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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Apr-19-15
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 15012 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-19-15 Lone Pine (1981)
Phony Benoni: A quart.
   Apr-18-15 Samuel Reshevsky (replies)
Phony Benoni: <JB> Doubtful. Morphy stopped playing about 60 years before Reshevsky showed up, so any mutual opponent would have been at least 80 years old. Not impossible, but one doesn't seem to have been unearthed as yet.
   Apr-18-15 C F Rehberg vs N Whitaker, 1948
Phony Benoni: After <41...Qxe5> [DIAGRAM] <42.Rc1> is of course an horrific blunder, allowing an Insta-Win with 42...Rd2+. Other databases have the more sensible 42.Ra2 instead. Though White technically blundeers with 42...Rd3 43.Qf2?, it's not so glaring an error; alternatives ...
   Apr-17-15 Verlinsky vs I Rabinovich, 1925 (replies)
Phony Benoni: <grasser> No doubt about it. The players were obviously conspiring to ensure a player from the Soviet Union won the tournament. It's a spectacular and lengthy combination which makes a deep aesthetic impression. But it's not particularly deep or subtle, with many ...
   Apr-17-15 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
Phony Benoni: Where's Alan Ameche when you need him?
   Apr-17-15 Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1923
Phony Benoni: "The most powerful weapon in chess is to have the next move." -- David Bronstein "Yeah, right." -- Friedrich Saemisch
   Apr-17-15 G Quparadze vs V Ahmadov, 2008 (replies)
Phony Benoni: I used to catch people with this back in the 1970s. Even had one opponent play <10...Bd7>. An imaginative try for Black was <10...Kd7?!>. It wasn't that good, but you don't forget being hit with moves like that.
   Apr-15-15 Edward Lasker (replies)
Phony Benoni: <"Dr. Edward W. Lasker, New York city, upset Weaver adams, Dedham, Mass., in 19 moves."> -- 'Kingston Daily Freeman", August 19, 1947, describing W Adams vs Ed. Lasker, 1947 Dr!? And where did that "W" come from?
   Apr-15-15 Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929
Phony Benoni: <pedro99> I rather doubt that. Negative Immorality is very underrated, and few of us play well enough to achieve it. Usually, when we normal players go up against GMs and such, we blunder early and often. They go on cruise control, and we resign once we can do so without ...
   Apr-15-15 Jessica Mendoza vs Javier Perez Meisegeier, 2005 (replies)
Phony Benoni: <greed and death>: [24...Bxg2 25.Bg3] <25... Rh1+ 26. Kxg2 (forced) [Qh3+] 27. Kf3 (forced) Rxf1 28. Rxf1 Qxf1 wins a rook for the bishop, which should be decisive in this position.> [DIAGRAM] Not decisive at all; after <31.Qe6+> White has a perpetual check. ...
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  Phony Benoni: One of my high school teachers was the brother of actor Tom Skeritt, who apparently has a Bacon number o two. So I guess that kind of makes me a "4", the same as my Morphy number.
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  WannaBe: My Bacon number is 3, and I was in a bit role with someone who have 2. =)
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  Phony Benoni: Oh, probably everybody in California is a 3 or lower, whether they know it or not.
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  WannaBe: have this 'feature', type in the name of the thespian, then "Bacon Number" and voila, it will tell you the number, plus the connection.

So, out of curiosity, I did Charlie Chaplin... Anyone care to venture a guess before I post the number + connection? =)

What about Buster Keaton or Rudolph Valentino??

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  Phony Benoni: I'd guess that Chaplin and Keaton are surely "2s", but both appear to have died before Bacon became active. It wouldn't shock me if Valentino was a 2, either.
Apr-16-15  Jim Bartle: Reshevsky must be a huge bridge to a low Morphy number for many players.
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  WannaBe: MLB and spend, spend, spend!!!!

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  WannaBe: Illegal horse downfield, 10-yard penalty. Replay second down!!

What is the hand signal for Illegal Horse downfield??

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  Phony Benoni: Where's Alan Ameche when you need him?
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  waustad: FYI, both of our pages here have been mentioned as places to talk about baseball. I'm good with it, up to a point.
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  WannaBe: <waustad> We respect the host of this page, and we tend to discuss historical sporting events, I tend to post funny or weird sporting links (see my illegal horse down field)

Otherwise, we are all good here. =))

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  WannaBe: Truly useless information, from (as always) J. Stark of ESPN. =)

Trevor Bauer have already thrown a nine-inning no-hitter.

Apr-18-15  Jim Bartle: So many of the young ambitious sportswriters (hello, grantland) try too hard to find ever more esoteric stats, just to show off, and are boring.

But Stark knows how to do it. He uses stats to make interesting points and is always entertaining. And he doesn't show off.

Apr-18-15  Jim Bartle: There's a documentary called "Fastball" coming out, sounds great.

The director talked about Dalkowski. I didn't know he was about to make the majors after blowing away Dodgers and Yankees in spring training. Then he hurt his shoulder fielding a bunt by Phil Linz and it was all over. Wush there was film.

He also said Yankee draftee Brian Taylor could throw welover 100 with no effort, was the next Gooden. Then he hurt his shoulder in a fight. Goodbye, career.

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  playground player: <Jim Bartle> Ah, yes--Brian Taylor! I do remember that. Yankees sign him to fabulous contract before he ever throws one pitch in a real game, his mother takes time off from her job at the crab meat-packing plant to demand even more money--and the stupid kid gets involved in a rock-fight with some other teenagers and blows out his arm.

Contrast with Orel Hershiser, who took just about forever to develop.

Apr-18-15  Jim Bartle: I don't know that it's that simple. He fought for more money, his right, and his mother helped him.

I like to see great pitchers become great, whether on my team or not. Taylor, stupidly didn't protect himself. Kerry Wood, pitched both ends of high school doubleheaders. Gooden, drugs and drinking. Canseco, threw his shoulder out in first appearance. Reds in 70s: Gullett, Nolan, Simpson.

Dalkowski was apparently just dumb. Weaver figured it out and just kept it really simple, and Dalkowski got some control.

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  perfidious: <waustad: FYI, both of our pages here have been mentioned as places to talk about baseball....>

No problem over in my neck of the woods, either, come to baseball.

Or anything else, for that matter; the only thing is that I have tended not to post there very often. Still and all, anyone is welcome to come by--might e'en prod me to drop in there more than hitherto!

Apr-19-15  Jim Bartle: Here's the sort of manufactured stat which irritates me:

<35 points & 5 rebounds in playoff debut all-time: Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Julius Erving...Anthony Davis (via @EliasSports)>

What does "5 rebounds" mean. Not a big number. Seems it just keeps other players out to make Davis look more impressive.

Apr-19-15  Jim Bartle: Found the first reason for "5 rebounds":

Chris Paul 2008, 35 points, 10 assists.

But only three rebounds.

I'll bet there are others.

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  WannaBe: File this under "Appropo Names"

Anaheim Ducks have a player last name Fowler. And I remember a player for Univ of Oregon last name Mallard.

Prince Fielder is a nice one. Since he plays first base. Too bad, he doesn't play for Kansas City. It'd be a 'double'.

And LA Kings had a player last name, King. =)

Can anyone come up with more Appropo Names?

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  perfidious: <Jim....Then (Steve Dalkowski) hurt his shoulder fielding a bunt by Phil Linz and it was all over. Wush there was film.>

Phil Linz, aka Mr Harmonica Man.

Jes' ask Yogi 'bout thet.

Apr-19-15  Jim Bartle: Horace Speed never stole a base. Vic Power was a singles hitter.
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  playground player: <WannaBe> If Jason Kidd had played basketball for the Seton Hall Pirates; if Rudy Arias had pitched for the New York Mets, and Bob Veale for the Nippon Ham Fighters; if Roman Gabriel had played baseball instead of football, and played for the California Angels...
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  Penguincw: I think last year the Tigers had a pitcher named "Buck Farmer". If only he played basketball in Milwaukee...
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  WannaBe: I am still hoping for: to be traded to New Jersey Devils to be traded to Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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