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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Dec-03-16
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 16687 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-03-16 Gavrikov vs R Raud, 2001
Phony Benoni: Usually, when you see a position like this: [DIAGRAM] it comes about because White has just captured Black's queen on h6. This game does it backwards! After <47...Re4>: [DIAGRAM] The game proceeded <48.Qxh6+ Qxh6>.
   Dec-03-16 Y Borges Feria vs Quinteros, 1997
Phony Benoni: Everyone wants to be like Magnus Carlsen, even twenty years earlier! [DIAGRAM] 30.Qxh6+ led to mate all right, but <30.Qg8+> is much quicker.
   Dec-03-16 A Neumann vs Przepiorka, 1904
Phony Benoni: So <THAT'S> where Carlsen got the idea!
   Dec-03-16 H Steiner vs H Fajans, 1946
Phony Benoni: The score we have here is from the tournament book. Herman Steiner's column in the Los Angeles Times, July 28, 1946, p. 41, adds the moves <34...Kxf7 35.Qe6+> 1-0.
   Nov-29-16 D E Cori Tello vs Kramnik, 2015 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Black's up an exchange, but 32.Bh6 is a huge threat for. Loos like it's gonna be a back rank thingie, and the old trick of using the queen to lure the rook away comes to mind. But after the normal idea 31...Qd3 the rook just refuses to be tempted. Ah ha! It's <31. ..Qd5>,
   Nov-28-16 F M Teed vs E Delmar, 1896 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Fore!
   Nov-27-16 J van Rosendael vs E H E van Woelderen, 1895
Phony Benoni: I would have to agree that, overall, this isn't a very good game. In fact, if White had played something like 19.Rh1, Black would probably have shrugged and said "Well, that didn't work!", the players would have movee on the next game, and the score sheets tossed in the trash. ...
   Nov-27-16 Reshevsky vs H Steiner, 1945 (replies)
Phony Benoni: A game that could use some analysis. It doesn't seem that Reshevsky gets much for his piece sacrifice other than a strong pawn duo that interferes with Black's defense of his king. Steiner can't get around the problems over-the-board, but it just doesn't feel like a forced win.
   Nov-26-16 J Camarena vs W Cruz, 1945
Phony Benoni: With the tournament being played in Hollywood, I'm sure the pieces spent a lot of time trying out for roles in show business. In this game, White's bishop on g2 would be perfectly cast as the celebrant in <Mass For Shut-Ins>.
   Nov-26-16 J Araiza Munoz vs J Camarena, 1945
Phony Benoni: After <55...Kd8>: [DIAGRAM] there are times you simply have to play Box Chess in order to survive. But more often than not, it's a recipe for disaster.
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  WannaBe: We have 4 of the (previous winners) 5 named... Anyone gonna come up with the 5th?? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Not giving any clue(s) until later in the week.

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  saffuna: Buhner? He wasn't even a pitcher.
Nov-17-16  Deus Ex Alekhina: Something screwy with the voting system? Election rigged? Just read super-model Kate Upton's tweet about the Cy Young: " I thought I was the only one allowed to (bleep) Justin Verlander" Yowza.
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  WannaBe: As far as I can tell, NFL is the only major sport (league) that does not use 1st - 2nd - 3rd - 4th - 5th voting system/method.

This 'controversy' (with Kate Upton and her comments) is because Porcello had less 1st place votes than Verlander, but Porcello were able to make that up with 2nd and 3rd place votes.

Plus two Major League Baseball writers from Florida (Tampa) didn't have Verlander listed on their ballot.

(Why is it always Florida when an election of any sort and controversy starts?? Enquiring minds want to know.)

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  saffuna: It's perfectly reasonable not to include Verlander as one of the three best. 16-9, 3.00 ERA isn't overwhelming good.

Porcello had great run support and the same ERA, but still, 22-4 is hard to ignore.

There have been numerous cases of the award winner not getting the most first-place votes.

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  Penguincw: < We have 4 of the (previous winners) 5 named... Anyone gonna come up with the 5th?? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? >

Being a Blue Jays fan, I can tell you the 5th one is Roy Halladay.

Regarding the AL Cy Young winner, Porcello would've been my pick (WL record can be very appealing you know). I would also like to consider Happ and Sanchez contenders as well, but you can only have 3 finalists.

Also, some guy, who is 6/6 in predicting award winners this year (rather that, or he just knows the results in advance), is calling his shot again for MVPs: Bryant and Trout edging Betts, by placing 1st or 2nd on every voter's ballot. We shall see...

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  WannaBe: Good job <Penguincw> Roy (Doc) Halladay is the 5th name.
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  saffuna: I didn't remember Halladay had won in the NL.

And for the Al Cy Young, what about Zach Britton. 0.54 ERA in 67 innings.

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  Travis Bickle: Hey Phony, when are they going to pick, (Kris Bryant), the MVP of the National league? ; P
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  WannaBe: Trout and Bryant won MVP.
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  Phony Benoni: Travis, there were just waiting for <WannaBe> to warm up his Announcement Cmachine.
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  Penguincw: And what do you know, Trout and Bryant do win, so Bob Nightengale goes 8/8, although I don't think Trout placed top 2 in <every> ballot.
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  WannaBe: K. Bryant

2013 College Player of the Year
2014 Minor League Player of the Year
2015 NL Rookie of the Year
2016 NL MVP

2017 Oscar for Best Actor
2018 Nobel Prize for Economics
2019 UN Ambassador to Mars
2020 Elected US President

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  WannaBe: Pretty scary if you think about it..

Trout 25 (5-years MLB experience) and then K. Bryant 24 (2-years MLB experience).

Trout already have 2 MVPs, Bryant just got play-off and regular season MVPs. When free agency come around for these two young men, what will the market rate be?

40M/year? 45M/year? A-Rod signed $275 million over 10-years with the Yankees back in 2007.

In 2015 Dodgers paid Kershaw 32.5M, Detroit paid Verlander 28M, Philadelphia paid R. Howard 25M...

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  saffuna: <Trout already have 2 MVPs, Bryant just got play-off and regular season MVPs. When free agency come around for these two young men, what will the market rate be?>

The Cubs get to keep Bryant an extra year because they waited to a certain date to bring him up last year. Some people were upset with the Cubs, but it made sense to me.

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  Travis Bickle: Hey Phony, here's The Champs 1st Hot Stove rumor..

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  saffuna: What? Cubs are trading Bryant and Zobrist?
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  Travis Bickle: Saffy, don't scare me like that! ; P
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  WannaBe: The "Mystery" of the walk-off triple:

Very interesting read. Especially (for me) the part about playing bottom of the 9th in the 1800s.

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  WannaBe: No baseball stoppage!!

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  WannaBe: World Series home field will no longer be tied to All-Star game result, plus other changes:

(However, this is not official, as it is not signed by both parties, yet)

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  Penguincw: Ah yes, finally MLB does that. Of course, it does remove value for the ASG, now that home field advantage is no longer on the line, but I guess the issue with fan polling and all is no longer a big issue. And I doubt that attendance and audience will decrease as a result of this, so good move MLB!
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  WannaBe: ASG is no more than a (fancy) exhibition game. If it's a tie after 9, 10, 11, 12th innings, so be it.

I don't need (to see) a definite winner, especially when the game have 30 position/pitching changes, and takes longer to play than an US Election recount... =))

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  OhioChessFan: I didn't care the year the ASG ended in a tie. I never understood the uproar. What, you want to hurt a pitcher letting him go too long, or a field blow his arm trying to pitch?
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  OhioChessFan: * fielder
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