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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Jul-02-16
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 16341 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-02-16 Phony Benoni chessforum
 
Phony Benoni: Tigers' rookie pitcher Michael Fulmer probably won't get any All Start consideration, but he's got some streak going. Over his last eight starts, totaling 53.3 innings, he has gone 7-0 while allowing 3 (!) runs and 23 hits, walking 16 and striking out 48. That's an ERA of 0.43,
 
   Jun-29-16 B Harper vs R Zuk, 1971 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: 3rd time as GOTD, and fine with me. It never fails to raise a smile. Everything sems so innocent until slowly...
 
   Jun-29-16 J Pyrowicz vs A Latocha, 2009 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: The question, of course, is what happens after White declines with 26 ...Nxh3+ 27.Kh1. Looks like Black has to trade first with 27...Rxd4 28.cxd4 and then play 28...Ng4 29.g3 Nhxf2+ 30.Kg1 (30.Kg2 Ne3+ Qxg3+ 31.Bg2 Nh3+ 32.Kf1 Ne3+, and that ought to be enough analysis for ...
 
   Jun-27-16 Jan Paul Cremer vs A Neffe, 2009 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: "Tis far more noble to fall under the swords of the enemy than to have your own queen eat you alive. And a legal move to boot!
 
   Jun-25-16 David Moody (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: <jnpope> It just occurred to me. The award is for Special Services to Chess. As far as US Chess is concerned, I haven't performed any Special Services to Chess for twenty-odd years. <THAT> must be why I'm getting the award!
 
   Jun-25-16 A J Smith vs Lombardy, 1963
 
Phony Benoni: When White has to play 23,Ra1 so he can play 24.Qb1, his position does not inspire confidence. 25.Ng3 is of course a blunder; White needed to move the rook on c1 to some other obscure square. In any case, his pieces have no prospects while Black's are taking over the board.
 
   Jun-25-16 Suttles vs H Avram, 1963
 
Phony Benoni: <"The "District of Columbia expert, Herbert Avram, was upset by Duncan Suttles of Reno, Nev., whose speculative piece sacrifice proves successful after 30 moves."> -- "New York Times", August 14, 1963. Remember, this was 1963. Suttes was still a "Promising Junior", while ...
 
   Jun-24-16 A Volokitin vs Miroshnichenko, 2012
 
Phony Benoni: <Virgil A: Question to the experts. no drawish lines after Qs swap? Opposite colored Bs. Or a perpetual check on e1 and e4 squares if Qs not swapped? After 40.Qxe7 Qe8> Since no experts have taken this on, I'll try it. Fir tge saje if argument, we'll say the game ...
 
   Jun-24-16 Menchik vs W Winter, 1932 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: My apologies for the foolish statement. When I saw "Brexit is Coming", I assumed it referred to a parody of a pun from last year,"Winter is Coming". Very bad on my part.
 
   Jun-23-16 Maroczy / Rollans vs Korchnoi, 1985 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Alas, Maroczy was but a ghost of his former self.
 
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Jun-30-16
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  WannaBe: Wheeee!!!! Coastal Carolina from Big South Conference. How-a-bout-that?

Go Chantillier, Go Chanticleats, go Channel#9. How about just Go Coastal!!!

(There, I can spell that word.)

Jun-30-16
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  WannaBe: Kershaw have herniated disk, LAD trades for Norris of ATL.

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/1...

See if Fernando or Hershiser are available. Heck Koufax's still alive and kickin', sheeeeeeeet.

Jun-30-16
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  WannaBe: D. Schoenfield on MadBum DH for hisself:

http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/p...

Jun-30-16
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  WannaBe: MadBum hits a lead off double to start the third inning!! Bochy is a freakin' <GENIUS>!!
Jun-30-16  Jim Bartle: Why doesn't he DH when he's not pitching?
Jun-30-16
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  Penguincw: While on the topic of pitchers hitting, I think a while ago I saw someone suggest a "Pitcher Home Run Derby", so a home run derby, but only for pitchers. Could be interesting to see guys like MadBum, Arrieta, Colon, etc. hit. After all, the Home Run Derby is kinda just batting practice, so let's see how the pitchers fare.
Jun-30-16
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  WannaBe: Easiest trivia question ever (From Giants radio announcers) tonight. So everybody's disqualified from answering.

Q: Before calling Oakland home, A's called Kansas City home, before that, where did they call home?

A: E.T. call home?

Jun-30-16  Jim Bartle: <Kershaw have herniated disk, LAD trades for Norris of ATL.>

Mike Norris of Oakland, leader of the brilliant staff that Billy Martin burned out in two years.

Jul-01-16
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  perfidious: <Jim: Mike Norris of Oakland, leader of the brilliant staff that Billy Martin burned out in two years.>

Yes, and I am the current third baseman for Red Sawx.

In all seriousness, I have wondered about that aspect of Martin as a manager. Fiery, thus a terrific short-term fix for any team, I do not recall his tendencies as an in-game manager. Did he have trouble handling a pitching staff, a la Dusty Baker, or was he closer to the Earl Weaver mould?

It was evident that those 1980-81 A's had some front-line talent (Henderson, Murphy and Armas to name several), but clearly could not compete with the powerhouse Royals or Yankees of the day.

Jul-01-16  Jim Bartle: Martin wore those pitchers out, wouldn't go to the bullpen.
Jul-01-16
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  WannaBe: Time for a GoFundMe campaign for R. Goodell. Poor guy.

http://money.cnn.com/2016/07/01/new...

Jul-01-16
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  WannaBe: Weird, it's Friday and CLE/TOR is playing a day game...
Jul-01-16
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  Phony Benoni: <Party Animal> If I still had any of those rare cards, they would be worthless today. Probably like you and most other normal kids, I actually touched my cards, flipped them around, stacked them up, used them for drink coasters or bookmarks, and licked the excess bubble gum sugar off them.

If we wrecked one using i as a noise maker in the spokes of our bicycle, no big deal. There would be another one next year, with the same picture and updated stats. Joe Koppe never changed, and I had a million of him.

Jul-01-16
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  WannaBe: I wish I have a contract like Bobby B.

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/1...

Jul-01-16
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  WannaBe: TOR's 1B named Smoak?! He just smoked one to center field for solo HR.
Jul-01-16
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  perfidious: <WannaBe: Weird, it's Friday and CLE/TOR is playing a day game...>

Nothing strange about that--it is Canada Day.

Jul-01-16
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  WannaBe: <perfidious> Can't be, my iCalendar does not say that. =))
Jul-01-16
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  WannaBe: Annnnnnnnd they're going to the 16th inning. Nothing like bonus baseball.
Jul-01-16
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  WannaBe: Top of 18th, officially a double-header!! Cleveland have inserted T. Bauer (starter), while Toronto countered with Goins, their second baseman.
Jul-01-16
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  WannaBe: 19 innings, whatamarathonofagame!!!
Jul-01-16
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  Phony Benoni: The next pitcher for the Indians would have been Huxley Fred.
Jul-01-16
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  Penguincw: Grr, Jays fall to 3-1 in 18+ inning games.

Interesting game, nice to see Goins and Barney pitch. Jays could've brought out tomorrow's starter, ace Marco Estrada, but they didn't (it's fine, they'll have him for tomorrow). Perhaps Corey Kluber (Sunday's probable) will pitch tomorrow.

Congrats to the Indians, who haven't loss a game since the Cavaliers won the NBA Championship.

Not going to rant on how bad home plate umpire Vic Carapazza was...

Jul-01-16
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  perfidious: <PB: The next pitcher for the Indians would have been Huxley Fred.>

Long as it wasn't going to be Huxley Aldous.

Jul-01-16
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  WannaBe: CIN/WAS going extra innings, will they go 19, or 20???
Jul-02-16
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  Phony Benoni: Tigers' rookie pitcher Michael Fulmer probably won't get any All Start consideration, but he's got some streak going.

Over his last eight starts, totaling 53.3 innings, he has gone 7-0 while allowing 3 (!) runs and 23 hits, walking 16 and striking out 48. That's an ERA of 0.43, just 4.03 hits per nine innings, and a WHIP of 0.76.

You have to guard against making too much of rookie phenoms, and they do have him on a short leash -- but those are still some numbers.

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