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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen May-30-17
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 16858 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-30-17 P Makoli vs F Doettling, 2007 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Not really that hard, but it took a couple of minutes to spot the right order of moves: <35. .Rh1+ 36.Kxg2 Qa8+ 37.Qf3 Qxf3+ 38.Kxf3 Rxc1.> I was thinking of 35. .Qg5 hitting the rook and protecting f6, but 36.Rc8+ takes care of that. Didn't see the rook could take on c1 ...
   May-29-17 J F Barry vs Lasker, 1904
Phony Benoni: I believe <gogulko> us correct, Bitg tge "American Chess Bulletin" (June1904, p.10) and the Reinfeld tournament book give Lasker as White. Another indication if Barry's color allocation in the tournament. Including this game, he is credited with 9 Whites and 6 Blacks, ...
   May-29-17 Teichmann vs A Hodges, 1904
Phony Benoni: Reinfeld's tournament book follows ACB.
   May-29-17 E Delmar vs Teichmann, 1904
Phony Benoni: Reinfeld's tournament book confirms ACB.
   May-29-17 Schlechter vs E Delmar, 1904 (replies)
Phony Benoni: And it turns out that Reinfel's tournament book has <49...Kf8> hs well.
   May-29-17 G Soutar vs G Chandler, 1994 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Requires a bit of contemplation. <16. ..Rh1+> looks obvious, and matters are quite standard after <17.Kxh1 Qh6+ 18.Bh3 Qxh3+ 19.Kg1 Qh2#> On the alternative <17.Bxh1> Black must recognize there is no escape for White after <17...Qh6>, as moving the rook ...
   May-28-17 Lasker vs E Delmar, 1904
Phony Benoni: I've been taking a break today to look at games from Cambridge Springs 1904, as they appeared in the first issue of the "American Chess Bulletin", June 1904. 10...Nfd5 is another possible correction. If nothing else, it seems more like than 10...Nbd5 because of Lasker's reply, ...
   May-24-17 J A Leonard vs T Loyd, 1861 (replies)
Phony Benoni: "Someone at the door, Dear. Why don't you see what they want."
   May-23-17 Prague (1908) (replies)
Phony Benoni: <JimNorCal> Please don't say Edward Winter is old. He's four years younger than I am. <tamar> Indeed, chess folklore is often nothing but knowledge that is too common to be disputed. But there may be more of a basis to "Richard the Fifth". William Ewart Napier , a ...
   May-23-17 B Savchenko vs A Kostin, 2007 (replies)
Phony Benoni: After a few false tries, <26.Qg6> strikes a familiar chord, the main line being 26..fxg6 27.Ne6+ Kg8 28.Rg7#. It might have helped to know the game Bronstein vs Geller, 1961 [DIAGRAM]
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  Phony Benoni: <MissScarlett> Thanks. It looks like I got <J Updegraff> from "Lasker's Chess Magazine" (September 1905, p. 197), but ACB is surely a better source.

In addition, I've just seen <E P Updegraff> in the "Minneapolis Journal", August 22, 1905, which would be equivalent of an official local newspaper.

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  WannaBe: Baseball is 'soft'?!!?

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  Phony Benoni: That's true. I take my best naps during NBA games.
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  Penguincw: < "A section of the rule, implemented in 2016, states that runner sliding into second has to make 'a bona fide attempt' not just to slide into the base, but also to 'remain on the base.'" >

So hold up. If a guy slides past 2nd base, he's automatically out? If so, that is indeed soft.

On a related note, I will also say that I don't quite approve the neighbourhood play. I believe that the middle infielder actually has to touch 2nd base for the out, even if it would require a takeout.


< That's true. I take my best naps during NBA games. >

Well, you know, unlike baseball, there are no longer intermissions. ;)

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  WannaBe: Bona fide attempt, which means up to (Supreme Court Interpretation) judgement of "attempt"...
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  WannaBe: Really good read here, MLB's 10-day DL and qualification for pitchers and how teams can 'game' the system. (Think NE Pats...)

Any time you have a 'rule', someone will find a way to go around it, or find a 'loop hole'.

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  WannaBe: Approaching 500 (combined) pitches for BAL/DET extra inning game.
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  Tabanus: <PB> Horrible mistake found in Game Collection: US Open 1903, Chicago = 4th Western Champ. - it should be George Armstrong Wauchope.
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  Phony Benoni: <tabanus> Thanks for being my Gurdian Angel once again.

I think what happened is that Di Felice has "Wanchope", and I simply didn't spot the interest in other sources.

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  saffuna: Clutch hitting!

The Giants' last 15 home runs have been with nobody on base.

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  WannaBe: Anyone with a spare couple of Million sitting around doing nothing? And want to own a piece of history?

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  WannaBe: Incredible stuff/numbers for SFG:

As of today, SFG have hit 38 HRs (as a team, of course), only 6 of the HRs came with runner(s) on base. Rest have been solo.

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  saffuna: Similar to what I posted above...
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  WannaBe: Totally useless run differential MLB stats:

Every team in AL East (except TOR) have positive RD, Every team in NL East (except WAS +50) have (double-digit) negative RD.

AL Central leader Twins (24-18) have +3, while ChiSox (20-24 4th place) have +17.

Team with the largest RD? LAD (27-19, third place in NL West) +65. COL (30-17 first place NL West) only have +30...

Go fig.

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  WannaBe: One of the weirdest baseball play, in the box score, it's recorded as 2 DP, unasst.

Oregon had a man on first, strike 3 at the plate, apparently it was a run and hit play, runner stopped and the Ucla catcher just held the ball and ran out toward him.

Poor runner can't (decide) go back or forward, because that will cause an immediate throw, got tagged out by the catcher.

Yeah, 2 DP, unasst...

May-26-17  Bigbishop: If you are looking for double play visit this site
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  WannaBe: 4-0 game, last guy pitched 2 innings, no save. Weird.

You can have a 3-0 game, guy pitches one inning, gets a save.

Go Fig.

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Jim Bunning.

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  WannaBe: Jim Bunning died?! =((
May-28-17  Bigbishop: Good day, i have some questions? how do you love playing chess? pls reply i just want to know all your answers.
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  WannaBe: Lions 7, Chiefs 7, good football game.
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  WannaBe: 8-7 now, they went for 2...
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  WannaBe: WAS/SFG base-brawl, my opinion:

Strickland threw at Harper for hitting 2 HRs in 2014 playoffs, (2.5 years ago). According to the local KNBR radio announcers and what nots.

Strickland did not throw at his head. He can easily claim "The pitch got away from me."

So the guy hit you, is it an honour(?) for being retaliated? Is it old-time baseball? Is it the "Un-written" rules of the game?

I actually think Harper's in the wrong for trying to throw the helmet...

In hockey, (I know, different sport), when 2 players are gonna fight, everything is off, gloves, sticks, helmets, jerseys, skates, cups, <EVERYTHING>.

Okay, maybe not the skates... But you get my drift. Base-brawl are more amusing than fights.

Hockey, now, that's a different coloured puck, all together. You can youtube Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche, those are (some) old-time hockey brawls.

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  WannaBe: So I had to back and look up Ventura v. Ryan fight.

There was one main event and follow-up minor skirmish. Ah, good ol' days.

Forgot that Bo Jackson was on the team for Chicago, Kirk McCaskill (ex-Angels), Mickey Hatcher (ex-Dodgers), so many (famous) names on the back of those jerseys...

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  WannaBe: But the #1 brawl, at least according to, is ATL/SD game. In 1984.

Came across this classic clip between SFG/St.L with R. Craig and W. Herzog jawing and a yuuuuuuuuuge brawl.

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