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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Jun-23-18
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 17360 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-21-18 Leverett Harris Wight
Phony Benoni: We may have a game that he won! Wight - Sneaky Pete (Computer) 78th US Open Columbus, OH USA Round 6, 08.12.1977 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.c3 d5 9.d4 Nxe4 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.dxe5 Be6 12.Be3 Bc5 13.Bxc5 Nxc5 14.Bc2 Qh4 15.Nd2 f5 ...
   Jun-21-18 Richard Costigan
Phony Benoni: <Breunor> Sorry, my mistake. Should have put this on Thomas' page. I'm having some truble with the 1976 US OPen in Fairfax because the bulletin editors did not always distinguish wh between them.. .
   Jun-21-18 Biographer Bistro (replies)
Phony Benoni: There is a word that perfectly expresses my feelings at the moment, but I can't check the spelling.
   Jun-19-18 A Goldberg
Phony Benoni: <Aaron Goldberg>, Pennsylvania State Champion in1906.(American Chess Bulletin, March 1906, p. 51).
   Jun-18-18 V Laznicka vs Movsesian, 2007 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Looks like a position from the Lazaro World.
   Jun-12-18 M Efroimski vs T Munkhchuluun, 2008 (replies)
Phony Benoni: The Left Rook is Right, and the Right Rook is Left.
   Jun-11-18 A Zwaig vs Miles, 1977 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Jazzing it up a bit. If 30.Kxg3 Rxh4 destroys White's position, since 31.Kxh4 Qxf4+ 32.Kh3 Rh8+ and mate follows.
   Jun-08-18 Rice Memorial (1916) (replies)
Phony Benoni: <Retireborn> I no longer have the book. My collection has waned over the years. I see in another place that <TheFocus< apparently has a copy, so perhaps he can help.
   Jun-08-18 Phony Benoni chessforum
Phony Benoni: <Tabanus> Updated. Thanks.
   Jun-04-18 Emlen Hare Miller
Phony Benoni: Thanks. Just seemed unusual.
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  Tabanus: Morning Post, 30 April 1906, p. 11:

<From the programme of the Ostend Congress it appears that the projected contest limited to some half-dozen of the world's best players has been abandoned, the idea having met with no satisfactory response. It remains to be seen if the German Chess Association, which contemplates a similar experiment at Nuremberg in July, will be more fortunate. Meanwhile the Ostend Committee is arranging the largest masters’ tournament ever held, the number of competitors being 28. This is to begin on June 4, and will be contested in three stages, in the first of which there will be two sections of 14, and in the third four players will compete for four prizes of 4,000 fr., 2.500 fr., 1,500 fr., and 1,000 fr. respectively, while 6,250 fr. will be divided as consolation money in proportion to points. The programme of amateur tournaments remains as we have already announced. The Committee of the International Congress at Ostend proposes to form an International Association to foster the highest class of chess and to promote and assist international contests; to make such arrangements for the Chess Championship as will befittingly establish the holder in his title, with due regard for his pecuniary benefit; to afford aid or small pensions to famous players in their declining years; and to form a supreme tribunal on matters respecting the laws and practice of chess. It is not proposed to make a federation of existing national associations, though all associations or clubs will be welcome as members. The International Chess Association will mainly appeal to private members all over the world. It is intended gradually to raise a permanent endowment fund from income, donations, and bequests for carrying out the objects in view. This proposal may prove to be the first step towards the realisation of an idea that has long existed in a somewhat nebulous form, and has been advocated by many of the leading players, including the champion himself. One of the most important functions of the international body would be to put the championship on a proper footing, for at present in case the title is challenged for the arrangements and terms are entirely at the discretion of the holder, who could, if he pleased, make it practically impossible for anyone to assail his position. Again, in the matter of the organisation of tournaments there is a good deal for the supreme authority to accomplish, little improvement having been made in the manner of arranging and scoring international contests since they were first instituted. Apart from these and other possibilities there is the feeling that chess is a cosmopolitan game, in which many countries are equally concerned, and that a central body in touch with their interests might much towards promoting fellowship among its widespread constituents. We quite expect to hear of practical difficulties in the way of the full realisation of the scheme, but the Ostend Congress affords a unique opportunity for its initiation, and the experiment will be regarded with no little interest.>

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  Tabanus: Pall Mall Gazette, 5 May 1905, p. 11:

<A SURFEIT OF GOOD THINGS. By I. Gunsberg. This summer chess players will be regaled by an unprecedented continuous array of chess events of a very interesting character, which will continue during the whole of the summer. The Ostend Masters Tournament will commence on June 4. On June 25 a number of minor tournaments will begin at Ostend, and wilI be chiefly notable for the fact that most of the competitions might be better described as "British" tournaments, as the participation of amateurs from England will be both numerous and interesting. Within a fortnight of the conclusion of the Ostend meeting the tournament of the German Chess Association will commence at Nurnberg. As most of the masters from Ostend will also play at Nurnberg, to dispute the laurels of victory with Dr. Tarrasch, this competition will hold the attention of British chess players until the month of August, when the third tourney of the British Chess Federation wih take place at Shrewsbury. A meeting preparatory to that event of the Federation delegates takes place this afternoon at St. Ermin’s Hotel, Westminster, and a good programme may be expected.>

Morning Post, 21 May 1906, p. 9:

<A novel experiment will be made in the chief tournament at Ostend by the admission of a larger number of competitors than have ever taken part in such a contest and by the division of the players in various sections on an entirely original principle. The committee has evidently aimed at giving an opportunity to promising players of testing their skill against the leading experts. This is the surest way of bringing fresh talent to the front, and, though a somewhat complicated system has been devised, we believe that there will be a general desire to make the arrangements run smoothly. From the list of competitors given below it will be seen that Lasker and Tarrasch are notable absentees — Pillsbury’s state of health of course renders his presence impossible — but otherwise the scheme has met with the adherence of all the great players as well as of many aspirants for rank among them. The tournament has great possibilities of interest, and should in any case form a pleasant variation on the routine competitions in which the same group of players has nearly always been prominent in the last few years. The generous provision made by the organisers for masters and amateurs should ensure the success of the meeting. The Committee of the Ostend Congress received 44 applications to play in the Masters’ Tournament, and being desirous of opening the competition to the largest possible number has increased the competitors from 28, as previously fixed, to 36, as follows:

Z. Balla Hungary G. Maroczy Hungary C. von Bardeleben Germany F. J. Marshall America O. S. Bernstein Germany J. Mieses Germany J. H. Blackburne England Dr. J. Perlis Austria A. Burn England E. Post Germany H. Caro Germany A. Reggio Italy W. Cohn Germany A. Rubinstein Russia O. Duras Bohemia H. Salwe Russia H. Fahrni Switzerland C. Schlechter Austria L. Forgacs Hungary C. H. Sherrard Cairo W. M. Gattie England V. Sournin America D. Janowski France R. Spielmann Bavaria W. John Germany H. Suchting Germany P. Johner America E. A. Snosko-Borowski Russia P. S. Leonhardt R. Swiderski Germany Dr. Lewitt Germany J. Taubenhaus France R. E. Maljutin Russia M. Tchigorin Russia G. Marco Austria H. Wolf Austria

The thirty-six players will be divided into six sections, each as nearly as possible equal in strength, and an effort will be made to bring together at every fresh stage the players who have not been paired. This, it is thought, will reduce to a minimum the element of chance. The first stage will eliminate 12 players, who will retire, and 1,200 fr. consolation money will be divided among them. In the second stage the remaining 24 competitors will be divided in four sections of six each, and the play will bring about a further retirement of 12, who will receive 2,400 fr. consolation money. The remaining 12 will play in two sections of six each in the third stage, and the six least successful will retire, taking 2,400 fr. consolation money. The final stage for the six prize winners will be in two rounds, and the prizes will be: 1st, 4,000 fr. and gold medal; 2nd, 2,500 fr.; 3rd, 1,500 fr.; 4th, 1,000 fr.; 5th, 800 fr.; 6th, 700 fr. Players advancing from one stage to another will carry on their scores. Points will be reckoned by the Berger system.>

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  Tabanus: Morning Post, 4 June 1906, p. 9:

<No doubt the preliminary meeting of competitors in the tournaments at Ostend took place yesterday, and the business of pairing and drawing was arranged in accordance with the programme, so that the congress may be said already to have commenced, though play is not started till this morning. Sixty moves have to be completed daily in the masters’ tournament at the rate of 16 moves an hour, the hours of play being 10 to 12.30 and two to seven, so there should be few adjourned games to be dealt with. These are always a source of trouble. It appears, indeed, that the custom has been growing of ignoring the wholesome rule that unfinished games must not be analysed or discussed. Of course it is understood that future possibilities may not be analysed, and the discussions are usually concerned with situations that have passed, but it is often difficult to draw the line between what may and may not influence the tactics of players in bringing the game to a conclusion. There is always a great temptation to examine such games, and especially so when they have an important bearing on the result, but the committee has determined to make a stand against the practice, and offenders will have deductions made from their score by way of penalty. The weak feature of a rule like this is that it cannot be consistently enforced, for there is no way of dealing with its infraction in private, and it follows therefore that those who carry it out honourably may be placed at a disadvantage by unscrupulous opponents. The best plan is to avert as far as possible the probability of adjourned games, and from this point of view the arrangement for the present tournament seems fairly satisfactory. An interesting feature of the congress is a new system of apportioning prize money. The Tietz system, which is to be applied to the amateur contests, consists in the division of the prize fund into twro portions, one of which is distributed for games won, while the other is given proportionately as prizes to those who win more than haif the games they play. This is more fair than the customary method of arbitrarily fixing the amounts of the prizes, and leaving the majority of players without any reward for their pains.>

Morning Post, 6 June 1906, p. 4:

<OSTEND, June 5. The second International Chess Tournament was opened at the Cercle Prive of the Kursaal to-day. Thirty-six competitors, the largest number on record, are entered for tbe masters’ tournament. The following are the results of the first round: Suchting beat Tschigorin, Miesses beat Reggio, Spielmann drew with Schlechter, Marshall beat Sournin, Post lost to Snowskoborrowski, Malgutin drew with Wolff, Blackburn beat Cohn, Duras drew with Marco, Gattie lost to Maroczy, Burn drew with John, Bernstein lost to Fahrni, Janowski beat Johner, Oskam lost to Rubinstein, Leonhardt beat Sabouroff, Dr. Perlis beat Salwe, and Balia drew with Torgaes. The games between Dr. Lewis and Swiderski and Teichmann and Taubenham were adjourned.— Reuter. >

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  Tabanus: Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 2 July 1906, p. 12:

<The committee have decided to create two additional prizes of 600 and 500 francs. The final stage, which begins on Tuesday, will therefore be contested by eight players, who will play for the eight prizes one game each. As each of these players have met before the eight winners will between themselves actually have played a two-round tournament.>

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  Tabanus: Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 5 July 1906, p. 12:

<FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT. OSTEND, Tuesday. Monday was an exciting day in the annals of the Masters’ Tournament. Janowski, with 12,5, as well as Marshall and Teichmann, stood a chance of being thrown out in this, the last round of the third stage of the tournament. The committee, however, greatly relieved the strain of the situation by creating three more prizes, so that nine players will play in the final for nine prizes. Maroczy won a hard game against Rubinstein, and Bernstein was equally successful against Leonhardt. Janowski, however, could make no headway against Burn. As the result of the day’s play the following nine players entered the final stage: Maroczy, Schlechter, Bernstein, Rubinstein, Burn, Marshall, Teichmann, Janowski, and Perlis. The retiring seven players divided the sum of 2,100 francs as consolation money.>

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  Penguincw: Great rally by the Tigers in the 9th <PB>. Too bad they fell short in the end.

Game lasted 13 innings. The longest Opening Day game lasted 16 innings, TOR vs. CLE, 2012. Though would today's game be considered Opening Day?


And the final "Opening Day" game has concluded, with Scherzer outduelling Bailey. Not very often you see 2 pitchers each with 2+ no-hitters thrown facing off.

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  saffuna: Tigers got to celebrate for about three minutes, though.
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  Phony Benoni: A microcosm of the season to come, I fear. Once again, they have not addressed their bullpen problems.
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  Tabanus: Morning Post, Thursday 7 June 1906, p. 3:

< (FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.) OSTEND, June 5. The Chess Congress at Ostend was opened to-day with the biggest international tournament on record. The thirty-six players in the competition belong to many nationalities. England is well represented by the veteran Blackburne, and Bum, of Liverpool, is a good second. The amateur talent is represented by Mr. W. M. Gattie, a former amateur champion, while Teichmann arrived just in the nick of time to be in the tournament. America has sent Marshall, as well as two foreign residents in the States, Johnner and Sournin. Russia has a very strong representation, with Tchigorin at the head, the other players being Bernstein, Maljutin, Rubinstein, and Salve. The two latter are playing in an international tournament for the first time, as well as Snosko-Borowski, a very young but talented officer of the Russian Army. Sabouroff, another Russian player, put the committee under an obligation by stepping into a breach on the very morning of play created by the retirement of one of the players. Janowski and Taubenhaus from Paris are playing. There is a large contingent of German players, namely Mieses, Spielmann, Fahrni, Post, Cohn, Suchting, Leonhurdt, John, Lewitt, Swiderski. Austria has sent her best chess talent in the persons of Maroczy (last year's winner), also Wolf, Schlechter, Marco, Peerlis, Duras, Forgacs, and Balla. Oskam, of Holland, and Reggio, of Italy, complete the list.

It will regarded as auspicious of coming success that Maroczy, although only just returned from the States after an arduous chess campaign, should show good form in the first day’s play, and be the first to win his game. His opponent, Gattie, though playing white in a Queen’s side opening, did not obtain a good development, and Maroczy’s various threats against Gattie’s weakened King’s wing caused the latter to make a mistake. Some of the players who are playing for the first time in a contest of such importance acquitted themselves very well. Dr. Perlis, of Vienna, a very young player, beat Salve in very good style; and Snosko-Borowski won by a clever combination against Post. Other players, such as Sabouroff, Johnner, and Spielmann, showed some capacity by obtaining better positions against Leonhardt, Janowski, and Schlechter respectively, but they lack the experience to carry their advantage to a successful issue. Bum could not do more than draw against John, but Blackbume achieved a victory in a very well-fought game of 59 moves against Cohn.

The surprise of the day was furnished by the game of Bernstein v. Fahrni, a Ruy Lopez. Bernstein is looked upon as one of the most promising players of the day. He met Fahrni, one of the newcomers to international contests, and overrating an attack Bernstein lost a Rook and finally the game.

A very interesting experiment is being made in this tournament. It would have been impossible to accept such a very large number as thirty-six entries but for the plan of elimination adopted. The playere are divided in four groups of nine, one group playing against the other nine games. At the conclusion of this, the first, stage the three last players from each gronp will have to retire. The second round consists of six games, with eight players retiring. In the third round seven games are played; and finally the last round, with six players and five games, determines the prize winners.>

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  martin moller: Hello Phony Benoni - Can you please help me out on this matter ? User Jean Defuse has postet two games in "Blankensteiner / Holm" actually played by Carl August Blankensteiner against Ludwig Bledow. I think it would be nice if Carl August Blankensteiner got his own "player profile" here on CG. with these two games and a short biography. Best wishes Martin (Denmark)
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  Tabanus: <martin moller> I sent the two games to CG. Phony is too busy at the moment ;)
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  martin moller: <Tabanus> Thank you VERY MUCH :-) It is very exiting that these games are found i think.
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  Phony Benoni: <Tabanus> Thanks for helping out.
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  Tabanus: Well the games are not in yet.

By that time, I'd probably have forgot about them, so I put a reminder in my forum header. Have patience.

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  WannaBe: Still early, only 4th inning, keep an eye on that OAK/LAA game.
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  WannaBe: Nevermind. Base hit, top 7th...
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  Penguincw: And add a walk.

In other news, Dodgers blow another lead.

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  MissScarlett: Something wrong with your scoring for Maroczy here: Game Collection: Ostend 1906

Results of stage 5 have Maroczy with 20 points, but the complete crosstable totals 21. But tot up the individual results therein and its only 18 points.

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  Phony Benoni: <Miss Scarlett> Maroczy's total has been changed to the correct 20 points. The two missing points were his Stage 5 wins over Janowski and Perlis. I had inadvertently entered each as a loss for both players.

Thans for your help. Let me know if you spot anything else. I'll do a final clean-up once the games get in.

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  Telemus: <Phony Benoni> There is a score-sheet of a game Larsen vs Snyder in the next semiannual auction at Klittich-Pfannkuch (Brunswick, Germany), see # 701 on this page

The game was played in round 2 on 12 August (no year given). It fits into your Game Collection: US Open 1968, Aspen.

Here the PGN:
[Event "69th US Open"]
[Site "Aspen, CO USA"]
[Date "1968.08.12"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Larsen, Bent"]
[Black "Snyder, Ron"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E90"]
[PlyCount "47"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. d4 O-O 6. h3 e5 7. d5 Nbd7 8. Bg5 h6 9. Be3 Qe7 10. g4 Nc5 11. Qc2 Ne8 12. Rg1 Kh7 13. O-O-O f5 14. exf5 gxf5 15. g5 h5 16. Nh4 e4 17. Qe2 Bxc3 18. Qxh5+ Kg8 19. bxc3 Qh7 20. Qxh7+ Kxh7 21. Ng2 Ng7 22. Nf4 Bd7 23. h4 Ba4 24. Re1 1-0

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  Phony Benoni: <Telemus> thanks for the game, and in particular or transcribing the score. That saved me much grief.
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  MissScarlett: I see you have collections for <ACB> 1904 and 1905. Have any of these games been submitted?
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  Phony Benoni: <MissScarlett> Not as yet. With several hundred games int he queue right now, I'm not really motivated to do so at this time.
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  Tabanus: <PB> Abraham Tabash for US Open 1968.
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  Phony Benoni: <Tabanus> Updated. Thanks.
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