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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Sep-22-18
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 17445 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-20-18 T Chapman vs Kasparov, 2001 (replies)
Phony Benoni: the database has a total of four games against Chapman at various "two-pawn" odds.
   Sep-19-18 G Bezruchko vs Flohr, 1939
Phony Benoni: It is possible to learn a lesson entirely too well. In this game, White's queen charges bravely deep into enemy territory while encouraging her troops forward. Before they can catch up, her retreat is cut off and she is duly trpped. Suitably subdue, the White rooks huddle ...
   Sep-18-18 Phony Benoni chessforum
Phony Benoni: Black's last move was suicide, but it was mate in any event and the Will to Live can only go so far. [Event "Gudmundur Arasib Ut *Ioeb("] [Site "Hafnarfjordur ISL"] [Date "1996.12.15"] [EventDate "1996.12.13"] [Round "3"] [Result "1-0"] [White "Leosson, ...
   Sep-14-18 I Chirila vs I K Sukandar, 2017 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Looks like the puzzle should have been set for a move or two earlier.
   Sep-11-18 E Torre vs Gufeld, 1994 (replies)
Phony Benoni: I would have found it difficult to resist promotion to a bishop. It takes longer to win, but I might never get another chance..
   Sep-10-18 H Keidanski vs L Rosen, 1907 (replies)
Phony Benoni: After <28...Na2+> [DIAGRAM] <29.Ndb5> was The Wrong Knight, allowing a mating combination. Instead, 29.Ncb5! prevents the mate since the knight on b5 remains protected, though Blacks still has a perpetual check.
   Sep-09-18 H Daly vs E Delmar, 1907
Phony Benoni: <29...?> [DIAGRAM] A computer easily spots the mate-in-five for Black here, but I don't think Delmar can be blamed for missing it. Or, more likely, not even looking for it.
   Sep-05-18 Biographer Bistro (replies)
Phony Benoni: About 10 days ago, I mentioned an interest in trying to resolve the problem of games played by Rudolf Raubitschek and Robert Raubitschek . that may have been attributed tthe wrong brother. Edward Winter has an entry concerning the problem: C.N. 7139 This little collection of ...
   Sep-04-18 C Ratsimikatry vs N Faulks, 2008 (replies)
Phony Benoni: 28. Qe3+ is very tempting, but goes nowhere. The simple 28...Nc2+ is lights out.
   Sep-03-18 Chandler vs Y Gruenfeld, 1979 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Hey, it's Labor Day. You should have to labor at this one. Not that it's really that hard. A very common theme in this sort of position is ...Rh2+ followed by Kxh2 Qf2= and mate on the h-file with the other rook. In this position there are just two little problems with that: ...
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  offramp: <Tabanus: I think he did not say what the omv's were or consisted of. Thanks for the support :)>

On my recent 6-monthly visit to Rogoff I had the temerity to inquire what an "OMV" was.

I was told with startling celerity to <read the @#$%* forum!!>

Since I dd not wish to read 20,000+ pages of keech I am afraid I am still ignorant of what OMVs are.

Mind you, I only found out yesterday what a PB&J is.

Sep-10-18  Nisjesram: <tabanus: I think he did not say what the omv's were or consisted of. Thanks for the support :) <PB> Just delete all this, if you like. There's a risk it'll be more.>

Yes, <phony benoni> , please feel free to delete .

I liked posts of <tabanus> very much and at some later point (may be in a week or two from now) , would like to talk to him some more about it in rogoff forum if he intersted...

Sorry for encroachong on your space , <phenoy benoni> . Apologies.

Thank you, <phenoy benoni> ..thank you <tabanus>


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  Tabanus: <Nisjesram> Thanks, but no. I'm 63 and in full job. Too tiresome, + too much fuzz on a chess site. There's no politics+ fora. You won't miss much anyway.

<PB> Delete. Next there'll be posts (not from N) on what a coward I am, etc.

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  Phony Benoni: Oh, it's Rogoff stuff. I can appreciate that it's impossible to have a conversation there.

But perhaps I should post more myself, not leaving a vacuum for nature to abhor.

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  Tabanus: It doesn't matter. This is the only sane place left :)
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  Phony Benoni: OK, guys, that crossed the line as far as I'm concerned. Personal attacks, no matter how mlld, are not welcome here.
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Good Evening.

I am Alfred Hitchcock.

I thought I might ask you a question, based on your work with <Paul> and Roman historian/river <Suentius Po>.

I have all 120 pgns from the <Kemeri 1939 International Tournament>, and I know the round numbers of the games played by <Vladimirs Petrovs>- but I don't know the round numbers for the games from any other players.

There is a Tournament Book from Chess Direct by <AJ Gillam>. While I'm definitely not against the idea of buying it, I have run into disappointments before. In the past I have purchased several tournament books that have sketchy- or no- introduction or information about the actual tournament. Arbiters, venues, time controls, anecdotes and such.

But some of the tournament "books" I have purchased didn't even have the round numbers.

I still wouldn't mind paying for this book if I knew ahead of time that it had the round numbers, but I can't determine that from the <Chess Direct> description here:

So my question is this- when you guys were sorting out the rounds for those thousands of tournaments you compiled, did you use some kind of top secret maths voodoo in which you could "deduce" the correct round pairings from partial information?

Would it be possible to use such voodoo to deduce the round pairings for all players, if you know the correct round pairings for one player only?

Finally, I hope you will continue supporting my TV program <Alfred Hitchcock Presents>, and also my Anthologies of edited horror short stories that I actually didn't edit myself, but still call <Alfred Hitchcock Presents>.

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  Tabanus: <jess> I think <Postimees> may help, see your forum! <hemy> should be able to find more, but he's busy already.
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  Chessdreamer: <jessicafischerqueen> it is possible get the correct round pairings from partial information, the link of "top secret maths voodoo";

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<Phony Benoni> That might be what I was trying to "remember." You guys were making use of the <Hamburger Table> numbers, right?

<Tab, Chessdreamer> Thank you so much gentlemen.

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  Phony Benoni: <jessicafischerqueen>: If you have all of one player's games with round information, you can easily determine all the pairings -- provided, of course, that the tournament used the same Berger Table of Pairings that you are using. The key is to determining Petrovs' pairing number, which can be done by examining his color allocations. Generally a player will alternate colors in each round, but at some point during the tournament will receive either two White or two Blacks in a row. It works out like this:

#1: starts W, receives W in rds.1-2
#2: starts W, receives W in rds.3-4
#3: starts W, receives W in rds.5-6
#4: starts W, receives W in rds.7-8
#5: starts W, receives W in rds.9-10
#6: starts W, receives W in rds.11-12
#7: starts W, receives W in rds.13-14
#8: starts W, alternates in every round

#9: starts B, receives B in rds.1-2
#10: starts B, receives W in rds.3-4
#11: starts B, receives W in rds.5-6
#12: starts B, receives W in rds.7-8
#13: starts B, receives W in rds.9-10
#14: starts B, receives W in rds.11-12
#15: starts B, receives W in rds.13-14
#16: starts B, Alternates all the way

The pattern is pretty obvious.

I don't have all Petrovs' games, but I see from the one in the database that he had Black in round 3-4, which means his pairing number is <10>. Now, you can go to the table given by <Chessdreamer> and determine the pairing numbers of his opponents. Once you have all the pairing numbers, it's just a matter of plugging things in.

For example, in round 1 Petrovs had Black against BogolJUBOV,, who had pairing number #7. In round 2, White against Book, who is #8.

To do the "plugging in", I make a copy of the Berger table in Notepad or some other word processing thinggee, and do a "find-and-replace. If you try this it is important to start with player #16 and work backwards.

If you have trouble with this, send me a list of Petrovs' games and I'll construct the pairings. It only takes a minute or two once or two.

If the result doesn't match the information you have, then a different system of pairing of used and I probably can't help you.

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  Phony Benoni: <jfq> Hold on -- I read the rouind numbers round. Petrovs had Blackin rounds 5 and 6, which makes him player #11.
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<Phony Benoni>

That is a most stunning and generous offer, I can't thank you enough!

If you can figure this out, then we can at least prepare <Kemeri 1939> for future promotion, provided ever starts uploading new games and correction slips again. At present, has already published 87 of 120 games for this event:

Game Collection: Kemeri 1939 International Tournament

Should I send you the list of Petrovs round numbers and dates by email, or post it here in your house?

My email is

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  Phony Benoni: <jfq> Just sent you an e-mail. You can reply to it or post here, whichever is easier.
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  Tabanus: You can also check vs Postimees. I think they have all rounds + dates.

For example, reports of round 4, from a phone call from Flohr to Keres!

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I just sent it to you, thank you so much!!

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  Phony Benoni: E-mail returned. Hope everything checks out.
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  Phony Benoni: <jfq> I just noticed tht the Kemeri collection has gamves from both Tenis Melngailis and Emilis Melngailis, who are two different people.

Emilis was born in1874, so I suspect Temis (b.1911) is the correct player. Bu this needs to be checked.

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<Phony Benoni> I also noticed that, and I share your opinion.

In addition to the ages of the players, the biography of <Emilis> has this to say:

(born Feb-15-1874, died Dec-20-1954, 80 years old) Latvia

Latvian composer and folklorist. His son <<<Tenis Melngailis played in the 1939 Kemeri tournament.>>>>

I find it highly doubtful that they played this event together as a father and son "tag team."

I will check in the Encyclopedia for Latvian Chess Players for further information.

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<Phony Benoni>

Is there a connection between <The Hamburger Table> and the infamous <Summer Hamburger Numbers>?

They sound very similar to me, but you can't really go by me, since I rarely know what I'm talking about at the best of times.

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<Phony Benoni> on "the Melngailis affair" good and bad news...

Good news: <hemy> has provided contemporaneous documentary evidence proving that it was <Tenis Melngailis> who played at <Kemeri 1939>, as you suspected:

Source of photograph: "Stāsti un Romāni", March 25, 1939, p. 14.

Bad news: It may be a long time, gusting up to never, for any correction slip on this issue to be processed.

I have no confirmation that even one new game has been uploaded to, or one new correction slip processed, since <Daniel> died.

I am thinking of asking in the <Cranky Biographer's Bistro> and the <Even Crankier forum page> if any member can confirm that they have succeeded in uploading a game or getting a correction slip processed since <Daniel> died.

I have several items on queue related to <Vladimirs Petrovs> but none of them has been processed.

I am hesitant to submit any more items until I know somebody is actually driving this ship.

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  Phony Benoni: <jessicafischerqueen>

Good to have confirmation on the Melngailis question. The Steak of Contemporaneous Documentary Evidence beats Hamberger every time.

I'm rather cranky about the game / correction slip submission situation myself.what with nearly 4,000 US Open games waiting to be sent in plus those from the ACB project. But there seems no reason to add to the mess until maters get resolved oone way or another.

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<Phony Benoni> Yes I just posted about that in my forum. <hemy> and I are not uploading any more new <Petrovs> games until we hear that new games are in fact being uploaded at all.

I did however submit an <Emilis Melngailis> game today. If it is ever published, his bio page may survive in the long run, since every single game in there right now was played by his son.

I really hope this is not an issue of the new bosses not knowing how to work <Daniel's> game publishing code.

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Oh there is this though- one (1) of my correction slips was in fact recently fixed by the new management:

Viktors Rosenbergs

Victors Rosenbergs should be changed to Viktors Rosenbergs

Submitted July 18, 2018


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  Phony Benoni: Black's last move was suicide, but it was mate in any event and the Will to Live can only go so far.

[Event "Gudmundur Arasib Ut *Ioeb("]
[Site "Hafnarfjordur ISL"]
[Date "1996.12.15"]
[EventDate "1996.12.13"]
[Round "3"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Leosson, Torfi"]
[Black "Burden, James"]
[ECO ""]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[Source "TWIC"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.Be3 Be6 9.f4 Qc7 10.f5 Bc4 11.g4 h6 12.Qd2 b5 13.Bf3 b4 14.Ne2 a5 15.Ng3 Nbd7 16.Qg2 Bb5 17.h4 a4 18.Nd2 Qxc2 19.g5 Ng8 20.Nh5 Bf8 21.g6 f6 22.Be2 Bc6 23.0-0 Nc5 24.Rfc1 Qxb2 25.Nc4 Bxe4 26.Qf1 a3 27.Nxb2 axb2 28.Bxc5 dxc5 29.Bf3 bxa1Q 30.Rxa1 Bxf3 31.Qxf3 Rc8 32.Qb7

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Rd8 33.Qf7# . 1-0

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