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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Mar-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 16795 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-19-17 Degraeve vs Ftacnik, 1993
 
Phony Benoni: <21...>> [DIAGRAM] Certainly a striking moment to castle. But the queen wasn't going anywhere, and was probably more trouble to White than to Black. However, accuracy was required: had Black castled queenside instead, White survives with 22..Nb3.
 
   Mar-17-17 P Petursson vs G Taylor, 1984
 
Phony Benoni: >29.?> [DIAGRAM] Black had stolidly endured the pin of the e6 pawn for some time, but the additional cross pin by <29.Qe3> blew up his creaking contraption. The poor knight, in particular, could no longer keep up with the threats. It brings to mind the 1960s song ...
 
   Mar-16-17 D Moody vs Stan Kubiak, 1979 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: The technical term for this sort of thing is "Brain Fart". At move 4, I somehow had the idea that we were actually in a French Defense where Bg5 and ...e6 had been played, meaning that the Black knight was pinned and I could play 4.Nxe4. Of course, I realized the truth just ...
 
   Mar-16-17 A Gupta vs R Praggnanandhaa, 2016 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: 55.Rc8 looks obvious enough. White's next will be 53.Bxc3, with or without check, either neutralizing Black's promotion on e1 or stopping it altogether. Meanwhile, the promotion of White's pawn is shielded, and 55...Rxc8 56.bxc8Q doesn't help Black int he least.
 
   Mar-11-17 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Travis, thanks for your concern. I've just been out of sorts lately, and my eyes are really bothering me, so I just don't feel much like talking. I have an appointment at a low-vision clinic coming up, so we'll see if that improves things. Hopefully what's out there is still ...
 
   Mar-08-17 A Shomoev vs R Mamedov, 2007 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: For those who like this sort of thing, I have assembled a collection with currently 240 examples: Game Collection: Upside Down Rooks: Games with 4 or More Queens The only other 3 vs. 1 split that I have found is B Grachev vs Gelfand, 2010 .
 
   Mar-04-17 A Otazo vs Wang Hsin Jung, 2008
 
Phony Benoni: <22.?? [DIAGRAM] Nothing much wrong with White's <22.Rhg1>, unless you're solving a Tuesday puzzle.
 
   Feb-27-17 E Horn vs K Cedikova, 2007 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Around the Horn! The pattern after <53...Qxa2+ 54.Kxb4 Qa5#> is a useful one to have in the memory bank.
 
   Feb-26-17 Ljubojevic vs Kramnik, 1996 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: You're so Vlad, you probably think this pun is about you.
 
   Feb-21-17 R Krogius vs A Ojanen, 1944 (replies)
 
Phony Benoni: Considering how Black has played so far, I would be tempted to play 7.0-0 and hope for 7...bg4 -- which, after a, a Legall Move. but we are not allowed to indulge our whimsy in apuzzle, so it's probably 7.bxf7+ Kxf7 8.Nxe5+ and wing it rom there.
 
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Mar-15-17
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  WannaBe: Team Israel's run is kaput. Japan and Netherlands will be coming to Dodgers Stadium.

Israel and Cuba are eliminated in Round 2.

Mar-17-17
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  WannaBe: Ugh, 2-0 already, bot 1st, no out!
Mar-17-17
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  WannaBe: Bad Bad...
Mar-17-17
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  WannaBe: After being down 4-0, it's now 4-3 Puerto Rico... USA's attempting a big, big come back.
Mar-18-17
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  WannaBe: And PR answers with 2 runs at the bottom of 6th...

I say we invade PR.

Mar-18-17
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  WannaBe: USA have a must win vs Dominican Republic tonight. Gonna be a tough one. DR (& PR) are really, really good. As we saw last night when PR defeated USA 6-5.
Mar-18-17
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  WannaBe: 2-2 tie!!! Good game.
Mar-19-17
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  WannaBe: 4-2 USA, looks to be a very enthusiastic crowd at San Diego... Hopefully it will carry over to Dodgers Stadium.
Mar-19-17
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  WannaBe: 6 to 3! USA! USA! USA!!
Mar-19-17
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  WannaBe: usa! usa! usa!!!
Mar-19-17
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  WannaBe: Woooo... WBC games on Tuesday night vs Japan, and if USA wins, Wednesday night, at Dodgers Stadium!!!

Wheeeeeee.

Mar-21-17
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  WannaBe: Since everyone love an underdog, go Netherlands!!! 3-3 in the 7th. Do it for <Dakkie>!!
Mar-21-17
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  WannaBe: Freakin' great USA/Japan game, 1-1...
Mar-21-17
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  WannaBe: Wooooooo 2-1 USA.
Mar-22-17
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  WannaBe: 2-1 USA, Championship game, here we come!!!
Mar-22-17
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  technical draw: <I say we invade PR.>

Too late. That happened in 1898.

Mar-22-17
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  WannaBe: Let's do it again, then. 2-0 USA top 3
Mar-22-17
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  WannaBe: 3-0 USA!!
Mar-22-17
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  WannaBe: 4-0, don't want to jinx nuthin', but there's something funky going on.

Doubt Stroman will last 9 innings, so best case, combined effort.

Mar-22-17
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  WannaBe: 6-0!!!
Mar-22-17
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  WannaBe: 7-0!!!
Mar-22-17
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  WannaBe: There goes the no-no... Take Stroman out, it's 7-0...
Mar-23-17
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  WannaBe: 8-0!!
Mar-23-17
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  technical draw: <WannaBe> Here's a Spanish phrase you can use to describe The USA win: Soberana pela!
Mar-23-17
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  WannaBe: Google Translate's not helping...
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