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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Aug-16-18
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 17410 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-14-18 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
Phony Benoni: Thanks. I didn't' know people still looked at that stuff!
   Aug-09-18 chessforum (replies)
Phony Benoni: The link from the home page to today's GOTD is not working. This may be the intended game: B Lopez vs M Delgado Crespo, 2001
   Aug-06-18 H Helms vs Marshall, 1896
Phony Benoni: This game was played near the end of 1896, so apparently F M Teed vs E Delmar, 1896 was Hot Theory.
   Aug-06-18 K Rohonyan vs A L'Ami, 2008 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Originally a Friday puzzle (June 15), so it's at that level.
   Aug-02-18 S Petrenko vs Chiburdanidze, 2008 (replies)
Phony Benoni: The usual puzzle difficulty is not being followed because we are following aan earlier sequence of puzzles originally used on different days of the week: B Adhiban vs D Andreikin, 2017 , used on Wednesday, Jun 6 (40.?) and Saturday, July 28 (21.?) Topalov vs S Zhigalko, 2008 , ...
   Jul-30-18 Swiderski vs H Wolf, 1906
Phony Benoni: A wonderful finish. Even White's pair of double checks can't save him!
   Jul-30-18 S Volkov vs D Anikonov, 2016 (replies)
Phony Benoni: There are no Monday puzzles after move 100. This was a Friday puzzle back on June 8. That's three days in a row this has happened; something is wrong.
   Jul-29-18 Topalov vs S Zhigalko, 2008 (replies)
Phony Benoni: This was originally a Wednesday puzzle back on June 7, 2018. That's two days in a row we've reused a puzzle from ealier in the year, bu ton a different day of the week.
   Jul-28-18 Allies vs Marshall, 1906 (replies)
Phony Benoni: The Allies were Frank Otis Ballard, E A Munson, John W Barnhart.
   Jul-27-18 N Shoup
Phony Benoni: Appears his name was actually <Joseph P Shoup>, according to accounts int he "Sioux falls Journal" of December 5 and December 24, 1906.
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Let's play two!

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  Tabanus: <PB> Abraham Tabash for US Open 1968.
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  Phony Benoni: <Tabanus> Updated. Thanks.
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  Tabanus: <PB> Let me know if you are unhappy with my changes to Agency International (1997). You can also edit it yourself.
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  Phony Benoni: <tabanus> It looks fine. Thank you.

Looks like the Ostend 1906 games are in.

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  offramp: Ostend 1906. The Holy Grail.
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  WannaBe: Interesting starting game time today, do you know why OAK v DET is starting at mid-afternoon on a Monday?
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  Phony Benoni: Annual fireworks display in Downtown Detroit tonight, celebrating the Independence Days of US and Canada.. Normally draws about a half-million people.

It's a big one. I live maybe ten miles agaw and can still catch glimpses of it. Without a television.

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  Travis Bickle: Hey Mr Benoni, It must be a year of Sunday's since we last chatted.. My Cubs are ok.. Lack of quality pitching especially in the bullpen & the hitting is off & on.. How's them Tigers doing?
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  Phony Benoni: Tigers aren't going anywhere but down, Travis. They're in a rebuilding mode with a bunch of kids. And now Miguel Cabrera's year -- and possibly career --- is over due to a ruptured bicep muscle. They mde it interesting for a while, but reality is setting in.

Anxiously awaiting the start of football season. That's hwo bad it's gotten.

Jul-16-18  Stonehenge: <PB>

This game is not from the US Open but from the World Open:

G Zaichik vs Shabalov, 1993

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  Phony Benoni: <Stonehenge> Thanks for checking, but this appears to be from the US Open. The game is printed in the round 4 bulletin from the US Open.

In addition, here is the USCF crosstable from the World Open. #4 Shabalob and #16 Zaitchik did not meet.

Jul-16-18  Stonehenge: OK, you are the boss :)

I've changed it back to 94th US Open.

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  Phony Benoni: <Stonehenge> Thanks. By the way, I haven't done detailed checking on most years since 1977, so if you find any other suspicious games please let me know.
Jul-17-18  Stonehenge: Oh, I don't think you saw

Phony Benoni chessforum (kibitz #22484)

PGN can be found here:

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  Phony Benoni: <Stonehenge> Yes, I did miss that note. My apologies.

That collection was assembled long ago, and I have no idea where I got the dates They clearly wrong, however.

The appears to be an anomaly in the round dates, December 27 - January 4 is only nine days for a nine-round tournament, so if there was a rest day there must also have been a day with two rounds. Brit Base has rounds 3 $ 4 on Monday, December 30, which appears to be original schedule.

However, I found this report in the "London Guardian", December 31, 1935:

<"According to the programme, two rounds had been arranged for to-day...">

(Meaning Monday, Dec3ebmer 30, the date appearing in the by-line.)

<"...but the players in the premier tournament decided to play their fourth round games in advance yesterday.. ".>

which would indicate te fourth round was actually played on December 29, efore the third round on December 30.

There are other newspaper reports which also indicate games were played on the rest day. I can investigate further if it seems necessary.

I have no idea why they played the fourth round early instead of the third, unless they wanted to make life difficult for historians.

Jul-18-18  Stonehenge: The Britbase PGN in the Golombek-Tartakower fourth round game has this:

the third and fourth rounds were both played on 30 December in order to complete the schedule by the following Saturday, though the Times tells us that some games were played in advance to avoid having two games on one day (but doesn't mention which ones).

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  Phony Benoni: <Stonehenge> While it would be better to have direct evidence from a British newspaper, I have located an Associated Press report dated <December 29> and printed in various newspapers. This version is from the "Boston Glob", Monday, December 30, 1935, page 6:


<"C. H. Alexander of London, defeated W. Winter, British champion, in the third [sic] round of the international chess masters' tournament here today. Reuben Fine of New York led the field with a score of 2-0.

"Dr. S. Tartakower of Poland played to a draw with H. Golombek, London. Three games were adjourned.">

The report then list a summary of the games which matches those played in what we know as Round 4.

This seems good evidence confirming the statement in the "Guardian" that all the games in round 4 were played a day early on Sunday, December 29. Even saying the games were from "round 3" indicates the report assumed that because it was the third round played.

Jul-19-18  Stonehenge: Agreed then, I have changed the dates.

Third round on the 30th, fourth round on the 29th :)

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  Phony Benoni: <Stonehenge> Thanks. I've worked on the introduction, so maybe Game Collection: Hastings 1935/36 can go for promotion now.
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  Tabanus: Hastings (1935/36)

Hope you like my make-up, or at at least not consider it vandalizing or bad presedence!

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  Phony Benoni: <Tabanus> It looks fine; thanks. I had forgotten about using the double brackets for italics.
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  Tabanus: <PB> There are some new features, like putting \ behind a sentence to make it stand alone on a line. I also put an extra space between the 'xtab' and the scores.
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  offramp: I have just seen your wonderful Podebrady page. Itís a lovely intro. Many thanks.
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  Phony Benoni: Thanks. I didn't' know people still looked at that stuff!
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  zanzibar: Those two comments belong in the Memorable Quotes page.
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