

By the way, <WannaBe>, how much did you have riding on KC last night?

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