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Phony Benoni
Member since Feb-10-06 · Last seen Nov-18-18
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 17480 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-12-18 Lasker vs S Von Freymann, 1909
Phony Benoni: After <54...g5> [DIAGRAM] Instead of 55.Kd5, White's final move is given as <55.Kc5> in Lasker's Tournament Book (p. 36) as well as the American Ches Bulletin, April 1909, p. 76. Both moves win, but 55.Kc5 is perhaps a shade more accurate. The point is that 55.Kc5 ...
   Nov-11-18 H M Phillips vs E B Heal, 1909
Phony Benoni: American Chess Bulletin, March 1909, p. 63 indeed gives <33.d7>, and I am inclined to believe that is correct.
   Nov-10-18 Samuel Lipschutz (replies)
Phony Benoni: So who was the other <S Lipschuetz>, who played on the Rice Chess Club team in 1909, sever year's after Smauel's death? (ACB, March 1909p. 60). I have a very vague memory of a Lischutz brother, , but had the impression his name was Philip.
   Nov-09-18 C Jaffe vs Marshall, 1909
Phony Benoni: <"Poor judgment; of course 21...Rd2+ 22.Kf1 Qd8 would have won. easily. I cannot account for hallucination except on the score of being tire."> -- Frank J. Marshall, American Chess Bulletin, March 1909, p. 55.
   Nov-06-18 M Bezold vs D J Ledger, 2008 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Are we back ranking after 38.Qxe6+ Rxe6 39.Rb8+? No, black has plenty of guard on e8. But there are other squares and other checks. 38.Qxe6+ Rxe6 39.Rxg7+ Kh8 40.Rf8# does the trick nicely, with trivial mates if Black doesn't thake the queen. Just a matter of electing the right
   Nov-05-18 L Dominguez vs Aronian, 2016 (replies)
Phony Benoni: Well, of course 26.Qxf7+ Qxf7+ 27.Rxe8+ and 28.Bxf7 winning the exchange is the first thing you think of in positions like this? But why not simply 26.Rxe7 Nxc4 27.Rxe8+ and 28.Bxc4, really cashing in? Because Black has a resource: 27.Rxe7 Rxe7! followed by ...Re1+, ...Nf1+ and
   Nov-02-18 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
Phony Benoni: <Tabanus> Thanks for the suggestion. I'll have to think about this. I didn't like it when ordinal numbers first started appearing at the beginning of the US Open even name, ,but it's making more sense now.
   Oct-29-18 Pier Paolo Pedrini vs D J Ledger, 2008 (replies)
Phony Benoni: 29. ..Qxf3+ 30..Qxf3 Rxe2+ and 31.,,.Bxf3. The extra rook should then win, despite the bishops of opposite colors.
   Oct-26-18 Morphy vs A Morphy, 1850 (replies)
Phony Benoni: I was just thinking: is <18.0-0#> a discovered check? The king moves away and unmasks a check by the rook, so it seems like a textbook case.
   Oct-25-18 Maroczy vs J N Berger, 1908
Phony Benoni: Not many games end with an epassant capture, the most famous example possibly being G Gundersen vs A H Faul, 1928 .
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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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<Phony Benoni>

<The Steak of Contemporaneous Documentary Evidence beats Hamberger every time.>

Unless there is a misteak!

We have uncovered three errors in the contemporaneous steak for <Kemeri 1939> round pairings. Luckily the hamburger table caught the misteaks.

I fear it might be necessary to have *both* hamburger and steak for the finest, and most accurate, dining experience?

Here is scienceterrific evidence:

Vladimir Petrov (kibitz #775)

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  Phony Benoni: <jessicafischerqueen: >

Food for thought.

Looking at the final position of the games in question, there is no doubt that the Berger Table method had the colors right. I'm just glad the games weren't draws!

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<Food for thought> lol

Interestingly, one of the reasons the Hamburger table was chosen for chess purposes was that these tables typically have a checkered pattern table cloth.

It's a scientific fact!

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  Travis Bickle: Hey Phony, what are you guys trying to get to the Superbowl? Putting a whooping on New England!
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  Phony Benoni: I'm not getting too excited yet, Travis; New England had a lot of injuries and never play their best in September. Let's see what happens against the Cowboys, and other good teams like the First Place Bears. (Good grief, who opened the door and let 1985 back in?)
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Is it time for a <Mike Ditka> comeback? I mean on the field, not just on the sidelines.

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  Phony Benoni: Nah, Ditka couldn't coach these days. Just that look on his face would draw a penalty for Unnecessary Roughness.
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<Phony Benoni> By "comeback" I meant him actually playing in the games, wearing the Bears uniform and all of that gear that they wear in "American Foots Balls."

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  Phony Benoni: Oh, Ditka is probably too small to play in the NFL today. Besides, he's ot his singing career:

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  Phony Benoni: Several years ago, I purchased reprint set of the American Chess Bulletin (1904-1962). It's a very useful resource, but I've been frustrated by the lack of a good overall index, both for names and games.

I tried starting a names index, but the tools I have are not suited for this purpose and the results were too clunky to be useful.

So I've started on the games instead. This has probably been done already, but duplicating somebody else's work has never deterred me before. Besides, how else can I be sure they're right?

So far, I have finished the first four volumes, for 1904-1907. Links to the collections can be found here:

Game Collection: American Chess Bulletin - Years covered

I will not be submitting missing games until the present situation is clarified. If you'd like to take a crack at doing that for any of the games, be my guest. Hopefully, I have provided enough information to allow this.

If you'd like to receive PGN files of the games, contact me.

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  MissScarlett: Could you have a look at the December number of the 1911 <ACB> and report what, if any, information/games they have from Lasker's American simul tour of Oct/November? The online version is missing the latter months of that year.
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  Phony Benoni: <MIissScarlett> These doesn’t seem to be anything about Lasker’s tour in the December 1911 ACB. I also checked a couple of months earlier in 1911 and the first four months of 192, but could only find two reports and no games. You may already have this information, of course.

November 1911, p. 244:


<”After an absence of sixteen months Dr. Emanuel Lasker returned to this country on the steamship Amerika on October 7, accompanied by Mrs. Lasker, for whose benefit the trip had been largely been undertaken. The world’s champion never looked better, but he did no come here with any serious purpose in mind, such as match or tournament play. In fact, he declared his intention to return inside of two months….

“The champion arrived in time to open the winter season of the rooms of the Manhattan Chess Club on the evening of October 14. On that occasion, twenty-four members were pitted against the master, who, playing very carefully, won at all of the boards, excepting one. The single exception was F. D. Rosebault, the manager of Capablanca. Dr ,Lasker left new York on October 19, to be gone about two weeks.”>

The other repot, from January 1912, p. 5, describes a simul in Boston.

<”Dr. Lasker visited Boston on Nov. 18 and was and was entertained at the Boston Chess Club, where he gave an interesting lecture on chess problems in the afternoon and a simultaneous exhibition in the evening. The champion always proves a strong drawing card and twenty-five enthusiastic players turned out to give him battle. Dr. Lasker succeeded in winning 23 of the games and drawing 2. The latter were against Sydney C. Neff of the Boston Chess Club, in a Scotch gambit if 40 movse and S. Seininger of Harvard, in a Queen’s gambit declined lasting 57 moves. The other players were: Hollis Webster, W. H. Harris, J. L Clark, H. N Sweet, A. H Monks, G. A Spooner, D. Friedberg, T. P. Smith, R. E. Hunter, C. S. Davis, W. Shattuck, G. L. Cabot, W. J. Bonney, H. L. Perrin, W. E. Stanwood, H. B. Daly, Ernest Bellatti, J. W. Briton, H. L. Palmer, C. S. Hadley, F. K. Ball, A. M. Richards, and A. E. Sanford. The Boston Chess Club extended and to all local chess players to attend the exhibition and quite a number availed themselves of the opportunity.”>

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  MissScarlett: Thanks, albeit the 1912 <ACB> is fully online. The Manhattan CC and Boston were the opening and closing dates of Lasker's tour, respectively. The dispute over Capablanca's title challenge rather distracted attention away from the tour - Whyld's coverage is correspondingly sketchy. Lasker's column in the Louisville <Courier-Journal>filled in some gaps, but the one he was writing for the New York <Evening Post> isn't online.
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  Phony Benoni: The New Your Evening Post for 1911 can be accessed through the Fulton site, Clunky, but you can get there..

I used the search:

New York NY Evening Post 1911 AND Chess

Also designating Booleans search and Sort by Date (displays in reverse chronological order.)

This produced 83 entries. Not all were Lasker's column, of course, but when I tried adding "lasker" aas a search term the results were cut down too far.

For instance, the game Lasker vs NN, 1911 can be found at

After scanning a few of the columns I don't think there is much new about the tour. Most of the columns are didcatd to the proposed match, and I didn't se any new games.

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  MissScarlett: < Clunky, but you can get there.>

The schmuck who runs this Fulton site - what's his problem!? I have to wonder if he's long dead, leaving his vessel to wander aimlessly on like the <Mary Celeste>.

Found - and submitted (we live in hope!) - another Western game:

[Event "6th Western Championship"]
[Site "Excelsior, MN USA"]
[Date "1905.08.22"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Roy G Fitzgerald"]
[Black "George B Spencer"]
[Result "1-0"]
[PlyCount "39"]
[Source "Dayton Herald, 1907.12.28, p.6"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Nbd7 5. Nf3 Be7 6. e3 O-O 7. Bd3 dxc4 8. Bxc4 c5 9. O-O a6 10. Rc1 cxd4 11. Nxd4 Ne5 12. Bb3 b6 13. Bf4 Qd6 14. Nc6 Qxc6 15. Bxe5 Bb7 16. Nd5 Bc5 17. Ne7+ Bxe7 18. Rxc6 Bxc6 19. Qd4 Nd5 20. Bxg7 1-0

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  Phony Benoni: <MissScarlett< Thanks for the game. It's unusual to see one published two years after the tournament.
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  MissScarlett: Yes, but the <Dayton Herald> columnist, <Paul Wortman>, was a colleague of Fitzgerald, which almost certainly accounts for the source, and the column only ran during 1907-08, accounting for the late publication.
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  Tabanus: Hello <Phony>, with our birthday coming up, I believe you can secure yourself a gift from <Annie K.>, who is now in charge of the Event names. She has corrected a lot of them already. I seem to remember you was unhappy with the US Open names (and more?) in CG? A note in the Bistro might do wonder.
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  Phony Benoni: <Tabanus> Thanks for the suggestion. I'll have to think about this. I didn't like it when ordinal numbers first started appearing at the beginning of the US Open even name, ,but it's making more sense now.
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  Tabanus: <PB> Many of the ordinal numbers are being removed now, but I'm fine with having them on the US Opens, if that's what you want. No problem as long as it's consistent.
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