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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Sep-16-14
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 14350 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-16-14 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Well, gosh. This is just my same old desktop. It's hardly a mobile device. Maybe if I lived in California or something.
 
   Sep-16-14 P M List vs Mieses, 1927 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: And if Mieses has won the game, the pun could be 'List Shorted."
 
   Sep-15-14 F Olafsson vs Tal, 1971 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Sign. Even Tal. Even Tal. Is any of us safe from the Terrors of Back Rank Mate?
 
   Sep-14-14 Alekhine vs R Sucha, 1943 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: <Strelets: Are there any other instances of Alekhine playing the Chigorin French?> The only other instance in our database: Alekhine vs V Vasilevsky, 1910
 
   Sep-14-14 E Nash vs D Polland, 1937
 
Phony Benoni: After <33...e3> [DIAGRAM] White is rather lost, but Nash comes up with a clever resource worthy of the man who would later write a column for Chess Life titles "Finish It The Clever Way": <34.fxe3 fxe5 35.Qe1 e2 36.Rxh7+ Kxh7 37.Qh4+ Rh6 38.Qxe7> [DIAGRAM] "Wow", ...
 
   Sep-14-14 Meyer vs A Ruehmann, 1967
 
Phony Benoni: For a while, Black enjoys trading punches with White, who by the way is John Cornford Meyer . All he has to do is get rid of that overly adventurous pawn on e7, and life will be good. But then comes <20.d5!>: [DIAGRAM] And, in the words of that great chess annotator, ...
 
   Sep-14-14 Biographer Bistro (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: <Paint My Dragon> <Zanzibar> Since <chessgames.com> now has their own list of FIDE codes and have directed that it be used, I will delete mine.
 
   Sep-13-14 A Lein vs J Barle, 1979 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: In the previous round, Barle won a game in which <his> opponent had two queens: S Odendahl vs J Barle, 1979 You'd think he would have known better.
 
   Sep-12-14 Larry Evans vs E Cobo Arteaga, 1958 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: This is not just some random upset of a GM by a relatively unknown player (later an IM). It's a crush, with Black, in a critical tournament situation. After 10 rounds (of 12) at the 1958 US Open, Evans led the field with 8.5 points; Cobo Arteaga was part of a group of four with
 
   Sep-11-14 Karpov vs Salov, 1995 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Much too easy for a Thursday puzzle. <41.Kxf5 exf5 42.h7+> and the promotion will mate quickly.
 
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Sep-09-14
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  perfidious: Any time Giants get wasted is a good thing. Just think: they still have four games to play vs the NFC West. Could be a long, ugly season by the Hudson.
Sep-09-14
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  Phony Benoni: Apparently, the only way to score off Clayton Kershaw is to hit a shallow pop-up to Yasiel Puig for a two-run sacrifice fly:

http://m.mlb.com/sd/video/topic/470...

Lordy, the man is magic.

Sep-09-14  hangingenprise: ebron is going to be a great tight end.
the lions will score and score often.
now will the defense (secondary)will have to play just as good. the Achilles heal?
Sep-10-14
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  Phony Benoni: Here's the list of active pitchers with the most career wins. Think there are any 300-game winners in here?

http://www.baseball-reference.com/l...

Sabbathia definitely seems to be on the way out. Mark Buehrle could have a bit of a shot. He'd need 7-8 more years at his current pace, going into his early 40s, but he seems to be the type that can pitch forever.

Sep-10-14
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  OhioChessFan: I was surprised how few I thought had a realistic shot. Kershaw, of course. And only because I see him a lot, Mat Latos is <really> good.
Sep-11-14
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  WannaBe: SB on appeal play!!

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

Sep-11-14
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  WannaBe: Quick Poll! Which team's collapse surprise you most (all records were of All Star Break) & as of today:

1. Milwaukee (ASB: 53-43 1G up on StL) 75-71 4.5G back of StL <22-26 since break>

2. Detroit (ASB: 53-38 6.5G up on KC) 80-66 1G back of KC <27-28>

3. Oakland (ASB: 59-36 1.5G up on LAA) 81-65 9.5G back of LAA <21-29>

4. Atlanta (ASB: 52-43 0G up on WAS)75-71 8G back of WAS <23-28>

Sep-11-14
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  OhioChessFan: Atlanta. Everybody I knew predicted Milwaukee to crash and burn. It'd be even worse if the best player of the 3 other strong teams in their division hadn't lost their best player for a long stretch. I couldn't find 10 people around these parts at the All Star break who thought they'd win the pennant.
Sep-11-14
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  Jim Bartle: Milwaukee and Atlanta aren't collapses, just norma l variation. The shock is Oakland's nosedive.
Sep-11-14
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  perfidious: Oakland, without a doubt--for a number of years now, they have played their best ball after the break. This is not at all typical of them. Will they right the ship when playoff time comes round? That remains to be seen.
Sep-13-14
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  Phony Benoni: Friendly neighborhood Spiderman.

http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/cutfo...

Sep-13-14
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  Jim Bartle: What a great catch.
Sep-14-14
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  Travis Bickle: Hey Phony, I just heard from ESPN Sports Center... According to Adam Schefter he reported that Bears coach Marc Trestman told Roger Goodell that The Bears with all the injuries, C Robert Garzo shoulder out, G Matt Slauson ankle out, WR Brandon Marshall ankle questionable, WR Alshon Jeffrey hamstring questionable... The Bears are going to forfeit tonight's game against the 49ers. Trestman told Goodell, "We'll Go Get Em Next Week"...

P.S. Bet the house before Vegas pulls the plug on the contest...

Sep-14-14
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  Phony Benoni: Great, Travis; now I can turn off whatever it is NBC is broadcasting instead. I've seen one too many football games today, although what happened in Carolina only qualifies as a game in the standings.
Sep-15-14
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  Phony Benoni: Well, Travis, I see they ran an inspirational made-for-TV movies instead of the game. At least the Bears can win something.

But congrats. That's a very good win.

Sep-15-14
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  Travis Bickle: Phony, I hope you didn't bet your house pal!! Coach Trestman was playing possum... He told his BEARS to play dead in the 1st quarter & then open up a can of whup ass!! Bears 28 49ers 20!!! ; P
Sep-15-14
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  Travis Bickle: You're welcome Mr Benoni! I gotta run & pick up some Bears Koolaid... ; P
Sep-15-14
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  WannaBe: Thanks to J. Cutler, <Travis Bickle>, and Co. A lot of people in the Bay Area are calling in "Sick" today. =))

Last night, they were tossing their TV sets out the window!!

Sep-15-14  hangingenprise: a great game by cutler and co. what to make of j. cutler? still has that arm, and a darn good one, than....

the lions have to make it interesting. why run away with the division and have people tuning out?

Sep-15-14
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  Jim Bartle: <A lot of people in the Bay Area are calling in "Sick" today. =))>

Starting with Harbaugh, I hope.

Sep-15-14
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  Phony Benoni: Catchers can get hurt in a number of ways. Including diving back into first.

http://m.tigers.mlb.com/news/articl...

Avila has had concussion problems the last couple of years.

Sep-15-14
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  WannaBe: Hey! Did you get a new 'toy'??

Your last link shows up as m.tigers.mlb, which means you posted it on a mobile device copy/paste!!

What did you get? iApple or Android?! =))

Sep-15-14
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  WannaBe: This MNF is a barn-burner, last possession win the game?
Sep-16-14
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  Phony Benoni: Well, gosh. This is just my same old desktop. It's hardly a mobile device. Maybe if I lived in California or something.
Sep-16-14
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  Travis Bickle: <Phony Benoni: Catchers can get hurt in a number of ways. Including diving back into first.> Also catchers can get hurt tripping over the dugout steps during day games when drunk from the night before... ; P

P.S. Hey Phony, I seen Bob Uecker on the Johnny Carson show 1 time... He told Johnny that any catcher can go 2 for 4 & throw out a couple of base runners, but only the seasoned veteran can catch a double header when really hungover. lol

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