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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Aug-27-16
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 16457 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-25-16 sachistu chessforum
Phony Benoni: Possible Olimpbase correction: Duchamp vs Dake, 1933 (kibitz #35)
   Aug-25-16 A Gandhi vs W Fisher, 2014 (replies)
Phony Benoni: In case you're wonder, at move 17: [DIAGRAM] Black can't get away with <17...Bxg3>. He would have lots of play against the exposed White king if it takes the knight, but <18.Nc6> simply wins a I wonder if Billy Fisher was planning 17...Bxg3, but saw the flaw at the
   Aug-25-16 Goglidze vs Botvinnik, 1935 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Plenty of ideas for Black, but the sequence has to be just right. I'm thinking <24...Bxa3.> After 25.Qxc2 Rxc2 26.Bd1 Rc3 I think Black can hold the extra piece, so recapture with <25.Rxa3>. Now <25..>Qxe2 26.Qxb6 Rab8!>, and after the queen moves the back ...
   Aug-24-16 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
Phony Benoni: Wait a minute. Duke Snider and Eddie Mathews batting leadoff?
   Aug-24-16 J M Bellon Lopez vs M Grabarczyk, 2001 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Simple enough. Black puts a knight on g4, and White eventually has to move his king to a light square square where whichever knight remains can fork K+Q.
   Aug-23-16 Duchamp vs Dake, 1933
Phony Benoni: "Brroklyn Daily Eagle", June 29, 1933, also have <36.Bf1>. It was very possibly Steiner's source
   Aug-23-16 Toldsepp vs Keres, 1934 (replies)
Phony Benoni: See a fork, set it up, And all the day you'll have good luck.
   Aug-22-16 J Xiong vs C Aravindh, 2016
Phony Benoni: In the final position: [DIAGRAM] Black might as well have tried <43...Qxd5>. You never know, you know. And even if the worst happens, <44.Qb8+ Qg8 45.Bg7#> would have been an appropriate ending to the game.
   Aug-22-16 K Burger vs Benko, 1969 (replies)
Phony Benoni: I think the difficulty here stems from having the B+Q battery on the diagonal: it's counterintuitive to give that up. Had the initial position been: [DIAGRAM] <27...Ba6> would have been Monday-obvious.
   Aug-21-16 Eugene B Meyer
Phony Benoni: <Granny O'Doul> It wasn't much; something like this: [DIAGRAM] 1.Rc7 Rh6+ 2.Be6 Rxe6+ 3.Kxe6 Kxc7 Still, it ranks with the greatest combinations I have seen in a tournament game at 5:00 in the morning.
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  Penguincw: < PB: Don't feel like looking this up. Is Ken Griffey Jr. the first son of a former major league player to reach the Hall of Fame? >

Well, Roberto Alomar (elected into the HOF in 2011) was the son of former MLB player, Sandy Alomar Sr.

Although he might not be the first either.

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  Phony Benoni: Wait a minute. Duke Snider and Eddie Mathews batting leadoff?
Aug-24-16  saffuna: Amazing. And Snider hit .210 that year.

There's a sentimental but really nice video of a Milwaukee kid on the field before this game. Willie Mays asked if he wanted him to autograph his glove, and the kid said, "No! This is for Braves only."

He met Warren Spahn again thirty years later at a signing event, and they ended up talking an hour and a half.

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  WannaBe: <Phony> This article may be of interest to you (or your question)

Aug-24-16  saffuna: That can't be an authentic Posnanski article. He doesn't write about himself for the first three paragraphs.
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  WannaBe: ChiSox will have a new stadium name:

Good thing it's not Guaranteed <Win> Field.

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  Penguincw: < ChiSox will have a new stadium name >

How about Trident Field? :p

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  WannaBe: <Penguincw> No, that would make Mr. Wrigley very upset. ChicLets Gum would work better.

You have the Chic to start with and that may appease Mr. Wrigley.

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  Penguincw: < No, that would make Mr. Wrigley very upset. >

Isn't that the point, to make your rivals upset?


BTW: Check out this quote from the Tigers' FB page about Cabrera:

"Miguel Cabrera posted his 16th game with three-or-more hits last night, going 3x5 with a run scored and a double. He now has 205 three-hit games in his major league career, which is tied with with [sic] Harold Baines and Michael Young for 58th in MLB history."

Hmm, tied for 58th. Is there some significance with this, because I'm not following?

Aug-25-16  saffuna: This is so irritating.

Tim Kurkjian of ESPN says "David Ortiz is having the greatest final season in history." Technically true, maybe, but it's not the same as saying the best season at age 40, because it isn't.

Besides, it's so silly, because any number of great players could have retired earlier with better years but chose to keep playing.

And what about Sandy Koufax in 1966? 27-9, 1.73. I don't care how big the strike zone was or how big Dodger Stadium is, that's a great final year.

Ted Williams had an incredible year at age 40. He just kept playing two more years.

Barry Bonds, age 40: .360, .600 on base percentage, 45 home runs (in 370 at bats), 101 RBI, 129 runs. But he also kept playing.

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  WannaBe: D'Backs (Top 7th inning) and LAD (Top 6th) are both being no-hit.
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  WannaBe: D'Backs got a hit, Dodgers, not yet.
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  Penguincw: The Dodgers have no-hit the Giants six times before, but the Giants have never no-hit the Dodgers.

Well, let's hope the Dodgers get a hit. Even if they lose, taking 2 of 3 from the Giants is good enough.

Looking ahead, Dodgers will face the best team in baseball (CHC), while the Giants face the worst (ATL).


Pointless stat: Ellis is 1 for 5 in his career vs. Moore.

Aug-26-16  saffuna: <Pointless stat: Ellis is 1 for 5 in his career vs. Moore. >

Why? Just because he was traded?

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  WannaBe: Two out bloop single by C. Seager broke up the no-no!!
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  Penguincw: Yes! Seager breaks up the no-hitter.

I'm sure this is a coincidence, but I'm actually watching a MLB 16: The Show live stream, where Moore (with TB) one-hits Arizona...

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  Penguincw: < Why? Just because he was traded? >

Yes, that's the only reason why I brought it up.

Dodgers showing interest in Phillies players. First Utley from last year, now Ruiz.

Aug-26-16  saffuna: Did everyone see this catch by Billy Hamilton of Cincinnati a couple of days ago? A great diving catch, but what is really surprising is his incredible speed getting to the ball.

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  perfidious: <saffuna....And what about Sandy Koufax in 1966? 27-9, 1.73. I don't care how big the strike zone was or how big Dodger Stadium is, that's a great final year....>

Yes, it was; trouble for Koufax was that he was through because of the circulatory problem.

<....Did everyone see this catch by Billy Hamilton of Cincinnati a couple of days ago? A great diving catch, but what is really surprising is his incredible speed getting to the ball.>

No, but with his tremendous speed, I should not be at all surprised by anything from him in the outfield.

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  WannaBe: Pretty funny:

<Jesse Rogers
ESPN Staff Writer

Joe Maddon and David Ross presented Vin Scully with the number 67 from the Wrigley Field scoreboard as well the Dodgers flag that flies at Wrigley. Maddon also gave him a set of his t-shirts from Do Simple Better to Try Not to Suck. He's hoping Scully will wear them in retirement.>

Please, please, Vin. Don't suck at retirement. =))

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  WannaBe: Toronto have re-acquired D. Navarro, they must really like ex-Dodgers catchers. =))

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  WannaBe: In case you can't find the real Vin Scully, he is waaaaaaaaaay in the back, on top on that Tower that says "Dodgers", on top of the antenna, since he is doing the play-by-play of the photo shoot! =))

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  Penguincw: < Please, please, Vin. Don't suck at retirement. =)) >

Don't retire at all. :)

< Toronto have re-acquired D. Navarro, they must really like ex-Dodgers catchers. =)) >

He was also an ex-Jay. He left the Jays since he wanted to play for a team that allowed him to be an everyday player, but with Avila coming off the DL, maybe not anymore. With the Jays' 6-man rotation, he'll probably catch 1 or 2 starts/rotation. I imagine this move is done to give Martin some more days off, as he's probably going to play every postseason game, should the Jays make it (Thole+Dickey might not make the postseason roster).

Of course, the Jays (like other teams), love Oakland players as well. ;)

Aug-27-16  saffuna: I posted this last year when Jason Heyward was a freee agent about to get a huge contract:

<I read something that said Heyward was rated by advance stats to be one of the ten best players in baseball. Even if that is ten best non-pitchers, I don't understand it.

Heyward hits .290 with 15 homers and 80 RBIs. You can pretty much find rightfielders on a tree who can do that. He's supposed to be a great fielder, but I just don't see how that can move him to the top even if he's a combination of Clemente and Kaline out there.>

He's played full-time for the Cubs this year, and has hit .225 with 6 homers and 34 RBIs. That's poor for a shortstop, embarrassing for a rightfielder.

Cubs are playing great, but I bet they wish they'd never signed Heyward.

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  WannaBe: Nice day for a Triple Header, Cubs/LAD, KC/BOS and end the evening with ATL/SF. =))
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