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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Jan-24-17
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 16770 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-15-17 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Due to minor surgery, I won't be around from some time.
 
   Jan-12-17 Karjakin vs Svidler, 2015 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: White's first problem is stopping Black from promoting a pawn to a bishop on a dark square. White could very easily get mated after that. Assuming that is possible,, it looks like White's only chance to make this a Puzzle Position is to get his king over to the kingside. which ...
 
   Jan-11-17 58th US Open (1957) (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: <Helios727> Yes, Fischer won his first game by forfeit. The crosstable uses "+ and "=" to indicate wins and losses on forfeit/. The scoreboard at the top is automatically compiled from actual games in the database. That's why Fischer comes up a game short. Since many ...
 
   Jan-10-17 Fischer vs W A Nyman, 1964 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Black desperately asked the kibitzers for help to no avail. "Sorry, Bill you're on your own. Against Fischer, Nyman is and Island."
 
   Jan-10-17 W van Lankveld vs Van der Wiel, 2000 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Just the ol' rook sac on R7 followed by the queen coming in on B7 bit. She's on the diagonal rather than the file, but it's the same idea. Oh, if you really want me to be concret: <28. ...Rxa2+ 29.Kxa2 Qxc2+ 30.Ka3 Ra8# 31.Kb4 Ra4#.> More or less.
 
   Jan-09-17 P Benes vs K Mokry, 1979
 
Phony Benoni: <26...?? [DIAGRAM] Mate is mate, you know. So after <26...Rxh2+ 27.Kxh2>, I cannot find it my heart to criticize Black for heading into the pretty <27...Rh6+ 28.Bh3 Rxh3+ 29.Kxh3 Qg3#> instead of the quicker but fall duller 28...Nxg4+,
 
   Jan-09-17 Chandler vs O I Barkan, 1975 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: This would be a nice puzzle in Cannibal Chess, wherein White could take his own pawn with 25.Nxh6+. That not being the case, we might as well put it to good use: <25.Rxg6+ hxg6 26.h7#>,
 
   Jan-04-17 M Sagafos vs M Dziuba, 2001
 
Phony Benoni: <34.?> [DIAGRAM] White after some thought, grandly announces "Mate in 6" and proudly plays <34.Bh6>. Black looks a bit skeptical so White makes haste to explain. "If you play 34..Rg8, then 35.Rg3 leaves you with no effective defense of g7. The longest line is ...
 
   Jan-04-17 A Moroz vs K Lerner, 2000
 
Phony Benoni: [DIAGRAM] I can imagine Black, in the best traditions of coffeehouse chess, playing <46...Qe5> with the sweetest, most innocent look on his face. White, not believing his luck played <47.Nf3>--and promptly got the evich knocked out of him.
 
   Jan-04-17 Seirawan vs Beliavsky, 1988 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: ...Rh1 is mate if e2 is covered. This suggests we look at <21...Bf3>, since the g-pawn can take over the bishop's function after 22.gxf3 gxf3. White can't do much besides 23.Kg1, and though Black can probably sacrifice the rook on h1 simply 23...Qh8 seems the quickest ...
 
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Jan-15-17
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Phony Benoni> Congratulations, and get better soon!
Jan-16-17
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  WannaBe: If we are to take the (subset) of ESPN votes, there will be 7 elected to HoF this Wednesday:

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/...

Jan-17-17
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  playground player: Barry Bonds in the Hall of Fame--that's obscene.
Jan-17-17
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  WannaBe: With HoF announcement tomorrow, you can test your knowledge here:

http://www.espn.com/blog/jayson-sta...

I scored one right (out of 5), down to Single-A ball for me.

Jan-17-17
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  OhioChessFan: <pp: Barry Bonds in the Hall of Fame--that's obscene.>

Don't worry. His head won't fit through the door.

Jan-17-17
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  OhioChessFan: I got 2 out of 5, <Wannabe>, the 30/20 and catcher. Tough questions. The reliever question I had no clue, and the other two were my second choice.
Jan-17-17
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  Penguincw: On that quiz, I got 1/5; the closer one.

< Barry Bonds in the Hall of Fame--that's obscene. >

Agree. Personally, I wouldn't want to see Bonds in the HOF for obvious reasons, but at the same time, gotta consider 2 things: PEDs help, but they don't it all. It still takes a lot of skill to be able to hit a baseball. And secondly, I'm sure MLB attendance was declining seriously in the late 90s/early 00s, and all this steroid use I'm sure help boosted attendance, so I'll give them credit for that.

Even considering this, I still wouldn't vote for Bonds. I would vote for guys like Clemens and Big Mac though...

And of course, I'm still disgruntled that Pete Rose is banned from the HOF. While I don't condone what he did as a manager, I'd like the HOF to recognize his achievements as a <player>, not a manager.

Jan-18-17
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  OhioChessFan: 6 years ago you got the pun. Please, explain it to me.

M Holly vs M Bezuch, 2000

Jan-18-17
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  WannaBe: Three got elected to HoF, J. Bagwell, T. Raines, and I. Rodriguez.
Jan-18-17
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  WannaBe: Over 60% of ESPN (fan) voters said both Bonds and Clemens belong in the HoF. Unfortunately, it takes 75% to get in.

http://www.espn.com/sportsnation/st...

Jan-18-17
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  WannaBe: Lookin' ahead to next year's newly eligible players:

Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Scott Rolen, Andruw Jones, Omar Vizquel, Johan Santana, Johnny Damon and Jamie Moyer.

Jan-19-17
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  saffuna: I thought Moyer was just hitting mid-career.

I see Chipper Jones getting in pretty quickly, and Thome and Vizquel in another year or two. Maybe more time for Vizquel. The others have little chance.

Thome hit 600 homers, productive for many years. I remember a Bill James evaluation early in his career something like "third baseman, gets on base, little power but might develop some."

Jan-21-17
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  playground player: <Esteemed Baseball Mavens> Here's a tough one for you:

Who was the only player to lead his league in RBIs three times during the 1950s?

My hat's off to anybody who knows this!

Jan-21-17
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  saffuna: Ralph Kiner?
Jan-21-17
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  Penguincw: <pgp>

If I had to make one guess, it would've been Willie Mays, but I had a bunch of secondary guesses: Berra, Mantle and Williams.

Looking up the answer, *spoiler* one of them is right, so yay.

Jan-21-17
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  playground player: <saffuna>, <penguincw> None of the above. Oddly, neither Mays nor Berra ever led the league in RBIs. Williams didn't do it in the 50s, and Mantle only once, in 1956. Ralph Kiner was a good guess, but no cigar.
Jan-21-17
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  Penguincw: Ah, I'm a fool. While my guesses were just guesses (no research, just whatever baseball knowledge I knew in my brain), my proofreading/research skills were horrible. I looked up the answer on Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_...), but didn't read the table properly. I thought one column was AL leader, and the other NL leader, but it was actually AL leader, and then AL runner-up.

Checking http://www.baseball-reference.com/l..., I can actually see the answer to the question, and I hadn't even heard of him before.

Jan-22-17
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  OhioChessFan: Ummmmmm, no chance on that one. I've never heard of him either. I got a nephew who claims to be a Hall of Famer in sports trivia. I'll see what he can come up with.
Jan-22-17
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  saffuna: This player was a big sports hero in the Bay Area in the late 40s. High school prodigy, All-American running back at Cal. I heard about him a lot because he was in my grandmother's English class at Oakland Tech.

He was a good player, 1958 MVP, but as far as all those RBIs go, he had Ted Williams getting on base about half the time ahead of him. (And Williams wasn't driving himself in that much in the 50s.)

His career was relatively short because he had a severer fear of flying, and retired because of it.

Jan-22-17
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  playground player: Jackie Jensen--ah, how quickly we forget!

<saffuna> Fear of flying, eh? I didn't know that. BTW, it always helps the RBI leader to have someone in front of him who gets on base a lot. But you still have to drive him in. Enzo Hernandez couldn't have done it.

Being old enough to remember, and living on the East Coast, I'd say Jackie Jensen got a pretty fair amount of recognition while he was active. I remember he was a contestant--against Rocky Colavito (remember him?)--on the old <Home Run Derby> TV show.

But now--Jackie who?

Jan-22-17
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  YouRang: Just saw the sad news this morning that Yordano Ventura, pitcher for the Royals was killed in a car accident. He was 25.

http://www.si.com/mlb/2017/01/22/ro...

Jan-22-17
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  saffuna: < it always helps the RBI leader to have someone in front of him who gets on base a lot. But you still have to drive him in.>

He was definitely a good player. I was just suggesting why he led the whole AL in RBIs three times, ahead of Mantle, Williams and others.

I saw the Red Sox play once, against the immortal San Francisco Seals in 1957. Willimas in left (in front of us), Jensen in right, and Jimmy Piersall in center. He did not climb the screen.

Jan-22-17
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  Penguincw: Aww, RIP to Ventura.

Also heard that prospect Andy Marte also died in the Dominican Republic in an unrelated car crash: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/....

Jan-22-17
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  WannaBe: Very sad, another young life lost, reminds me of Oscar Taveras in 2014 (pitcher for StL), same thing car accident.
Jan-22-17
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  MissScarlett: G H Wolbrecht vs E P Elliott, 1909
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