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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Feb-06-16
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 15954 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-06-16 Phony Benoni chessforum
Phony Benoni: Hope President-Elect Trump lets them back in.
   Feb-04-16 James Cross vs N Whitaker, 1951 (replies)
Phony Benoni: <perfidious> He probably did. Have you ever heard the story recounted here? N Whitaker vs H H Hahlbohm, 1921
   Feb-04-16 J F Donovan vs A J Fink, 1951
Phony Benoni: <38...?> [DIAGRAM] Black went for the notorious Rook + f&h-pawns against rook ending, playing <38...h5+ 39.Kxh5 Rxg3 40.Rxb4>. The ending is drawn, but needs care. Black played it well for the next few moves, keeping his rook active at a safe distance from the ...
   Feb-04-16 H Fajans vs C Brasket, 1951
Phony Benoni: An example of how having bishops on opposite colors can lead to a strong attack. Black's bishop is useless during the final phase.
   Feb-04-16 J Gallagher vs A Compton, 2014 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Black's king trapped and stalemated in the center, White pieces bearing down on him. Definitely smells like a mate puzzle. The Rc8 is the only think stopping 28.Rd8#, so maybe try a little distraction with <28.Qc1>? Don't see a real defense. On neutral moves, just ...
   Feb-03-16 K R Jones vs J T Westbrock, 1951
Phony Benoni: <30?> [DIAGRAM] Back in the mid-1970s there was a baseball pitcher named Mark Fidrych who was one of these unspoiled and slightly flaky people who make life fun. One of his favorite sayings, which often popped up in interviews, was <"You never know, you know?"> ...
   Feb-03-16 J T Westbrock vs R Harrell, 1951
Phony Benoni: <BLACK RESIGNS> [DIAGRAM] In the world of Chess Openings, there are Dragons and Hedgehogs and Hippopotami and Rats. This is, I believe, a Box Turtle, and its shell is about to be shattered. I'm surprised Noa allowed it on the boat.
   Feb-03-16 R Cifuentes vs V Zvjaginsev, 1995 (replies)
Phony Benoni: <luftforlife> Thanks. Shows I've still got a lot to learn!
   Feb-03-16 Sundararajan vs I Ivanisevic, 2014 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Well, that's nice. I was so intent on getting in ...Qe4 that I didn't notice the Rf3 was simply hanging! But there are complications: after <32...Ng5 33.fxg5 Rxf3 34.dxc6>: [DIAGRAM] Black is winning, but has to be careful.
   Feb-02-16 D Ackerman vs P Le Cornu, 1949
Phony Benoni: <22.?> [DIAGRAM] White sees something, and plays <22.Bxf6 gxf6 23.Qd2>, threatening 24.Qh6 followed by mate. Bllack sneakily replies <23...Rfe8>, but White is not discouraged. "I'll just play <24.Rd1> and the mate threat is still on. What could possibly
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  Phony Benoni: Spring Training Dates:

Vegas Odds:

I'm gonna let <WannaBe> handle that, since I have no idea who to trust after finding this:

The Cubs?!

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  WannaBe: Wow, Detroit, LAA, Cleveland and Kansas City are all 12-1 to win the AL Pennant?

I find that hard to believe, Cleveland's gotta be like 1200-1, not 12-1. =))

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  Penguincw: Well, it's an even numbered year, so the Giants (unfortunately) will probably win. Currently at 10:1 odds!
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  Penguincw: An Orioles player has died in a motorcycle accident:
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  WannaBe: While back, I posted a link to a story about a young man who pitches for Toronto, and lived out of his van.

Daniel Norris is now a member of the Detroit Tigers, and this is part two of the story.

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  WannaBe: Just in case you run out of stuff to bet on for Super Bowl, from ESPN Chalk:


TV Ratings prop bets for Super Bowl 50:

Total Viewers O/U: 117 mil
Nielsen Rating O/U: 48.5
Higher Nielsen Rating: DEN -135 vs. CHR -105>

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  Phony Benoni: Well, Cruz won Iowa. There goes my first Super Bowl prop.
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  Stonehenge: Hi <PB>,

I don't think this game Rozentalis vs W Arencibia, 1999 belongs here: Game Collection: US Open 1995, Concord.

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  Phony Benoni: <Stonehenge> By golly, I think you may be right. Thanks for catching that.
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  WannaBe: Alright, Trivia Time!!

80 years ago today, Baseball Hall of Fame got its first ever class inducted. Can you name the 5 inductees?

Feb-02-16  Jim Bartle: Mathewson, Cobb, Wagner, Speaker, Young.
Feb-02-16  Jim Bartle: Wait, Walter Johnson was already retired. So Johnson instead of Young.
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  Phony Benoni: Cobb, Ruth, Wagner, Mathewson, Johnson. The "five-year" rule didn't apply to Ruth.
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  WannaBe: Mr. Beaker have it correct!!
Feb-02-16  Jim Bartle: <The "five-year" rule didn't apply to Ruth.>

Hey, why not?

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  Phony Benoni: Well, I think it hadn't been invented yet. And even if it had, you want to be the guy telling All of America that Babe Ruth isn't getting in?
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  perfidious: Red Sox behind only Cubs with their 8-1 odda? Hard to believe, really--do not understand why bookmakers are so high on them, though David Price was a nice get.
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  WannaBe: News: 15 days until pitchers/catchers report for spring training.

Reaction: 16 days until someone slips on the dugout steps or in the shower and is out for the season.

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  WannaBe: News: <Baseball Tonight @BBTN

ICYMI: Mets to sport 1986 uniforms throughout regular season. >

Reaction: Mets must be hurting for money, they can't even afford new unis and have to bring out mothballed ones.

Feb-04-16  Jim Bartle: They need to put the same 1986 bodies inside the uniforms.
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  WannaBe: Pistons have really let them Knicks back into the game, what's with the grey uniforms??
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  Phony Benoni: Pistons can't afford the laundry bills.
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  WannaBe: Ah, yes, the same problem NYM have for 2016 season... =))
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  WannaBe: Texans and Raiders to play week 11 MNF in Mexici City.

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  Phony Benoni: Hope President-Elect Trump lets them back in.
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