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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Nov-27-15
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 15787 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-27-15 Browne vs John Kelly, 1966
Phony Benoni: <Granny O'Doul> This appears to be a different person: <John B Kelly>, originally from Michigan, but living in Scottsdale, Arizona at the time of the game. Rated around 1750. sources: 1966 US Open crosstable, "Northwest Chess", September 1966; USCF rating list, ...
   Nov-27-15 Phony Benoni chessforum
Phony Benoni: Right now, I know two things about Detroit Lions fans. 1) They are actually showing symptoms of playoff fever. This is not totally psychomatic. The remaining schedule (home vs. GB. @ Rams, @ Saints, home vs. 49ers, @ Bears) is not especially rigorous. If they can just win out ...
   Nov-27-15 R Svane vs F Zeller, 2014 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Yes, tricky, because the key move isn't the one you expect. The first instinct is 27...Rc1 28.Qxc1 Qxd4+, but that's nothing. The rook on f7 catches the eye; how can it get into the game? Try 27...e5 28.fxe5 fxe5 29.Rxe5 Rc1 30.Qxc1 Qxd4+ 31.Qe3 ... hmmm, doesn't seem to be a ...
   Nov-26-15 Topalov vs Antunes, 1992 (replies)
Phony Benoni: <Penguincw> It's not really a trap; the fact is that after <68.f7>: <Penguincw> It's not really a trap; the fact is that after <68.f7>: [DIAGRAM] The position is a draw. This isn't always the case with the king on the 6th rank, and if Black could play ...
   Nov-18-15 Stanley Eugene Epstein
Phony Benoni: <Tabanus> Hmm! I did have Stanley! Looks like my various records weren't communicating with each other, and cost you some time. Sorry about that. But it's always good to have confirmation.
   Nov-18-15 Frederick Baldwin Arnold
Phony Benoni: <zanzibar>'s information includes another game by Fred Arnold! Another loss, to be sure, but at least the Hanauer Fiasco will not be his sole legacy to history.
   Nov-17-15 Tabanus chessforum (replies)
   Nov-17-15 R Rapport vs P Idani, 2014 (replies)
Phony Benoni: "Oh, I really want to take that knight! can I do it? Please?" "Oh, go ahead. Double your pleasure."
   Nov-16-15 O Aharon vs Z Rahman, 2014 (replies)
Phony Benoni: I guess you have to be Carlsen to sacrifice the queen in this set-up. J L Hammer vs Carlsen, 2003
   Nov-15-15 Chandler vs I Rogers, 1984 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Gotta love those Main Lines. No wonder I could never learn the openings.
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Let's play two!

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Nov-21-15  Jim Bartle: Ohio State beaten in last second by Michigan State . OSU gained only 130 yards in the entire game, they must be out of the national championship picture.
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  Phony Benoni: And Michigan State did it with two freshmen quarterbacks splitting time after their starter was unable to play.

Meanwhile, the Wolverines are royally bummed out. They needed OSU to win for a chance to at the Big Ten with a win over the Buckeyes next week. Very strange week around here.

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  WannaBe: MSU defeated both UM and OSU, so they own all tie-breakers. Even if MSU lose to Penn State next week. Maybe UM should stop calling them "Little Brothers" and quick pickin' on them.

Spartans could be undefeated, but someone decided to invite Nebraska into the conference. Brilliant idea. Tom Osborn be proud.

Quietly, Navy is on the radar for a New Year's Bowl berth. If they end up being the highest ranked Non-Power 5 conference, you can see them Mid Shipmen on January 1st.

How about that!? They have only one loss (To Notre Dame) and are in the drivers seat to win the American Athletic Conference!

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  WannaBe: Pac-12 South is a mess, or its a very tough conference/division.

All 3 of Ucla and Utah's loses are to fellow Pac-12 members. The winner of Ucla and that other school will be South Division Champ.

If Stanford wins tonight, they will be North Division Champs, lose and it's Oregon. (I don't think Ducks will lose to Beavers next week).

Stanford still have to play Notre Dame at home next weekend.

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  WannaBe: 7-3 Stanford... It's not as cold, yet as I expected it to be. Oh, wait, I am not at the game. =)

Me thinkth, I'll be put on "probation ignore" for a few hours tomorrow on this forum. =)

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  WannaBe: Stanford scores!! 14-3.
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  WannaBe: Surprised Cal did not go for 2 after that touchdown...
Nov-22-15  Jim Bartle: Christian McCaffrey will almost certainly break the NCAA record for all-purpose yards held by the father of his teammate Barry J. Sanders.

It's a bit of a deceptive record, since return yards are so much easier to come by than running or receiving yards. And McCaffrey returns kickoffs.

Plus McCaffrey will play one more game than Sanders did.

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  WannaBe: Looks like it snowed over the evening, and Detroit got an early Christmas snow.
Nov-22-15  ketchuplover: snow is a four letter word !
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  WannaBe: The last time Raiders scored? Second Qtr vs Minnesota. They have gone 4+ Qtrs without even a field goal. Ugh!
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  chancho: Cam Newton, 5 TD's.

Game still in the 3rd Qt...

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  WannaBe: Two Time Zone Curse strikes again. On to the 49ers game.
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  Tabanus: <PB> Arents Legore Prindle and Edward Friederich Schrader.

I'm most sure about the latter, but if it was him (celebrating 1905?) or his son playing in 1955 is still an open question. I think only your sources could tell.

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  Phony Benoni: <TO ALL> My home Internet connection is on the fritz, and I can't get a service appointment until Saturday/ Blankety Thanksgiving week! At any rate, I have to sneak in a minute here and there at work, and will be sporadic for some time.

Lions are first team in history to win consecutive games scoring 18 points each time. Maybe there will be something better than the Internet on Thanksgivign.

<Tabanus> Good work on the Schrader front!

Nov-23-15  Deus Ex Alekhina: <PB> <I...will be sporadic for some time>. OK, let us know when you are done cultivating mushrooms in your attic.
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  WannaBe: Week 11 update on RTTTZMR!!

<LOST> Oakland @ Detroit

<WON> Kansas City @ San Diego

<LOST> Cincinnati @ Arizona

Boy, did we have a couple of good ones, Raiders almost pulled it off, and Cincinnati's furious 4th Qtr (But Arizona's 21-pts third Qtr doomed Cincinnati)...

So, how is the over-all picture look? Teams that travel two time zones or more are now 13-27, while the rest of the NFL road teams went 6-5, and a running total of 60-60. (That would be 0.500 if you are not too good at math)

For the Thanksg'v'n week, we have:

<???> Oakland @ Tennessee

<???> San Diego @ Jacksonville

<???> Pittsburgh @ Seattle

<???> New England @ Seattle

And just for kicks, the original Cleveland Browns (3-7) will play the new Cleveland Browns (2-8). 13-10 game? I can hardly wait.

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  Tabanus: Colin Arthur Renton off the list (I hope).
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  WannaBe: What happens when you call a press conference and no one shows up?

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  Phony Benoni: At this Holiday Checkpoint, I'm thankful for my new BFF: the technician who fixed my Internet connection today. It was the usual recipe for disaster: a cable, a tree, six inches of wet snow, and some wind.

He turned out to be a former high school chess player , so we had something to chat about while waiting for the for the scars to close. He mentioned he was a queen-pawn player, and I said, "Oh, one of those!" He seemed a bit miffed, but he's still my BFF at least.

I just hope I never see him again.

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  WannaBe: Good to have you back!
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  WannaBe: Well, Lions are doing good!
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  WannaBe: Well, Lions are kicking some serious turkey's bee-hind!
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  Phony Benoni: Nice to see the Lions get Thanksgiving Day off, but I'd like to know which team is wearing their uniforms.
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  Phony Benoni: Right now, I know two things about Detroit Lions fans.

1) They are actually showing symptoms of playoff fever. This is not totally psychomatic. The remaining schedule (home vs. GB. @ Rams, @ Saints, home vs. 49ers, @ Bears) is not especially rigorous. If they can just win out to go 9-7, there aren't going to be a whole lot of NFC teams doing better.

2) They need flu shots STAT.

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