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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Jul-23-16
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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   Jul-23-16 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
Phony Benoni: My bad. I didn't read the fine print deeply enough to see that he had an HBP. As it stood, I figured there had to be a dropped third strike somewhere, but it occurs to me that I'm not sure sure how catcher's interference is scored.
   Jul-21-16 David Moody (replies)
Phony Benoni: Visit the Rogoff page and you'll have a bad lunch. And it won't even be free.
   Jul-20-16 chessforum (replies)
Phony Benoni: the Game of the Day has not yet changed.
   Jul-19-16 R W Schutt vs P Hickey, 1966 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Interesting. It's 99% I would have found the combination in a game, and scored a point over the board. But since I botched the analysis, I can't take a point for solving the puzzle. Playing is much easier than solving. You don't have to be Right. Just Righter than the opponent.
   Jul-18-16 Kramnik vs R Buhmann, 2016 (replies)
Phony Benoni: There might be better puns, but they don't matter today. The play's the thing in this game. I guess we all have our Inner Nezhmetdinovs.
   Jul-18-16 V Tukmakov vs A Remmel, 1966 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Well, I guess it's better to play 54.Qa8+ instead of 54.Qc8+. Black just might choose to give back the extra piece before losing his queen, and every little bit helps.
   Jul-14-16 E Cordova vs K Miton, 2015 (replies)
Phony Benoni: <23...Ng4> sure looks promising, if only White didn't have that unpleasant incident on g7. So maybe a little Distratco with <23..Rc4>? Queen can't take the rook, can't stay on the diagonal, and can't get to the kingside from here.
   Jul-12-16 Schirmer vs Schleipen, 1956 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Well, <20.Bxd5+> was the first thing I looked at and it was easy to see the bishop couldn't be taken" <20...exd5 21.Qxd5+ Kb6 22.Nc4+ Ka6 23.Qa5#>. But what if Black declines the bishop? Yes, White has a couple of minor checks and Black's king is wide open, but it's
   Jul-11-16 Tal vs R Bogdanovic, 1967 (replies)
Phony Benoni: The pun dates back to the Ancient Middle East, in the days when there were so many invading armies it was hard to tell them apart. It got to the point where one man's Mede was another man's Persian. OK., got that out of my system. ----- I know little about the theory of ...
   Jul-11-16 Lenderman vs Nakamura, 2007 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Black clearly wants to keep White's king in the center. Can he castle queenside at some point? Rather than trusting a faulty memory, let's make sure!
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Let's play two!

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  Penguincw: < WannaBe: I like fewer teams in the play-off. Make the regular season more valuable. And by making regular season less games, each game becomes more important. >

True. A benefit of not having more teams make the postseason is that most teams by the Trade Deadline will know if they are buyers or sellers. Right now, teams like the Yankees, 5 games out of a postseason spot, are sellers, as there seems to be a lot of demand for their closer, Aroldis Chapman. With 8 teams, they actually currently hold the 8th spot, and probably would be buyers.

5 years ago, these teams finished with a losing record; now, they are all within 3 games of a postseason spot (current format): BAL, WSH, NYM, FLA/MIA, PIT and HOU. Re-building!

In contrast, Dodgers seem to be buyers right now. It's kinda hard to follow a team that's in the opposite league and on the opposite side of the continent, but looks like Dodgers could use some pitching help. I mean, they're decent without Kershaw (FTR: they should not rush his return), but the other starters usually don't go deep into games, so the bullpen has done a lot of work (one of the starters Urias, who is under a pitch count too). Maybe a starter who can go long and more bullpen arms would be useful.

< Then again, you'd get some 9-7 team winning a very weak division, and a 10-6 or 11-5 team miss out because they are in a tougher division. >

Yes, that's why there are wild card teams. Recent example, last year before Wild Card teams were eligible to make the postseason, the 1993 Giants (MLB) finished 103-59, one game back of the Braves, missing the postseason.

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  WannaBe: Why is MLB wasting their time with non-issues like this?

In other news: LAD 6, WAS 1. Strasburg 6R 6ER still in the game.

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  Penguincw: < WannaBe: Why is MLB wasting their time with non-issues like this? >

Something tells me maybe Manfred wants to leave a legacy, and he'll do things like basically address baseball's #1 concern: games are too long.

IMHO, if MLB really wanted to reduce time, how about reducing how long it takes to throw a bunch of pitches. Why does it take like 1 minute/pitch? Well, pitchers always got to step off the mound, batters adjust their gloves after looking at ball 1, etc. I heard there's some rule in MLB where the pitcher has like 12 seconds to pitch a ball or else a ball is called on a pitcher, but I never see it enforced. I'm sure it can be enforced though. If things like StatCast exist, then there can be a timer to time how long it takes a pitcher to throw a pitch.

There are other things that I don't mind taking up time, such as IBB. Coaching visits should be kept to a minimum, but they are regulated. Relief pitchers, if I were a manager, I would have a relief pitcher pitch to more than 1 batter every time (unless due to injury or something).

(and other stuff that I forgot about)

And regarding shortening the season, I just realized that if there are fewer games, to make up for lost ad revenue, there has to be more commercials (or commercials will be more expensive).

Jul-21-16  saffuna: <Yes, that's why there are wild card teams. Recent example, last year before Wild Card teams were eligible to make the postseason, the 1993 Giants (MLB) finished 103-59, one game back of the Braves, missing the postseason.>

<Recent example, last year before Wild Card teams were eligible to make the postseason, the 1993 Giants (MLB) finished 103-59, one game back of the Braves, missing the postseason.>

On the other hand SF and Atlanta had a nerve-wracking pennant race, down to the last day, which wouldn't have happened with the wild card. They both would have made it. You give a little, you get a little.

Now if San Diego hadn't gift-wrapped Fred McGriff midseason and shipped him to the Braves, the Giants would have won easily.

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  WannaBe: Hmmm, no one really took a try at that Ground Rule Double and Fan Interference scenario question.

I asked that question in seriousness, not as a gag =)

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  OhioChessFan: I won't stake my reputation on it, but I think the umpires have complete discretion in all scenarios.
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  WannaBe: Ichiro is now 4 hits shy of 3K (MLB), Marlins host New York Metropolitans this weekend.

Depending on if/when Don Mattingly decides to play him, Ichiro probably will break the record Sat or Sun. Unless he goes 4 for 5 or 4 for 6 Friday night.

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  Party Animal: Yo Phony, Matt Holliday of St Louis last night just missed getting smashed in the face with a 95 mile per hour fastball!! It clipped him on the nose & he escaped major injury. He even had the stones to touch first base!

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  Phony Benoni: <WannaBe> Will it count if Ichito goes 4 for 4 Friday night?

<Party ANimal> Always scary. Boy, it looked HOT out there.

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  WannaBe: <Phony Benoni> No, going 4-4 will not count. Now, I want to see him go 4 for 3!


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  WannaBe: Here's an interesting bit of Trivia:

Ichiro is on pace to become the 4th player born outside of U.S. to have 3K hits.

Who are the other 3?

Jul-22-16  saffuna: Clemente, Carew and... Canal Zone counts, right?
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  WannaBe: <saffuna> You just need one more.
Jul-22-16  saffuna: I could, you know, google it.
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  WannaBe: <saffuna> Of course, I know you can simply google it. Hence I'm not offering any Rice-O-Roni the San Francisco Treat Prizes.


Jul-22-16  saffuna: I'm trying to think of one who's from outer space, like Bill Lee.
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  WannaBe: Both LAD and SFG have tied their game at 2. LAD at StL and SFG at NYY.
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  WannaBe: This has to be strangest stat for 2016 season:

StL at home 24-28 on road 27-16

The only other team that's even close to that kind of road record is the AL East leading Bosox, home 33-20 on road 21-19. Cleveland is close, with 26-16 and 30-22

Everybody else have 20+ losses on the road. Then you have Toronto, 27-21 and 27-22, it doesn't matter where they play.


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  Phony Benoni: Odd box score line for Ian Kinsler tonight:

AB: 5
R: 3
H: 1
BB: 0
K: 3

Should be easy to figure out what happened.

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  WannaBe: Two Pitcher's inteferences?
Jul-23-16  saffuna: There has to be at least one dropped third strike. I see no other possibility.
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  OhioChessFan: HBP, E, dropped 3rd strike, reached base on fielder's choice, no, I can't figure it out, although I'm betting on the fielder's choice and the error once each.
Jul-23-16  saffuna: I was figuring BB included HBP, but if not that's the best possibility.
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  Phony Benoni: My bad. I didn't read the fine print deeply enough to see that he had an HBP.

As it stood, I figured there had to be a dropped third strike somewhere, but it occurs to me that I'm not sure sure how catcher's interference is scored.

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  Penguincw: Yeah, if he's 1 for 5 with 3 K, that has to mean he has 1 hit, 3 strikeouts, and 1 other out. That last out could be reached on error, fielder's choice, whatever.

I believe catcher interference, the catcher is charged with an error, and batter reaches, but no at bat.

Of course, you also don't mention how many RBIs he has, so he could've had a sac fly, and reached on an error. But in that case, if the fielder drops it, but the runner would've scored anyway, it would've been an error, and thus an at-bat. Same for a sac bunt, as if the runner would've advanced anyway, and the batter-runner reaches, he would've been credited with a hit or error.


In other news, Cabrera had a big night yesterday, has he now has 1500 career RBI. In NYM-MIA, it's deGrom vs. Fernandez today. Hopefully Ichiro gets to play.

I know this is unlikely, and probably no one is even considering this, but imagine if he got traded to the Pirates, Cubs, Red Sox (or any future Mariners opponent), and got his 3000th MLB hit vs. the Mariners.

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