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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Apr-25-17
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 16813 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-25-17 A E Crew vs Remlinger, 1955
Phony Benoni: Just as A M Swank vs Fischer, 1956 , this was a round 1 match-up of the oldest (Crew, 79) and youngest (Remlinger, 13) players in the US Open. The possibility of a rigged pairing is apparent, but's it's not completely clear. In the rating supplement issued before the tournament
   Apr-25-17 A M Swank vs Fischer, 1956
Phony Benoni: <Technical draw: Of course the organizers of the tournament intentionally placed together the youngest and oldest players in the first round to draw media attention. It worked.> There may well be something to this. The game A E Crew vs Remlinger, 1955 was also a first ...
   Apr-24-17 Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929
Phony Benoni: That's what happens when you get old. You become a straight man.
   Apr-22-17 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
Phony Benoni: <MissScarlett>: Many thanks.
   Apr-21-17 R Cross vs D Leavens, 1971
Phony Benoni: <34.?> [DIAGRAM] A case of Terminal Fanciness. This had been a typical round 1 mismatch, and White, the higher-rated player, was no doubt on cruise control. He chose a bad moment to wake up and get brilliant with<34.dxe6>. No doubt he expected <34...Qxb5 ...
   Apr-20-17 Fischer vs Matulovic, 1970 (replies)
Phony Benoni: offramp> I suggested he "pun", and had something entirely different in mind. I was impressed with how Black's king and queen, after many wanderings, finally reunited far from home just before the end.. It is of course no pun at all, but just a joke.
   Apr-13-17 M Palac vs G Andruet, 1989 (replies)
Phony Benoni: [DIAGRAM] Black saw the mate in two that would follow 40...Kf8. Do you?
   Apr-10-17 S Iermito vs A H T dos Santos Fier, 2009
Phony Benoni: >66...?> [DIAGRAM] Gotta love the Ol' Reverse Swoop.
   Apr-03-17 V S Gujrathi vs V Artemiev, 2015 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Holiday for the h-pawn after <45lQxg6+>.l If Black wants to be a spoilsport and interpose a piece, then 46.Rxg7+ and mate next move.
   Apr-01-17 B Ider vs Wei Yi, 2014 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Very good, <cg>. I didn't see the point for a minute or two
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  saffuna: The Giants in the 60s also sometimes had Hiller, Haller and Miller all playing at the same time, leading to this refrain:

<Cepeda runs to field the ball and Hiller covers first Howard runs to back up Hiller, Hiller crashes into Miller Miller falls, drops the ball and Conlan calls "safe!" Stu Miller throws Maury bunts
Cepeda runs to field the ball and Hiller covers first Haller runs to back up Hiller, Hiller crashes into Miller Miller falls, drops the ball and Conlan calls "safe!" Yeah Maury! >

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  WannaBe: Personally, <I> think Beesball is fine, the way it is.

But now with review/replay, Bobby Cox's record for most ejections will never be broken. =((

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  WannaBe: ARZ 0 @ LAD 7 bottom 8th.

Kershaw: 8IP 2H 0R 0ER 1BB 7K 87Pitches 62 for strikes.

HE GAVE UP 2 HITS?!?! Send him back to AA-ball.


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  WannaBe: Break up them Reds!!!
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  Penguincw: Yay! Jays win again, now improve to 2-9 on the season. Almost thought they'd blow it, but they hung on. For once swinging for the fences works.

The Jays become the 30th team of the season to 2 wins, and will also become the 30th team to 3 wins, when/if they reach it.

Will the other 2 (3 if you include TFC of Major League Soccer) Toronto teams win today as well?

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  WannaBe: Here's a minor oddity, don't see this very often:

Check out the line for LAD's Avilan:

1/3IP 1H 0R 0ER 1BB 1K 7 pitches, 4 for strike. I know what you are asking, how is this possible?

Did he take over a batter in mid-count for the previous pitcher? No, he did not.

Avilan entered the game with 2 outs, man on first, gave up a triple (1H), IBB next guy (now, remember, you don't need to "walk" the batter anymore, just give a sign and he takes first base). Struck out the next batter (1/3IP)

This new IBB rule will create some rather interesting box scores. I look forward to seeing something like this:

1/3IP 1H 1R 1ER 1BB 1 pitch, 1 pitch for strike. Now, figure out how this can happen!


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  keypusher: <saffuna: I heard on the Red Sox broadcast today that Chris Sale has the best strikeout-to-walk ratio in history for a pitcher with 1000 innings. 1250 Ks, 260 BBs. Very impressive, I had no idea. Next on the list are Schilling, Bumgarner, Pedro, Rivera and Kershaw.

Nolan Ryan checks in at #300 at 2.04.>

Would not have guessed that all the top spots would be held by modern pitchers, but maybe I should have? I guess strikeouts have increased by more than BB over time.

Walter Johnson is 2.57 (3509/1363).

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  WannaBe: S. Marte of Pittsburgh Pirates suspended 80 games!!

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  WannaBe: Sumthin' funny going on in Seattle!!
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  WannaBe: Nevermind...
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  Phony Benoni: Not Willie Mays.

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  Penguincw: Yay, Jays win for the 3rd time this season, improving to 3-11 on the year. Every other team though has reached at least 5 wins already.

Still, step in the right direction.

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  WannaBe: Kershaw just gave up a run at the top of the first...
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  WannaBe: TB fans yelling Got It distracts Tigers players.

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  OhioChessFan: There's no way to stop it, but I think there are some safety issues involved. Of course, the next TB game on the road, the same thing will happen.
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  saffuna: "Yo la tengo!" From the 62 Mets.

In "The Glory of the Times," one of the players, can't remember the name, played rightfield with Dummy Hoy in center.

Their arrangement was that if Hoy wanted to take the fly he would sort of grunt out something like Chewbacca. If he didn't make any noise, the rightfielder was supposed to take it.

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  Penguincw: < TB fans yelling Got It distracts Tigers players. >

Verbal interference? Well, I'd be pretty angry if that happened to my team, even though it's not as bad as a fan in the front row blowing a whistle at an NBA game (which has happened before).

I love how Ausmus secretly takes shots at Tampa: < "He said the sparse crowd at Tropicana Field (the announced crowd was 12,281)..." >, < "Most of the time, when you have a decent-sized crowd,..." > (although still valid points).

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  saffuna: Oops. Correct title is "The Glory of Their Times." A brilliant book. Some of the individual stories told by ex-players would make outstanding short stories.
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  Penguincw: Looks like Trevor Bauer isn't the only one that does dangerous activities during off days:

Devastating blow for the Giants, although I think they have enough depth to cover for MadBum while he's gone (even if it's only 2 starts).

While a lot of teams will enjoy Bumgarner's absence (even if it's only 2), he is a fun player to watch, on the mound and at the plate. I hope he recovers quickly.

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  MissScarlett: Submitted another Western Championship game, another from Game Collection: US Open 1909, Excelsior = 10th Western Champ.

[Event "Western Championship"]
[Site "Excelsior, MN USA"]
[Date "1909.08.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "James Frost Cross"]
[Black "George H Wolbrecht"]
[Result "0-1"]
[PlyCount "34"]
[Source "Times-Democrat (New Orleans), 1909.10.03, Pt.3 p.9"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. d4 d5 6. Bd3 Nc6 7. h3 Bd6 8. O-O O-O 9. c4 Be6 10. Nh2 Nxd4 11. cxd5 Bxd5 12. f3 Bc5 13. Be3 Ng3 14. Rf2 Bc6 15. Nc3 Re8 16. Bxd4 Qxd4 17. Qc2 Re2 0-1

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  saffuna: Something happening in Cincinnati....

Yes, 7-4 Cubs in the TOP of the second.

Five home runs already, including a Rizzo grand slam.

Could be one of those 15-12 games.

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  saffuna: Anyone have an idea?

Record for most runs scored in an inning without an extra-base hit.

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  Phony Benoni: <MissScarlett>: Many thanks.
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  WannaBe: 10-1 Cubs leading Pirates, top 6th, empty stadium...
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  WannaBe: DET putting on a major hurt on SEA, knocked out F. Hernandez early.

One day after a blow out, Chicago/Pittsburgh in a pitching duel. 1-0 Cubbies, top 8th.

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