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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Oct-16-19
Greetings, O Seeker After Knowledge! You have arrived in Dearborn, 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 17760 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-16-19 Saemisch vs Nimzowitsch, 1930
Phony Benoni: Well, that settles it. No way would Nimzowitsch miss a simple mate in 26.
   Oct-16-19 Nimzowitsch vs Weenink, 1930
Phony Benoni: Despite missing the easy win mentioned by <sneay pete>, Black is still winning in the final position. , quoted in the <American Chess Bulletin> (September / October 1930, p. 147) from the <New York Evening Post>: <"Sidelights from the Liege international ...
   Oct-16-19 Alekhine vs Mendelevic, 1930
Phony Benoni: There is some question about the circumstances of this game. It seems to be established that it was played in Liege, Belgium on August 18, 1930, as part of the opening ceremonies for Liege (1930) . However, ACB has no other details about the simul. The <Cincinnati ...
   Oct-10-19 Biographer Bistro (replies)
Phony Benoni: <Annie K> Thanks! It's nice to get pleasant surprises for a change!
   Oct-10-19 A G Johnson vs Lasker, 1926 (replies)
Phony Benoni: I have received confirmation from Casey Bush (author of the article in <Northwest Chess> a copy of the <(Portland) Oregonian> from 1926 which includes the game and definitely attributes it to <A. G. Johnson>. I am sending in a correction slip to change the ...
   Oct-09-19 E Bozzali vs E Paoli, 2001 (replies)
Phony Benoni: I need to say that this is not my pun. In fact, when I saw the game in the Pun Voting Booth, I had to look up the word "Gerontocracy". It means "rule by the elders" and probably refers to Paoli being 93 years old at the time of the game.
   Oct-08-19 L Jackson vs Browne, 1966
Phony Benoni: Browne was rated about 2250 at the time, but had just wont he US Junior title. Here is a picture of him, on t he left. You may not believe it: Leroy Jackson, born in the same year as Browne, had a remarkable story. Sad as far as chess is ...
   Oct-05-19 J McCarty vs D Fleetwood, 1991 (replies)
Phony Benoni: <OCF> OK, that took a Google. I wasn't aware of the album.
   Sep-27-19 Richard Meisel vs Denker, 1972 (replies)
Phony Benoni: The rook resembles a tower, which is indeed its name in many languages. As such, it serves as the communication center of the chess army. Indeed, one reason for the rooks to be connected is to ensure the lines of communication remain open. This is a great responsibility, which ...
   Sep-25-19 Euwe vs Udo Cawi, 1950 (replies)
Phony Benoni: After 25...Nxf6 26.exf6 [DIAGRAM] I don't see how Black avoids mate except by playing 26...Qxf6 or esigning.
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  Tabanus: <PB> Not much I think. I saw only "22A lexander Volzhin" at a quick glance. --> "22 Alexander Volzhin"

The are some missing dates, I don't know if they are available.

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  Tabanus: has no dates, 365chess neither. has these dates:

Rd 1 Oct 15
Rd 2 Oct 16
Rd 3 Oct 17
Rd 4 Oct 18

Rd 5 Oct 20
Rd 6 Oct 21
Rd 7 Oct 22
Rd 8 Oct 23

Rd 9 Oct 25
Rd 10 Oct 26
Rd 11 Oct 27

i. e. two rest days Oct 19 and 24.

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  Phony Benoni: <Tabanus> Two rest days would fit. Dates were October 15-27. thirteen days for an eleven-round tournament.

I'll add the dates to the individual games right now.

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  Tabanus: <PB> I made some minor changes to Russian Championship (1996). Just change back if you disagree.
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  Phony Benoni: <Tabanus> No complaints. Thanks.
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  Tabanus: <PB> You can also thank me by voting YES :)
Apr-20-19  SBC: <Phony Benoni>
Do you have a copy of the American Chess Bulletin (vol.43) Jan. 1946?

If so, would it be possible for you - if you are amenable - to scan several pages, 65-67, for me?

If not, it's no problem.

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  Phony Benoni: <SBC> I do have a physical (not digital) copy of the American Chess Bulletin (vol. 43) 1946. Unfortunately, I don't have a scanner myself, but I may be able to work something out.

However, I would ask that you check your reference. Pages 65-67 are from the May / June issue (not January) and contain games from a Santasiere - Seidman match and a report on the match between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Having seen your recent article about Abraham Kupchik., I'm wondering if you are interested in the photos from Pittsburgh 1946 on p. 74-76 of the July / August issue. These include a group photo on p.74 with pictures of both Kupchik and his wife.

By the way, I want to thank you for the Kupchik article. He's always been a special interest of mine; and 250-300 of his games in the <CG> database are my submissions. At one point I had some extensive files on him, but lost everything in a computer crash and never felt like restoring it. So I'm glad you've done the work instead!

Apr-21-19  SBC: <Phony Benoni>

My rather nebulous source (Google Book/snippet view) revealed there is an article on the Women's Chess Club of NY (with a photo of the founders, including Eliza Foot and Harriet Worrall on those pages of "vols.43-46.". The snippet actually shows the pages are correct (I just assumed it was vol.3 and January due to the page numbers see: That article and the photo are what I am looking for.

Of course a photo of Kupchick and his wife from such a sharp publication as the ACB is like icing on the cake.

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  Phony Benoni: <SBC> It's from v.46, May / June 1949. I've contacted a friend who may be able to supply scans of those pages, as well as the photo from Pittsburgh 1946.

A word of warning. Instead of the original, we both have a photocopied reprint of ACB. The photographs in this reprint are of very poor quality, and you may not be able to use them,

Apr-22-19  SBC: <Phony Benoni>

Thank you so much. BTW, I've already cited you in the article-to-be since I used your digitized game scores from the ACB 1907 and 1908 saving me the work.

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  Phony Benoni: <SBC> that's very gratifying. I've reached the point where I'm no longer interested in writing or publishing, but am perfectly content to make the lives of those do a little bit easier.
Apr-22-19  SBC: <Phony Benoni>

One thing I've always liked about the chess community in general is the number of unselfish individuals willing to contribute in all different fashions, even with little specific appreciation, for the benefit of everyone.

Apr-24-19  SBC: <Phony Benoni>

Here's the result:

Thanks for your help!

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  Phony Benoni: <SBC> Thanks for the link and the kind words.

One little corrections: the article was from the <May / June 1949> issue of ACB, not 1946. (That was volume 46 of ACB). My apologies if I misled you.

Apr-24-19  SBC: <Phony Benoni>

Thanks. I believe that was my original misconception and I was stuck in that paradigm.

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  mifralu: I Gudju vs Bogdanovsky, 1927 (kibitz #52)
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  Tabanus: Did PB end Andrea Peterson 's career?
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  Phony Benoni: I suspect it was about to end anyway. Puberty has robbed chess of more potential Masters than the Four Horseriders of the Apocalypse.
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  Phony Benoni: I'm moving into a retirement community, and may be out of touch for a few days.
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  mifralu: Game Collection: USSR Championship 1929

The 6th USSR Championship was held in Odessa from < October 2-20, 1929 >...

< September 2-20 >

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  Phony Benoni: <mifralu> Thanks. I probably took my information from De Felice (who gives October), but your source looks more authoritative.
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  thegoodanarchist: < Phony Benoni: As a matter of fact:

So Howard can play! Wow, thanks for the link. I am surprised. I'd say he plays at a "Class A" level or better.

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  Phony Benoni: <thegoodanarchist> I had a vague memory of hearing that somewhere.

It's probably a good thing that "celebrities" don't play in real tournaments. Can you imagine the media circus if, say, Charlie Chaplin or Humphrey Bogart showed up to play/ The playing conditions would be impossible for everybody, not just them.

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  thegoodanarchist: Especially in this era, with smartphones, uploading to instagram, twitter and facebook.

If Brad Pitt showed up to a tournament today it would be mayhem in under 20 minutes.

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