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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen May-26-16
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 16234 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-25-16 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
Phony Benoni: I thought a Red Sox - Yankees lasting only 1:45 sound suspicious!
   May-24-16 W Buis vs E J Diemer, 1956 (replies)
Phony Benoni: <patzer2> Thanks. But I should acknowledge that your own kibitzing and collections over the years helped me to identify many of the older puzzles.
   May-24-16 A Ebralidze vs Ragozin, 1937 (replies)
Phony Benoni: A game whose fame rests on the story behind it. If you haven't read this post from up the page, please do so now. A Ebralidze vs Ragozin, 1937 (kibitz #3) If nothing else, the game should make you feel better about your own blunders.
   May-23-16 John Winter (replies)
Phony Benoni: The death date, at least, is incorrect. HEre is an except from an article in the <Bremen [Indiana] Enquirer>, February 6, 1953: <"John Winter of Chicago, who has four times won the city championship in chess tournaments of the Chicago Chess and Checker Club, was the ...
   May-23-16 M Golubev vs G Sagalchik, 1983 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Ah, yes. The old double attack trick. Or, in this case, the double mate threat trick!
   May-22-16 Biographer Bistro (replies)
Phony Benoni: <Zanzibar> I have nothing more to add. This can't be settled without independent information, and until that is forthcoming we should probably just remove the disputed dates. But I would caution you about assuming there was no Sunday play at Amsterdam 1889. Beginning on ...
   May-22-16 Blatny vs E Vladimirov, 1989 (replies)
Phony Benoni: I'm pretty sure having White to play is incorrect, and it will be changed to Black to play his 25th move.
   May-21-16 C W Phillips vs H Fowler Lee, 1910
Phony Benoni: After <32...Kf7>: [DIAGRAM] White wins as he pleases, but <33.Rxf5+ exf5 34.e6+!> would have been particularly pleasing.
   May-21-16 E Blomqvist vs E Romanov, 2016 (replies)
Phony Benoni: 21...d5 was a nice little move, cutting off the knight retreat while setting up 22...Qf6 with the dire double threat of ...Qxa1 and ...Qa6+. 22.Kg2 set up the final combination, but 22.Kf2 was no better: 22...Rxa5 23.Qxa5 Qd4+ and curtains.
   May-20-16 N Mannheimer vs Nimzowitsch, 1930 (replies)
Phony Benoni: In case you're wondering, "Why not the obvious <Mannheimer Steamrolled> as a pun, that was used when this was GOTD back in 2004. The game is worth reusing every dozen years or so, and the new pun has its points. I suppose White was a bit jealous of Black's Handsome Horsie
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  WannaBe: This is why SF and fans LOOOOOOOOVE MadBum:

Drove in the only run hisself and got a quality start, gave up only 3 hits.

Poor Hendricks got no support and got stuck with the 'L'.

May-23-16  Jim Bartle: From what I see Giants fans love Bumgarner, but their favorite is still Tim Lincecum, even though he isn't any good any more.
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  WannaBe: Truly Useless Information Department (TUID)

<Jayson Stark
ESPN Senior Writer

Had something cool happen this weekend for the 1st time in the live-ball era: Two different 40-somethings (Ichiro Suzuki & David Ortiz) went 4-for-4 on back-to-back days.

The only previous time it had ever even happened in the same month was July 1993 (Dave Winfield on July 9, George Brett on July 26).>

Thanks Jay for the info!! =)

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  WannaBe: Poor Reds, loser of 7 in a row and after their trip to Seattle last weekend, they'll start Monday at LAD, and some left-handed pitcher named Clayton.

If I'm Reds' front office management, I'd file a law-suit to MLB for unfair labour practices. That's just not right!!

Clayton will be going for 7-games in a row with double-digit strike outs. Longest stretch for his career was 3-games in a row, and he did it three times. (Stat from

The way Clayton's pitching, he'll reach double-digits just during batting practice. The betting line is LAD -370 O/U 6.5, they really think Dodgers can score 7 runs? By they-selves??

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  OhioChessFan: I'll take the Dodgers and the over. There was an Elvis sighting at the Reds game yesterday. Seattle had more bloops and thousand hoppers through the infield than you'd see in a week of Cardinals games. Reds had vicious line drives right at people, warning track outs, and lost a game they should have won going away.
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  WannaBe: Kershaw's 10+ Ks streak and <OFC>'s predictions are in jeopardy, 4IP 2H 1BB 1K... 0-0 game.

However, it does not mean Dodgers/Reds can't bust loose and score a bunch of runs. Or Clayton striking out 10 batters in one inning due to WPs or PBs.

So, keep Hope Alive! (Dude, Bob's been dead for over a decade...)

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  OhioChessFan: <Wassabi: However, it does not mean Dodgers/Reds can't bust loose and score a bunch of runs.>

When the Reds bullpen gets in the game, that's a real good possibility.

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  WannaBe: Kershaw 4Ks, that Irish lad Finnegan's matching Kershaw pitch for pitch!

What a great game, gotta love baseball. Get this, Kershaw 6IP 69 pitches, 47 for strike.

Finnegan, 5IP 71 pitches, but, I mean holy cow, that's a great game. 0-0, going to the bottom of 6th.

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  WannaBe: Oh, geeze, how about this plot, Kershaw 8IP, 7Ks

Need to strike out the side in the 9th for his 7th consecutive double-digit Ks.

Will Dave Roberts leave him in?!!? Only 88 pitches after 8IP, 11 pitches per. That is just absolutely silly, ridiculous, <SICK>.

Or as my best buddy V. Scully would say: "How you like them apples?!"

On the other side of the coin, poor Mr. Finnegan only gave up one run (double-play, no RBI) 5H and 106 pitches thrown...

That's what you'd call a Finnegan's Wake.

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  WannaBe: After 8 full innings, Finnegan 107 pitches 5H 1R 1ER 4BB 2K, quality start, and he's losing.

I'm starting to root for this kid. 23 years old, out of TCU, from Kansas City Royals organization.

Maybe them Yankees will sign him for 30 years and 1B contract...

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  WannaBe: That's just not fair, (such is life), Finnegan pitched a great game, GREAT GAME.

8IP, CG, 1R, 1ER, but the opposing pitcher was Clayton, who just happened to also throw CG, 9IP 0R 0ER 1BB 7K.

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  WannaBe: The other great pitching match-up, SD/SF, 0-0 game... Wow.
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  WannaBe: 100 days until College Football Kick-off.

215 days until Christmas.

May-24-16  Jim Bartle: <pb> Found a real treat. Mel Allen's radio call of the deciding game of the 1949 season, Boston vs. Yankees.

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  Phony Benoni: How about that? Now all I need is three free hours and a Ballantine Beer.
May-24-16  Jim Bartle: "multitask"
May-24-16  Jim Bartle: Actually it's 1:45. Different era.
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  Phony Benoni: Thought it said 2:45. I have a slow computer.
May-24-16  Jim Bartle: Oops, you're right. 1:45 is how much I had watched.

Really fun, since I've read the Halberstam book on that season. Terrible book, by the way, but still exciting.

May-25-16  Jim Bartle: Mel Allen has a nice rhythm as the announcer in that game but really is poor about giving key information.

For example in the middle of the ninth inning he just says Stengel is moving outfielders and puts Gene Woodling into leftfield. He doesn't even say that Woodling is entering the game and that DiMaggio is coming out. (DiMaggio was injured chasing a triple.)

Lot of things like that.

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  Phony Benoni: I thought a Red Sox - Yankees lasting only 1:45 sound suspicious!
May-25-16  Jim Bartle: It's not a full 2:45, though. There's a lot of the celebration after the game.

No discussion of the dimensions of the Stadium, of course, but there several balls hit over outfielders heads in left center and right center.

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  luftforlife: For anyone who can tune in NESN for tomorrow's Boston Red Sox coverage, the pregame festivities will feature a ceremony at which Wade Boggs's number will be retired. This will be followed by a rare and coveted appearance by <Carl Yastrzemski>, who will join Dave O'Brien and Jerry Remy in the broadcast booth during the first inning of the game against the Colorado Rockies. This will be one of only a few televised interviews he's given since his retirement, and promises to be entertaining -- maybe even illuminating. Not a plug for the network, but definitely a nod to Yaz -- my all-time favorite baseball player, and one of my few personal heroes, in or out of baseball. Thanks, Yaz! Go Sox! :)
May-25-16  Jim Bartle: I assume the Yaz inning will be broadcast from atop the Green Monster.
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  Boomie: <Phony Benoni>

I just noticed that you played in the 1975 US Open in Lincoln, Nebraska. So did I. The results are here - Game Collection: US Open 1975, Lincoln.

The Seattle crowd performed well above pay grade. A 13 year old Yaz scored 8.5 including his first GM scalp. This was an especially remarkable result as the kid had been playing for only 2 years, mostly clobbering me for lunch money. Vic Pupols finished tied for 4th with 9 points. Jim McCormick and I finished at 7.5, which was good enough for me to share the class B prize. At the awards ceremony, Yaz told me to laugh all the way to the bank...heh.

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