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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Sep-23-17
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 17001 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-22-17 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
Phony Benoni: Tigers waste no time in not renewing the contract o manager Brad Ausmus. Everybody is insisting the parting is completely amicable, and ausmus will continue to manage through the end of the season. I think they should have kept Ausmus. All aong, it's been apparent that his ...
   Sep-21-17 I Korepanova vs A Tishkov, 2007 (replies)
Phony Benoni: And, by the way, not a bad pun for Death by En Passant.
   Sep-20-17 A Muzychuk vs S Brunello, 2014 (replies)
Phony Benoni: 29.Nc6 ;ea[s tp the eye. This threatens mate on d7 and d8, and if 29...Qe8 30.Qh3+ is another mate. So Black has to play 29...bxc6, and I'm not seeing the knockout punch. White of course can get his piece back wit 30.Qxa6+ Kb8 31.Qxa2, winning a pawn with potshots on Black's ...
   Sep-19-17 C F Morris vs D Garcia Ilundain, 1997 (replies)
Phony Benoni: The first thing that struck me was the bit about a knight being helpless against a pawn on the seventh rank that attacks it. That one's all set up, and 43. .Rxg2+ brings it about without loss of time.
   Sep-18-17 V P Normantas vs V Vepkhvishvili, 1987 (replies)
Phony Benoni: 31.Qxg6+ sets up the fork 31...fxg6 32.Ne6+ That only wins the exchange, but since White already has two pieces for a rook the net is a full piece, a satisfactory outcome.
   Sep-15-17 NN vs R Crepeaux, 1923 (replies)
Phony Benoni: No one who remembers the Lasker - Thomas game could fail to consider 11..Qxh2+ 12.Kxh2 Nxf3+, forcing the king walk with with 13.Kh3 (13.Kh1 Ng3#).
   Sep-14-17 Tal vs F Olafsson, 1975 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Usually Thursdays are a bit more complicated than a one-mover. Here it's obvious the White queen will be lured away via an Forking Overload, and you just need to avoid hastily playing 25...Qc7 or 25...Qe5.
   Sep-13-17 A Kazarian vs E Limanovska, 2017 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Queen aimed at h7, Knight on f5, rook ready to swing over -- looking at the queen sac is automatic: <32.Qxh7+ Khx7 33.Rh3+ Kg6 34.Rh6+ Kg5 35.h4+ Kg4 36.Ne3+ Kg3 37.Rf3#>
   Sep-12-17 D Byrne vs Bisguier, 1966 (replies)
Phony Benoni: White didn't have much better than 36.Rg1. Any other safe rook moves just runs into 36...Qf2 threatening to queen with double check and mate. Perhaps White's best was 36.Qd2, allowing 36...gxf1N with royal fork and mate. [DIAGRAM] At least that would have made our day.
   Sep-12-17 F Rhine vs D Burris, 1997 (replies)
Phony Benoni: <HeMateMe> I don't get it. What does this game have to do with the Crimea River?
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  Penguincw: < Hitter smashes double on next pitch. Lackey goes nuts, gets tossed. >

And it was the pitcher too who got a hit (albeit a good hitting pitcher)!

I do wonder if the batter's reaction (ex. walking to the dugout toward vs. staying at the plate) affects the umpires' call (at least on borderline pitches).

Looking at the actual pitch, I think it's a strike too, but I don't think the way Contreras caught that really helped. Sure, it's where it crosses the strike zone, not where it ends up, but I've seen many pitchers get the call, even if it's outside, if the catcher frames it well, and the pitcher has pinpoint accuracy. I'm sure the opposite exists as well.

It can be hard to tell from just looking at the pitch in 2D, but I'm not an ump. And an important question as well (in general): did <both> sides get that call (probably just one bad call).

Well, Cubs did win, so doesn't matter, no harm, no foul.

< Lackey would have punched out that supid blind ump! >

The HP umpire is Jordan Baker, who at 6'7'', is the tallest ump in MLB, so who knows. ;)

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  Travis Bickle: <Penguincw: ..The HP umpire is Jordan Baker, who at 6'7'', is the tallest ump in MLB, so who knows. ;)>

Penguin, Lackey is 6'6" & weighs 235, plus he was rabid like a Rotweiller not a fatso who eats donuts for breakfast! ; P

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  WannaBe: Both NYY & BOS fined for spy-ball

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  Phony Benoni: Fire Terry Francona!
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  Penguincw: And the Cleveland Indians' long winning streak comes to an end. Did Sports Illustrated put them on the cover?

Hmm, time to rest for the playoffs I guess? Or go for those top seeds?

P.S. Just realized Indians blew a 3-1 lead in this game. :p

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  saffuna: When did UCLA and Memphis decide to play Arena Football? 47-45 4th quarter.
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  Penguincw: Never start Trevor Bauer if your team is on a 22 game winning streak:

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  saffuna: Do NOT listen to the Tigers game as it goes to the 9th.
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  saffuna: Oops. Matthew "Oil Can" Boyd falls one batter short. Solid double with two out in the ninth.

But haven't one-hitters sort of become a Detroit Tigers tradition?

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  Penguincw: So close to the no-hitter. Of course it occurs on the last out.


In a related note, the HP umpire for the game was Dan Iassogna. Interestingly enough, he was also an ump for the 2 no-hitters by ex-Tiger, Justin Verlander. Verlander is pitching today for HOU, and a win, and the Astros are going to the playoffs.

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  Penguincw: Interesting thing I noticed in the NL WC standings earlier today:

Team, W-L, Pct., E#

MIA, 69-80, .463, 1
PIT, 68-81, .456, E
ATL, 67-80, .456, 1
SD, 66-83, .443, E

So PIT was ahead of ATL in the standings, but ATL still had a chance to pickup the WC, but PIT didn't!

Obviously, ATL is now eliminated, and while they may have been mathematically alive, even if they won every game from here on out, and COL lost every game, they still wouldn't have made it. And yes, this is due to the W-L record, and the fact that Elimination Numbers only take into account number of losses.

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  WannaBe: We very well could see two teams finish in triple digits in victories, something not seen since 2004 MLB season.

LAD 96-53 could have already reached 100, if they had play .500 ball and not have lost 11 in a row and 16 out of 17.

LAD's remaining schedule: @PHI (4-games) vs SFG (3) vs SD (3) @COL (3). If LAD only win 1 game in each series, 100 Ws.

CLE 93-57 would have best record in baseball had they not gone 1-5 after the All-Star break (Swept at OAK, and lost 2 of 3 at SFG).

Remaining schedule: @LAA (3), @SEA (3), vs MIN (3), vs ChiSox (3).

LAA and SEA will be tough road games, LAA still in the WC hunt, SEA is technically alive, but methinkth they are done.

Scheduling wise, looks harder for CLE to get to 100 Ws.

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  Phony Benoni: Well, Travis, we'll know more about theLions in a few minutes. They bezt a supposedly good team at home, but now play another good one on the road. I'd sy the fans are cautiously optimistic, but Lions' fans know better than being any kind of optimistic.
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  WannaBe: That's some great D by Detroit.
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  Travis Bickle: Phony, my the Bears just plain SUCK!! They're the worst team in the NFL, due to inept ownership, inept coaching & a total Buffoon at GM! Fire em all!!!

Example of ineptness, QB Mike Glennon with a 4-13 record with the Bucs was signed to a 3 year 45 million dollar contract with 19 million guaranteed...

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  Travis Bickle: Mr Benoni, let's have a moment of silence for Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan the greatest Manager in Pro Wrestling History!! Bobby Heenan passed away yesterday...

Remembering Bobby "The Brain" Heenan | Wrestling With regret...

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  Travis Bickle: Best of Bobby Heenan Vol 1
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  saffuna: New record for home runs in a season.

31 players already have 30 or more. 10 more have 28 or 29. That means probably 40 players with 30 or more.

Unheard of.

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  MissScarlett: Here's S Mlotkowski vs L Isaacs, 1927 from the NCF Congress: Game Collection: US Open 1927 Kalamazoo = 28th Western Champ.

There was no round/date info, so I went with those from your reconstruction.

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  Phony Benoni: <MissScarlett> Thanks; game added. to collection.

Mlotkowski loved the Evans.

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  MissScarlett: Nice of you to credit me as the source, but not very scholarly. If you check the PGN, you'll find: <[Source "Philadelphia Inquirer, 1927.09.25, Sect. B, p.21"]>

Surprising that not one game of the Western Championship itself has come down to us. Let's see if I can find one.

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  WannaBe: CLE is now one back of LAD for best record in MLB, CLE is also 4 wins away from 100, and LAD is 3 away from century mark.

In case of a tie, LAD took 2 of 3 in CLE earlier in the season.

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  Phony Benoni: <MissScarlett> OK, I think it's a bt better now.

I have yet to find any Western Tournament games from Kalamazoo 1927 or Fort wayne 1928. That whole era through 1931 tends to be slim unless Whitaker played and you can tap into Hilbert's "Shady Side". (St. Louis 1929 is a happy exception.)

When I started this project over a decade ago, I didn't feel like a scholar -- just a Good Old Fellow who enjoyed finding old games that had been ignored and forgotten, then preserving them so that future generations could ignore and forget them as well. History connects the ages.

There is a lot in my collections that needs sprucing and fixing. Hopefully, I'll be able to spend more time on it after I retire at the end of the year.

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  Phony Benoni: Tigers waste no time in not renewing the contract o manager Brad Ausmus. Everybody is insisting the parting is completely amicable, and ausmus will continue to manage through the end of the season.

I think they should have kept Ausmus. All aong, it's been apparent that his biggest handicap was that he never gained experience by managing a minor league team. Had they kept him he would have had that opportunity over the next few years.

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  Travis Bickle: Yo Phony The Cubs won 2 back to back games vs The Brewers in 10 innings! Holy Cow!!


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