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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Feb-21-17
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 16786 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-21-17 R Krogius vs A Ojanen, 1944 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Considering how Black has played so far, I would be tempted to play 7.0-0 and hope for 7...bg4 -- which, after a, a Legall Move. but we are not allowed to indulge our whimsy in apuzzle, so it's probably 7.bxf7+ Kxf7 8.Nxe5+ and wing it rom there.
   Feb-15-17 N Pert vs F Dinger, 2007 (replies)
Phony Benoni: The eye is immediately drawn to the queen skewer on the 7th rank. Just for fun, let's look at 49.Qh7+. Black has four responses, so let's get systematic here. 1)49....Kd6. Well, that's easy: 50.Rxe6+ and the Black queen's protection vanishes. 2) 49...Kd8. Now we'got a double ...
   Feb-07-17 chessforum (replies)
Phony Benoni: <SwitchingQuylthulg> Absolutely right, and I now understand the mistake I had been making. It's good to to know the extra half-move actually occurs in only a small percentage of game.
   Feb-06-17 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
Phony Benoni: Like the Yankees back in the day, the Patriots are one of those teams you might not like but have to respect for their continued run of excellence.
   Feb-06-17 T Dowden vs S Yee, 2016 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Hmm. What Would Spassky Do?
   Jan-31-17 S Schweber vs Spassky, 1955 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Spassky Week, apparently. 35...Qg2 is mate if White's queen isn't around. Neutralize her.
   Jan-30-17 William H Janes (replies)
Phony Benoni: <zanzobar? Here is some information I used. 1942 US Open, Dallas: "Chess Review", October, 1942, p. 181: <Bill Janes, Waco>. (Waco and Leroy are in the same county about 15 miles apart. 1948 US CHampionship: "Cjess Life" September 5, 1948, p. 1 (<William ...
   Jan-27-17 E Nakar vs A Merry, 2014 (replies)
Phony Benoni: It's not often that a single piece captures three enemies on the same square within five moves.
   Jan-12-17 Karjakin vs Svidler, 2015 (replies)
Phony Benoni: White's first problem is stopping Black from promoting a pawn to a bishop on a dark square. White could very easily get mated after that. Assuming that is possible,, it looks like White's only chance to make this a Puzzle Position is to get his king over to the kingside. which ...
   Jan-11-17 58th US Open (1957) (replies)
Phony Benoni: <Helios727> Yes, Fischer won his first game by forfeit. The crosstable uses "+ and "=" to indicate wins and losses on forfeit/. The scoreboard at the top is automatically compiled from actual games in the database. That's why Fischer comes up a game short. Since many ...
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  YouRang: Just saw the sad news this morning that Yordano Ventura, pitcher for the Royals was killed in a car accident. He was 25.

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  saffuna: < it always helps the RBI leader to have someone in front of him who gets on base a lot. But you still have to drive him in.>

He was definitely a good player. I was just suggesting why he led the whole AL in RBIs three times, ahead of Mantle, Williams and others.

I saw the Red Sox play once, against the immortal San Francisco Seals in 1957. Willimas in left (in front of us), Jensen in right, and Jimmy Piersall in center. He did not climb the screen.

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  Penguincw: Aww, RIP to Ventura.

Also heard that prospect Andy Marte also died in the Dominican Republic in an unrelated car crash:

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  WannaBe: Very sad, another young life lost, reminds me of Oscar Taveras in 2014 (pitcher for StL), same thing car accident.
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  MissScarlett: G H Wolbrecht vs E P Elliott, 1909
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  WannaBe: For the 2015 NFL season, I kept track of teams that had to travel 2 time zones or more for their game and posted teams' W/L record.

Here's a study by Northwestern U., what is fascinating (to me, at least), is that researchers said a person needs one day per hour of change to be fully adjusted (jet lag, especially if you are going eastward).

Usually, NFL team will depart Friday for a Sunday game, that really isn't enough time to fully adjust, if you are going from coast to coast.

NBA and NHL usually have a day or two in-between games if a team have to travel, but not always.

Another thing with schedules and road games, are the ones that makes you go "huh"? (Yes, I know it's impossible to have the best scenario, when it comes to arena's availability...)

Example, Lakers:

1/22 @DAL
1/25 @POR
1/26 @UTH

Randomly, here is one from Houston road trip:

11/1 @CLE
11/2 @NYK
11/5 @ATL
11/7 @WAS

At least they had the 6th off.

11/27 @POR
11/29 @UTH
12/1 @GS
12/2 @DEN


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  Phony Benoni: Apparently, the best way ton win a Caissar is to disappear for a while. If I left completely, no telling what I could win!

Seriously, it's always gratifying to be appreciated . I'm especially proud of taking Funniest Kibitzer, since the competition is so fierce. Particularly from those who aren't trying to be funny.

<WannaBe> Which collection won? I take that it wasn't the puzzle collection but can't tell which one it was.


I guess a few details are in order. Like many diabetics, I have begun to have trouble with my feet. Nothing serious as yet, but one toe in particular had had several small sores over time. The operation was a minor preventive procedure meant to lessen the change of a recurrence.

The problem was that I had to keep the foot elevated for a couple weeks. Sitting at the computer was specifically forbidden, so I couldn't use the desktop.

So nearly two weeks of watching television. I'd rather be in zugzwang.

Doc gave the All Ckear to Resume Normal Activities today, so I'm back, though I'll probably take it easy to a few days just to play it safe.

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  WannaBe: <Phony Benoni> your unusual position collection won.
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  Phony Benoni: <MissScarlettt>L Game added to collection. Thanks for the alert.
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  Phony Benoni: <WannaBe> You mean Game Collection: That's strange? Lordy, I haven't updated that in ages. Need to get back to work.
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  Stonehenge: Please check out The games from the NY Open do not belong to the Game Collection: US Open 1974, New York.
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  perfidious: That must be correct: there was no <NY Open> until Jose Cuchi started it up in the 1980s. It is possible, though, that those games were played in the '74 <World Open>, the second in the series, which was held in NYC in its early years.
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  Phony Benoni: <Stonehenge> Thanks for looking at this. As of now I have not checked over the 1974 tournament thoroughly, so this is subject the change.

The four games from the "New York Open" in Game Collection: US Open 1974, New York are:

S Bernstein vs Ruth Cardoso, 1974

S Bernstein vs R Rodriguez, 1974

S Bernstein vs Vladimir Ryznar, 1974

S Bernstein vs Kogan, 1974

In the first place, as far as I am aware, there was not yet an event known as the <"New York Open"> in 1974.

As with any tournament, games from the various us Opens are submitted with a variety of headers. Colloquially, it is sometimes referred to by the name of the city, such as "Boston Open" or "Ventura Open", so seeing "New York Open would not surp4ise me.

By the way, I did not submit the games. I suspect they were sent in by someone working from Bernstein's autobiography (see Game Collection: COMBAT: Fifty Years of Sidney Bernstein), and if Bernstein used "New York Open" the submitted probably did as well.

Of course, that only means the games shouldn't be automatically disqualified as US Open games. There is partial cross table for the tournament available("Chess Life & Review", December 1974,p. 791-793), and the names of all five players are listed. In addition, we definitely have one confirmed pairing, Bernstein - Rodrigues (round 11).

Unfortunately, the cross able only list results for the first 50 players, so the other pairings cannot be confirmed. In addition, that year's bulletins are brief, and I don't see any of the games as yet. (They are not yet entered in my database.)

Based on this, I feel there is a strong chance the games are from the US Open, so I will keep them in the collection for now. If I'm wrong, then it will be fixed later. But the 1974 event (and, indeed, almost everything at 1969) are still in a fragmentary stage.

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  Stonehenge: Thanks, that makes sense. I think you are right to leave them in the US Open Collection, where they probably belong.
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  Phony Benoni: <perifious> Yes, the World Open might be a possibility, and it was held in NYC in 1974 according to CL&R. On the other hand, we have a couple of games from Bernstein labeled "World Open", so it would seem he made a distinction between the two events.
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  WannaBe: MLB hands down punishment for StL hack of HOU.

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  Travis Bickle: Hey Phony, I haven't talked to you in a month of Sundays! Who do like in the big game, (before I place my bet)? ; P P.S. I just played 2 ten minute games on the net. The 1st game I played the Ruy Lopez Marshall with the white pieces, with a 2000+ player.. I got killed fairly quickly. I think I was playing Karpov...

The next game I went down a weight class, & played a 1870 player & kicked a$$ in a Najdorf Sicilian, with the black pieces... ; P

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  Phony Benoni: Travis, I never bet against t he Patriots. This is because I generally want the other team to win.

Did you know I played the Marshall back in the day? That was out of necessity. You see, 1...e5 was the only move I felt comfortable with against 1.e4, but opponents kept playing the Ruy Lopez and winning a pawn in the opening. So I took up the Marshall. I still lose a pawn in the opening, but at least I'm sacrificing it!

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  Phony Benoni: There are times in sports when experience is everything. That was one of them.
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  YouRang: <Phony Benoni: Travis, I never bet against t he Patriots. This is because I generally want the other team to win.>

Yeah, I was rooting for the Falcons. After the Patriots missed that extra-point leaving the score at 28-9, I mentioned to my son that they could at least still benefit from a field goal, but they would need a pair of TDs with 2 point conversions. I didn't expect to see it happen.

The Falcons blew it on that last drive where they were in field goal range. It would have made it 31-20, practically assuring a win. But instead, they took a sack and a holding penalty, and they had to punt.

One could almost sense how big a moment that might be. As you suggest, experience may have been the difference.

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  Phony Benoni: Like the Yankees back in the day, the Patriots are one of those teams you might not like but have to respect for their continued run of excellence.
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  perfidious: Those Yankee squads at the tail end of their run from 1921-1964 would hardly have been able to maintain their hegemony if not for the Kansas City farm team, um, Athletics giving them infusions of talent, a practice which came to a merciful end once Arnold Johnson unexpectedly passed on in early 1960 and the team was sold to Charlie Finley.

Bill James once wrote of how Yankees' continued success may have been inimical to the league's fortunes as a whole.

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  perfidious: A while back, I posted the following here:

<The one caveat in my mind regarding Cabrera is that, formidable a hitter as he remains, his body type is one which does not age well; he will undoubtedly wind up a full-time DH before long, the question being whether he can retain enough bat speed to reach the hallowed ground of 3000 before the end comes.>

With 2519 hits through the end of 2016, my assessment above is probably pessimistic, barring that sudden end which came to old teammate Fielder.

In the end, Cabrera will be a mortal lock as a first ballot HOFer, and would be cold to get there first time out if he somehow never played another game. Whale of a resume.

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  saffuna: Cabrera is almost 34 and his still hitting the ball. He has 450 home runs, 1500 RBIs, and a lifetime .400 OBP. And he didn't slip much if at all last season. If he were to collapse tomorrow (Ryan Howard-style) he still would have had a brilliant career.
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  OhioChessFan: If you want to be blown away by the stats, look at Howard here:

.268 47 136
.251 48 146

are good for only 3.3 and 2.2 Offensive WAR?! I sometimes can't believe the numbers are right. I recall looking at Tony Gwinn and seeing him hitting .394 and an offensive WAR that year of something like 5.2. I don't think I buy that.

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