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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Apr-21-14
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 13810 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-21-14 J van Ruitenburg vs S Castellani, 2000 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: The pun is a takeoff on an investment book, "A Random Walk Down Wall Street" ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Rand... ). Such strategies may pay off in the fantasy world of the corporate boardroom, but not as often in the cold, hard reality of the chessboard. It's not that hard
 
   Apr-21-14 Alatortsev vs Koblents, 1945 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Efficient: square clearance and line clearance all in one.
 
   Apr-20-14 Phony Benoni chessforum
 
Phony Benoni: Cue "Yakety Sax" http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/video...
 
   Apr-20-14 Erich Watkinson Marchand
 
Phony Benoni: <"Chess ia an absorbing game--the way the masters play it.... "Take Erich Marchand of St. Louis, the Missouri champion. he gets so absorbed in the game his wife writes postcards for him to mail her. "Fearing he wouldn't get around to writing her how he's coming out, she ...
 
   Apr-20-14 Biographer Bistro (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: <zanzibar> By <glyph-formatting>, do you mean <CG>'s turning "B" into a picture of a bishop, as in <"Best by test">? The PGN pages themselves seem to be designed differently. For instance, ...
 
   Apr-17-14 Fine vs Epstein, 1945
 
Phony Benoni: 31...Be7 is an irrelevant blunder; Black is well lost by that point in any event. White could give up the queen for the rook and probably still be winning. It should be noted that Fine's opponents were also playing at the rapid transit time limit (10 seconds per move).
 
   Apr-11-14 D Gormally vs Sutovsky, 2005 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Don't know about this game being "Sutovsky's Immortal" How about Sutovsky vs Smirin, 2002 , which has been both GOTD and POTD <twice>?
 
   Apr-10-14 M Esserman vs C Tsai, 2003 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: <ChemMac> The game was played at the "U.S. Championship": http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain... Player #51 vs. #56, round 7. For a while in the last decade, the US Championship was run as a Swiss with liberal qualification rules. This led to incidents like the Kelly ...
 
   Apr-09-14 Book vs Ingerslev, 1929 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: A pretty short book, ending at move 1.
 
   Apr-09-14 Merian vs Steinitz, 1884 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: OK, OK. But what if Black ignores the knight and plays 21...Kc8? [DIAGRAM] White has some stuff, but Black has an extra piece to fool around with. It's worth considering.
 
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Apr-15-14
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  WannaBe: Alright, unlimited pasta!! ( See previous post about NCAA athletes paying for eating extra pasta)

http://espn.go.com/college-sports/s...

Apr-16-14
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  Jim Bartle: Who's the clown calling this home run? Embarrassing.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v32098113/bo...

Apr-16-14
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  Jim Bartle: I think a reason replay is not going well is that over the years there's been an unwritten rule that if the ball reaches the base before the runner, the runner is out no matter if the tag was in time.

For years I've seen guys seem to reach the base just before the tag (especially when the tag is on the chest, not the leg). but runners and managers didn't complain. Now the replays are showing the play accurately, and are going to change a lot of calls, and what is called out.

Apr-17-14
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  perfidious: <Jim> Not to mention what will become of the phantom double play.
Apr-17-14
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  Jim Bartle: I believe the phantom double play is specifically not reviewable. But whether a player dropped a ball or not is reviewable, when whether the relay guy was on the base will certainly have to be considered.
Apr-17-14
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  Phony Benoni: Finally got the h0me computer back, but I've got a lot of catching up to do in the Pun Voting Booth. See you later!
Apr-17-14
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  offramp: What is the signal if a wide is also a no-ball?
Apr-17-14
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  Travis Bickle: Hey Phony what's the pontification in the Motor City of who The Lions are taking with their 1st Draft Pick??
Apr-17-14
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  OhioChessFan: The reason that the phantom tag has always been accepted is the injury issue. If you stick your hand in front of a sliding runner often enough, you're going to get hurt. I have no problem with it.

But I have always had a problem with the catcher blocking the plate without the ball, and finally this year MLB is addressing that. However, yesterday, a catcher against the Reds did it, the home plate ump somehow missed it, and some blind man in New York reviewing the play decided the ump was right. If you Youtube it, you'll see that apparently the enforcement of that rule change isn't going to happen any time soon.

Apr-17-14
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  Jim Bartle: By chance I was just watching a game from the 1975 World Series. There was a "neighborhood" play and Joe Garagiola said Doyle was off second base, and should the runner be safe?

Tony Kubek chimed in, "As soon as runners are required to slide directly into the base instead of at the fielder, I'll support ruling that the fielder must be on the base."

Garagiola: "The preceding was a paid political announcement by the Association of Shortstops."

Apr-17-14
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  Phony Benoni: I had to look up the play at the plate rule (my sister wanted to know), and it appears to boil down to this:

1) Catcher has the ball. He can block the plate, and it is the runner's responsibility to avoid the collision. If he does not, he's out.

2) Catcher does not have the ball. He cannot block the plate; it is his responsibility to avoid the collision. If he does not, the runner is safe.

The one exception allowed is if the catcher can only catch the ball by blocking home plate; then, he is allowed to do so. That's a judgment call by the umpire. I haven't seen the video, so I don't know if that was the situation referred to.

I also read that the rule is provisional, and will be reviewed at the end of the year.

And I agree with Kubek.

Apr-17-14
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  Phony Benoni: Travis, no one knows what the Lions will do, not even the Lions. One idea is that they should trade up and go for Clowney (whom I keep wanting to call "Rosemary's Baby").

The more sober school of thought is that they'll stay put and go for a shut-down cornerback. There is a guy from Alabama, "Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix", who would seem a perfect fit for this team's general philosophy.

That's what I think they'll do, if only because they might not want to pick up another Suh. THe bloom is definitely off the rose there.

In later rounds, probably wide receiver, safety, and interior offensive line. Their center is a 14-year-veteran, so that needs to be addressed.

Apr-17-14
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  Jim Bartle: I have never seen such great divergence of opinion about two of the top potential draft picks. I've heard Clowney is the greatest line prospect ever and that he's lazy and unfocused. I've heard Manziel is a brilliant new breed of quarterback and that he'll get killed in the NFL.
Apr-17-14
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  OhioChessFan: I can see both sides for both players. If I was a GM, I'd look elsewhere on both of them.
Apr-17-14
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  Phony Benoni: I look an Manziel and see Ryan Leaf.
Apr-18-14
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  WannaBe: 3 straight wild pitches!!

http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/recap...

Apr-18-14
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  Phony Benoni: No doubt about it. Big money is ruining baseball.

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/l...

Apr-19-14
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  perfidious: The 'lazy' and 'unfocussed' quotes on Manziel are anonymous, of course--standard disinformation leading up to the draft as one team or another attempts to throw others off the scent.
Apr-19-14  hangingenprise: wings-1 bruins-0
go wings
Apr-19-14
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  perfidious: Wings haven't won anything yet, even if they take four straight in this series.
Apr-19-14  hangingenprise: the magician of the wings pavel
you got that right bruin announcer
Apr-19-14
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  WannaBe: 3 road teams won today in NBA, but I just don't see Griz doing it to the Clips, but hey, the game just started...
Apr-19-14
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  WannaBe: That should have said "Thunders", not "Clips", LA lost already this afternoon to Golden State.
Apr-20-14
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  WannaBe: Beat the streak* and win money!

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/fantasy/bts/...

*I do not work for MLB or in any way associated with this contest/promotion. Prohibited where by law.

Apr-20-14
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  Phony Benoni: Cue "Yakety Sax"

http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/video...

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