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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Oct-31-14
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 14474 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-30-14 J Holvason vs M Janczarski, 2008 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: [DIAGRAM] <24.?> You see, people misunderstand the DIRP. It's strictly a positional concept, and using it for tactical ends--such as winning a queen--may lead to disaster without careful handling. Of course White was totally lost anyway, so moral victories were in order.
 
   Oct-30-14 T Petenyi vs H Vardanian, 2008
 
Phony Benoni: [DIAGRAM] <52...?> I have no real argument with the way Black finished this off. Brute force has its own special appeal. But there was a really nice mate-in-four available.
 
   Oct-30-14 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: I wonder if Gordon considered trying to steal home. Perfect situation. Left-handed pitcher with his back to third base. Right-handed batter blocking catcher's view. Pitches are coming in high, which is worth a split second or two on the tag. Maybe Gordon's just not that fast.
 
   Oct-30-14 A Rodriguez Vila vs G Kanefsck, 2007 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: The famous game Zukertort vs Blackburne, 1883 immediately came to mind, when Zukertort introduced an immortal combination with: [DIAGRAM] <29.Qb4!> And the move works here to: <30.Qb4 Qxb4 31.Rxd8+ Bc8 32.Bxd5+ Kb8 33.Bf4+ Qd6 34.Bxd6#. And on other moves by Black's ...
 
   Oct-29-14 T Schmehl vs A Simonov, 2004 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Beware of Greeks baring your king.
 
   Oct-28-14 Duras vs V Vlk, 1902 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: I must be stuck in that Old Time Terminology. To my mind, a battery involved a double attack, particularly a discovered check, such as this: [DIAGRAM] The rook and bishop form the battery, which is fired by <1.Bh7+>. If battery now refers to doubled heavy pieces, then I ...
 
   Oct-28-14 A Herzog vs K Petschar, 1994 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Don't have to guard an escape square if you can persuade the opponent to occupy it.
 
   Oct-26-14 R Weinstein vs Benko, 1959
 
Phony Benoni: Two more little points (Chess Life, September 20, 1959, p.6): Black actually forfeited on time, though he is lost as the advanced White pawns will force a decisive win of material. And, in the area of trivia, Bisguier and Weinstein are apparently cousins, though the exact ...
 
   Oct-25-14 A Rea vs Weeramantry, 1992
 
Phony Benoni: Position after <23.Rf1>: [DIAGRAM] "We're fight behind you, Chief!"
 
   Oct-20-14 K Gratka vs M Azadmanesh, 1994 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Suggest, and ye shall receive.
 
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Let's play two!

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Oct-29-14
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  Phony Benoni: OK, <WannaBe>, you know all the odds. What's the over/under for the number of names appearing in the box score tonight? 40 wouldn't surprise me.
Oct-29-14
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  WannaBe: Well, since tonight is "All Hands on Deck", wouldn't surprise me if Dusty Baker puts in his 5-years old son as a pinch runner.

So, I'll go with 85.

Oct-29-14
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  Phony Benoni: The Royals will probably win 10-9 on a walk-off lead-off home run by second baseman Frank White.

In some respects it's been a boring series. What was the last time there was only one save in the first six games?

Oct-29-14
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  OhioChessFan: <Phony> yeah, not very exciting in the sense you mean. If I was a Giants fan I'd be screaming about how many 30 foot groundballs have turned into hits for the Royals.
Oct-29-14
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  WannaBe: At 5:43PM Eastern, cheapest seat is sectioni 412, asking $573, behind home plate (Row B) a pair can be had for $10,300, another pair is going for $16,000
Oct-29-14
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  WannaBe: I predict Morris goes 11 innings, and Puckett to win.
Oct-29-14
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  Jim Bartle: If the Giants fall way behind, I think Bochy is going to bring in Joaquin Andujar.
Oct-29-14
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  Travis Bickle: Hey Phony as I reported earlier in your forum...

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sport...

Oct-29-14
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  OhioChessFan: <Jose Canseco accidentally shoots his left hand>

http://www.aol.com/article/2014/10/...

Oct-29-14
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  Phony Benoni: <OCF> At least it didn't bounce off his head.

Travis, prepare for Small Ball at Wrigley Field, where bunts become ground rule doubles when the wind is blowing out.

Oct-29-14
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  Travis Bickle: Maybe Detroit should've made a pitch for Maddon & played some small ball instead of getting blown out of all the Playoffs...
Oct-29-14
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  Phony Benoni: Any doubt about the Series MVP?
Oct-29-14
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  OhioChessFan: Amazing. Bumgarner doesn't look like he has that good of stuff. He just gets people out.
Oct-29-14
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Oct-30-14
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  WannaBe: Official scorer changes mind, Affeldt is now the winner of game 7. Bum now have the record of the longest outting for save.

(Does that mean he won't get the Chevy? And that regional manager have to make another awkward speech?)

Oct-30-14
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  Phony Benoni: I wonder if Gordon considered trying to steal home.

Perfect situation. Left-handed pitcher with his back to third base. Right-handed batter blocking catcher's view. Pitches are coming in high, which is worth a split second or two on the tag.

Maybe Gordon's just not that fast.

Oct-30-14
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  WannaBe: Why third base coach did not send Gordon for inside the park home run:

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/royal...

Now, if only someone can explain why that is on the finance section...

Oct-30-14
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  Jim Bartle: <WannaBe: Why third base coach did not send Gordon for inside the park home run:>

He would have been out by twenty feet unless the throw was wild.

The problem was Gordon didn't go full speed from the start.

Oct-30-14
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  WannaBe: I hope that cost of living adjustment will really help this poor guy out...

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

Oct-30-14
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  WannaBe: Will FSU lose at L'ville, again??
Oct-30-14
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  WannaBe: I am sorry, but that L'ville uniform colour is just butt ugly.
Oct-30-14
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  OhioChessFan: Yeah, that's worse than some of the uniforms Oregon wears.
Oct-30-14
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  WannaBe: Holy Seminoles, FSU have woke up and now only trails by 3!!
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