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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Apr-23-14
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 13819 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-23-14 W Napier vs W T Dickinson, 1904 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: The pun mashes the movie "Dead Poet's Society" with the late poet, Emily Dickinson. It bears no relation to the game, which is nothing really special either. All Rice Gambits wind up looking like this. The story behind the gambit is interest. Isaac Leopold Rice was a wealthy ...
 
   Apr-23-14 M Richter vs E Berg, 2011 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Shouldn't take long. The back rank threat is defended only by White's double coverage of d1. A double attack will lure r destroy one of the guards, so <36...Qb4> is an obvious idea. And, please, no comments about Elvira's double attack.
 
   Apr-22-14 Biographer Bistro (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: <zanzibar> It's possible that I'm the only one seeing a possible ambiguity; my eyes aren't what they used to be. Or it could be that the "Herald" is absolutely clear. I've not been able to find the game in the "Herald". Pope doesn't give it, and other usual sources have ...
 
   Apr-22-14 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Hey, Travs, Detroit doesn't need hockey in May. We're trying to put winter behind us.
 
   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 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-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 ...
 
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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...

Apr-21-14
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  Travis Bickle: Ok! ; P

Yakety Sax - Boots Randolph
http://youtu.be/Zcq_xLi2NGo

Apr-21-14
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  Jim Bartle: The Angels looked terrible on that Kinsler play.

Check the look the pitcher gives the catcher as he throws to second. I think that's because it was ball four, so no reason to throw?

Apr-21-14
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  perfidious: <Jim> Seems to be the case. Catcher did not have his head on straight for any aspect of all that.
Apr-21-14
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  Jim Bartle: What a ridiculous ground rule. The fence has an orange line on top of it which is out of play (hr or ground rule double). They expect an umpire to decide whether a ball hit the green or the orange?

Over the fence: out of play. Against the fe nce: in play.

And notice how lazy the centerfielder is chasing the fly. It easn't a hard catch, he was just lazy.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v32238999/at...

Apr-21-14
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  WannaBe: Got no hitters in TEX/OAK, HOU/SEA and PHI/LAD games.
Apr-21-14
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  Phony Benoni: I don't blame the catcher for making the original throw. In a steal situation, he can't afford to wait even a split-second for the ball/strike call. If the pitch is close at all, he should throw just in case.

I'm not sure Kinsler made a smart play trying to score. He should have been out by five feet. but aggression can pay off against a team that's already rattled, and the Tigers are having trouble scoring runs (Cabrera is hitting around .220).

As for orange lines, aren't they there to make the call easier by marking the top of the wall more clearly? At any rate, that ball, but apparently it didn't cost in the end.

Apr-21-14
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  Travis Bickle: Mr Benoni & all you Sportsfans, we have a Final - Chicago Blackhawks 2 St Louis 0 AP

http://youtu.be/oUoJts-mjGA

Apr-21-14
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  WannaBe: History was made tonight:

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

Apr-22-14
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  Phony Benoni: I have yet to see a night when history wasn't made. If it didn't happen, that would be a first.
Apr-22-14
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  Travis Bickle: Hey Phony could you hear the 2014 goal horn nice & loud? ; P
Apr-22-14
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  Phony Benoni: Hey, Travs, Detroit doesn't need hockey in May. We're trying to put winter behind us.
Apr-22-14  hangingenprise: hey phony: this is for your pal travis courtesy of the magic man! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9V5...
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