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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Jan-19-19
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 17523 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-17-19 Kupchik vs N Whitaker, 1913
Phony Benoni: There's an interesting precursor to this game which I've just come across and is not in the database: [Event "Progressive CC Championship"] [Site "New York, NY USA"] [Date "1912.??.??"] [EventDate "1912.??.??"] [Round "?"] [Result "1-0"] [White "Oscar Chqjes"]
   Jan-14-19 G O'Toole vs R Haria, 2009 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Of course, 40.Qe3 is equivalent. And, for that matter, 40.Rh8+ works eventually after 40...Kxh8 41.Qf4 (Qe) Kh7 42.h5 followed by 43.hxg6+ and 44.Rh8+. So don't feel too bad if you tried 40.Rh8+. I don't.
   Jan-13-19 B M Neill vs O Roething, 1912 (replies)
Phony Benoni: The score of tis game appeared in the "American Chess Bulletin", July 1912, p. 155. Unfortunately, it was badly garbled from moves 20-26, and quickly became unplayable. Fortunately, I was able to find a legible version in the "Philadelphia Inquirer", June 23, 1912, and will ...
   Jan-10-19 Moscow vs Riga, 1909
Phony Benoni: I have some information of <sachistu> about the rosters: <"Skinner&Verhoeven list White as Alekhine, O.Bernstein, A.Goncharov, V.Rozanov and Black as K and R Betins, P.Bol, A.Lyuth, citing Sh.Odessa, 1911 and Die Schachwelt, 1911. Chessbase listed Alekhine, Bernstein, ...
   Jan-09-19 V Iotov vs Chris Millar, 2008 (replies)
Phony Benoni: After 25...Kh7 it doesn't look that simple. White can just play 26.Rxc8 and be happy with an extra rook, but I don't see a mate.
   Jan-08-19 Magnus Smith vs A Kreymborg, 1911 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Of course, antidotes to the Magnus Smith Variation were found almost immediately, and indeed existed beforehand. Within a month of this game -- and before the Magnus Smith analysis appeared -- Vidmar vs O Bernstein, 1911 at San Sebastian saw the move <6...Bd7>, which ...
   Jan-08-19 H Daly vs F Young, 1907
Phony Benoni: <jnpope> My thanks as well. I downloaded a number of the archived issues from the 70s-90s, but didn't get them all. Drat, drat and double drat.
   Jan-06-19 H Fowler Lee vs E Friederich Schrader, 1911
Phony Benoni: <18.?> [DIAGRAM] White unnecessarily gave up the castling privilege, so Black pushed every pawn he could lay his hands on in an attempt to open lines. However, open lines benefit the player whose pieces are mobilized, detail Black has necglected. White has two first ...
   Jan-06-19 D D Barkuloo vs H Kline, 1911
Phony Benoni: For the record, Black's 15th move should be <15...Qe6>. Correction submitted.
   Jan-04-19 Morphy vs Maurian, 1863
Phony Benoni: Do we have a verified date for this game? An article about Maurian (American Chess Bulletin, September 1911, p. 196-200) describes it as <" of the best games of the 1869 series." > ACB is hardly definitive in such matters, but it's worth checking out.
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  Phony Benoni: Nah, Ditka couldn't coach these days. Just that look on his face would draw a penalty for Unnecessary Roughness.
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<Phony Benoni> By "comeback" I meant him actually playing in the games, wearing the Bears uniform and all of that gear that they wear in "American Foots Balls."

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  Phony Benoni: Oh, Ditka is probably too small to play in the NFL today. Besides, he's ot his singing career:

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  Phony Benoni: Several years ago, I purchased reprint set of the American Chess Bulletin (1904-1962). It's a very useful resource, but I've been frustrated by the lack of a good overall index, both for names and games.

I tried starting a names index, but the tools I have are not suited for this purpose and the results were too clunky to be useful.

So I've started on the games instead. This has probably been done already, but duplicating somebody else's work has never deterred me before. Besides, how else can I be sure they're right?

So far, I have finished the first four volumes, for 1904-1907. Links to the collections can be found here:

Game Collection: American Chess Bulletin - Years covered

I will not be submitting missing games until the present situation is clarified. If you'd like to take a crack at doing that for any of the games, be my guest. Hopefully, I have provided enough information to allow this.

If you'd like to receive PGN files of the games, contact me.

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  MissScarlett: Could you have a look at the December number of the 1911 <ACB> and report what, if any, information/games they have from Lasker's American simul tour of Oct/November? The online version is missing the latter months of that year.
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  Phony Benoni: <MIissScarlett> These doesn’t seem to be anything about Lasker’s tour in the December 1911 ACB. I also checked a couple of months earlier in 1911 and the first four months of 192, but could only find two reports and no games. You may already have this information, of course.

November 1911, p. 244:


<”After an absence of sixteen months Dr. Emanuel Lasker returned to this country on the steamship Amerika on October 7, accompanied by Mrs. Lasker, for whose benefit the trip had been largely been undertaken. The world’s champion never looked better, but he did no come here with any serious purpose in mind, such as match or tournament play. In fact, he declared his intention to return inside of two months….

“The champion arrived in time to open the winter season of the rooms of the Manhattan Chess Club on the evening of October 14. On that occasion, twenty-four members were pitted against the master, who, playing very carefully, won at all of the boards, excepting one. The single exception was F. D. Rosebault, the manager of Capablanca. Dr ,Lasker left new York on October 19, to be gone about two weeks.”>

The other repot, from January 1912, p. 5, describes a simul in Boston.

<”Dr. Lasker visited Boston on Nov. 18 and was and was entertained at the Boston Chess Club, where he gave an interesting lecture on chess problems in the afternoon and a simultaneous exhibition in the evening. The champion always proves a strong drawing card and twenty-five enthusiastic players turned out to give him battle. Dr. Lasker succeeded in winning 23 of the games and drawing 2. The latter were against Sydney C. Neff of the Boston Chess Club, in a Scotch gambit if 40 movse and S. Seininger of Harvard, in a Queen’s gambit declined lasting 57 moves. The other players were: Hollis Webster, W. H. Harris, J. L Clark, H. N Sweet, A. H Monks, G. A Spooner, D. Friedberg, T. P. Smith, R. E. Hunter, C. S. Davis, W. Shattuck, G. L. Cabot, W. J. Bonney, H. L. Perrin, W. E. Stanwood, H. B. Daly, Ernest Bellatti, J. W. Briton, H. L. Palmer, C. S. Hadley, F. K. Ball, A. M. Richards, and A. E. Sanford. The Boston Chess Club extended and to all local chess players to attend the exhibition and quite a number availed themselves of the opportunity.”>

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  MissScarlett: Thanks, albeit the 1912 <ACB> is fully online. The Manhattan CC and Boston were the opening and closing dates of Lasker's tour, respectively. The dispute over Capablanca's title challenge rather distracted attention away from the tour - Whyld's coverage is correspondingly sketchy. Lasker's column in the Louisville <Courier-Journal>filled in some gaps, but the one he was writing for the New York <Evening Post> isn't online.
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  Phony Benoni: The New Your Evening Post for 1911 can be accessed through the Fulton site, Clunky, but you can get there..

I used the search:

New York NY Evening Post 1911 AND Chess

Also designating Booleans search and Sort by Date (displays in reverse chronological order.)

This produced 83 entries. Not all were Lasker's column, of course, but when I tried adding "lasker" aas a search term the results were cut down too far.

For instance, the game Lasker vs NN, 1911 can be found at

After scanning a few of the columns I don't think there is much new about the tour. Most of the columns are didcatd to the proposed match, and I didn't se any new games.

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  MissScarlett: < Clunky, but you can get there.>

The schmuck who runs this Fulton site - what's his problem!? I have to wonder if he's long dead, leaving his vessel to wander aimlessly on like the <Mary Celeste>.

Found - and submitted (we live in hope!) - another Western game:

[Event "6th Western Championship"]
[Site "Excelsior, MN USA"]
[Date "1905.08.22"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Roy G Fitzgerald"]
[Black "George B Spencer"]
[Result "1-0"]
[PlyCount "39"]
[Source "Dayton Herald, 1907.12.28, p.6"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Nbd7 5. Nf3 Be7 6. e3 O-O 7. Bd3 dxc4 8. Bxc4 c5 9. O-O a6 10. Rc1 cxd4 11. Nxd4 Ne5 12. Bb3 b6 13. Bf4 Qd6 14. Nc6 Qxc6 15. Bxe5 Bb7 16. Nd5 Bc5 17. Ne7+ Bxe7 18. Rxc6 Bxc6 19. Qd4 Nd5 20. Bxg7 1-0

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  Phony Benoni: <MissScarlett< Thanks for the game. It's unusual to see one published two years after the tournament.
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  MissScarlett: Yes, but the <Dayton Herald> columnist, <Paul Wortman>, was a colleague of Fitzgerald, which almost certainly accounts for the source, and the column only ran during 1907-08, accounting for the late publication.
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  Tabanus: Hello <Phony>, with our birthday coming up, I believe you can secure yourself a gift from <Annie K.>, who is now in charge of the Event names. She has corrected a lot of them already. I seem to remember you was unhappy with the US Open names (and more?) in CG? A note in the Bistro might do wonder.
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  Phony Benoni: <Tabanus> Thanks for the suggestion. I'll have to think about this. I didn't like it when ordinal numbers first started appearing at the beginning of the US Open even name, ,but it's making more sense now.
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  Tabanus: <PB> Many of the ordinal numbers are being removed now, but I'm fine with having them on the US Opens, if that's what you want. No problem as long as it's consistent.
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  Annie K.: Hi <PB>, :) just thought I'd let you know that as of October 29, the GotD puns are officially back on track. ;)
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  Phony Benoni: <Annie K> Thanks for the message; I had noticed the "Old Style had returned. And I like the idea of officially crediting them as well.
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  offramp: Today we once again had two GsoTD. The second one was Fischer vs Bisguier, 1963, with the title, "Take Five".
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  Phony Benoni: <ofrramp> Thanks for catching that.

I see the "Official Archive" has the Fischer game as December 7, the Petrosian as December 8. I'll need to remember to check it in the future.

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  Phony Benoni: I find dabbling in the world of bad annotation fun, since it reminds me of my days as a chess journalist. Here's a new entry:

De Fremeny - Ernest J Cummings
University of California - Leland J. Stanford Junior College Match Palo Alto, CA
April 15, 1910
Board 2

(De Fremeny: University of California; Cummings: Stanford)

<1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Ba4 h6 9.Nf3 Bd6 10.d3 0-0 11.Nc3 Re8 12.0-0 e4 13.dxe4 Nxe4 14.Nxe4 Rxe4 15.c3 Qc7 16.Bc2 Re7 17.Qd3 f5>

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And the unknown annotation (possibly Cummings) wrot, <'White had better moves.">

Well, I can't argue with that, so so at least it gets full marks for accuracy. The dreadful sequel was:

18...<.Re4 19.h3 Be6 20.Nh4 Rd8 21.Qf3 Rxg4+ 22.hxg4 Bh2+ 23.Kg2 Bd5 24.Qxd5+ cxd5 25.Nxf5 Re8 26.Bd3 Bf4 27.Ne3 Qc6 28.Nf5 Bxc1 29.Raxc1 Qd7 30.f3 Nb7 31.Nd4 Nd6 32.b3 Re3 33.Be2 h5 34.gxh5 Ne4 35.fxe4 Qh3+ 36.Kg1 Qg3+ 37.Kh1 Qh4+ 38.Kg2 Rg3+ 39.Kf2 Rh3+ 0-1>

Source: American Chess Bulletin, June 1910, p. 151.

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  OhioChessFan: <20. Nh4> White had better moves.

<35. fxe4> White had better moves.

I am reminded of one of the rare times my mom had a failed attempt at cooking. It involved orange peels and bread and it was so bad the family couldn't even pretend to eat it. It doesn't even sound good. Maybe she quadrupled the amount of peels or something, I don't know. Anyway, hoping to get even a false compliment, mom asked my brother in law(a gentle soul who didn't share my family's propensity for sarcasm, a big surprise to my readers that it runs in the family) what he thought, and his measured reply was "Not your best effort."

Dec-20-18  Deus Ex Alekhina: Hmmmmm. Reminds me of the time when David Moody annotated one of my games in Michigan Chess in 1981. He suggested a move that neither I nor my opponent considered. Probably because the move suggested was illegal, impossible.
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  Phony Benoni: I wasn't the best annotator around, but at least I was imaginative.
Dec-21-18  Deus Ex Alekhina: Not sure if you had looked at my scoresheet (descriptive notation) or my opponent's scoresheet (algebraic notation). But, you were a good annotator, nonetheless.
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  Phony Benoni: A nice little shot from a correspondence game played in 1909 with R. Beach (White) taking on H. Stonier and Mahlon Pitney colluding as Black:

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White to play. (Source: American Chess Bulletin, August 1910, p. 201.

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  Penguincw: Hi <Phony Benoni>. Hope life is good for you. Thank you for all your invaluable contributions that you have gave to this site. Take the time to enjoy the holidays! :)
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