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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Oct-23-14
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 14457 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-22-14 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: What Ho! Looks like we got ourselves a Series here.
 
   Oct-20-14 K Gratka vs M Azadmanesh, 1994 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Suggest, and ye shall receive.
 
   Oct-19-14 Kasparov vs Timman, 1991 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: <morfishine? Well, there's NN vs Greco, 1620 , which still qualifies as one of NN's immortal games against Greco. Seriously, it's not hard to find counter-examples if you look hard enough. In fact, when I did a quick survey of the database, the a6/b5 vs. a7/b6 formation had ...
 
   Oct-18-14 Biographer Bistro (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: <WCC Editing Project> Since I am now working exclusively on the US Open, somebody else should probably tackle the Hastings updates. I'll be glad to take mine down when that happens.
 
   Oct-17-14 D Moody vs J Aldrich, 1998
 
Phony Benoni: Mdomradave> Thanks. The opening is another of those Blackmar-Diemer clones that despeeate attacking players try against the Caro-Kann at some point in their career.. There are a few traps involved and Black has to be accurate, but its scarcity speaks to its soundness. ...
 
   Oct-17-14 A Suvorin vs A Chekhov, 1893 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: <kevin86> No. He always checked off.
 
   Oct-15-14 D Moody vs A Littke, 1992 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Looks like I was following my usual strategy in bad positions--put everything <en prise> and hope he takes the wrong piece. After 16...Bxf3 17.Ne3 is probably best, with many of the same ideas as 17.Nc7. Black can just take the knight safely after that move. His 16...Bf7 ...
 
   Oct-15-14 Carlsen vs Anand, 2013 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Isn't it good?
 
   Oct-14-14 Daunke vs P Kalmar-Wolf, 1925 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Well, White seemed to play reasonably enough for a while, but after 21.Ra2? nothing seemed to go right. The knight promotion isn't just cute, but the fastest way to force mate.
 
   Oct-13-14 Taubenhaus vs J C Halpern, 1887 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: <sachistu> I do remember those "Chess Digest" pamphlets well, and though I can not personally evaluate the translation I can well believe Neat's review.
 
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Let's play two!

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Oct-21-14
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  Jim Bartle: Saints-Lions has to be one of the greatest chokes/comebacks ever, leaving aside Houston-Buffalo.

But another one was the 1972 SF-Dallas playoff game. Dallas had beaten the Niners twice in the playoffs (Staubach!) but this time they had an 11-point lead with 2 minutes left.

So...Staubach, onside, Staubach, and bye-bye SF, 30-28.

http://static.espn.go.com/nfl/playo...

Oct-21-14
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  WannaBe: Okay, when is Yost going to the pen?
Oct-21-14
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  WannaBe: This guy wearing a bright Marlins shirt, right behind home plate... Sure stands out in a sea of blue.
Oct-21-14
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  Phony Benoni: Anticipating, of course, but I got to wondering about teams winning three World Series in five years. Not the Yankees, of course; they've done it a bunch of times. But other teams?

Just one has done it twice: Athletics in 1910-11-13 and 1972-73-74. Red Sox did it 1915-16-18, and the Cardinals in 1942-44-46. That's it. Not common.

oK, since you don't insist, the Yankees won three in five years:

1936-37-38
1937-38-39
1938-39-41
1939-41-43
1947-49-50
1949-50-51
1950-51-52
1951-52-53
1958-61-62
1996-98-99
1998-99-2000

Oct-21-14
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  WannaBe: On that thought, by my count, the Yankees have the most consecutive games won in World Series play. How many consecutive games did they win?
Oct-21-14
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  Phony Benoni: <WannaBe> I covered that earlier. It's 12 straight, sweeps in 1927, 1928 and 1932.
Oct-21-14
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  WannaBe: <Phony Benoni> Nope! =)
Oct-22-14
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  Phony Benoni: <WannaBe> Well, if you're talking consecutive World Series, how about nine by the Yankess (last game in 1937, sweeps in 1938 and 1939)?
Oct-22-14
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  perfidious: <WannaBe: More interestingly, these 10 teams (League have 32 teams, so... Roughly one-third of the NFL) have not yet had an hundred yard rusher.>

Things have changed these last five years or so: as recently as 2009, most every team had a workhorse at RB, but only a handful now rely heavily on a single runner.

Oct-22-14
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  Jim Bartle: <Things have changed these last five years or so: as recently as 2009, most every team had a workhorse at RB, but only a handful now rely heavily on a single runner.>

Rules changes favor passing.

Oct-22-14
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  WannaBe: The fan with Marlins gear:

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

<Phony Benoni> Still nope. =))

Oct-22-14
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  WannaBe: <Phony Benoni> I errored in my counting, you are correct. My apologies.
Oct-22-14
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  Phony Benoni: Hello. I am a friend of David Moody, the person whom you call "Phony Benoni". I am sorry to inform you that, upon being told he had the wrong answer to a baseball question, he has disappeared. Since his favorite shotgun is also missing, we fear the worst.

He also left a mysterious message on his cell phone: "Be vewy quiet. I'm hunting wabbits." Does anybody have any idea what that might mean?

Oct-22-14
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  WannaBe: That guy with Marlins shirt is behind home plate again... Will he show up at San Francisco?!
Oct-22-14
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  WannaBe: That CS just saved SF a run...
Oct-22-14
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  Jim Bartle: <That guy with Marlins shirt is behind home plate again... Will he show up at San Francisco?!>

If he does he won't be as noticeable.

Oct-22-14
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  WannaBe: How lowwwwwww can you go??

http://money.cnn.com/2014/10/22/med...

Oct-22-14
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  Phony Benoni: Being a viewer who doesn't subscribe to anything beyond the basic broadcast networks, I'm bothered by that. If the ratings continue to drop, the day will come when the World Series will not be available on "free" TV.
Oct-22-14
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  WannaBe: Well, the college football championship is now on ESPN TV, but you can stream the play by play on internet radio...

NHL goes back forth between of NBC and cable...

Since I am a cord cutter and use tunein.com ( I don't work for tunein, or have stocks), I do find listening easier than 'having to watch'.

Oct-22-14
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  Jim Bartle: I think one reason ratings are low is the pause of several days between LCS and World Series. People lose interest.

I think the Series should start the second day after both teams are decided. This setting dates at the beginning of the year is terrible.

I love tunein.

Oct-22-14
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  Phony Benoni: What Ho! Looks like we got ourselves a Series here.
Oct-22-14
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  WannaBe: One-pitch strike out, gotta love that.
Oct-22-14
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  WannaBe: Also, Tonight we have that 9-1-4 DP by the Royals.
Oct-23-14
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  perfidious: Lions player flies to London, only to be released:

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on...

Talk about the unkindest cut of all....

Oct-23-14
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  perfidious: <WannaBe> That double play is everyday action--no idea why you would even notice. (wink)
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