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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Jul-28-14
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 14224 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-28-14 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: You know, at that level it's really easy for a catcher to let a pitch get past him. Just saying.
 
   Jul-28-14 M Gerusel vs D Werner, 1984 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: <lost in space> 25.Rd8 Qxf6 does not work for White, Monday or no Monday.
 
   Jul-27-14 Boleslavsky vs Polyak, 1940
 
Phony Benoni: One of the advantages a bishop has over a knight in the endgame is its ability to gain a move. It's not often he gets to flaunt this skill in the middle game, but watch this. After <25...Ne6>: [DIAGRAM] The bishop hits the rook with <26.Ba4>. After <26...Red8 ...
 
   Jul-25-14 A Hodges vs A E Blackmar, 1892 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Point of information: Black was not the gambit guy. That was Armand Edward Blackmar , a New Orleans music publisher who died in 1888. This A. E. Blackmar was a New York lawyer and jurist. No relation, as far as I know.
 
   Jul-24-14 H Richards vs S Williams, 2003 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Looking for checks. 23.Qd6+ would be nice if the rook didn't cover. <23.Bc8+> deflects the rook. Let's check that out: <23...Kf6> (some defelection; 23...Rxc8 24.Qd6#) <24.Qxd4+ Kg6 25.Bf5+ Kh6 26.Bxg5+ Kxg5 27.Qxg7+ Kf4> Well, we gained a piece. Can we get ...
 
   Jul-23-14 N Whitaker vs J Winter, 1918 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: There is a group picture in the ACB in which Jackson Whipps Showalter is standing behind Whitaker and giving him a glare of extreme mistrust, while no doubt clutching his wallet.
 
   Jul-23-14 J D Tisdall vs Judit Polgar, 1988 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Same old stuff. Pry open the h-file and force mate.
 
   Jul-22-14 Reuben Fine
 
Phony Benoni: <perfidious> Yes, John Speights. That was the guy. At least I was half right. Better than usual.
 
   Jul-22-14 Fine vs B Dahlstrom, 1935
 
Phony Benoni: <crawfb5> Thanks. I must have goofed transcribing the game.
 
   Jul-21-14 J Banas vs A Ornstein, 1974 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Bishop controls g8, piece ready to sac on h7--automatic. Not Anastasia, but certainly a first cousin.
 
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Jul-25-14
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  Phony Benoni: Hadn't noticed before today that the Verterans Committee chose Tony LaRussa, Joe Torre, and Bobby Cox for the Hall of Fame. Certainly merited in LaRussa's case, and probably for Torre and Cox. And it's certainly appropriate that they go in together, all having five-decade managerial careers almost completely overlapping.
Jul-25-14
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  Jim Bartle: All three very deserving.
Jul-25-14
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  WannaBe: Anyone know who Steve Karsay is???

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/1...

Jul-25-14
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  Travis Bickle: Hey Phony, The Bears are in training camp down in Bourbonnais! ; P

Coach Trestman
http://blogimages.thescore.com/nfl/...

LB Lance Briggs
http://www.chicagonow.com/bull-bear...

New Addition
DE Jared Allen
http://prod.static.bears.clubs.nfl....

Jul-25-14
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  Travis Bickle: Hey Phony, they should have double headers in football!
Jul-25-14
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  Phony Benoni: Hey, Travis, how come it's snowing at training camp?
Jul-25-14
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  Travis Bickle: <Phony Benoni: Hey, Travis, how come it's snowing at training camp?> Mr Benoni, coach Trestman took the Bears to the North Pole for no interruptions & to toughen up the new Draft Picks!
Jul-26-14
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  WannaBe: http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/1...
Jul-26-14
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  WannaBe: Here's something interesting, Dodgers pounded out 15 hits in their win Friday night over the Giants (Including 5 triples and a double).

The weird thing is, 3 players (out of the 9, if you count pitcher) went 0 for 5. Fifteen hits and 1/3 of your lineup went hitless.

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

Jul-26-14
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  perfidious: In Jayson Stark's column two days ago, he devoted the Astounding Facts of the Week section to Madison Bumgarner--for reasons which had nothing to do with his pitching.

<....Bumgarner is just the second pitcher in history to hit two grand slams in one year. The other was the Braves' Tony Cloninger in 1966. Want to guess how many slams all Braves pitchers have combined for in the 48 years since Cloninger hit two? ZERO. Of course.>

Bit surprised that Stark did not realise that Cloninger hit his in the same game: http://www.baseball-reference.com/b...

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/page...

Jul-26-14
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  Jim Bartle: That Cloninger boxscore gives a good indication why the Giants didn't win in 1966. Jesus Alou leading off with his .290 on-base average, and leftfielder Len Gabrielson hitting about the same. That left only four real hitters in the lineup.
Jul-26-14
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  perfidious: <Jim> As it was, Giants' expected won-loss record was 86-75, which they outperformed by seven wins. Some managers fall in love with the player who can run, but it helps if they actually get on base once in a while too. What a waste--two HOFers in the lineup, but Giants never did anything after fluking the '62 pennant and that crushing loss in Game Seven.
Jul-26-14
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  Jim Bartle: I don't tink 1962 was a fluke overall, just that they came from four games back in the last week. It was the Dodgers who lucked out with their no-hit offense in 65 and 66!

Giants in 65-68 had Mays, McCovey, Hart and Haller, a fearsome heart of the order. Problem was they had no hitting at second, short, left or right. I think Bill James called Hal Lanier the worst hitting regular ever, or something similar.

I guess that game seven loss was crushing for a lot of fans, but no big deal to us kids. First, it was a day game on a school day, so none of us saw it. And second, interest in the Series had dropped off since there had been a terrible rainstorm in the Bay Area that delayed the last two games for several days.

Jul-26-14
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  perfidious: <Jim> With anything less than that rotation fronted by Koufax and Drysdale, Dodgers don't win anything. 'Course, they almost did not in '65 and the worm turned the next year.
Jul-26-14
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  Jim Bartle: We kids, and lots of adults, too, screamed every day in 1965 and 1966 ow the Dodgers didn't have any hitters, that they scored runs only with bloopers and infield hits on that rockhard infield. Their 13-game winning streak in September of 1965 (after SF had opened up a lead with a 14-game streak) drove us nuts, as they seemed to get luckier in each game.

We never complained about their pitching, though. Except for that Phil Regan who doctored the ball!

Jul-26-14
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  OhioChessFan: <JB> the Braves of the 90's did that too. Absolutely drove me out of my mind.
Jul-26-14
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  Jim Bartle: They had some OK pitchers as well.

But at least they had Chipper Jones, David Justice, and Fred McGriff, real hitters all.

Jul-27-14
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  Phony Benoni: The old 4-3-2 double play.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v34830517/bo...

I know you can get a big lead off second when the shift is on, but that was certainly pushing his luck.

Jul-27-14
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  perfidious: Braves had a terrific run, which we may never see the likes of again, but their Waterloo was hitting in the postseason. Bit more production might have garnered those teams more than the one WS ring.
Jul-27-14
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  WannaBe: Re: Braves, maybe it was those 3-days rest...

http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/p...

Jul-27-14
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  perfidious: Second season in the minors, at A ball, Greg Maddux 'ran out of gas', according to a scouting report:

http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on...

Jul-28-14
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  OhioChessFan: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/...

Strike 3!

Jul-28-14
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  Phony Benoni: You know, at that level it's really easy for a catcher to let a pitch get past him. Just saying.
Jul-28-14
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  Jim Bartle: While looking for videos of umpires getting hit (there are some nasty ones) I found this of Brett Lawrie throwing his helmet at the umpire.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCw...

But look at the two strike calls. The first pitch was a bit outside, but it wasn't a terrible call. And Lawrie did run toward first, considered showing up the umpire.

The second (third) strike was clearly an intentionally bad call. No way it was a strike and the ump called it out of spite. I've never seen that so clearly. Lawrie shouldn't have thrown his helmet (I assume he was suspended), but he was right to argue.

Jul-28-14
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  WannaBe: While listening to the LAD-SF game last night, the announcers for Giants, the pitchers/batters on both sides weren't too pleased with home plate umpire either. Alfonso Marquez.

Johnny Miller kept on teasing Alfonso, saying batters rate him C-, while pitchers give him A+. You never know if the pitch is going to be ball or strike.

During one inning, Miller even went on to say Alfonso is a "Coin-Toss Umpire", he toss a coin and if head, strike.

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